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NBA playoffs - Apr 11, 2019

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It's been more than two months since the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets last played each other on Feb. 2, but as the two squads get ready for their first-round playoff series, both rosters are the same as they were then, save for some rather inconsequential changes at the bottom of Houston's.

James Harden and Chris Paul comprise one of the best backcourts in the NBA, with Harden an MVP candidate alongside Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo. Together, Harden and Paul average nearly 52 points and 16 assists per game.

The Jazz's backcourt situation is somewhat in question, as Ricky Rubio has been sidelined with a knee injury and his status moving forward is uncertain. Donovan Mitchell is Utah's star, making his matchup with Harden one to watch.

If Rubio is unable to go and if Jazz head coach Quin Snyder holds true to form, Mitchell would start at point guard and Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< at shooting guard. While Utah would be without Rubio's playmaking, O'Neale is an excellent defender.

NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals
No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Houston, ATTSN/TNT
Game 2: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at Houston, ATTSN/TNT
Game 3: Saturday, April 20, 8:30 p.m. at Salt Lake City, ATTSN/ESPN
Game 4: Monday, April 22, 8:30 p.m. at Salt Lake City, ATTSN/TNT
Game 5: Wednesday, April 24, TBD, at Houston, TBD, if necessary
Game 6: Friday, April 26, TBD at Salt Lake City, TBD, if necessary
Game 7: Sunday, April 28, TBD at Houston, TBD, if necessary

Coach David Vanterpool and the Portland Trail Blazers earned the third seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and a date with the sixth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. Portland's first-round series begins Sunday, April 14 at Moda Center with a 12:30 p.m. start time, airing on ABC.

Portland (3) vs. Oklahoma City (6):

Game 1: Sunday, 4/14 at Portland - 12:30 PM on ABC

Game 2: Tuesday, 4/16 at Portland - 7:30 PM on TNT

Game 3: Friday, 4/19 at Oklahoma City - 6:30 PM on ESPN

Game 4: Sunday, 4/21 at Oklahoma City - 6:30 PM on TNT

Game 5: Tuesday, 4/23 at Portland - TBD (if necessary)

Game 6: Thursday, 4/25 at Oklahoma City - TBD (if necessary)

Game 7: Saturday, 4/27 at Portland - TNT (if necessary)

Assistant GM Milt Newton and the Milwaukee Bucks will open the NBA Playoffs at home Sunday against the Detroit Pistons. The league announced the following schedule for the best-of-7 series:

Game 1: Sunday, April 14, 6 p.m. at Fiserv Forum
Game 2: Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. at Fiserv Forum
Game 3: Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. at Detroit
Game 4: Monday, April 22, 7 p.m. at Detroit
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, April 24, TBD at Fiserv Forum
Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, April 26, TBD at Detroit
Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, April 28, TBD at Fiserv Forum   

Pan American Games Draw LIMA, PERU - 3 hours ago
FIBA held the draw for groups for men's basketball of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, leaving the Virgin Islands in group A with Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States. A select team of men's basketball standouts from the BIG EAST Conference will represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Game while Puerto Rico will be sending their B team as their A team is set to play in the World Games. While Group B consists of Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. Pa...   [read more]

Claxton: I would love to play with UGA's incoming class - 2 days ago
By CHANCE LINTON Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) was on hand in Chicago last week for the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, but he's facing a major decision in the coming week. Claxton declared for the NBA Draft following a breakout sophomore season, but he still hasn't made a final decision on whether to return to Georgia for his junior year. The deadline for him to withdraw from the draft and retain his college eligibility is May 29. Ahead of the NBA Combine, he sat down with Draft...   [read more]

NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Nicolas Claxton Displays Versatility - 5 days ago
CHICAGO - The on-court portion of the draft combine wrapped up on Friday, with two more scrimmages giving prospects a chance to perform in front of the entire league. As a whole, five-on-five play was heavily watered down this year as a vast majority of potential first-round picks opted not to play, aiming to protect their draft stock. Regardless, there were a number of intriguing players who benefited this week. There were also some guys who struggled. Some of the more noteworthy perform...   [read more]

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