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NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Update

By Ryan Knuppel

Eastern Conference

(1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

The Chicago Bulls are up 2-0 in the series and the 1 seed Boston Celtics are now going on the road to play the Bulls in Chicago. As you have probably seen time and time again, Celtics star Isaiah Thomas lost his sister in a tragic automobile accident and has been an emotional roller coaster in game 1 and 2. Thomas flew home on Wednesday to be with his family and will return to the team for their next game. Thomas stated that this has been the hardest week of his life and hopefully being with family during this difficult time, will sort of ease the mind of Thomas and allow him to get back to true season form.  

Game 1 - Chicago 106 Boston 102

In game 1, Jimmy Butler posted 30 points and 9 rebounds as the leading scorer for the Bulls. Isaiah Thomas was the leading game scorer with 33 points for the Celtics. Robin Lopez put up a double-double in the Bulls victory scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. 

Game 2 - Chicago 111 Boston 97

In game 2, all 5 of the Bulls starters posted double-digit scoring numbers, while Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade were the team leaders with 22 points each. Rajon Rondo was 1 rebound shy of posting a triple-double. The Bulls got 16 points off the bench from Paul Zipser. 

Game 3 Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM ET in Chicago on ESPN

Game 4 Sunday, April 23 at 6:30 PM ET in Chicago on TNT

Game 5 Wednesday, April 26 in Boston (If Needed)

Game 6 Friday, April 28 in Chicago (If Needed)

Game 7  Sunday, April 30 in Boston (If Needed)

What To Look For? The Celtics are the 1 seed and people are ignoring the fact that they had the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference. They were the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season and it will be interesting to see if they can rebound from being down 0-2 and win in Chicago to send the series back to Boston. 

(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Indiana Pacers

The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers have rolled to a 2-0 lead in the series vs the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers simply have not been able to stop the Cavaliers from running their game of 1-3 pick and roll. 

Game 1 - Cleveland 109 Indiana 108

Game 1 was a very close game and the Cavaliers barely squeaked one out winning by 1 point. LeBron James posted a double-double, scoring 32 points and gaining 13 assists.  Paul George was the leading scorer for the Pacers putting up 29 points. 

Game 2 - Cleveland 117 Indiana 111

In game 2 of the series, Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 37 points to lead all scorers. Kevin Love and LeBron James both posted double-doubles. Pacers Paul George led Indiana with 32 points, with Jeff Teague being the second highest scorer on the Pacers with 23 points. 

Game 3: Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 PM ET in Indiana on TNT

Game 4: Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 PM ET in Indiana on ABC

Game 5: Tuesday, April 25 in Cleveland (If Needed) 

Game 6: Thursday, April 27 in Indiana (If Needed)

Game 7: Saturday, April 29 in Cleveland (If Needed)

What To Look For? Indiana Pacers Paul George recently made some questionable comments about his teammates and is refusing to score saying that his motivation to win, fuelled his comments. The Indiana Pacers and the Paul George drama is ongoing since the trade deadline and we could be seeing the end of the era in Indiana for George. It will be interesting to see if his team joins around him to get a win or if they call it a year and pack it in. 

(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

The series between the Raptors and Bucks is all tied up at 1 apiece. The Greek Freak has been the centerpiece for the Bucks and Toronto struggled to stop him in game 1. They did a better job at containing him in game 2 but far from stopping him.  

Game 1 - Milwaukee 97 Toronto 83

The Bucks won game 1 on the road by 14 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points to lead all scorers on Saturday night. The Raptors had the lead at halftime 51-46 but they couldn’t hold onto the lead in the second half, getting outscored 51-32 in the second half. 

Game 2 - Toronto 106 Milwaukee 100

Demar DeRozan stepped up in game 2 for the Raptors posting 23 points and 7 rebounds.  Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer for the Bucks again posting a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds.  

Game 3:Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 PM ET in Milwaukee on NBATV

Game 4: Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 PM ET in Milwaukee on TNT

Game 5: Monday, April 24 at 7:00 PM ET in Toronto on NBATV

Game 6: Thursday, April 27 in Milwaukee (If Needed)

Game 7: Saturday, April 29 in Toronto (If Needed)

What To Look For? The Raptors have to find ways to slow down Gianni Antetokounmpo. In game 1 and game 2, he led the Bucks in scoring and can take a game over single-handedly if given the chance. I think everyone agrees that the Raptors are a better team but if they keep allowing Antetokounmpo to hang around in games, the Bucks are going to be tough to eliminate.  

(4) Washington Wizards vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

The Washington Wizards lead the series 2-0 and now head to Atlanta for game 3 of their quarterfinal game. John Wall has been on fire in the playoffs scoring 32 points in both game 1 and game 2. 

Game 1 - Washington 114 Atlanta 107

In game 1, all 5 Washington Wizards starters posted double-digit scoring figures and Kelly Oubre scored 11 off the bench. John Wall posted a double-double and career-high numbers with 32 points and 14 assists. Marcin Gortat also put up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

Game 2 - Washington 109 Atlanta 101

Game 2 in the series went to the Wizards. John Wall posted 32 points for the 2nd time in the playoffs. Bradley Beal was one shy of Wall posting 31 points. Marcin Gortat posted his 2nd double in the playoffs scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds, which was the same as his first game in the playoffs.  

Game 3: Saturday, April 22 at 5:30 PM ET in Atlanta on TNT

Game 4: Monday, April 24 at 8:00 PM ET in Atlanta on TNT

Game 5: Wednesday, April 26 in Washington (If Needed)

Game 6: Friday, April 28 in Atlanta (If Needed)

Game 7: Sunday, April 30 in Washington (If Needed)

What To Look For? The Wizards John Wall is making a statement in this series! He is leading all scorers and dominating games. Wall has a supporting cast around him of Beal, Gortat Porter and Morris. The Wizards are deep and are getting decent minutes from their bench. They now head to Atlanta and if they can take one game in Atlanta, this series will be hard for Atlanta to turn around!

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