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National Basketball Association playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times

14 April 2019

With the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs closing their respective seasons with wins, the Warriors' first-round opponent is confirmed: They'll play the LA Clippers. Now, the Warriors should be well-rested for the playoff opener. Since then the Dubs have averaged 115.1 points per game, while shooting a league-leading 49% from the field.

No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs.

Season series: Tied, 2-2.

Nearly three years ago now, Kevin Durant sacrificed money and fame to take a backseat to Stephen Curry on the NBA's best regular season team of all time. They will hold the home advantage over any other team in playoffs. Boston has been everything but consistent during the regular season and lack defensive tenacity without Smart.

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The No. 1-seeded Warriors will face the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, which begins Saturday.

The new era of foreign-born National Basketball Association players, which includes Antetokounmpo and Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Dončić, is certainly making the game more competitive and more exciting than ever before for fans all over the world.

The league's best team, the Milwaukee Bucks, are the favorite. But if D'Angelo Russell can carry his incredible year into the postseason, Kenny Atkinson's Nets could make some noise in this series. Neither team is particularly potent so needs to rely on being solid defensively. As there is every year, there were a ton of memorable performances from a number of players this season, and these are the five of the absolute best.

This should be a fun series between L.A. and Golden State.

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It includes Denver, in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. "Unfortunately, I rightly predicted we'd lose by 50, I think we lost by 40 that game, I don't know how much". In Kyrie Irving they have a proven postseason performer, someone who helped the Cavaliers rally from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors in 2016, plus a supporting cast that allows coach Brad Stevens to adapt to opposing teams and a hot hand. He'll get Curry playoff-sharp in a hurry. Denver's rotation guys - other than Paul Millsap - aren't swimming in postseason experience, and the question becomes how equipped they are to handle this stage. Hats off to Nikola Jokic, Michael Malone, and the Nuggets on a magnificent regular season... Jordan was MVP and Finals MVP for a second successive year as the Portland Trail Blazers were vanquished. That's why he came to the Warriors as a free agent. You don't just roll out of bed and learn how to win - it takes time, and this franchise hasn't won in a long time. Assume the biggest stars on both sides will be stars. Antetokounmpo will likely have to defend Griffin assuming he starts and plays, which is not a great matchup for your best player. Kanter has been great down the stretch for Portland, and Adams is a stabilizing force for the Thunder. The Jazz were seeded No. 4 when they won a 4-versus-5 series in 2007 and 2008 - both of those coming against Houston.

The only problem with this quote is that people already know how thin-skinned Durant is, which is why he got caught with multiple burner accounts just to talk shit back to people who talk shit about him constantly. The other thing is I'm not sure they have enough star power outside of league MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. The way these teams are playing, it's kind of a shame that they're meeting in the first round. The case for Antetokounmpo revolves around his team's success and his key role in it, while the one for Harden relies on his unprecedented statistics. For the second straight season, Mitchell gets matched up against the reigning NBA MVP in Round 1.

Prediction: Rockets in 7.

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National Basketball Association playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times