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>2011 NBA Playoff Schedule

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NBA Playoff schedule {Link}
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Chicago vs. 8 Indiana
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Indiana at Chicago, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Indiana at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Chicago at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Chicago at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT
2 Miami vs. 7 Philadelphia
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Philadelphia at Miami, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Miami at Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Miami at Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
3 Boston vs. 6 New York
Game 1 – Sun April 17, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Tue April 19, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Boston at New York, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Boston at New York, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
4 Orlando vs. 5 Atlanta
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Orlando at Atlanta, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN3D
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Orlando at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 San Antonio vs. 8 Memphis
Game 1 – Sun April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat April 23, San Antonio at Memphis, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
2 L.A. Lakers vs. 7 New Orleans
Game 1 – Sun April 17, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Wed April 20, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
3 Dallas vs. 6 Portland
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Dallas at Portland, 5:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT
4 Oklahoma City vs. 5 Denver
Game 1 – Sun April 17, Denver at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Denver at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Sat April 23, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in NBA, Playoffs

 

>Lakers Playoff Scenarios

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After last night’s win against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers locked up at least the #3 seed in the West Conference.

The standings as of right now:
(2) Los Angeles Lakers 56-25
(3) Dallas Mavericks 56-25
(4) Oklahoma City Thunder 55-26

(6) Portland Trail Blazers 48-33 *Locked up 6 spot; but still play Lakers if they fall to 3.
(7) New Orleans Hornets 46-35
(8) Memphis Grizzlies 46-35

Scenarios:
Lakers to clinch (2) spot:
Lakers WIN or Mavericks LOSS
Mavericks to clinch (2) spot:
Mavericks WIN & Lakers LOSS
Mavericks clinch (3) spot:
Mavericks WIN & Lakers WIN
Mavericks LOSS & Thunder LOSS
Thunder clinch (3) spot:
Thunder WIN & Mavericks LOSS
Hornets clinch (7) spot:
Hornets WIN
Hornets LOSS & Grizzlies LOSS
Grizzlies clinch (7) spot:
Grizzlies WIN & Hornets LOSS
Tiebreakers:
If Lakers/Mavericks tie = Lakers 
If Lakers/Thunder tie = Lakers
If Mavericks/Thunder tie = Thunder
If Hornets/Grizzlies tie = Hornets



Tonight’s Games:
NO Hornets @ DAL Mavericks (5:00pm) *ESPN
MIL Bucks @ OKC Thunder (5:00pm)
LA Lakers @ SAC Kings (7:30pm)
MEM Grizzlies @ LA Clippers (7:30pm) *ESPN

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If the Hornets beat the Mavericks tonight. Then the Lakers will face the Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.

That’s what i’m hoping for since they don’t have David West and the Lakers are (4-0) against them this season.

Also since that game is before the Lakers/Kings, Phil Jackson can rest some of the starters. That’s only if the Hornets win their game.

 

>Lakers’ 5 Straight Losses & Playoff Seeding Still Not Set

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What’s Going On?

Lakers lost their 5th game in a row last night. It was the first time in the Pau Gasol era.

Game 1: Nuggets 95 Lakers 90
Game 2: Jazz 86 Lakers 85
Game 3: Warriors 95 Lakers 87
Game 4: Blazers 93 Lakers 86
Game 5: Thunder 120 Lakers 106

Lakers couldn’t even get close to 100 points in any of their first 4 games of the streak. But when they finally find their offense, they don’t play defense on the other end. It’s frustrating watching these games at home knowing they should be capable of blowing some of these teams out.

I’m not worried at all by this current losing streak. They just won 17 of 18 before this skid, plus it’s not the playoffs yet. If they continue to play like this, then they won’t be making it out of the first round.

Kevin Ding from the OC Register posted a story last night about 5 problems the Lakers currently have.

1. Andrew & Lamar. (Sorry, Khloe.)
End-game situations are more important than anything in the NBA playoffs. It’s not required that the Lakers play the same five guys to finish games, but there is a comfort level for a team to know which is your best crew for closing. 

2. Andrew & the Killer B’s.
As much sense as it makes to reward Bynum’s diligent defensive play by putting him out there for offensive opportunities with the Lakers’ second unit (when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are not on the floor), it hasn’t worked real well lately. 

3. Shannon Brown is still going down.
Brown’s sharp start to the season feels like eons ago. He has regressed in every way, and if there had been signs this was coming, maybe the Lakers wouldn’t have been so eager to dump Sasha Vujacic’s attitude and salary. 

4. Bombs away … way, way away.
The Lakers are not even an average 3-point shooting team. They are at 35.3 percent, 18th best in the 30-team NBA. When Odom (39.3 percent) is your best 3-point shooter, as was the case until Derek Fisher (39.4) recently nosed ahead of him, you know it’s a problem. 

5. The power of intimidation.
The Lakers chose to take a breather here before needing to summon their playoff intensity. It is going to cost them meeting Jackson’s stated goal of bettering their 57-victory season a year ago – the best this team can do is match it by winning the last two games – and probably home-court advantage against both Chicago and Miami in potential NBA Finals.

Playoff Picture

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If Lakers/Mavericks tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.

If Lakers/Thunder tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.
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If Lakers/Celtics tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the finals. Lakers hold tiebreaker.

If Lakers/Heat tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the Finals. Heat hold tiebreaker.
To sum it all up, Lakers must win against the Spurs on Tuesday and the Kings on Wednesday.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

 

>Lakers 2011 Playoff Tickets Information

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From the Lakers website

Schedule:
The NBA playoffs begin the first weekend after the end of the regular season and run through the middle of June. There are 4 rounds to the playoffs; A – First Round, B – Conference Semi-Finals; C – Conference Finals, D – NBA Finals. The First Round playoff schedule is not known until after the end of the regular season, which ends on April 13th, 2011. The schedules for subsequent rounds are not known until the preceding round is completed.

Tickets:
Tickets for the first round of the playoffs will be on-sale to the public at 10am on April 9th. You can get tickets through Ticketmaster.com. and Ticketmaster outlets, but not at the STAPLES Center Box Office. There is a limit to 4 tickets/game for the public on-sale.

You can also try Ticketexchange, where you get seats straight from our season ticket holders. Ticketexchange will have tickets for purchase once the date of the game is confirmed.

Tickets for future playoff rounds will go on-sale towards the end of the preceding round. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Presale:
The Lakers will have 2 presales for First Round playoff tickets. The first will be on April 7th from 12-4pm PDT for Lakers season ticket holders and the second on April 8th from 12-4pm PDT for subscribers to our Lakers Promotions email list and members of our season ticket holder waiting list. The presale will take place on Ticketmaster.com. If you are eligible for the presale, you will receive an email with complete details by end of the day on Monday, April 4th.

Please visit our Presale FAQ’s page for answers to questions we have received from past presales.
Please keep in mind that tickets are in extremely limited supply relative to demand. Participating in the presale is not a guarantee that you will be able to find tickets. With only 4 total games going on-sale, the number of tickets available is low relative to the number of fans looking for tickets, even during the presale.

Sign-up to participate in the pre-sale. To be signed-up you must be subscribed to Lakers Ticket Alerts and Promotions. You must be signed up by April 3rd to take part in the presale for the First Round. If you signed-up after April 3rd, then you will be eligible for future presales, but not the First Round Presale.

 

>Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV (45).

On February 6, both teams will play at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX. Kick-off time is estimated to be around 6:25 p.m. EST.

National Anthem will be performed by Christina Aguilera and the Halftime show will feature a performance by the Black Eyed Peas.

The (14-4) Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 31-24, in the divisional round and the New York Jets, 24-19, in the AFC Championship round.

The (13-6) Green Bay Packers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-16, in the wild card round. They also defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 48-21, in the divisional round and defeated the Chicago Bears, 21-14 in the NFC Championship round.

The Packers are only the second #6 seed to ever make a Super Bowl appearance. The Steelers won the Super Bowl as a #6 seed in Super Bowl XL.

The early Vegas line for this game:
Jan. 24 Packers (-2.5)

My prediction for Super Bowl XLV:
Score – Steelers 24-20
MVP – Troy Polamalu

 

>NFL Championship Sunday

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Later today, the NFL Conference Championship games will be played in Chicago & Pittsburgh.

3:30 P.M. EST (Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears)
6:30 P.M. EST (New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers)

I’m taking the Green Bay Packers to beat the Chicago Bears 20-14 and the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat the New York Jets 14-10.

I just see great defenses in both games. The reason the Bears are playing today is because of their defense.

Well i’ll leave you guys with this from Bart Scott, i’m sure everyone including myself feels this way right now:

 

>Marshawn Lynch’s Memorable Playoff Run

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The greatest run i’ve witnessed and it came in the playoffs against the defending Super Bowl Champion, Saints.