Get your rest the next couple of days, because the NBA playoffs will reach fever pitch on Sunday. The NBA playoffs have reached the conference finals, and this year’s conference finals feature four incredible teams with several of the league’s premier players. On Sunday, the Eastern Conference Finals gets us started at 3:30pm ET (ABC) with the #4 Cleveland Cavaliers facing the #2 Boston Celtics.
Then on Monday, the Western Conference Finals begin, with the #2 Golden State Warriors doing battle against the #1 Houston Rockets (9:00pm, TNT). These conference finals will feature three former Duke Blue Devils who will each look to end the year hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
In the East, Rodney Hood will look to redeem himself after a disappointing playoffs that culminated with him refusing to enter the game in the 4th quarter of the Cavs’ closeout win against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday (he has since apologized). LeBron James has been...well, a King in these playoffs thus far, and Hood will look to provide some 3-and-D to help the Cavs return to the Finals.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum is playing some of the best basketball in the playoffs for the Celtics. He has dominated on both ends of the floor and has shown fans why the Celtics so badly desired him and eventually drafted him last summer. In the East, only James has had a better postseason so far, and Tatum will be looked on to continue his hot streak against The King. Kyrie Irving remains out for the rest of the season due to the knee injury he sustained late in the season, but would be eligible for a ring should the Celtics win it all.
In the West, Quinn Cook continues to perform well for the Warriors and has set himself up well to be a part of the core bench unit as the champions seek to defend their title. They will have their hands full against James Harden, Chris Paul and the Rockets.
This is one of the most anticipated playoff series in quite a long time that wasn’t an NBA Finals, and the two best teams in the league are sure to provide lots of scoring and fireworks over the next two weeks.
Set your DVRs and make plans to watch these former Blue Devils try to lead their team to the NBA Finals:
Eastern Conference Finals
Game 1 - Sunday, May 13: Cleveland at Boston, 3:30pm ET, ABC
Game 2 - Tuesday, May 15: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Game 3 - Saturday, May 19: Boston at Cleveland, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Game 4 - Monday, May 21: Boston at Cleveland, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Game 5* - Wednesday, May 23: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Game 6* - Friday, May 25: Boston at Cleveland, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Game 7* - Sunday, May 27: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30pm ET, ESPN
Western Conference Finals (all games on TNT)
Game 1 - Monday, May 14: Golden State at Houston, 9pm ET
Game 2 - Wednesday, May 16: Golden State at Houston, 9pm ET
Game 3 - Sunday, May 20: Houston at Golden State, 8pm ET
Game 4 - Tuesday, May 22: Houston at Golden State, 9pm ET
Game 5* - Thursday, May 24: Golden State at Houston, 9pm ET
Game 6* - Saturday, May 26: Houston at Golden State, 9pm ET
Game 7* - Monday, May 28: Golden State at Houston, 9pm ET
Who will book their trip to the NBA Finals? The next two weeks will tell the tale. Don’t miss the action!
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