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Thursday And-1 links: First look at NBA playoff schedule

Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

A lot of things are still up in the air, but the NBA released a first look at the first games of the first round of the NBA playoffs. That’s a lot of firsts but it’s all we have — the times have not been set, neither have the rest of the games. We just know what teams are playing what days (which the coaches wanted to know so they knew to rest Thursday night).

In the East Chicago will host Philadelphia or New York Saturday, and Miami will host the other half of Philadelphia/New York Saturday as well. Orlando is at Indiana Saturday. Boston and Atlanta play Sunday, we just have yet to find out who gets home court.

• In the West, Utah is at San Antonio Sunday. Oklahoma City will host either Dallas or Denver on Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers will host the other half off Dallas or Denver on Sunday. The Los Angeles Clippers against Memphis will start Sunday, although which team gets home court will be decided Thursday.

• The Bulls need to win to clinch best record through the playoffs, and Tom Thibodeau said he planned to play his starters 20-30 minutes. With it now announced the Bulls play Saturday, his thinking might change.

• I really like the Jazz’s big lineup — Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors all on the floor at once — but let’s not start thinking they can do to San Antonio what Memphis did a year ago.

• Knicks coach Mike Woodson is hopeful he will have Jeremy Lin back for the second round of the playoffs. I say that’s not going to matter.

• Etan Thomas speaks for a lot of us in asking Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter to back away from the ledge they are on.

• Sasha Vujacic does want to return to the NBA but he does not have a deal with Toronto in hand, they don’t really want him.

Antawn Jamison is not coming back to the Cavaliers next year.

• A Miami Heat fan did not find the antics of the Phoenix Suns Gorilla mascot funny and punched the guy in the face, giving him a bloody nose.

• Arena talks is Sacramento are not dead, but the doctors still say the prognosis is not good.

When NBA halftime show tightrope walking performances go bad.

• An interview with the former ESPN editor who made the Jeremy Lin headline mistake.

  1. zblott - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Why does everyone keep talking about the Memphis-over-SanAn occurrence in 2011’s Round One as if Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili weren’t both very injured?

    • gmen4life33 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      they are old. they are both on the verge of being very injured today also. when your core is 3 vets, you cant pull the “we were hurt” excuse. of course you were, you are old. its like if a team with all rookies said “why are people ignoring we were inexperienced”. It is part of who you are

      • zblott - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        And that part (being old/experienced) made them the top team in the entire Western Conference last year. Then two of their top three got old and they lost to the 8th seed. Sure vets get injured, but it’s hard not to pin this loss directly on the really bad timing of both of them getting hurt at the same time.

      • gmen4life33 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        your missing the point, im saying getting injured is a characteristic of the Spurs, so you cant “pin” it on the injuries. It is who they are. Its like Mike Dantoni saying “Man, if my teams just played defense…”

        The Spurs age gives them a lot of benefits, like being savvy and experienced, but you cant take the good without the bad. When you are that old you cant pull the injury excuse, its part of your identity, not a fluke

      • zblott - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        I guess you missed the part where D’Antoni’s Knicks this year are 5th in the league in Defensive Rating.

      • gmen4life33 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        I think you missed the part where Dantoni is no longer the coach of the Knicks, and they werent a top 10 defensive team until after he left and Woodson took over. And yes, they were better at DEF even before Dantoni left, but that is because Woodson was brought in as a def specialist. Dantoni has admitted to 75% of practice time to offense

  2. memphismiracle - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    It probably has something to do with the fact that Memphis beat San Antonio into the ground without Rudy Gay and without complaining about his absence.

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