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Thunder will play Jazz or Rockets in first round of NBA playoffs

Thunder will play Jazz or Rockets in first round of NBA playoffs

The NBA announced the schedule for the first round of playoff matches that begin on April 14.

As if getting to the playoffs wasn't enough, there's a bit of a financial stake at play for Minnesota and Denver in their finale - the winning team splits $298,485, as part of the NBA's $20 million playoff pool this season.

The regular season ended with a flourish.

When LeBron James took the floor for Cleveland against NY on Wednesday night, it represented a first for the four-time MVP - this is the first of his 15 seasons in which he's played in every regular-season game.

Start with the East pairings: Lowry and the top-seeded Raptors play No. 8 Washington, No. 2 Boston faces No. 7 Milwaukee, No. 3 Philadelphia gets No. 6 Miami and No. 4 Cleveland - with LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive appearance in The Finals - opening against No. 5 in, a surprise team at the start of the season and one that isn't a surprise anymore.

So there's only one spot left in the 16-team tournament that will decide whose fingerprints get to put the smudge of a championship celebration on the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June.

The Warriors point guard will not make it back for the first round of the post-season when the reigning National Basketball Association champions take on the Spurs on April 14. Would they pick a Washington Wizards team that seemingly can't get out of its own way, or would they prefer the San Antonio Spurs or New Orleans Pelicans without Kawhi Leonard and DeMarcus Cousins, respectively?

Yes, that was the number Quarterman wore in his stint with the Rockets, and the team just didn't have time to get Jackson's name plate sewed on. San Antonio's lone win came when Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all missed the game or were injured during the action.

So, who are the Warriors most likely to face based on the outcome of Wednesday's games?

"Right now, in this state in which they are 7-10 in their last 17 games and Curry's hurt and they just lost by a thousand points last night, these are G-chats and texts that are happening last night during the Jazz complete destruction of a team that clearly doesn't care very much", he added. The teams split their four-game regular-season series. Their offensive rating (111.1) is a franchise high and behind only the high-octane scoring machines found in Houston and Golden State.

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