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As you all know, the NBA regular season concluded its games last night. With the San Antonio Spurs holding on to the top record all season, they will remain the #1 West seed but will have to settle for #2 overall after losing last night to the Phoenix Suns. The overall #1 seed went to the Chicago Bulls, who put on their best season since the Michael Jordan days with a 62 win season. If the Spurs won last night, there would have been a tie between both leading teams, and a rare feat would have happened, as all tiebreakers would have been useless and there would have been a random draw to determine who holds home court advantage all the way. But, that won’t happen anymore due to the Spurs loss last night, who will end up playing eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

Back to the topic, after the Eastern conference was decided as early as Monday night, the Western conference was decided in the final seconds of last night with the Los Angeles Lakers playing what could be the last game in Sacramento vs. the Sacramento Kings, as the Kings may be moving to Anaheim. The Lakers won the game in OT, and claimed 2nd seed to face the New Orleans Hornets, who lost to the Dallas Mavericks last night, hence the Mavs claiming the third seed and will face the sixth-seeded Portland TrailBlazers. The final matchup of the Western conference may be one for the ages, which will feature two of the most athletic and versatile young teams in the league, fourth seeded Oklahoma City Thunder against the Denver Nuggets.

The playoff schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, April 16

Indiana Pacers at                            Chicago Bulls Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Philadelphia 76ers                     at                            Miami Heat Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Atlanta Hawks                             at                            Orlando Magic Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, ESPN
Portland Trail Blazers             at                            Dallas Mavericks Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 17

Memphis Grizzlies                     at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 1, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, TNT
New Orleans Hornets               at                             L.A. Lakers Game 1, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
New York Knicks                         at                            Boston Celtics Game 1, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Denver Nuggets                           at                            Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 18

Philadelphia 76ers                   at                             Miami Heat Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Indiana Pacers                            at                            Chicago Bulls Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Tuesday, April 19

New York Knicks                        at                             Boston Celtics Game 2, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
Atlanta Hawks                            at                            Orlando Magic
Game 2, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, NBA TV
Portland Trail Blazers            at                            Dallas Mavericks
Game 2, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Wednesday, April 20

Denver Nuggets                            at                           Oklahoma City Thunder Game 2, 5 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, TNT
Memphis Grizzlies                      at                            San Antonio Spurs Game 2, 5:30 PM PT/8:30 PM ET, NBA TV
New Orleans Hornets                 at                            L.A. Lakers Game 2, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Thursday, April 21

Chicago Bulls                                 at                            Indiana Pacers Game 3, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, NBA TV
Miami Heat                                    at                            Philadelphia 76ers Game 3, 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                         at                           Portland Trail Blazers Game 3, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Friday, April 22

Boston Celtics                               at                            New York Knicks Game 3, 4 PM ET/7 PM PT, ESPN
Orlando Magic                              at                            Atlanta Hawks Game 3, 5 PM ET/8 PM PT, ESPN2/ESPN3D
L.A. Lakers                                     at                            New Orleans Hornets Game 3, 6:30 PM ET/9:30 PM PT, ESPN

Saturday, April 23

Chicago Bulls                               at                             Indiana Pacers Game 4, 11:30 AM PT/2:30 PM ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks                       at                             Portland Trail Blazers Game 4, 2 PM PT/5 PM ET, TNT
San Antonio Spurs                    at                             Memphis Grizzlies Game 3, 4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder       at                             Denver Nuggets Game 3, 7 PM PT/10 PM ET, ESPN

Sunday, April 24

Miami  Heat                                 at                              Philadelphia 76ers Game 4, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, ABC
Boston Celtics                             at                               New York Knicks Game 4, 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET, ABC
Orlando Magic                            at                               Atlanta Hawks Game 4, 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, TNT
L.A. Lakers                                   at                                New Orleans Hornets Game 4, 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, TNT

Monday, April 25
Oklahoma City at Denver,
Game 4, 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, TNT

Times to be determined
San Antonio at Memphis, Game 4
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 5

Tuesday, April 26 (times to be determined)
New York at Boston (*), Game 5
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 5
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 5
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 5

Wednesday, April 27 (times to be determined)
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 5
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 5
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 5

Thursday, April 28 (times TBD)
Chicago at Indiana (*), Game 6
Orlando at Atlanta (*), Game 6
LA Lakers at New Orleans (*), Game 6
Dallas at Portland (*), Game 6

Friday, April 29 (times TBD)
Boston at New York (*), Game 6
Miami at Philadelphia (*), Game 6
San Antonio at Memphis (*), Game 6
Oklahoma City at Denver (*), Game 6

Saturday, April 30 (times TBD, games on TNT)
Indiana at Chicago (*), Game 7
Atlanta at Orlando (*), Game 7
New Orleans at LA Lakers (*), Game 7
Portland at Dallas (*), Game 7

Sunday, May 1 (times TBD)
New York at Boston (*), Game 7
Philadelphia at Miami (*), Game 7
Memphis at San Antonio (*), Game 7
Denver at Oklahoma City (*), Game 7

(*)–if necessary


The Miami Heat got primetime treatment from the NBA schedule-makers.

No shit.

With the release of their partial schedule, the new-look Miami Heat open their season October 26th on national television against the team that knocked them out last season, Eastern Conference champs Boston Celtics, while the NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant and his NBA champs the Los Angeles Lakers tip off their season after the ring ceremony against  last season absentee Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets.

Christmas day will have continue to have the “five live games”  with the main event being the awaited match-up between the trio of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat vs. the NBA champs, preluded by a rematch of the ’10 Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic.

It is rumored that LeBron James will be making his long awaited return to Cleveland on December 2nd as the second game of a back-to-back games for the Miami Heat.

Other must- see games:

October 27th:

Chicago Bulls vs.Oklahoma City Thunder: Two of the top six teams in the NBA will be facing each other on Day 2 as the revamped Bulls with former Utah Jazz players Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver and new coach Tom Thobideau facing the stable Thunder who had a quiet offseason.

Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Both teams had to go through the agony of seeing their #1 Draft picks miss their first season due to injury. Will Greg Oden of the Blazers and Blake Griffin of the Clippers play this game and how good will they be?

October 28th:

Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic: Two big reasons to watch the game: First, this will be the awaited debut of the 2010 #1 Draft pick John Wall for the Washington Wizards, and the second big reason will be the Orlando Magic’ debut in their new Amway Center.

Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz: After going through major makeovers, including both teams losing big-name power forwards this summer, this matchup could be an interesting one with the Suns acquiring Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress after losing Amare Stoudemire and the Utah Jazz trading for Al Jefferson after losing Carlos Boozer.

October 29th:

Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat: The Miami Heat will be playing their first home game against their state rivals Orlando Magic. While the Miami Heat have the Miami Thrice, they do not, however, have a big center to defend Dwight Howard. Will the Magic take advantage?

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns: Rematch of the 2010 Western Conference finals, although it won’t be the same after the departure of Stoudemire but with all that it will remain to be an interesting game.

Full partial schedule that was released (Note: Schedule taken off ESPN.com):

2010-11 NBA Opening Week Schedule

Date Matchup Coverage Time
Tuesday, Oct. 26 Heat vs. Celtics TNT, ESPN Radio 7:30 ET
Tuesday, Oct. 26 Rockets vs. Lakers TNT 10:30 ET
Wednesday, Oct. 27 Bulls vs. Thunder ESPN, ESPN3.com 8 ET
Wednesday, Oct. 27 Blazers vs. Clippers ESPN, ESPN3.com 10:30 ET
Thursday, Oct. 28 Wizards vs. Magic TNT 8 ET
Thursday, Oct. 28 Suns vs. Jazz TNT 10:30 ET
Friday, Oct. 29 Magic vs. Heat ESPN, ESPN3.com 8 ET
Friday, Oct. 29 Lakers vs. Suns ESPN, ESPN3.com 10:30 ET
Date Matchup Coverage Time
Saturday, Dec. 25 Bulls vs. Knicks ESPN, ESPN3.com Noon ET
Saturday, Dec. 25 Celtics vs. Magic ABC 2:30 ET
Saturday, Dec. 25 Heat vs. Lakers ABC, ESPN Radio 5 ET
Saturday, Dec. 25 Nuggets vs. Thunder ESPN, ESPN3.com 8 ET
Saturday, Dec. 25 Blazers vs. Warriors ESPN, ESPN3.com 10:30 ET

2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schedule

Date Matchup Coverage Time
Monday, Jan. 17 Bulls vs. Grizzlies ESPN, ESPN3.com 1 ET
Monday, Jan. 17 Magic vs. Celtics TNT 8 ET
Monday, Jan. 17 Thunder vs. Lakers TNT 10:30 ET