NBA Recap: Thunder Beat Rockets To Force Game 7
NBA action in the bubble in Orlando was halted for a couple of days due to a protest spearheaded by the league’s players in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Though the players as a whole considered walking out on the remainder of the season, they ultimately decided that they should finish what they started in Orlando, while also using the platform that the postseason affords them to continue to spread their messages of social justice.
As far as the playoff picture goes, the two Eastern Conference semifinal series are already set with the Milwaukee Bucks taking on the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors going against the Boston Celtics. In the West things are still getting fleshed out, although the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers have both already punched their ticket to the second round.
With so much exciting action already occurring, one can’t help be excited about what the rest of the postseason will have in store. Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule for the 2020 NBA playoffs, keeping in mind that everything is up in the air at the moment.
Saturday, Aug. 29Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks 118, Orlando Magic 104Game 5: Houston Rockets 114, Oklahoma City Thunder 80Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers 131, Portland Trail Blazers 122Sunday, Aug. 30Game 1: Boston Celtics 112, Toronto Raptors 94Game 6: Los Angeles Clippers 111, Dallas Mavericks 97Game 6: Denver Nuggets 119, Utah Jazz 107Monday, Aug. 31Game 1: Miami Heat 115, Milwaukee Bucks 104Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder 104, Houston Rockets 100Tuesday, Sept. 1Game 2: Boston Celtics 102, Toronto Raptors 99Game 7: Denver Nuggets 80, Utah Jazz 78Wednesday, Sept. 2Game 2: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) Game 7: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)*
Thursday, Sept. 3Game 3: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m. ET (TNT)Friday, Sept. 4Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)Saturday, Sept. 5Game 4: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m. ET (TNT) Sunday, Sept. 6Game 4: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC) Monday, Sept. 7Game 5: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, TBD*
Tuesday, Sept. 8Game 5: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, TBD*
Wednesday, Sept. 9Game 6: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics, TBD
Thursday, Sept. 10Game 6: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, TBD
Friday, Sept. 11Game 7: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, TBD*
Saturday, Sept. 12Game 7: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, TBD*
Completed gamesMonday, Aug. 17Tuesday, Aug. 18Game 1: Orlando Magic 122, Milwaukee Bucks 110Game 1: Miami Heat 113, Indiana Pacers 101Game 1: Houston Rockets 123, Oklahoma City Thunder 108Game 1: Portland Trail Blazers 100, Los Angeles Lakers 93Wednesday, Aug. 19Game 2: Toronto Raptors 104, Brooklyn Nets 99Game 2: Utah Jazz 124, Denver Nuggets 105Game 2: Boston Celtics 128, Philadelphia 76ers 101Game 2: Dallas Mavericks 127, Los Angeles Clippers 114Thursday, Aug. 20Game 2: Miami Heat 109, Indiana Pacers 100Game 2: Houston Rockets 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 98Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks 111, Orlando Magic 96Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers 111, Portland Trail Blazers 88Friday, Aug. 21Game 3: Toronto Raptors 117, Brooklyn Nets 92Game 3: Utah Jazz 124, Denver Nuggets 87Game 3: Boston Celtics 102, Philadelphia 76ers 94Game 3: Los Angeles Clippers 130, Dallas Mavericks 122Saturday, Aug. 22Game 3: Milwaukee Bucks 121, Orlando Magic 107Game 3: Miami Heat 124, Indiana Pacers 115Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder 119, Houston Rockets 107 (OT)Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers 116, Portland Trail Blazers 108Sunday, Aug. 23Game 4: Boston Celtics 110, Philadelphia 76ers 106Game 4: Dallas Mavericks 135, Los Angeles Clippers 133 OTGame 4: Toronto Raptors 150, Brooklyn Nets 122Game 4: Utah Jazz 129, Denver Nuggets 127Monday, Aug. 24Game 4: Milwaukee Bucks 121, Orlando Magic 106Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Houston Rockets 114Game 4: Miami Heat 99, Indiana Pacers 87Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers 135, Portland Trail Blazers 115Tuesday, Aug. 25Game 5: Denver Nuggets 117, Utah Jazz 107Game 5: Los Angeles Clippers 154, Dallas Mavericks 111