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NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times

NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors-Clippers first-round dates, times

NorCal vs. SoCal -- it's on.

The No. 1-seeded Warriors will face the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, which begins Saturday.

Here's the full series schedule:
Game 1 -- Saturday at 5 p.m. PT in Oakland (TV: ABC)
Game 2 -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. PT in Oakland (TV: NBC Sports Bay Area)
Game 3 -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles (TV: NBC Sports Bay Area)
Game 4 -- Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. PT in Los Angeles (TV: ABC)
Game 5 -- Wednesday, April 24 with time TBD in Oakland (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**
Game 6 -- Friday, April 26 with time TBD in Los Angeles (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**
Game 7 -- Sunday, April 28 with time TBD in Oakland (TV: TBD) **If Necessary**

Pregame coverage begins 90 minutes before every game of the series on NBC Sports Bay Area and the MyTeams app.

The Dubs wrapped up their spot atop the Western Conference last Sunday, but they had to wait until the last day of the regular season to know who they would play first.

It's a dream matchup for Golden State, as the Dubs get to limit their travel while also playing against a Clippers team that, by almost every measure, has overachieved this season. Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams are quality players, but they are unlikely to be able to match up against the star power of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Co.

The Warriors won the season series with Los Angeles three games to one, with LA's lone victory coming in overtime back on Nov. 12 -- the infamous game in which Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into a heated confrontation.

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Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?

None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?