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Cavs forward Jeff Green rocks Ovi jersey before Game 4 of NBA Finals

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Cavs forward Jeff Green rocks Ovi jersey before Game 4 of NBA Finals

The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions and with that title comes a lot of praise, especially for Captain and Conn Smythe trophy winner, Alex Ovechkin.

Taking some time off from his own championship run, D.C. native and Cavaliers forward, Jeff Green, rocked an Ovechkin jersey prior to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The former Georgetown Hoya also wished his hometown team luck in a special shoutout to the Caps.

The Cavs, who are down three games to none in the NBA Finals, are up for potential elimination in Game 4 tonight.

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Cavaliers are back at the top

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Cavaliers are back at the top

It did not take long, but the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are back atop the NBA hierarchy.

There was some skepticism after Golden State dropped a game to the San Antonio Spurs and did not have a 100 percent Steph Curry. No one has fully believed in the Cleveland Cavaliers once throughout the 2017-18 season.

Yet, they are back to being No. 1 and No. 2 of the playoff teams.

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Every series will have an elimination game in the next day or two. Before the weekend, we could easily have our conference finals matchups. In the East, Cleveland and the Boston Celtics are on the verge of a sweep. In the West, the Warriors and Houston Rockets have each dropped one through four games and enjoy 3-1 leads.

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No one was convinced with the Toronto Raptors once the bracket came out. When you add in the playoff demons they possess and the fact they had to go through the team with LeBron James on it, all hope is now gone.

While the Philadelphia 76ers are nearing a similar fate, there is not the same certainty in their series with Boston. Many still believe that the 76ers can make a push to extend the series to seven games.

Back to the Cavaliers, no one can stop James. Even at 33-years of age, he can still single-handily carry his team.

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Cooling off the New Orleans Pelicans, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round, Golden State is in complete control of their series. It does not appear they look to take their foot off the pedal either with Curry still needing time to heal.

While the Houston Rockets have the top seed in the West, they are struggling. Putting up some of their worst shooting numbers on the season, they are still getting by the Utah Jazz.

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NBA Playoffs 2018: Full playoff bracket, second-round schedule

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NBA Playoffs 2018: Full playoff bracket, second-round schedule

The 2018 NBA Playoff bracket is officially set and the first-round is wrapped up. 

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics locked up the top two seeds and took advantage of home court, moving on to round two.

Toronto faces the No. 4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Celtics have the No. 3 seed, Philadelphia 76ers.

In the West, the No. 1 seed Houston Rockets moved on, facing No. 5 seed Utah Jazz, while the No. 2 seeded Golden State Warriors have the No. 6 seed New Orleans Pelicans. 

Eastern Conference Semis

No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers (Cleveland wins 4-0)

Game 1: Tuesday 5/1. Cavs 113, Raptors 112 
Game 2: Thursday 5/3. Cavs 128, Raptors 110
Game 3: Saturday 5/5. Cavs 105, Raptors 103
Game 4: Monday, 5/7. Cavs 128, Raptors 93

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers (Boston leads 3-1)

Game 1: Monday 4/30. Celtics 117, Sixers 101
Game 2: Thursday 5/3. Celtics 108, Sixers 103
Game 3: Saturday 5/5. Celtics 101, Sixers 98
Game 4: Monday 5/7. Sixers 103, Celtics 93
Game 5: Wednesday 5/9 at 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 6 (If necessary): Friday 5/11 TBD (ESPN)
Game 7 (If necessary): Sunday 5/13 TBD 

 

Western Conference Semis

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (Houston leads 3-1)

Game 1: Sunday 4/29. Rockets 110, Jazz 96
Game 2: Wednesday 5/2. Jazz 116, Rockets 108
Game 3: Friday 5/4. Rockets 113, Jazz 92
Game 4: Sunday 5/6. Rockets 100, Jazz 87
Game 5: Tuesday 5/8 at 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 6 (If necessary): Thursday 5/10 TBD (ESPN)
Game 7 (If necessary): Monday 5/14 TBD (TNT)

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans (Golden State lead 3-1)

Game 1: Saturday 4/28. Warriors 123, Pelicans 101
Game 2: Tuesday 5/1. Warriors 121, Pelicans 116
Game 3: Friday 5/4. Pelicans 119, Warriors 100
Game 4: Sunday 5/6. Warriors 118, Pelicans 92
Game 5: Tuesday 5/8 at 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 6 (If necessary): Thursday 5/10 TBD (ESPN)
Game 7 (If necessary): Monday 5/14 TBD (TNT)

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