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Full 2017 NBA Playoffs first round matchups, schedule and TV info

Full 2017 NBA Playoffs first round matchups, schedule and TV info

The 2017 NBA Playoffs are set to begin this Saturday at 3 p.m. with the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their first round series.

Here is a full breakdown of the schedules for each first round series...

EASTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Boston Celtics vs. No. 8 Chicago Bulls

Game 1 - Bulls at Celtics - Sun. 4/16 at 6:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 2 - Bulls at Celtics - Tue. 4/18 at 8 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Celtics at Bulls - Fri. 4/21 at 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4 - Celtics at Bulls - Sun. 4/23 at 6:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 - Bulls at Celtics - Wed. 4/26 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Celtics at Bulls - Fri. 4/28 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Bulls at Celtics - Sun. 4/30 at TBD (TBD)**

**if necessary**

No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 7 Indiana Pacers

Game 1 - Pacers at Cavaliers - Sat. 4/15 at 3 p.m. (ABC)

Game 2 - Pacers at Cavaliers - Mon. 4/17 at 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Cavaliers at Pacers - Thu. 4/20 at 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4 - Cavaliers at Pacers - Sun. 4/23 at 1 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5 - Pacers at Cavaliers - Tue. 4/25 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Cavaliers at Pacers - Thu. 4/27 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Pacers at Cavaliers - Sat. 4/29 at TBD (TBD)**

**if necessary**

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1 - Bucks at Raptors - Sat. 4/15 at 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2 - Bucks at Raptors - Tue. 4/18 at 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Game 3 - Raptors at Bucks - Thu. 4/20 at 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Game 4 - Raptors at Bucks - Sat. 4/22 at 3 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 - Bucks at Raptors - Mon. 4/24 at 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Game 6 - Raptors at Buckss - Thu. 4/27 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Bucks at Raptors - Sat. 4/29 at TBD (TNT)**

**if necessary**

No. 4 Washington Wizards vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

Game 1 - Hawks at Wizards - Sun. 4/16 at 1 p.m. (CSN)

Game 2 - Hawks at Wizards - Wed. 4/19 at 7 p.m. (CSN/CSN Plus)

Game 3 - Wizards at Hawks - Sat. 4/22 at 5:30 p.m. (CSN)

Game 4 - Wizards at Hawks - Mon. 4/24 at 8 p.m. (CSN)

Game 5 - Hawks at Wizards - Wed. 4/26 at TBD (CSN)

Game 6 - Wizards at Hawks - Fri. 4/28 at TBD (CSN)

Game 7 - Hawks at Wizards - Sun. 4/30 at TBD (TBD)

**if necessary**

WESTERN CONFERENCE

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers

Game 1 - Blazers at Warriors - Sun. 4/16 at 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 2 - Blazers at Warriors - Wed. 4/19 at 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Warriors at Blazers - Sat. 4/22 at 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4 - Warriors at Blazers - Mon. 4/24 at 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 - Blazers at Warriors - Wed. 4/26 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Warriors at Blazers - Fri. 4/28 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Blazers at Warriors - Sun. 4/30 at TBD (TBD)**

**if necessary**

No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies

Game 1 - Grizzlies at Spurs - Sat. 4/15 at 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2 - Grizzlies at Spurs - Mon. 4/17 at 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Spurs at Grizzlies - Thu. 4/20 at 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4 - Spurs at Grizzlies - Sat. 4/22 at 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 5 - Grizzlies at Spurs - Tue. 4/25 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Spurs at Grizzlies - Thu. 4/27 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Grizzlies at Spurs - Sat. 4/29 at TBD (TNT)**

**if necessary**

No. 3 Houston Rockets vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

Game 1 - Thunder at Rockets - Sun. 4/16 at 9 p.m. (TNT)

Game 2 - Thunder at Rockets - Wed. 4/19 at 8 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Rockets at Thunder - Fri. 4/21 at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4 - Rockets at Thunder - Sun. 4/23 at 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5 - Thunder at Rockets - Tue. 4/25 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Rockets at Thunder - Thu. 4/27 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Thunder at Rockets - Sat. 4/29 at TBD (TNT)**

**if necessary**

No. 4 L.A. Clippers vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1 - Jazz at Clippers - Sat. 4/15 at 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2 - Jazz at Clippers - Tue. 4/18 at 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 - Clippers at Jazz - Fri. 4/21 at 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

Game 4 - Clippers at Jazz - Sun. 4/23 at 9 p.m. (TNT)

Game 5 - Jazz at Clippers - Tue. 4/25 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 6 - Clippers at Jazz - Fri. 4/28 at TBD (TBD)**

Game 7 - Jazz at Clippers - Sun. 4/30 at TBD (TBD)**

**if necessary**

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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