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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Flashback: The Answer hangs 50

Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson reacts during the first

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Day 25 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers franchise has three NBA titles, and has nine playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 16, 2001

Situation: The No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers and the No. 5 Toronto Raptors are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Context: From the 1949-50 season to 1990-91,...

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Flashback: Warriors shock the Mavericks

Confetti drops as the Golden State Warriors celebrate

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Day 24 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Golden State Warriors. The Warrios franchise has three NBA titles, and has three playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 3, 2007

Situation: The No. 8 Golden State Warriors lead the No. 1 Dallas Mavericks, 3-2, heading to Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs

Context: In 1947, the then-Philadelphia...

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Flashback: Houston ducks under . . . got it!

New York Knicks guard Allan Houston goes up

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Day 22 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the New York Knicks. The Knicks franchise has two NBA titles, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 16, 1999

Situation: The No. 8 New York Knicks and the No. 1 Miami Heat are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the 1999 Eastern Conference first round.

Context: The Knicks embodied the topsy-turvy lockout-shortened...

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Nets to honor former players at final home game

New Jersey Nets' Kerry Kittles drives to the

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The Nets announced today that next Monday against Philadelphia, the team's final home game in New Jersey, several former players will be honored during a halftime ceremony.

Honorees include Kenny Anderson, Otis Birdsong, Darwin Cook, Derrick Coleman, Kendall Gill, Albert King, Kerry Kittles, Chris Morris and Mike O'Koren.

The move to Brooklyn will end a 35-year run in New Jersey...

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Delonte West shoved his finger in Gordon Hayward's ear

Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West (13) attempts to

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With just a week left in the season, it looks like we can officially hand out our "Most absurd technical foul of the year" award to Delonte West.

The Mavericks' mercurial guard decided to jam his finger in Gordon Hayward's ear during the second quarter of Dallas' triple-overtime loss to the Jazz last night.

West was charged with a technical, but not ejected, which set off Utah's...

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Flashback: AI ends Milwaukee's run

Philadelphia 76ers's Allen Iverson reacts during the fourth

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Day 19 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks franchise has one NBA title, and has seven playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 3, 2001

Situation: The No. 2 Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 1 Philadelphia 76ers are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals

Context: As he had done with the Sonics several years...

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Flashback: Dwyane's World in NBA Finals

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade is forced to pass

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Day 17 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Miami Heat. The Heat franchise has one NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 18, 2006

Situation: The No. 2 Miami Heat and the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Context: A year after falling to the Detroit Pistons in seven games in the Eastern...

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Flashback: Dirk has his MJ moment

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts during the first

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Day 12 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 7, 2011

Situation: The No. 3 Dallas Mavericks trail the No. 2 Miami Heat, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Context: Coming off a very inconsistent regular season, the Dallas Mavericks were...

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Ben Wallace leads Pistons past Wizards

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace (6) reacts to

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Washington attempted to use, as Washington Post writer Michael Lee put it, a "Wallop-a-Wallace" strategy to beat the Pistons last night.

Big Ben was up to the test.

Wallace, a 34.1 percent free throw shooter on the season, was sent to the line six times in the final 2:17 of what was a close game. He connected on five of the free throws -- after missing his first four attempts...

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