Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs

first_img Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant “I think anytime you’re pushed to be at your best, it strengthens your group,” Coach Frank Vogel said Wednesday. “And I think that would apply with a strong first-round opponent.”The Clippers are playing a Dallas team that outshot them as the No. 1 offensive team in the league led by their rising star point guard Luka Doncic.“Best offensive team in history, right?” Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday night after the series was set. “They have one of the young stars (Doncic). They’re a two-star team now. (Kristaps) Porzingis is playing great. I mean, I look at that, that’s a tough matchup in the first round, that’s what it is.”Teams are playing from the unusual position of not having a true home-court advantage, aside from graphics and recorded court sounds intended to give the slightest of edges to the “home” team. The playoffs also will be played in a compacted schedule without travel days — since there’s no travel and all games will be played in the bubble.Mon., Aug. 17: Mavericks at Clippers, Game 1, 6 p.m., ESPN For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Tues., Aug. 18: TBD at Lakers, Game 1, 6 p.m., TNTWed., Aug. 19: Mavericks at Clippers, Game 2, 6 p.m., TNTThurs., Aug. 20: TBD at Lakers, Game 2, 6 p.m., ESPNFri., Aug. 21: Clippers at Mavericks, Game 3, 6 p.m., TNTSat., Aug. 22: Lakers at TBD, Game 3, 5:30 p.m., ABCSun., Aug. 23: Clippers at Mavericks, Game 4, ABCMon., Aug. 24: Lakers at TBD, Game 4, TNTTues., Aug. 25: Mavericks at Clippers, Game 5 (if necessary)Wed., Aug. 26: TBD at Lakers, Game 5 (if necessary)Thurs., Aug. 27: Clippers at Mavericks, Game 6 (if necessary)Fri., Aug. 28: Lakers at TBD, Game 6 (if necessary)Sat., Aug. 29: Mavericks at Clippers, Game 7 (if necessary)Sun., Aug. 30: TBD at Lakers, Game 7 (if necessary)Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — While the full field of the NBA playoffs remains to be set, the Lakers and Clippers now know when the playoffs start for them, and what days they’ll be playing for the next month.The top two seeds in the Western Conference will be playing late games at AdventHealth Arena, the largest venue on the Disney campus.The Clippers begin their series with Dallas on Monday night, the first day of the postseason, with a 6 p.m. (PDT) game on ESPN, while the Lakers will begin Tuesday with their Game 1 against the winner of the play-in: Memphis, Portland or Phoenix.Both the Clippers and the Lakers have said they have nerves heading into the postseason. The Lakers face the prospect of perhaps facing the red-hot Trail Blazers or Suns, who in the bubble have outperformed otherwise mediocre seasons. The Lakers will have a lot of down time over the weekend, which could either give them the rest they need, or disrupt their rhythm against a team that will have to keep fighting to stave off elimination on Saturday and possibly Sunday. On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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