NBA
Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Sunday, April 19, 3pm et Jazz 100 @ Lakers 113 Recap | Box
2 Tuesday, April 21, 10:30pm et Jazz 109 @ Lakers 119 Recap | Box
3 Thursday, April 23, 10:30pm et Lakers 86 @ Jazz 88 Recap | Box
4 Saturday, April 25, 9pm et Lakers 108 @ Jazz 94 Recap | Box
5 Monday, April 27, 10:30pm et Jazz 96 @ Lakers 107 Recap | Box
Lakers win series 4-1
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Utah Jazz

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Regular Season Record: 48-34
Head-to-Head Record: 1-2
Last NBA Championship: -
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1998
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008


A reason to cheer for the Jazz: Coach Jerry Sloan won his 1000th NBA game this season, and team owner Larry Miller sadly passed away. With the team wearing patches in his honour, look for the Jazz to rally around an emotional year and use their depth to make a push. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer are showing shades of the good ol' days of John Stockton and Karl Malone, and Jazz fans are hungry for their first NBA championship. This year, the pieces could be in place. Williams is certainly a candidate for best point guard in the NBA, and the Jazz are virtually unbeatable at home. They need to develop a backbone on the road to see it through this post-season.

Players to Watch: Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Paul Millsap


Los Angeles Lakers

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Regular Season Record: 65-17
Head-to-Head Record: 2-1
Last NBA Championship: 2002
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2008
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
A reason to cheer for the Lakers: Los Angeles dropped last year's championship series to the Celtics, 4-2. The Lakers have the second-most NBA championships in the NBA after the Celtics (16, 17 respectively) and will be extra hungry to knock off their long-time rivals should they meet again in these playoffs. By mid-December of 2008, the Lakers were 21-3 and they beat Boston in a much-anticipated Finals rematch on Christmas Day. Kobe Bryant has had some outstanding performances this campaign, including a 61-point effort at MSG against the Knicks. Bryant is arguably the best player in the league and has the power to take control of a game and change its outcome almost single-handedly. With three NBA championships to his name, Bryant knows how to tough it out in the post-season and his experience and maturity should be helpful in the locker room. He's on the record as saying he wants to win this thing really badly this year. There's no reason to doubt that.

Players to Watch: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher


Big Tour

A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


2014 NBA Draft Tracker

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TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - August 24th 2014

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TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - Aug 10th 2014

Love-Wiggins done deal? KD: The Real Reasons, what's next for USA Basketball, Becky Hammon breaks barriers & Naismith 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

TSN 1050: 1On1 With Will & Duane - August 3rd 2014

1On1 talks Paul George & what's next for NBA vs FIBA, Wiggins for Love & welcomes Washington Post's Michael Lee to talk Five Alive & the Wizards.


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