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NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: When to Catch Wednesday's Postseason Action

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21:  Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder battles James Harden #13 and Carlos Delfino #10 of the Houston Rockets for position during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Rockets 120-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 24, 2013

Wednesday night will provide plenty of NBA playoffs action for the world to watch.  There are plenty of star players and interesting stories to watch for during the three games.  With so much on the line for these teams, there is bound to be some great basketball being played.

Make sure to check in on each of the games Wednesday night, since there are certainly going to be some big plays from big players all night.

 

Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers – 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

The Pacers are currently up 1-0 in this series and will look to take the second game as the No. 3 seed in the East.

Paul George will look to shine in the spotlight after being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player according to Mike Wells of USA Today.  George saw his numbers go up over quite a bit since last season.  After averaging 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last year, George improved those to 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists this year.

What’s surprising is that the Pacers have been able to play at such a high level without Danny Granger, who’s been out nearly the entire season with knee problems.  Their defense has been able to step up in Granger’s absence, ranking second in the NBA in points allowed at only 90.7 points per game.

A win for the Pacers would mean going up 2-0 in the series heading to Atlanta, making this series much easier to finish out.  However, the Hawks will look to even it up 1-1 before heading home, which would make this a much more intriguing series.  The Hawks still have great players in Josh Smith and Al Horford, and they won’t be going down without a fight.

 

Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder – 7:00 p.m. ET on TNT

How fitting is it that James Harden has to try to get through his former team in the first round of the playoffs? 

Unfortunately for Harden and the Rockets, this series isn’t going the way that they wanted so far.  They got blown out in the first game, losing 120-91.  Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were able to take care of business, scoring a combined 43 points in the game.

The Rockets will need both Jeremy Lin and Harden to score much more efficiently than they did last Sunday.  Lin went 1-for-7 from the floor, while Harden went 6-for-19.  Those numbers aren’t acceptable coming from your two stars.

If the Rockets can even this series, it would at least be a moral victory but not much more.  The Thunder are on a mission to get to the finals, and Durant is as focused as ever.  Don’t expect too much competition this series, but the Rockets are certainly capable of pulling out a game or two.

 

Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs – 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

It’s hard to expect much more out of this Lakers team, but you certainly have to admire their effort.

After the injury to Kobe Bryant, the entire Lakers team, as well as the fanbase, seemed to deflate.  Now, they’re playing the Spurs, who are one of the best teams in the NBA. 

The Lakers have been banged up all year, and it appears that age is what will hold them back.  Strangely enough, the Spurs have plenty of seasoned veterans on their team, yet they continue to win year after year.

In a game with plenty of players, it’s certainly interesting to see how they have been utilized.  The Spurs have kept with the strategy of resting their starters over the regular season, while the Lakers depended on Kobe game after game to help carry this team.

A single win by the Lakers would be a huge morale boost for this team.  Although there is almost no way they can win this series, they need to something to take away from this rough end to the season.

 

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