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Liberty Ballers’ 2018 NBA Playoffs Open Thread - April 25

Is your favorite team still trying to earn a spot in the conference semifinals? Can’t relate.

NBA: Playoffs-Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

(8) Washington Wizards at (1) Toronto Raptors - 7:00 PM ET, NBA TV

Both teams have held serve so far, so it looks like this series will be heading back to Washington with the Raptors up 3-2. Toronto hasn’t lost three in a row all year long, but that streak could end tonight if they allow the Wizards to have another 40-point 3rd quarter like they did in Game 4. Bradley Beal averaged 30 PPG in the two games in Washington - can he continue his hot streak at the Air Canada Centre?

(5) Indiana Pacers at (4) Cleveland Cavaliers - 7:00 PM ET, TNT

This series should be 3-1 Indiana, but the Pacers’ offense kind of disappeared in the 4th quarter of Game 4, and Lance Stephenson did Lance Stephenson things (including a Ronda Rousey-style takedown of Jeff Green), and here we are.

Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith combined for eight 3s and 30 points in Game 4... and the Cavs barely escaped with a four-point win. Figure to see another 44-plus minute performance out of LeBron James tonight.

(5) Utah Jazz at (4) Oklahoma City Thunder - 9:30 PM, TNT

Oklahoma City went full iso ball in Game 4, and now they’re the ones staring at a 3-1 deficit. With Russell Westbrook getting postgame technicals, and the man formerly known as “Playoff P” allowing Joe Ingles to get buckets, the Thunder are real close to imploding tonight. But shout out to Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell who is having a hell of a series so far (27.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG).

(8) Minnesota Timberwolves at (1) Houston Rockets - 9:30 PM, NBA TV

50-point quarters in the playoffs should never happen, but that’s exactly what the Houston Rockets hit Minnesota with in Game 4. Tonight is probably all she wrote for Minnesota - a home crowd buoyed them to victory in Game 3, but the Toyota Center should be rocking for a Rockets’ (no pun intended) team that probably doesn’t want to board a plane back to Minnesota. Good job, good effort, Wolves.

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