On Thursday night, there were three teams trailing their first round playoff series three-games-to-two and in each case, the team with their backs against the wall, facing elimination, defeated their opponent to force a winner-takes-all game 7 on Saturday.
The Indiana Pacers finished game 6 on 16-4 run to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 95-88, the Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the Memphis Grizzlies 104-84 and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers for a 100-99 victory.
Immediately following Warriors’ victory, the NBA released the start time for each of the game 7’s, which are to be played Saturday.
5:30 pm EST: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, TNT
8:00 pm EST: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder, TNT
10:30 pm EST: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, TNT
It will be the first time in NBA history there are three game 7’s on one day.
Depending on what happens Friday, there could also be three game 7’s on Sunday. For that to happen, the Brooklyn Nets will have to defeat the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Mavericks will have to defeat the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets will have to take down the Portland Trail Blazers.
The schedule Friday night is as follows:
7:00 pm EST: Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets, ESPN2
8:00 pm EST: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks, ESPN
10:30 pm EST: Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN
Aren’t the playoffs great?