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2015 NBA Playoffs April 23 open thread

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Three games on the schedule tonight, including the Warriors visiting the Pelicans in New Orleans.

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So far in the post-season, every series except one has opened 2-0. Guess which series is tied 1-1? No surprise there actually. On the agenda tonight are three series that have switched location, and tonight's home teams will all need to win or face almost certain elimination.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, 4:00 PM, TNT -- Cavs lead series 2-0

The Celtics have been very, very competitive in this series so far -- but they have nothing to show for it. Maybe they have enough confidence to get a win against a very talented team at home. Could they actually swing the momentum in their favor? They clearly are not afraid of LeBron and Kyrie and Kevin.

Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks, 5:00 PM, NBA-TV -- Bulls lead series 2-0

The Bulls haven't exactly dominated the Bucks -- but the first two games weren't much in doubt either. With the return of Derrick Rose, the Bulls suddenly look about as good as any Eastern Conference team, at least on paper. The Bucks have a bright future, but they struggle to score at this point and they will need a few years at least.

Golden State Warriors at New Orleans, 6:30 PM, TNT -- Warriors lead series 2-0

If New Orleans could pick any four consecutive quarters to count as a full game, this series would be tied 1-1, as they outplayed the mighty Warriors from the fourth quarter of Game 1 through the third quarter of Game 2. But it doesn't work that way, and the Warriors held in the first one and fought back in the second. The Warriors have certainly looked more mortal -- we'll see if a change of venue (to the Smoothie King Center, the third weirdest arena name in the NBA after Sleep Train and EnergySolutions) will change the outcome. Anthony Davis will be looking to bounce back from a terrible fourth quarter that let a real chance slip away in Game 2 in Oakland.