2018 NBA playoffs schedule, matchups and news

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LeBron James breaks down whether Game 4 is a must win for the Cavaliers and how to get role players to play better collectively. (1:10)

The 2018 playoffs are here! We've got you covered from the first round all the way through the NBA Finals.

Key dates: 2018 NBA playoffs

April 14: First round begins | Tickets on Vivid Seats

April 30-May 1: Conference semis begin (possible move-up to April 28-29)

May 15-16: Conference finals begin (possible move-up to May 13-14)

May 31: NBA Finals begin

Best of the postseason

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards


Wizards trounce Raptors

In a heated game throughout, John Wall and Bradley Beal each score 28 points for Washington in a 122-103 win against Toronto.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks


Bucks dominate Celtics thoroughly in Game 3

Thon Maker's five blocks lead Milwaukee's disruptive defense en route to a 116-92 victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 19 points for the Bucks.

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat


Are the 76ers NBA Finals bound?

Rachel Nichols explains Joel Embiid's impact to Philadelphia's playoff run.

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers


Pacers come back to take Game 3 from Cavs

Bojan Bogdanovic leads Indiana with 30 points, who overcome a 17-point halftime deficit to beat Cleveland 92-90.

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves


CP3, Rockets roll in Game 2

Despite James Harden going 2-for-18 from the field, Chris Paul scores 27 points and the Rockets defeat the Timberwolves for a 2-0 series lead.

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs


Durant, Warriors take 3-0 lead against the Spurs

Kevin Durant scores 26 points and leaves the game early after rolling his ankle as Golden State beats San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead.

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans


Is it time for a change in Portland?

SportsNation debates whether or not the Trail Blazers are being outmatched by the Pelicans or if something needs to change for Portland.

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz


Mitchell comes up big down the stretch

Donovan Mitchell scores 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Jazz even the series against the Thunder.