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NBA Playoffs open thread (Apr. 21): The King & his Cavs, Wizards in the 6, and Mavs-Beard Game 2

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Three games line the banner tonight, including the lone road team to earn a win in Game 1 this postseason.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight's schedule:

BOS @ CLE
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: TNT
Cleveland leads 1-0

WAS @ TOR
When: 8:00 p.m.
Where: NBATV
Washington leads 1-0

DAL @ HOU
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: TNT
Houston leads 1-0

Road teams in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs were 5-19 from 2011-2013. Last postseason's craziness ended with road teams 5-3 after the Game 1 showdowns. The upset winds died back down this season when road teams finished 1-7 at the end of the playoffs' opening weekend.

The lone team to earn a win on the road this past weekend takes the floor again tonight. The Washington Wizards will look to take the first two games of the series Tuesday night in front of a hostile Toronto crowd. Last season, the Wizards took all three road games from the Chicago Bulls in their opening round series win. Although they almost fell victim to a Raptors rally that forced overtime, Washington held them off by the stroke of Paul Pierce's shot. All-Star Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams, recently named Sixth Man of the Year, hope to tie to series up 1-1 before the teams head to the Capital.

Before the Wizards-Raptors Game 2 gets underway, the King and his Cavs get started in Cleveland against the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving had a spectacular game in his first career postseason appearance and if there's more to come from him in that form, the Cavs will win the East with little issue. The Celtics jumped out to an early lead before Cleveland jumped out to a pummeling stretch that included fellow playoff newbie Kevin Love scoring 14 of his 19 points. If it's even possible, Boston will need to find a way to pick its doses of poison wiser.

The nightcap is Game 2 of the Texas Showdown between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets took Game 1 and as they were all season, Houston was led by James Harden and his remarkable ability to get to the free throw line. Dallas appears absent of anyone who has the chops to guard Harden and that's not their only flaw. The playoff switch everyone figured Rajon Rondo would flip did not work evidently and Dirk Nowitzki's defense is "look-away" tough to watch. Against an athletic, bouncy Rockets team, that could spell trouble and an early exit for the Mavs.