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NBA Playoffs open thread (Apr. 22): Hawks looking to sweep Nets, Grizzlies' Conley hoping to stay healthy against Blazers

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There are two NBA games tonight. Chat with us about them!

I feel the same way, Marc. I feel the same way.
I feel the same way, Marc. I feel the same way.
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Here's the schedule for tonight's slate of games:

BKN @ ATL
When: 7 p.m.
Where: NBATV
Atlanta leads 1-0

POR @ MEM
When: 8 p.m.
Where: TNT
Memphis leads 1-0

Tonight, there are two games. But these aren't just any two games.

The Atlanta Hawks are the NBA's Cinderella story this season, and many fans and analysts were eager to see if their dominant player during the regular season would translate to the NBA Playoffs. They're up against an okay Brooklyn Nets squad, whom might very well face a sweep against the Hawks. Their first matchup saw the Hawks win 99-92. Fun side note: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year honors a couple of days ago.

The second game of the night features the Portland Trail Blazers against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies won the first game of the series in commanding fashion, with a final score of 100-86. The Blazers aren't a bad team, however, and it will be interesting to see just how long Mike Conley can play through a nagging foot injury. If Conley ends up being unable to play at any point during the playoffs, the Grizzlies' championship aspirations might be little more than an unrealistic dream.

Hop into the comments. I'll be watching both games. Will you?