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NBA play-in matches heating up

Basketball

The GIST: The NBA has done us dirty by only giving us one play-in tournament game, instead of a full series, between the LA Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. We deserve more.

May 20, 2021
Source: Jae C. Hong/AP
Source: Jae C. Hong/AP

Play it again: In last nightโ€™s Californian play-in battle for the Western Conferenceโ€™s No. 7 playoff seed, LeBron James and the Lakers came out victorious, with a 103โ€“100 win over Golden State. The Lakers will now face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, while the Warriors play the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed tomorrow.

  • In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics clinched the seventh seed with a win over the Washington Wizards, who will now battle for their lives against the Indiana Pacers tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Follow along here.

Up next: After tonight and tomorrowโ€™s remaining play-in matchups, the real playoffs start Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Watch your inbox on Saturday for a special edition NBA playoffs newsletter from yours truly.