NBA Playoffs 2020: What you still need to know about the first round

Who is best equipped to beat the Bucks in the East? (1:01)

Matt Barnes is most intrigued by Boston's leading duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and expects the Celtics and Raptors to challenge the Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (1:01)

The 2020 NBA playoffs came to a halt in the first round when moments before the tipoff, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to protest by not playing the Orlando Magic in Game 5. Afterward, both Game 5 contests between the Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Lakers versus the Portland Trail Blazers, were postponed. After three days without games, in which players and the league decided on new initiatives to promote voting access, combat social injustice and racial inequality, and advocate for police reform, the playoffs after three days with no games.

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Western Conference: Round 1

Los Angeles Lakers (1) def. Portland Trail Blazers (8), 4-1

Young: Lillard remains the Blazers' safety net from a rebuild
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Game 4: Anthony Davis says back 'doing fine'after early exit
Game 3: Shelburne: LeBron has arrived in the 2020 postseason

LA Clippers (2) def. Dallas Mavericks (7), 4-2

Game 6: 'Man of business' Kawhi stomps on gas vs. Mavs
Game 6: Doncic on Morris ejection: 'It was a terrible play'
MacMahon: Luka Doncic and the Mavericks' championship window is approaching
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Denver Nuggets (3) def. Utah Jazz (6), 4-3

Game 7: Nuggets survive Jazz, avoid 'tragic' ending

Game 7: Mitchell 'in shock' after loss
Schmitz: How Murray is proving his star leap
Marks: Can Jazz keep Mitchell and Gobert together?
Game 6: Murray again magical as Nuggets force Game 7

Houston Rockets (4) def. Oklahoma City Thunder (5), 4-3

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Eastern Conference: Round 1

Milwaukee Bucks (1) def. Orlando Magic (8), 4-1

Arnovitz: The Bucks' playoff run now has a larger purpose
Hill: Trickle effect led Bucks to protest as a team
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Toronto Raptors (2) sweep Brooklyn Nets (7)

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Boston Celtics (3) sweep Philadelphia 76ers (6)

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Game 4: Embiid pondering 76ers future after playoff exit
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Miami Heat (5) sweep Indiana Pacers (4)

Game 4: Bounced again, Pacers must 'get over the hump'
Game 4: Butler helps Heat sweep despite shoulder strain
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