CANADIANS IN THE NBA

The last three days of the NBA regular season is upon us and playoff seeding is still shuffling around like a pack of cards. With every win and every loss, teams are switching spots in their respective conference. The young up and coming teams are also showing some great poise as they enter their final games.

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Canadians in Play

  Monday         April 14   

Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers

7:00 pm

 Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, BC)                    Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC)

  Monday         April 14  

Milwaukee Bucks

Toronto Raptors

7:00 pm

 N/A

  Monday         April 14  

Orlando Magic

Chicago Bulls

8:00 pm

 Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, ON)

  Monday         April 14  

San Antonio Spurs

Houston Rockets

8:00 pm

 Cory Joseph (Toronto, ON)

  Monday         April 14  

L.A. Lakers

Utah Jazz

9:00 pm

 Robert Sacre (North Vancouver, BC)        Steve Nash (Victoria, BC)

 Wednesday          April 16

Dallas Mavericks

Memphis Grizzlies

8:00 pm

 Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC)

 Wednesday          April 16

L.A. Lakers

San Antonio Spurs

8:00 pm

 Robert Sacre (North Vancouver, BC)        Steve Nash (Victoria, BC)                          Cory Joseph (Toronto, ON)

 Wednesday          April 16

Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics

8:00 pm

 Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, BC)                    Joel Anthony (Montreal, QC)

 Wednesday          April 16

Brooklyn Nets

Cleveland Cavaliers

8:00 pm

 Tristan Thompson (Toronto, ON)          Anthony Bennett (Toronto, ON)

 Wednesday          April 16

Toronto Raptors

New York Knicks

8:00 pm

 N/A

 Wednesday          April 16

Indiana Pacers

Orlando Magic

8:00 pm

 Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, ON)

Canadian Die-Hards Top 3

Monday, April 14th

Celtics at Sixers

Coming into the year, the Boston Celtics knew it would one for rebuilding. The growth of rookie centre and Kamloops, BC native Kelly Olynyk has been evident over the course of the season, and it showed over the weekend when he tied his career-high in points and surpassed his career-high in rebounds. The veteran presence of Montreal, QC native Joel Anthony has surely influenced his fellow Canadian. Anthony is also coming off an impressive game achieving a new season-high in minutes, points and blocks against the Cavs on Saturday. Olynyk will look to come out even stronger versus the Sixers and earn his opportunity to be an even greater contributor for the Celtics in the 2014-15 season.

Wednesday April 16th

Mavs at Grizzlies

Although the Mavericks have clinched their playoff berth, this game still has so many playoff implications. The Grizzlies are just one win behind Dallas while the Phoenix Suns trail them by only a game themselves. With a win, the Mavs cold possibly inch close to the surpassing the Warriors who are ahead them by just one game as well. As Mavs, Grizzlies and Suns all play each in the final games of the season, watch for the playoff intensity to start a week early. Montreal, QC native Samuel Dalembert has continued to be the defensive anchor for this team and will be much needed throughout the post-season to contend with the big bodies in the Western Conference.

Wednesday April 16th

Raptors at Knicks

The Raptors will face the Knicks in their final game of the 2013-14 season. The Raps claim their second division title in franchise history, the first since 2006-07, and have matched their franchise record 47 wins on Sunday against the Pistons. Despite their great season, the last few games will determine their fate for the first round of the playoffs as they play seesaw with Chicago between the third and fourth spots in the Eastern Conference. Also, the Bulls will be playing the Bobcats at the same time on Wednesday night, so depending on how things go over the next couple of days; it might be a very meaningful last game for Canada’s sole NBA squad.