CANADIANS IN THE NBA

 

We’re in the midst of an incredibly thrilling first round of the NBA Playoffs. Along with close games and buzzer beating shots, there’s a heavy dose of Canadian content.

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Time (EST)

Canadians in Play

April 28

San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks

9:30 p.m.

Cory Joseph
Samuel Dalembert

April 30

Brooklyn Nets

Toronto Raptors

TBD

N/A

April 30

Dallas Mavericks

San Antonio Spurs

9:30 p.m.

Cory Joseph

Samuel Dalembert

May 2

Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets

TBD

N/A

 

May 2 (if necessary)

San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks

TBD

Cory Joseph

Samuel Dalembert

May 4 (if necessary)

Brooklyn Nets

Toronto Raptors

TBD

N/A

 

May 4 (if necessary)

Dallas Mavericks

San Antonio Spurs

TBD

Cory Joseph

Samuel Dalembert

April 28 – San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks

With a buzzer-beating Vince Carter three-point shot, the No. 8 Dallas Mavericks have a 2-1 series lead. While Carter is deservedly getting heaps of praise for his clutch shot, the former Toronto Raptor is pushing his teammate Samuel Dalembert’s play in the ever-important Game 3. San Antonio’s Cory Joseph has not played significant minutes in the playoffs yet, but head coach Gregg Popovich could be look to the Pickering, Ont. native for a spark off the bench with his team trailing in the series.

April 30 – Brooklyn Nets @ Toronto Raptors

Toronto has battled through injuries, shooting droughts and lackluster performances from key players but managed to tie the series 2-2. The Raptors head home for Game 5. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 12.0 free throw attempts per game, good for the No. 1 spot for playoff performers. Brooklyn will be hungry for a win after losing Game 4 to the Raptors and giving Toronto their first road playoff win in 13 years. A win at the Air Canada Centre gives the Nets a chance to close the series at home in the Barclays Center.

April 30 – Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs 

Depending on the April 28 result, Dallas could have a commanding 3-1 lead over the No. 1 seeded Spurs, or the teams could be knotted 2-2. Will San Antonio get upset as the No. 1 seed for the second time in three years?

May 2 – Toronto Raptors @ Brooklyn Nets

We know there will be a Game 6, but will Raptor fans have to experience the vaunted Game 7? If the teams split the fifth and sixth games – and the two squads have exchanged victories for the first four tilts – Toronto will be in it’s first Game 7 since the 2001 playoff series against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. Game 6 will likely be one of the most intense games of the series, with both teams desperate to get some rest after an already-exhausting series.

The games beyond here are to be determined, and we will update this list as the results happen.