Now here is where it gets tricky:
Thursday, May 20
• East: Winner of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2; 8 EST TNT
The winner of Game 1 (Indiana vs Charlotte) will face the loser of Game 2 (Boston vs Washington). So for example: if Indiana beats Charlotte, then Charlotte gets eliminated. Indiana would then await the outcome of Boston vs Washington. If Boston wins, they’ll automatically secure a playoff spot, which means they get to chill for a couple days. Washington, however, will have to face Indiana, where both will compete for an official playoff spot (loser goes home).
Now back to the Western Conference:
• West: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4; TBD, ESPN
The Western Conference will feature the exact same scenario. The loser of Game 3 gets eliminated from playoff contention, whereas the winner will face the loser of Game 4 (the winner automatically advances). So just for clarity, if Memphis beats San Antonio, then San Antonio gets eliminated. Memphis will wait for the outcome of Los Angeles vs Warriors, and will face the loser of that matchup for a final shot at the playoffs.