Games are spaced two days apart, with the first on Wednesday, May 15.But in reality, neither of these franchises has been to an NBA Finals since 1974.In fact, the Toronto Raptors have never been there, losing out to LeBron's Cavs team at this stage three years ago.The Bucks will go in to the encounters as slight favorites, having overcome the Pistons and then destroying the Boston Celtics.It was an extraordinary buzzer-beater from Kawhi Leonard that sent his Toronto Raptors through in game seven of the Eastern Conference semi-final against the Philadelphia 76ers.Can they finally make their very first Finals in the franchise's relatively young 24 year history?
Kevin Durant may be sidelined with a calf injury as his Golden State Warriors face the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs, but he's still making business moves.Thirty Five Ventures, the company Durant owns with sports business executive Rich Kleiman, has announced that it's become an equity partner in New York-based Master & Dynamic, an audio company known for well-crafted headphones featuring premium materials and excellent sound."In addition to having part ownership in Master & Dynamic, the full partnership will also see Durant and Thirty Five Ventures work with the company on creative, design and building out the intersection of sports and music," according to Master & Dynamic.Recently Master & Dynamic released its first noise-cancelling headphone, the MW65 ANC, and in June, the company says a special edition "Studio 35" version will hit stores in a color design that Durant selected.It's unclear what those colors will be and whether they'll offer any hints as to where Durant will play next year.He's a free agent at the end of the season and New York and Brooklyn are possible destinations -- or so Knicks and Nets fans hope.
Basketball fans attending the first game of the NBA's Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers will have more than just memories to take home.They'll also take home a free Google Home Mini.Google Nest teamed with the Warriors to give the smart speaker to all 19,596 fans in attendance at the game Tuesday.Google said this was the first time it's held a giveaway at a major sporting event.Fans who activate their new smart home device following the game will have a chance to win tickets to a future Warriors game, the team said.The game will also mark the first time two brothers have faced off in the Western Conference Finals.
The 2018 NBA Playoffs have reached the Conference Finals stage where four teams will go up against one another to see which two teams will proceed to the Finals starting at the end of the month.The first game of the series will take place on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden in Boston and the match is set to start at 3:30pm ET (8:30pm BST, 12:30pm PST).Whether you’re rooting for the Celtics or the Cavaliers will show you how to tune into all the action either on your TV or online.After the first game though, you’ll need a cable subscription with ESPN to watch the rest of the games in the series on TV.By using a VPN, you can change the IP address to one in a different country which does have a stream so that you can watch the NBA Conference Finals from anywhere in the world.So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
p The Billboard Music Awards on ABC were heard loud and clear on Facebook and Twitter, spurring 5.346 million interactions across the two social networks, according to the Nielsen Social Content Ratings for the week of May 15.The awards show accounted for more than five times the interactions across the two social networks sparked by NBC’s The Voice (1.039 million), which, in turn, nearly doubled the total of third-place finisher the 2017 National Basketball Association Draft Lottery on ESPN (520,000).playoffs dominated the sports list for the week, snagging the top six spots.were involved in the top four games: a 130-86 blowout loss to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals (2.796 million impressions); a 111-108 win over the host Cavaliers in game three of that series (2.257 million); a 115-105 win over the visiting Washington Wizards in game seven to close out that conference semifinal series (1.916 million); and a 117-104 loss to visiting Cleveland to open the conference finals (1.884 million).
Editor’s note: This story been revised and updated to be relevant to the 2017 NBA playoffs.Cord cutting brings particularly thorny challenges for sports fans, and they’re never more apparent than when the postseason rolls around.As in previous years, broadcasting of the postseason tournament will be divided between four networks: ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV.Three of those are cable networks, but there are still ways for the enterprising cord cutter to catch most of the action.Based on the TV schedule available at press time, we’ve outlined your options for watching the playoffs without a cable- or satellite-TV subscription.The good news is you just need an antenna to watch the network’s games.
Attracting all of the attention and making competition virtually nonexistent is common for the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors team that recently broke the single-season record for wins set by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in 1996.Steph Curry and the Warriors, who won 73 games during the regular season, clawed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the next three games and advance past Kevin Durant and the Thunder for a berth in the NBA Finals.Monday night s game 7 finale attracted the lion share of the Twitter activity, with the game accumulating 2.32 million tweets sent from 769,000 unique Twitter accounts.Starting Friday, 20 different TV shows and 18 other sporting events charted in Twitter s daily TV ratings.This is no small feat as those two games were up against Game of Thrones, the Indianapolis 500, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the French Open, and the History Channel s debut of its new miniseries Roots, the retelling of the Alex Haley s 1976 novel of the same name.Curry and company also obliterated the Twitter activity of Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors upcoming opponent in the NBA Finals.
Intel said today it is expanding the use of its 360-degree replay technology for the NBA Conference Finals and The Finals.Intel acquired startup Replay Technologies, which built the technology by setting up dozens of ultra high-definition cameras to capture the video from all angles.It then uses massive Intel server processing power to create 3D views of the video, allowing the broadcasters to freeze the action and then rotate the view.The tech is being used as part of national broadcast games on ABC, ESPN, and Turner Sports.Intel s 360-degree replay technology was also used during the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto.Intel 360-degree replay technology stitches together video captured by these cameras into one seamless shot, which can then be manipulated and rotated.These replays will be available to fans during broadcasts or via NBA.com, the NBA App, and social media.