The Atlanta Hawks outplayed the Boston Celtics to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It was a one-sided game throughout, and it looked like the Celtics knew that they would lose. The Atlanta Hawks will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in round two. This will be an interesting rematch between the two, after the Hawks lost in the Eastern Conference Finals yesterday.

The Raptors and the Indiana Pacers will go on to game seven. The Raptors took a dominating loss Friday night. Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan had a chance to close out the Indiana Pacers, but they failed to get it done. They will now have to play very well to advance to the second round in their must-win game. The series is tied 3-3.

Miami kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night. They scraped out a win against the hot Hornets. The series will advance to game seven, and the winner will advance to round two. The victor play against the Toronto Raptors or the Indiana Pacers.

The Portland Trail Blazers avoided having to play in a game seven against the injury plagued Los Angeles Clippers. The Blazers will have a much harder series next round against the Golden State Warriors. The Golden State Warriors may be without the NBA’s most valuable player, Stephen Curry. The Blazers could still struggle to beat the Dubs without Steph.

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