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How To Watch: The Marquette Guys In the 2020 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals

Do you prefer “conference semifinals” or “second round?”

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Four
Can Jimmy Butler and the Heat upset the top seeded Bucks?
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GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!

All three NBA teams with former Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball stars have advanced to the conference semifinals in the 2020 NBA Playoffs!

BAD NEWS, EVERYONE!

By luck of the draw, we are guaranteed to lose at least one of the three teams in this round.

See, Milwaukee and Miami are facing each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. As such, only one team can advance and thus, one of the two teams will be done for the year when the series is over.

Thankfully, there’s still a team over there in the Western Conference still alive, so our dream of a Marquette-themed NBA Finals continues.

Let’s dive right into the schedules for the two series that we’ll be watching over the next two weeks or so.

Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 56-17
Seed: #1 in the Eastern Conference
Marquette Guy: Wesley Matthews

Miami Heat

Record: 44-29
Seed: #5 in the Eastern Conference
Marquette Guys: Jimmy Butler & Jae Crowder

Here’s the schedule for the Bucks/Heat series, with just the start times on the If Necessary games still up in the air.

Bucks/Heat Playoff Schedule

Game Date Time (CT) Television
Game Date Time (CT) Television
1 Monday, August 31 5:30 PM TNT
2 Wednesday, September 2nd 5:30 PM ESPN
3 Friday, September 4th 5:30 PM TNT
4 Sunday, September 6th 2:30 PM ABC
5 Tuesday, September 8th If Necessary TNT
6 Thursday, September 10th If Necessary ESPN
7 Saturday, September 12th If Necessary TNT

Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 49-23
Seed: #2 in the Western Conference
Marquette Guy: Head coach Doc Rivers

The Clippers eliminated Dallas in the first around, which gives them a second round series against the Denver Nuggets, the #3 seed in the Western Conference. As I update this on Saturday morning, the Clippers already have a 1-0 lead on the Nuggets after winning fairly easily in Game 1.

Here’s the full schedule.

Clippers/Nuggets Playoff Schedule

Game Date Time (CT) Television
Game Date Time (CT) Television
1 Thursday, September 3 8:00 PM TNT
2 Saturday, September 5 8:00 PM TNT
3 Monday, September 7 8:00 PM TNT
4 Wednesday, September 9 8:00 PM ESPN
5 Friday, September 11 TBD TNT
6 Sunday, September 13 12:00 PM ESPN
7 Tuesday, September 15 8:00 PM ESPN