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Pacers Links: Pacers, Raptors tip off NBA playoffs on Saturday in Toronto

As the NBA playoffs schedules reveal, the Pacers and Raptors will not be the marquee matchup of the first round.

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The Pacers are back in the playoffs although they will have to make some noise against the Raptors to get noticed. Well, everyone should notice the opening tip since Game 1 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday will be the first playoff game and is on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The next game of the day, tipping at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC between the Warriors and Rockets admittedly has a skosh more star power. But as you can see from the schedule, the Pacers and Raps will battle it out on NBA TV for Games 2 and 3.

Those games on NBA TV will also be broadcast by the Pacers TV crew on Fox Sports Indiana. Hopefully, the Pacers can make some noise and earn a little shine for advancing to the second round.

If so, the Pacers would face the winner of the Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets series. Strange as it sounds, gotta say, 'go Heat' in that matchup. The No.3/No.6 series tips off in Miami on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

The Heat 'earned' the three seed despite losing to the Celtics on Wednesday thanks to a loss by the Hawks to the Wizards which created a four-way tie  for the three thru six seeds. Atlanta's loss made Miami a division winner to trump the other three teams for the three seed.

Oh, and if the Pacers fell to the eight seed, they would have found more than enough spotlight in the first round. Detroit and Cleveland tip off on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Check out the links:

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One last chance for Pacers to erase what-ifs | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

KRAVITZ: In appreciation of Paul George, a player who deserves m - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

‘We all know what happened’: Toronto Raptors remain wary after disappointments of the past | National Post

Raptors vs. Pacers: Shutting down Paul George key for Toronto - CBC Sports - Basketball - NBA

Raptors down 76ers, will meet Pacers in playoffs - CBC Sports - Basketball - NBA

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Make Roadkill of Milwaukee Bucks

Sources: Wizards to pursue Scott Brooks after firing Randy Wittman - Yahoo Sports