Nets vs. Raptors Game 1, NBA playoffs 2014: Game time, TV schedule and more

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA playoffs tip off with Toronto and Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nets could have clinched the No. 5 seed on the last day of the regular season. Instead, Jason Kidd trotted out a starting lineup of Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton, Marquis Teague, Andray Blatche and Jason Collins. That team was walloped by the Cavaliers and the Nets were knocked back to No. 6 where they could play the Raptors at No. 3 instead of the Bulls at No. 4.

The Toronto Sun responded to Brooklyn's tanking strategic positioning efforts.

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The Raptors are young, long and feisty as hell on defense. They have sturdy point guard in Kyle Lowry and athletic two-way wingman in DeMar DeRozan. Their only setback at the moment is a lack of playoff experience, which is why some folks have them on upset alert.

TV Schedule: ESPN, 12:30 p.m. ET

Announcing crew: Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard

Local: YES, WFAN

Canada: TSN

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