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The NBA Playoffs began this weekend with a 3-2 win for the Brooklyn Nets over the Atlanta Hawks.
Brooklyn is now tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second-best record in the NBA, with a 27-22 record.
Atlanta is currently the eighth-best team in the league, with 27-25 record.
In a rare example of NBA fandom, the NBA Commissioner’s Cup has also been used to represent the game on television.
On Sunday, the Brooklyn-based Nets will play the Chicago Bulls, while the Hawks play the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Playoff games have been shown live on the network in the United States since 1998, with the most recent one airing in February of this year.
You can watch the broadcast of the first round, which takes place on Sunday night, here: The New York Knicks are currently the best team in basketball, having beaten the Cleveland Browns, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards.
Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals have now defeated the New York Islanders in a season-opening 3-0 win, while Toronto’s win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night was a close contest.
With just two games left in the regular season, the New Jersey Devils are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings, but are currently tied for last place in the Metropolitan Division with the Chicago Blackhawks.
New York has also lost its last five games.
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, who was drafted first overall by the New England Patriots, has been in net for the Flyers, but has yet to start a regular season game.
Leighton has faced the New Orleans Saints four times in five games, but did not record a save on any of those outings.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been a major force for Manchester United, scoring 10 goals and assisting on five more this season.
Mauro Zarate scored two goals in two games against the Minnesota Vikings, scoring twice in his first start of the season.