Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) high fives guard Chris Paul (3) after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter of game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Notes: Playoff round-up, coaching search update

The strange first round of the NBA playoffs continued on Thursday evening.

The Hawks defeated the Indiana Pacers, taking a 2-1 series lead with another home game coming up. Memphis held on to beat the Thunder in overtime to take a 2-1 lead of their own. And the Los Angeles Clippers escaped their first game at Oracle Arena in Oakland to take a 2-1 lead on the Warriors.

On Friday night, the Chicago Bulls head to Washington D.C. down 2-0 to the Wizards, in danger of succumbing to an embarrassingly quick series loss. The Raptors visit Brooklyn in Game 3 of a 1-1 series, and Houston will head to Portland trailing 2-0.

Clearly, anything can still happen in any of these series, but I’m not sure anyone thought the Bulls would drop two games in Chicago, Houston would lose both of their home game to Portland, and Atlanta would have a 2-1 lead on the #1-seeded Pacers. It’s been a pretty surprising first five days of the postseason, to say the least.

There remains little news on the Timberwolves’ coaching front, as expected. It’s only been four days since Rick Adelman announced his retirement, but we’ve already run the gamut when it comes to potential names. There’s been a bit more Tom Izzo steam and a bit less of the Fred Hoiberg noise, but not much has been whispered about any of the other alleged candidates.

The consensus of the Twin Cities media seems to be that Izzo is indeed the top choice of Saunders, Hoiberg isn’t a realistic option, and Flip Saunders still considers himself a candidate, despite his attempt at positioning himself as a non-factor in the search.

The “Flip or the Field” game will likely be played for the next few weeks. If the big-names start to verify that they are not interested in the job, the odds will swing decidedly in Saunders’ favor as we move closer to the draft on June 26.

We’ll have any updates or whispers about the coaching search here at DWW. In the meantime, enjoy the playoffs!

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