Zero game sevens, zero Brooklyn wins and zero L.A. team…

Zero game sevens, zero Brooklyn wins and zero L.A. teams, yet the first round of the NBA Playoffs still hit a four-year viewership high. The first round of the NBA Playoffs averaged 3.49 million viewers across ABC, ESPN and TNT, the highest first round average on the networks since 2018 (3.75M). Viewership increased 12% from last year (3.13M), 66% from the months-delayed “bubble” playoffs two years ago (2.11M), and 17% from 2019 — the previous postseason to begin as normal in the month of April (2.98M).
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“[LeBron James] recognizes that it could lead up all the way to the trade deadline before that type of deal could occur.” – Dave McMenamin on the Lakers improving their roster via potential Kyrie Irving, Buddy Hield/Myles Turner, or Utah trades.