D-League Playoff Soup Starts Cooking Tuesday Night Sioux Falls Skyforce Will Simmer Until Thursday
The 25th season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce produces a 15th postseason. For an opportunity to earn a 3rd championship in franchise history and first in the NBADL, the road begins in Canton.
Format is best of three as Game 1 has the Canton Charge hosting on Thursday April 10, 6pm CT at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Game 2 is Saturday April 12 with a start time of 7pm CT at the Sanford Pentagon. Should a deciding third game be necessary, the teams would stay in Sioux Falls for a Monday April 14 contest at 7pm CT.
Skyforce players are gearing up for the playoffs in their own special way and want you to be on hand at the Sanford Pentagon.
The unique playoff format in the D-League has the Division champions choosing their opponent with the first wildcard taking whoever is left. Top seed Fort Wayne who won the Eastern Division picked the eighth seeded Reno Bighorns. Next to choose was the Western champ Los Angeles D-Fenders who picked the sixth seeded Santa Cruz Warriors. Finally third seeded Iowa claimed Rio Grande Valley as their foil. The Energy versus Vipers clash will begin the earliest as well starting on Tuesday, April 8. See below for the entire First Round Schedule.
2014 NBA D-LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE (all times local):
Fort Wayne Mad Ants v. Reno Bighorns
Game 1 – Friday, April 11 – Fort Wayne @ Reno 2 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday, April 13 – Reno @ Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.
*Game 3 – Tuesday, April 15 – Reno @ Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles D-Fenders v. Santa Cruz Warriors
Game 1 – Thursday, April 10 – Los Angeles @ Santa Cruz 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, April 12 – Santa Cruz @ Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m.
*Game 3 – Tuesday, April 15 – Santa Cruz @ Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Iowa Energy v. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Game 1 – Tuesday, April 8 – Iowa @ Rio Grande Valley, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, April 12 – Rio Grande Valley @ Iowa, 12 p.m.
*Game 3 – Monday, April 14 – Rio Grande Valley @ Iowa, 7 p.m.
Sioux Falls Skyforce v. Canton Charge
Game 1 – Thursday, April 10 – Sioux Falls @ Canton, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, April 12 – Canton @ Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.
*Game 3 – Monday, April 14 – Canton @ Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.
* = if necessary
For a review of the three games the teams played this season, see below.