NEW YORK, April 8, 2012 – The Western Conference champion Los Angeles D-Fenders, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NBA Development League Playoffs presented by BBVA, selected the eighth-seeded Iowa Energy as their opponent in the first round of the 2012 NBA D-League playoffs, it was announced today following a teleconference held with the league’s eight playoff-bound teams. Los Angeles (38-12) and Iowa (25-25) will tip off the 2012 NBA D-League Playoffs presented by BBVA when the Energy hosts the D-Fenders on Wednesday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
For the fourth consecutive year, the top three seeds – the two conference champions and the wild card team with the best regular season record – had the opportunity to select their first round opponent among the four lowest-seeded playoff teams. The lower-seeded team will host Game 1 of the best-of-three first round, while the higher-seeded team will host Games 2 and 3, if necessary.
The Springfield Armor (29-21), the No. 2 seed and the Eastern Conference champions, selected the No. 7 seed Canton Charge (27-23). That series will begin on Friday, April 13, when the Charge host the Armor at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Austin Toros (33-17), the No. 3 seed, chose the fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks (28-22), and will tip off on Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET in Erie.
The two remaining playoff teams, the No. 4 seed Dakota Wizards (29-21) and No. 6 seed Bakersfield Jam (28-22), will begin play on Thursday, April 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET in Bakersfield.
Dates and times for the best-of-three semifinals have yet to be determined and will be announced when they are available. The semifinals will follow the same format as the first round, with the lower-seeded team hosting Game 1 and the higher-seeded team hosting Games 2 and 3, if necessary. The three-game NBA D-League Finals presented by BBVA will tip off following the conclusion of the semifinals and will follow the same format.
2012 NBA D-LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE (all times Eastern):
Los Angeles D-Fenders v. Iowa Energy
Game 1 - Wednesday, April 11 - Los Angeles @ Iowa, 8:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, April 14 - Iowa @ Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Iowa @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.
Springfield Armor v. Canton Charge
Game 1 - Friday, April 13 - Springfield @ Canton, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Canton @ Springfield, 7:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Canton @ Springfield, 7:00 p.m.
Austin Toros v. Erie BayHawks
Game 1 - Thursday, April 12 - Austin @ Erie, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Erie @ Austin, 4:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Erie @ Austin, 8:30 p.m.
Dakota Wizards v. Bakersfield Jam
Game 1 - Thursday, April 12 - Dakota @ Bakersfield, 10:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Bakersfield @ Dakota, 4:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Bakersfield @ Dakota, 8:00 p.m.
* = if necessary