LinkIt took until the stroke of midnight and then five more minutes, but after the dust settled on a crazy game in Sacramento with the Los Angeles Lakers needing overtime to finally seize the No. 2 seed, the No. 3 Dallas Mavericks learned they'd face the No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs.
The series will start Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.
"Our record is 0-0. It's the first team to four," Mavs point guard Jason Kidd said of the first-round, best-of-7 series. "We're going to have our hands full in the first round. We're going to have to pay attention to the small details if want to have a chance to advance. The big thing is this is a veteran ballclub, so we know what it takes."