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NBA announces preliminary schedule for Game 1 of the playoffs

Apr 16, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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There are still some seedings to be worked out on the final night of the NBA season, but the league has released a preliminary schedule of the days and times for Game 1 of every playoff series that will take place this weekend.

The Miami Heat will begin their quest for a third straight title on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, in a contest that will be nationally televised on ABC. The Spurs, meanwhile, will take the league’s best record into the postseason beginning at 1:00 p.m., and their game can be seen on TNT.

Only two matchups are completely set — the Pacers will host the Hawks on Saturday, (though the time is yet to be determined), while the Rockets will host the Blazers on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.

The complete schedule is reprinted below, and we’re likely to get finalized versions with matchups and times for all teams shortly following the conclusion of tonight’s action.

Western Conference

                                                                     DATE                                       ET                    NETWORK

at San Antonio                                         Sunday, April 20                      1:00PM          TNT

at Oklahoma City                                    Saturday, April 19                   TBD                 TBD

at L.A. Clippers                                        Saturday, April 19                   TBD                 TBD

Portland at Houston                               Sunday, April 20                   9:30PM            TNT


Eastern Conference                                       

                                                                     DATE                                       ET                    NETWORK

Atlanta at Indiana                                 Saturday, April 19                   TBD                 ESPN

at Miami                                                    Sunday, April 20                    3:30PM           ABC/ESPN Radio

at Toronto                                                Saturday, April 19                   TBD                 ESPN

at Chicago                                               Sunday, April 20                      7:00PM          TNT

  1. davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Looks like Toronto can sit it starters the rest of the way; the Bulls blew it in OT.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      It’s been a fun night so far. The Dallas/Memphis game is close and has interesting implications. Same with the Detroit/OKC game – if OKC loses and the Clippers win, Clips get the 2nd seed, right?

      • davidly - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Yeah, they got the conf rec tie-break. They aren’t gonna be an easy out. We’ll see how they bring it in Portland later.

  2. pharohislife - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    With the Wizards Win and the Nets Loss Tonight, The Wiz move up to the 5th seed to play the Bulls and the Nets drop to the 6th seed to play the Raptors.

    This is the best scenario that could’ve possibly happened tonight because this means were likely looking at a 2nd Round of PacersVs.Bulls and HeatVs.Nets

    Both the Heat and Pacers are gonna have their work cut out for them in those 2nd rounds, the 1st round may be a breeze for them, but that 2nd round is going to have to be earned. Both the Bulls and the Nets are gonna make them work, I can see both series going 6 or 7 games and I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of those 2 series ended in an upset.

    • cantonb0und13 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      I won’t count out the Raptors and Wizards. Chicago struggles to score, their going to need scoring in the playoffs. Nate Robinson was that spark last season. Last time I checked, Bulls don’t have Rose or Robinson. Wall, Beal and Nene got game. People are still not showing Raptors some respect? Nets-Raptors should be a fun series to watch. Even the Hawks can win at least two games against the Pacers. And Heat is going to struggle defending Big Al.

      Can’t wait for the playoffs! Too bad the Knicks had to underachieved again.

      • chicitybulls - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        No, they dont have Nate but they do have Augustin and if you’ve been watching, he’s been playing great since they got him. Having said all of that, it wont be a cake walk for the Bulls. The Wizards do have a nice pg rotation in Wall and Miller and good bigs in Nene, Gortat and Booker. Not really worried about Beal. I’ll take Jimmy guarding him every day of the week. I’ll be very happy with that matchup.

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