Earlier today we teased you with just the first games from the Eastern Conference playoffs — giving you time to rearrange your book club meeting Sunday night so as not to miss the Knicks and Celtics.
Now, here are the full scheduled dates for the first round. However, the times on some of these games have yet to be decided. In fact most of them.
All times are Eastern and we have listed the broadcast station for the games we know. All games with an asterisk (*) next to them will only be played if necessary.
Chicago vs. Indiana
Game 1 – Sat April 16 at Chicago 1:00PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Mon April 18 at Chicago 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 3 – Thu April 21 at Indiana TBD (NBA TV)
Game 4 – Sat April 23 at Indiana TBD (TNT)
Game 5 * Tue April 26 at Chicago TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28 at Indiana TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30 at Chicago TBD (TNT)
Miami vs. Philadelphia
Game 1 – Sat April 16 at Miami 3:30PM (ABC)
Game 2 – Mon April 18 at Miami 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 3 – Thu April 21 at Philadelphia TBD (TNT)
Game 4 – Sun April 24 at Philadelphia 1:00PM (ABC)
Game 5 * Wed April 27 at Miami TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29 at Philadelphia TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1 at Miami TBD
Boston vs. New York
Game 1 – Sun April 17 at Boston 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 2 – Tue April 19 at Boston 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 3 – Fri April 22 at New York TBD (ESPN)
Game 4 – Sun April 24 at New York 3:30PM (ABC)
Game 5 * Tue April 26 at Boston TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29 at New York TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1 at Boston TBD
Orlando vs. Atlanta
Game 1 – Sat April 16 at Orlando 7:00PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Tue April 19 at Orlando 7:30PM (NBA TV)
Game 3 – Fri April 22 at Atlanta TBD (ESPN2)
Game 4 – Sun April 24 at Atlanta 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 5 * Tue April 26 at Orlando TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28 at Atlanta TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30 at Orlando TBD (TNT)
Draymond Green says he will stand for anthem, criticism of Kaepernick “ridiculous”
I’ve said this before: while there will be national anthem protests once the NBA starts playing games in a couple of weeks, don’t expect it from the biggest names — the guys with the biggest international brands to promote. At the same time, expect all those guys to back Collin Kaepernick and others who have done these protests.
I respect Colin for that because he took a stand, that he knew would probably create some controversy. And he didn’t care. And I respect that because sometimes controversy is needed in order to get the point across. And I think he’s gotten his point across. But my question is like what’s next?…
And of course if everyone wants to talk about Colin, and he’s disrespecting America. No, we’re going to talk about what he’s doing and try to sweep what he’s really talking about under the rug. I think it’s quite ridiculous, to be quite frank. Am I going to kneel down and put my fist up, no I’m not. That’s no disrespect to Colin or anybody else that’s doing it. But they’ve gotten the point across. I don’t think I need to come out and do a National Anthem protest. Because it’s already been started. There’s already a conversation.
What Green is asking is what a lot of people — athletes, activists, people who care about this country — are asking: What kind of actions, what kinds of change can come out of the start of this conversation? Because the question isn’t about respect for the flag or lack thereof — that’s a side issue, a distraction from people who don’t want to talk about race in America and the challenges we still face as a nation in that area. Some of these police shootings are a brutal reminder of how far this nation has to go, but they are just part of a broader issue.
“I respect everybody’s voice, everybody’s platform, and their opportunity and right to protest what they feel in their heart is something they want changed. I’ve said that plenty of times about Colin. I respect what he’s doing. I respect the message that he’s fighting for, and I hope all the spotlight is on that particular message and the things we can do to make changes that are blatantly obvious we need change, so I hope going forward it’s not about who’s raising their fist, who’s kneeling, who’s standing, who’s doing this or that. It’s about what Colin and other guys – what the message is, and what we don’t want to stand for any more.”
John Wall limited at Wizards’ camp, no timeline for full return
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards guard John Wall will be limited at training camp after undergoing knee surgery over the summer and the team has no timeline for his return.
The 26-year-old All-Star says he’s feeling great and has been able to play 1-on-1 and 3-on-3 with teammates. Coach Scott Brooks doesn’t know if Wall will play in any preseason games.
Wall and Brooks insist they’re “in no rush” with the focus on the point guard getting fully healthy. In May, Wall had a procedure on the patella tendon in his left knee and an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
The Wizards open training camp Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia. Brooks says Wall will participate in segments of each practice as he works to get back to 100 percent.
Cavaliers have offered Anderson Varejao a championship ring. Does he take it?
In the middle of last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers let go of long-time Cav and fan favorite Anderson Varejao to make room for Channing Frye, a stretch four they thought would be more valuable in the playoffs. In hindsight it seems the right move.
After a cap clearing move in Portland, Varejao ended up on the bench of the Golden State Warriors. We all know the story from there, including Varejao getting some meaningful minutes after Andrew Bogut went down, but it wasn’t enough for Golden State.
Which brings us to the awkward championship ring conversation. Usually, an iconic team player like Varejao would get one from the Cavaliers, but will Varejao want this one? From Marc Stein of ESPN:
Anderson. Varejao says the Cavaliers have indeed offered him a championship ring but says he hasn't decided yet whether to accept it.
Is there a correct answer for Varejao? A wrong answer? I can’t blame him either way.
He is on the Warriors roster again this season, and he once again could get meaningful minutes (now behind Zaza Pachulia). Does he decide that one with this team is what he wants (and will bet is going to happen)? Nobody can answer all these questions for him.
Nuggets retiring Dikembe Mutombo’s number at first home game
Mutombo spent his best years with the Hawks, but he was pretty darn good with the Nuggets, who drafted him No. 4 overall in 1991. He won a Defensive Player of the Year award and went to three All-Star games with Denver. Playing for the Nuggets, he also produced the most iconic image of his career: lying on the floor and clutching the ball in jubilation after Denver became the first No. 8 seed to upset the No. 1 seed (Seattle SuperSonics in 1994):