We bring you this so you know when to clear out your schedule for the next couple weeks. Or at least when to set your DVR.
Here is the schedule for all eight first round NBA playoff series. The time and station for the later series remains up in the air (due to some series going longer than others), but you get the idea.
All times Eastern.
San Antonio vs. Dallas
Game 1 – Sun at San Antonio 1:00PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed at San Antonio 8:00PM NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat at Dallas 4:30PM TNT
Game 4 – April 28 at Dallas 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at San Antonio TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Dallas TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at San Antonio TBD
Oklahoma City vs. Memphis
Game 1 – Sat at Oklahoma City 9:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Mon at Oklahoma City 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Memphis 8:00PM TNT
Game 4 – Sat at Memphis 9:30PM ESPN
Game 5 * April 29 at Oklahoma City TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Memphis TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State
Game 1 – Sat at L.A. Clippers 3:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Mon at L.A. Clippers 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Golden State 10:30PM TNT
Game 4 – April 27 at Golden State 3:30PM ABC
Game 5 * April 29 at L.A. Clippers TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Golden State TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at L.A. Clippers TBD TNT
Houston vs. Portland
Game 1 – Sun at Houston 9:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed at Houston 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri at Portland 10:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 27 at Portland 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Houston TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Portland TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Houston TBD
Indiana vs. Atlanta
Game 1 – Sat at Indiana 7:00PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue at Indiana 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Atlanta 7:00PM NBA TV
Game 4 – April 26 at Atlanta 2:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 28 at Indiana 8:00PM NBA TV
Game 6 * May 1 at Atlanta TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Indiana TBD TNT
Miami vs. Charlotte
Game 1 – Sun at Miami 3:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Wed at Miami 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 – April 26 at Charlotte 7:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 28 at Charlotte 7:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Miami TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Charlotte TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Miami TBD
Toronto vs. Brooklyn
Game 1 – Sat at Toronto 12:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue at Toronto 7:30PM NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri at Brooklyn 7:00PM ESPN2
Game 4 – April 27 at Brooklyn 7:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Toronto TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Brooklyn TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Toronto TBD
Chicago vs. Washington
Game 1 – Sun at Chicago 7:00PM TNT
Game 2 – Tue at Chicago 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri at Washington 8:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 27 at Washington 1:00PM ABC
Game 5 * April 29 at Chicago TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Washington TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Chicago TBD TNT
Top-10 college recruit Anfernee Simmons may go straight to NBA
A couple of years back, Thon Maker decided to play a post-graduate fifth year of prep school ball, not go to a major college, then jump to the NBA. He could because he had graduated a year before and was 19, the Bucks took him in the lottery, and so far it has worked out for everyone.
Now another recruit, Anfernee Simmons, may follow that path. Simmons is spending this year at the IMG Academy, and the combo guard is considered a top-10 recruit in this class.
“Some people have brought it to my attention,” Simons told ESPN during an interview in Connecticut, where his team was participating in the National Prep Showcase. “As long as the opportunity is there, I will do it.
“I can see myself going to the NBA combine, if I have enough teams to actually invite me or recommend me for the combine and enough teams want to bring me for workouts. I really need to hit the weight room hard and get a little stronger.”
This is a sensible approach — find out where you roughly fall in the draft, then make a decision. Listen to the teams, not friends/family/agents. If you have a first-round guarantee, then go pro.
Givony and others describe the 6’3″ Simmons as talented but still a project for the NBA level, starting with the fact he needs to get stronger (something true of most rookies). Not that it really scares off teams any longer, many are willing to develop and wait on a player with potential (he could spend a chunk of his first season in the G-League). Simmons is fast when he drives, and has a smooth release on his jumper. If he gets stronger and his game matures, a team may take a risk on him.
Shorthanded Cavaliers now without Iman Shumpert for 5-7 days
That has forced Iman Shumpert into the starting point guard role in Cleveland, although he mostly is there for defense/shooting as the playmaking duties fall to LeBron James.
Now the Cavaliers will have to get by without Shumpert for a while with water on the knee, Cleveland announced on Saturday. He left Friday night’s Cavs win against the Clippers with a sore knee and did not return
“Additional examination and imaging today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed left knee effusion. He will be out 5-7 days while he undergoes treatment and rehabilitation,” the Cavaliers said in a statement.
This is going to force Lue to play Jose Calderon, who he has kept glued to the bench this season despite the injuries. J.R. Smith and Dwyane Wade will need to take on more run as well.
The Celtics have won four in a row — thanks to a more focused offense — and face the Pistons, Nets, and Hornets this week.
Joakim Noah on if he can play at former level: “Probably not. Probably not.”
For three games, Joakim Noah has been clear of the 20-game PED suspension he started at the end of last season.
For three games, he has not even dressed for the Knicks.
This is the former Defensive Player of the Year who was already on the decline when Phil Jackson gave him a $72 million contract that is now the worst in the NBA. Noah is out of the rotation, where Enes Kanter starts at center (with Kristaps Porzingis at the four) and Kyle O’Quinn coming off the bench.
“I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,’’ Noah said in his first comments since being reinstated. “I understand the situation. I’m going to make the best of it.”
When asked if he still feels he can be close to the player he was in his 2013-14 campaign, Noah said: “Probably not. Probably not. You know. I can help. I feel like I could help this team and that’s just my reality. But I just want to just be the best that I can be.
“It’s not about trying to be what I was three, four years ago, because it’s not the reality.”
Noah is a smart and mature player, he understands his reality, and he has the exact attitude you want a veteran off the bench. He can help in practices, he can help because he understands how to play defense and can teach it, and eventually, he will get a chance on the court. He is not part of the future of the Knicks, but he can guide these young players.
The Knicks new management will look for a way to unload Noah’s contract, but considering the sweeteners the Knicks would need to throw in to get a team to deal for Noah, it’s unlikely we see any action on that front for a long time.
Frustrated Gregg Popovich calls all three referees “f****** blind”