It took until nearly midnight for the C’s to find out they’d be playing Miami in the opening round of the NBA playoffs this weekend, but the NBA wasted no time in releasing the full schedule of the 7 game series between Miami and Boston, in the wee hours, this morning.
Our friend Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com gets us up to date with the matchups, along with TV viewing options.
Game 1 – Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3 – Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4 – Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5* – Tuesday, April 27, TBD (TBD)
Game 6* – Thursday, April 29, TBD (TBD)
Game 7* – Saturday, May 1, TBD (TNT)
* – if necessary
A few quick thoughts on these dates, after the jump
The Bad News:
Well, not really bad necessarily, but a Saturday start to the series isn’t ideal for Doc Rivers. He admitted such in the postgame press conference last night, that he would have liked to started things from Sunday. Instead, of getting an extra day off, with only two days of preparation, the C’s will practice today and tomorrow heading into Saturday’s primetime showdown.
With the The Big Three and Perk getting plenty of rest last night however, the lack of an extra day of preparation shouldn’t come back to bite the C’s. Key word there being shouldn’t.
The Good News
Take a look at those first three games. Lots of rest in between those contests can only be good news for the older Boston legs. Not that Doc Rivers would hesitate to extend everyone’s minutes as is, but the extra rest early on in this series will allow Doc to take the leash completely off the starters minutes, while giving them more than enough time to fully recover in between games.
It’s with this mind that gives me optimism the C’s will be able to take care of business early in this series to help conserve energy for the Cavs. Then again, nothing has been easy for this team the past four months, so it’s hard to expect things to change now.