It took until late last night, but with the Lakers escaping in Sacramento after blowing a 20-point fourth quarter lead to close out the Kings stay in Arco Arena, all of the dates and times for the Celtics first round schedule with the Knicks has been finalized. Get your calendar ready folks.
Game 1: at BOS, Sun. April 17, 7 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN
Game 2: at BOS, Tue. April 19, 7 p.m. ET, TNT, CSN
Game 3: at NYK, Fri. April 22, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, CSN
Game 4: at NYK, Sun. April 24, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5: at BOS, Tue. April 26, If Necessary, CSN
Game 6: at NYK, Fri. April 29, If Necessary, CSN
Game 7: at BOS, Sun. May 1, If Necessary, ABC
The best news about this schedule for local C’s fans is that CSN still has the rights to air the games for the entire 1st round (except for ABC games). That means for at least four more games, you get the opportunity for best play-by-play in the business from Mike Gorman and unabashed and insightful homerism from Tommy Heinsohn. Enjoy it while it lasts.
A closer look at the dates, reveal a pretty favorable draw for Boston as far as timing goes. An extended three days off before Sunday’s opener is huge for preparation purposes and, the easy travel schedule combined with two day breaks upon changing venues (after Game 2 and Game 5) will be a big help considering both Game 3 and Game 6 (if necessary) will both take place on the road. Hopefully only one of those contests will be necessary, but both will be equally crucial in the scheme of things.
Much more on the way later today, as we’ve just started to scratch the surface of CelticsHub’s coverage of this series.