HAWKSVILLE - It’s after 2 a.m. and the NBA still has us waiting on playoff dates and times for the Hawks-Heat first-round series.
I know it’s only fair that we wait for all the regular-season action around the league to finish up before we find out the particulars, but who cares about fair?
Not me. I’m ready to get this thing started.
Tuesday’s dress rehearsal didn’t satisfy me.
No offense to Speedy Claxton, Randolph Morris and Othello Hunter and friends, but it’s time for the real games to begin.
I don’t know about you but I know I need the real thing and if our friends at the league office (or TNT, ESPN or wherever) would just hurry up we could all get on with things.
After all, we’ve known since the weekend that the Hawks and Heat were going to square off in the first round. Just give us the details already so we can …
BREAKING NEWS!!!! The dates and times are in and they are as follows (the 2-2-1-1-1 format and out friends at FSN and SportSouth will be broadcasting the first round games, too):
Game 1 Miami at Atlanta, Sunday April 19 at 8 p.m. TNT
Game 2 Miami at Atlanta, Wednesday April 22 8 p.m. TNT
Game 3 Atlanta at Miami, Saturday April 25 6:30 p.m. TNT
Game 4 Atlanta at Miami, Monday April 27 (time and network to be determined)
Game 5 Miami at Atlanta, Wednesday April 29 (TBD)
Game 6 Atlanta at Miami, Friday May 1 (TBD)
Game 7 Miami at Atlanta, Sunday May 3 (TBD)
Those dates and times for the first four games work for me.
So does this series as one of best and most evenly matched first-round fights. Before the opening tip we’ll have breakdowns of all the individual matchups, interviews with players and coaches and others on the Hawks’ second straight playoff run and a playoff preview on Hawks’ captain and All-Star Joe Johnson’s tough task of matching Heat MVP candidate, All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Dwyane Wade.
Check here for daily blogs, breaking news updates, links and all the comprehensive coverage you’ll need to keep up with the series.
Speaking of links …
here are a few that I’ve come across this morning that are worth a read;
– He didn’t get Most Improved or anything like that, but Mario West has turned some heads from the folks at si.com for one of their other postseason awards.
– The Heat finished off the regular season like the Hawks, except their reserves and youngsters defeated the Pistons in overtime in last night’s regular-season finale. Two players that will be crucial to the Heat’s cause in this series were on display last night, as my main man Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald wrote about after last night’s game.
– Dig into Ira Winderman’s blog for some interesting tidbits on where the Heat might go matchups-wise in the series with the Hawks. They have a few options where Joe Johnson is concerned as well as what to do with the small forward position, depending on how much they trust Mike Beasley on this big stage.
– Can’t forget about my main man Chris Perkins at the Palm Beach Post. He also had some interesting stuff on his blog after the Heat finished off the Pistons. And this is the beauty of this series for all of us. There’s plenty of Heat stuff that will be floating around to keep us up to speed on that camp.