On Saturday, for the first time since April 26, 2019, the Clippers will host a playoff game in Staples Center as they open the 2021 postseason against the Dallas Mavericks.
Even with the modified calendar this year thanks to the play-in — which should be here to stay, based on what happened in the Western Conference last night — the NBA has returned to its default schedule of opening the true playoffs with an eight-game weekend bonanza, four on Saturday and four on Sunday with no overlaps.
Here’s how the Clippers fit into it:
- Saturday, May 22: Game 1, 1:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
- Tuesday, May 25: Game 2, 7:30 pm PT, NBA TV
- Friday, May 28: Game 3, 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
- Sunday, May 30: Game 4, 6:30 p.m. PT, TNT
- Wednesday, June 2: Game 5 (if necessary)
- Friday, June 4: Game 6 (if necessary)
- Sunday, June 6: Game 7 (if necessary)
Keep an eye on the early start time Saturday for Game 1, and you know the Clippers will be, considering their history with matinee games, especially against this particular Dallas teams. Assuming the series goes at least five games (spoiler alert, I think it will), the Clippers will have three two-day breaks, giving the team the ability to actually practice. Thankfully, after the regular-season sprint, the league cares enough about the product of its playoff games to bake in some rest time during the postseason.
More news for Thursday:
- James Herbert has a really interesting story about the blurring of positional lines, starring Terance Mann!
- Tim Reynolds has 10 stats from the regular season, including Ivica Zubac’s membership in an exclusive club.
- Owen Phillips picked all-NBA teams exclusively from advanced stats. It’s a good list.
- Nekias Duncan bids farewell to this year’s lottery teams.
- Lindsay Gibbs explains how the NCAA is failing transgender athletes.