NBA releases updated playoff schedule, includes Heat second round series

Streeter Lecka

Game 1 at AmericanAirlines Arenas has two possible dates.

With the Miami Heat able to sweep the Charlotte Bobcats, the defending champions have the rest of the week to relax, practice and prepare for a second round series between the Toronto Raptors or the Brooklyn Nets.

With today's updated NBA playoff schedule, the Heat now know the earliest they play is on Sunday either at 1:00pm or 3:30pm if the Raptors-Nets series, which is currently tied at 2-2, ends in six games.

If it goes to seven, then the final game of the series would be played on Sunday, and then the Heat will host the winner in the second round on Tuesday. The Heat could also play on Tuesday if the Portland Trail Blazers - Houston Rockets as well as the San Antonio Spurs - Dallas Mavericks series both need a Game 7. This situation seems unlikely though but stranger things have happened during the first round.

If the Heat do play on Sunday, it will be at 1:00pm if there is a Game 7 needed in the Spurs-Mavs series or the Blazers-Rockets series.

This is the complete update schedule for all 10 scenarios for Sunday (time listed first is local, then Eastern, followed by the network):

1. If Game 7 is necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas, Houston-Portland, and Toronto-Brooklyn series.

Game 7 Dallas at San Antonio             12:00 PM      1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Portland at Houston                 2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

Game 7 Brooklyn at Toronto                  8:00 PM       8:00 PM      TNT

2. If Game 7 is necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas and Houston-Portland series and not necessary in the Toronto-Brooklyn series then the Miami-Toronto/OR/Brooklyn Eastern Conference Semifinal series will begin on Tuesday, May 6.

Game 7 Dallas at San Antonio             12:00 PM      1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Portland at Houston                 2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

3. If Game 7 is necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas and Toronto-Brooklyn series and not necessary in the Houston-Portland series.

Game 7 Brooklyn at Toronto             1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Dallas at San Antonio           2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

4. If Game 7 is necessary in the Houston-Portland and Toronto-Brooklyn series and not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas series.

Game 7 Brooklyn at Toronto             1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Portland at Houston             2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

5. If Game 7 is necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas series and not necessary in the Houston-Portland or Toronto-Brooklyn series then the Miami-Toronto/OR/Brooklyn Eastern Conference Semifinal series will begin.

Game 1 Toronto/OR/Brooklyn at Miami    1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Dallas at San Antonio           2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

6. If Game 7 is necessary in the Houston-Portland series and not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas or Toronto-Brooklyn series then the Miami-Toronto/OR/Brooklyn Eastern Conference Semifinal series will begin.

Game 1 Toronto/OR/Brooklyn at Miami    1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 7 Portland at Houston             2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

7. If Game 7 is necessary in the Toronto-Brooklyn series and not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas and Houston-Portland series.  This will be the schedule IF Dallas advances to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Game 7 Brooklyn at Toronto             1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 1 Dallas at Portland              12:30 PM      3:30 PM      ABC

8. If Game 7 is necessary in the Toronto-Brooklyn series and not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas and Houston-Portland series.  This will be the schedule IF San Antonio advances to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Game 7 Brooklyn at Toronto             1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 1 Portland at San Antonio         2:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

9. If Game 7 is not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas, Houston-Portland, and Toronto-Brooklyn series.  This will be the schedule IF Dallas advances to the Western Conference Semifinals and the Miami-Toronto/OR/Brooklyn Eastern Conference Semifinal series will begin.

Game 1 Toronto/OR/Brooklyn at Miami    1:00 PM       1:00 PM      ABC

Game 1 Dallas at Portland              12:30 PM      3:30 PM      ABC

10. If Game 7 is not necessary in the San Antonio-Dallas, Houston-Portland, and Toronto-Brooklyn series.  This will be the schedule IF San Antonio advances to the Western Conference Semifinals and the Miami-Toronto/OR/Brooklyn Eastern Conference Semifinal series will begin.

Game 1 Portland at San Antonio         12:00 PM      1:00 PM      ABC

Game 1 Toronto/OR/Brooklyn at Miami    3:30 PM       3:30 PM      ABC

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