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2016 NBA Playoffs First Round TV Schedule

The 2016 NBA Playoffs have arrived!

Starting April 16 and for the next two months, up to 16 teams — eight from each conference, East and West — will vie for the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.

Larry O'Brien trophy

The Golden State Warriors built upon their world championship run in 2014-15 with an historic 2015-16 season having earned an all-time best 73 regular-season wins. Runner-up to the Warriors were the San Antonio Spurs — one of the nine teams during the season to defeat Golden State in a game.

The No. 1 seed of the Eastern Conference belongs to defending East champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

All series are Best 4-out-of-7.

TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and NBA TV will broadcast all the action in the United States.

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The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks, announcers and reporters for the First Round of playoff action:

Updated Sat. Apr. 30, 2016 9:20 p.m. EDT

Saturday, April 16, 2016

12:30 p.m. on ESPN: Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
[#7] Indiana Pacers @ [#2] Toronto Raptors

3:30 p.m. on ABC: Western Conference First Round Game 1
[#8] Houston Rockets @ [#1] Golden State Warriors

7:00 p.m. on ESPN: Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
[#5] Boston Celtics @ [#4] Atlanta Hawks

9:30 p.m. on ESPN: Western Conference First Round Game 1
[#6] Dallas Mavericks @ [#3] Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday, April 17, 2016

3:00 p.m. on ABC: Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
[#8] Detroit Pistons @ [#1] Cleveland Cavaliers

5:30 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
[#6] Charlotte Hornets @ [#3] Miami Heat

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 1
[#7] Memphis Grizzlies @ [#2] San Antonio Spurs

10:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 1
[#5] Portland Trail Blazers @ [#4] Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, April 18, 2016

7:00 p.m. on NBA TV: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
[#7] Indiana Pacers @ [#2] Toronto Raptors

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 2
[#6] Dallas Mavericks @ [#3] Oklahoma City Thunder

10:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 2
[#8] Houston Rockets @ [#1] Golden State Warriors

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

7:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
[#5] Boston Celtics @ [#4] Atlanta Hawks

9:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 2
[#7] Memphis Grizzlies @ [#2] San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7:00 p.m. on NBA TV: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
[#6] Charlotte Hornets @ [#3] Miami Heat

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
[#8] Detroit Pistons @ [#1] Cleveland Cavaliers

10:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 2
[#5] Portland Trail Blazers @ [#4] Los Angeles Clippers

Thursday, April 21, 2016

7:00 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 3
[#3] Oklahoma City Thunder @ [#6] Dallas Mavericks

7:30 p.m. on NBA TV: Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
[#2] Toronto Raptors @ [#7] Indiana Pacers

9:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 3
[#1] Golden State Warriors @ [#8] Houston Rockets

Friday, April 22, 2016

7:00 p.m. on ESPN: Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
[#1] Cleveland Cavaliers @ [#8] Detroit Pistons

8:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
[#4] Atlanta Hawks @ [#5] Boston Celtics

9:30 p.m. on ESPN: Western Conference First Round Game 3
[#2] San Antonio Spurs @ [#7] Memphis Grizzlies

Saturday, April 23, 2016

3:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 4
[#2] Toronto Raptors @ [#7] Indiana Pacers

5:30 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
[#3] Miami Heat @ [#6] Charlotte Hornets

8:00 p.m. on ESPN: Western Conference First Round Game 4
[#3] Oklahoma City Thunder @ [#6] Dallas Mavericks

10:30 p.m. on ESPN: Western Conference First Round Game 3
[#4] Los Angeles Clippers @ [#5] Portland Trail Blazers

Sunday, April 24, 2016

1:00 p.m. on ABC: Western Conference First Round Game 4
[#2] San Antonio Spurs @ [#7] Memphis Grizzlies

3:30 p.m. on ABC: Western Conference First Round Game 4
[#1] Golden State Warriors @ [#8] Houston Rockets

6:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 4
[#4] Atlanta Hawks @ [#5] Boston Celtics

9:30 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 4
[#1] Cleveland Cavaliers @ [#8] Detroit Pistons

Monday, April 25, 2016

7:00 p.m. on NBA TV: Eastern Conference First Round Game 4
[#3] Miami Heat @ [#6] Charlotte Hornets
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Mike Fratello
Reporter: Rebecca Haarlow

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 5
[#6] Dallas Mavericks @ [#3] Oklahoma City Thunder
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Brent Barry
Reporter: Lewis Johnson

10:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 4
[#4] Los Angeles Clippers @ [#5] Portland Trail Blazers
Announcers: Marv Albert, Kevin McHale
Reporter: Jamie Maggio

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

6:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 5
[#7] Indiana Pacers @ [#2] Toronto Raptors
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Steve Smith
Reporter: Kevin Ray

8:30 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 5
[#5] Boston Celtics @ [#4] Atlanta Hawks
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
Reporter: Kristen Ledlow

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 5
[#6] Charlotte Hornets @ [#3] Miami Heat
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Brent Barry
Reporter: Rebecca Haarlow

10:30 p.m. on TNT: Western Conference First Round Game 5
[#8] Houston Rockets @ [#1] Golden State Warriors
Announcers: Marv Albert, Mike Fratello
Reporter: Allie LaForce

10:30 p.m. on NBA TV: Western Conference First Round Game 5
[#5] Portland Trail Blazers @ [#4] Los Angeles Clippers
Announcers: Kevin Calabro, Grant Hill
Reporter: Kevin Ray

Thursday, April 28, 2016

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 6
[#4] Atlanta Hawks @ [#5] Boston Celtics
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
Reporter: Kristen Ledlow

Friday, April 29, 2016

7:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS/NBA TV: Eastern Conference First Round Game 6
[#2] Toronto Raptors @ [#7] Indiana Pacers
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
Reporter: Heather Cox

8:00 p.m. on ESPN: Eastern Conference First Round Game 6
[#3] Miami Heat @ [#6] Charlotte Hornets
Announcers: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson
Reporter: Doris Burke

10:30 p.m. on ESPN: Western Conference First Round Game 6
[#4] Los Angeles Clippers @ [#4] Portland Trail Blazers
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown
Reporter: Lisa Salters

Friday, April 29, 2016

1:00 p.m. on ABC: Eastern Conference First Round Game 7
[#7] Indiana Pacers @ [#2] Toronto Raptors

8:00 p.m. on TNT: Eastern Conference First Round Game 7
[#6] Charlotte Hornets @ [#3] Miami Heat

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      • NBA execs shouldn’t sweat too much we’re destined to have Warriors-Cavs Part 2. Luckily LeBron won’t have to face the Raptors or Heat until the ECFs either. The way the Hawks-Celtics is looking that should be an easy series for the Cavs the next round.

        • I would not count out the Spurs who are the best team in the NBA to defeat the Warriors but barring an injury to Steph or another pivotal Warrior, I still don’t envision San Antonio doing so. It’s Golden State’s championship to lose this season.

          • I hate the Warriors so I would love the Spurs to spoil their season or run at a second title but you’re right it’s Warriors championship to lose. I think the Cavs have a chance of finally breaking-through surprisingly for The Land.

              • The same reason why everybody else hates Golden State the overplayed media hype of putting this team over the great teams of the NBA in the past 70 years and I don’t like their style of basketball I’m an old school basketball guy.

                • I believe you’re in the minority in that Warriors dislike, haha. I’ve seen many young kids idolize Steph and they’ve replied to the notion of “you live by the three, you die by the three” with “what if you never die by the three?” Amazing.

                  I enjoyed their style of play when the Suns exhibited it ten years ago. The only difference now is the Warriors included a supreme defense which has made their team top-class.

                  But I get it from the anti-GS standpoint that they improved on the 72-10 feat of the legendary Bulls, an all-time team in NBA lore. Because the Knicks were strong competitors through most of the 90’s, I didn’t treasure that Bulls feat then because I wanted my team to defeat Jordan and co.

                  • Of course the kids like that stuff, kids don’t usually appreciate the defensive or physical part of sports until they get into their teens or early adulthood. Kids are still casual fans and don’t become hardcore sports fans until they hit their teens because they don’t have a full understanding of the game or its history. When I was younger I was more into the scoring part of just about any sport then later on especially when I played sports in high school I started to get into the other boring aspects of the sports.

                    Golden State is very good for the NBA because it brings extra attention to the sport and I hope Steph will be okay because it will suck to see anybody else win just because Steph got hurt it reminded of the year when D. Rose blew out his knee and the Heat had no real challenge going to their first title.

                    For me most of the hardcore fans don’t like the Warriors but casual fans definitely do. Anybody who watched and appreciated the physical play that the NBA used to really have back in the day do not support them. I will say it’s like 60/40 with the hate of the Warriors based on the sites I’m on, their hate has increased a lot this year and a lot of people have an asterisk over the 73-9 record but it doesn’t matter in reality because the Bulls of the 90s played in the 90s.

                    For you I honestly think you shouldn’t like the Warriors if you were a 90s Knicks fan because that was probably the second most physical team in NBA history after the 80s Bad Boys Pistons teams. I really liked that Knicks defense back then and if the Bulls weren’t in the way the Knicks would’ve had 2 championships at least. Most Knicks fans didn’t like MJ or the Bulls back then but appreciate them now and it’s always like that when you reflect on greatness.

                    I’m the same way with Brett Favre with me being a Packers hater, I started to appreciate him more after he left them but the thing about the Warriors is I know I will never like them for several different reasons but I’m still glad a team like this is around then not around.

                    • The game in the 90’s benefited the physical teams, but the league has since legislated that type of defense out. I must admit I was a more of a fan of how the Knicks were put together and managed in the 1990s. They’ve been an absolute mess ever since.

                      Other than Chicagoans, I’m sure a good number of fans in San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Los Angeles would be less than thrilled with Golden State’s feats.

                      But TV execs are over-the-moon ecstatic with them — lots of ratings to come but praying for the health and well-being for Curry’s knee.

                    • It really doesn’t matter who hates or likes the Warriors in reality, I like to see all of the leagues do great in the ratings and the Warriors have helped the NBA a lot in the ratings the past couple of seasons. I hated the Heat too but look how they did in the ratings, the NBA hadn’t seen those ratings since the early 2000s or when Jordan last won his ring with the Bulls.

                      Another thing that I’ve seen change is the Spurs ratings too since playing the Heat,they aren’t that boring team anymore as people have started to watch them more and more in the past 5 seasons going back to that WCF against the Thunder.

                      The point here is that teams like the Heat and Warriors who are controversial are good for the league. I think the Bulls and Warriors are pretty similar in their popularity because a number of people hated the Bulls and liked the Bulls. It seemed like everybody except Heat or Wade or LeBron fans like that Heat. So the Heat thing was unique and fun even though I hated that team I appreciated what they did for the league those 4 years.

                      Back to your Knicks team ever since Patrick Ewing went to the Sonics in 1999 that franchise has been a mess and I think you Knicks fans deserve to have a great basketball team but the probably is the owner James Dolan he can’t get out of his own way with that team. The Knicks need a better structure in management and then trickle down all the way down to the team on the court. I think the Knicks playing in a spotlight market like midtown Manhattan hurts them too because the concentration isn’t always on the team. The Knicks as a franchise has changed so much since the 90s it used to be a hardcore type team now it’s a media hyped Hollywood-esque team like the Lakers.