The 2017 NBA Finals schedule, TV times and dates have been released.
Following a successful sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors will have nine days off before the series starts on June first. The Cleveland Cavaliers appeared headed for a conference sweep as well, but a surprise game three loss to the Celtics put a halt to that.
In all likelihood, the Cavs will still come out of the series victorious. They would have preferred a sweep, though, as now they’ll face supremely talented, and well rested Golden State team.
The Warriors have been absolutely unstoppable in their run through the playoffs this year. They’re a perfect 12-0 en route to their third consecutive finals appearance. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers appeared headed for a similar run. Now standing at 10-1 in their playoff run, it appears that the cream has truly risen to the top in these playoffs.
Boston will have every chance to make a series out of what appears to be a forgone conclusion. However, without Isaiah Thomas, it will be an uphill climb for an overmatched Celtics team.
The first two games of the series will be held in California before returning to Cleveland (or Boston) for the following two. If necessary, home court will be exchanged for the following games.
The playoff format follows the 2-2-1-1-1 format again this season.
The full schedule can be seen below:
Thursday, June 1, 9 p.m. ET: Celtics/Cavaliers at Warriors | ABC
Sunday, June 4, 8 p.m.: Celtics/Cavaliers at Warriors | ABC
Wednesday, June 7, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Celtics/Cavaliers | ABC
Friday, June 9, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Celtics/Cavaliers | ABC
*Monday, June 12, 9 p.m.: Celtics/Cavaliers at Warriors | ABC
*Thursday, June 15, 9 p.m.: Warriors at Celtics/Cavaliers | ABC
*Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m.: Celtics/Cavaliers at Warriors | ABC