It was finally made official yesterday that the Miami Heat would be facing the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. And today, they released the official days and times of these games.
The Heat playoff sked
Game 1, Tuesday, 8/18, 4pm
Game 2, Thursday, 8/20, 1pm
Game 3, Saturday, 8/22, 3:30pm
Game 4, Monday, 8/24, 6:30pm
Game 5, Wednesday, 8/26
Game 6, Friday, 8/28
Game 7, Sunday, 8/30
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) August 13, 2020
The Heat were given most of the afternoon times for this first round match-up, which was kind of expected since the national outlets don’t like to showcase or talk about the Heat too much. They will kick off the playoffs with a game on Tuesday at 4pm, which will most likely be the most important game of the series. If the Heat get a hot start, it will be hard for this banged up Indiana team to bounce back.
They follow that game with a start time of 1pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. And if games 5, 6, and 7 are needed, those times will be revealed later.
Although Miami wasn’t given the best game time of the day, this will definitely change if they make it to the second round. That’s when the national media will make sure to put it prime-time, to make sure their reigning MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t get upset by this gritty Heat team.
These early times definitely are something that players will need to adjust to since they’ve never done this before. Most of these players are in such a routine in their daily lives, that they do everything at specific times. But in today’s circumstances, everyone must adjust.
It’s looking like Miami will be fully healthy by game 1 of the playoffs as well, with Kendrick Nunn returning and Jae Crowder’s injury not too serious.
Either way, playoff basketball is back.