NBA starts second seasonPosted: April 18, 2013
Is it time for a Heat repeat?
LeBron James and his crew start their quest for a second straight NBA title Sunday against the Bucks. TNT has the coverage at 7 p.m.
The postseason starts on ABC Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Knicks hosting the Celtics. ESPN has the next three games on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Warriors and Nuggets. The Bulls head to Brooklyn at 8 p.m., then it’s out west for the Grizzlies at Clippers.
TNT has Hawks-Pacers at Sunday at 1 p.m., then the Lakers – without Kobe Bryant – head to San Antonio on ABC at 3:30 p.m. West top seed Oklahoma City hosts Houston at 9:30 p.m.
Each best-of-seven series will continue over the next two weeks.
The strike-shortened NHL season has two more weekends before the playoffs start. The Capitals head to Ottawa Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then visit to Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Flyers host the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Nashville heads to Chicago Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Flyers head to Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 8 p.m. the Blues face the Avalanche.
NBC offers the Devils and Rangers Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles close a series with Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before the Dodgers come to visit for a weekend interleague series on MASN. TBS also carries the Sunday afternoon contest.
The Nationals face the Mets on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and are part of the Fox Saturday package again this week. Other parts of the country will see the Twins at White Sox or Tigers-Angels. ESPN’s Sunday night game features the Cardinals at Phillies.
It’s SEC baseball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, with Auburn facing Mississippi State. Sunday at 1 p.m., Clemson visits Miami.
NASCAR heads to Kansas this weekend, with Sprint Cup action Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network shows the Indy Car Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday at 4 p.m. The Formula One racers are in Bahrain, with the race Sunday at 8 p.m. Practices will be Friday at 7 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NFL announces its 2013 schedule Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL Network. From the college ranks, NBC Sports network shows the Notre Dame spring game Saturday at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 visits Alabama’s spring game Saturday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy host Kansas City Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has the Mexican soccer league match between Jaguares de Chiapas and Club León Friday at 8:25 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
It’s Extreme Games in the Southern Hemisphere this weekend, with ESPN heading to Brazil. Coverage starts Thursday at 7 p.m., and more Friday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’s action begins on ESPN at 11 a.m., with ESPN2 providing coverage at 9 p.m. ESPN has more skateboarding and other sports Sunday at 11 a.m.
Arizona faces UCLA in Pac-12 softball Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.