Wizards of the postseason

Time for a rarely written sentence – the Washington Wizards are getting ready for a playoff game this weekend.
For only the fifth time since taking the name in 1997 – and the first time since 2008 – the Wizards continue playing after the regular season. They moved into the fifth seed on the season’s final day, and open against the Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The postseason starts on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Raptors host the Nets. ABC carries the Clippers’ game with the Warriors, then it’s back to ESPN for Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
TNT tips off Sunday when the Mavericks meet the Spurs at 1 p.m. The defending champion Heat face Charlotte on ABC at 3:30 p.m., and TNT has the Rockets at Blazers in the finale at 9:30 p.m.
The NHL postseason began Wednesday, and continues Thursday with four first-round contests. The Flyers face the Rangers at 7 p.m. on CNBC and it’s out west for Chicago-St. Louis on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m. CNBC carries the Wild against Avalanche at 9:30 p.m., and NBC Sports network closes the night with the Kings traveling to San Jose at 10:30 p.m.
CNBC has the second game between the Canadiens and Lightning Friday at 7 p.m., and NBC Sports network’s twinbill starts with the Red Wings at the top-seeded Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and the Stars facing the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The Blackhawks and Blues battle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC, and NBC Sports network offers Blue Jackets-Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Minnesota-Colorado.
It’s Game 2 for the Flyers and Rangers Sunday at noon on NBC before the Red Wings meet the Bruins. Montreal hosts Game 3 against Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Kings battle the Sharks at 10 p.m.
The Nationals start a four-game set against the Cardinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. They play Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2 and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN.
The Orioles battle the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN, then move to ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with the Angels at Tigers at 1 p.m. and the Diamondbacks facing the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia hosts North Carolina on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. Georgia and Florida clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and South Carolina faces Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m.
Kansas meets Oklahoma State Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One racers visit China this weekend, with NBC Sports network starting coverage Sunday at 3 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 2 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New England faces Chicago Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea faces Sunderland in Premier League play on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur against Fulham at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City meeting Stoke City. Norwich City battles Liverpool Sunday at 7 a.m., then it’s Hull City-Arsenal at 9 a.m. and Everton taking on Manchester United.
Auburn has its spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas takes on Oklahoma in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. after playing 0n ESPN2 Thursday at 9 p.m.



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