The NBA has released the playoff schedule and the Thunder will being their series on Saturday. If the Thunder can sweep the Mavericks then the series will be over exactly one week after it begins. If they cannot do so then it could extended all the way until the end of April.
Game 1: Saturday, April 16th in Oklahoma City: 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN
Game 2: Monday, April 18th in Oklahoma City: 7 p.m. CT on TNT
Game 3: Thursday, April 21st in Dallas: 6 p.m. CT on TNT
Game 4: Saturday, April 23rd in Dallas: 7 p.m. CT on ESPN
Game 5*:Monday, April 25th in Oklahoma City: Time and TV to be determined
Game 6*: Thursday, April 28th in Dallas: Time and TV to be determined
Game 7*: Saturday, April 30th in Oklahoma City: Time and TV to be determined
It is great to see the Thunder getting at least two days off before every game. This will help them use their superstars more in the games and not risk them getting worn down. This season Russell Westbrook averaged 34.4 minutes a game, going into the playoffs he should see more around 38 minutes. Kevin Durant averaged 35.8 minutes a game it would be great to see him average around 40 for the playoffs but that may be too much for the former MVP.
Clear your schedules because come Saturday it is time to Thunder up.