This just in, and it's a surprise schedule indeed
Well, no one saw this one coming.
The schedule for the Raptor-Orlando series has just been released -- sometimes it pays to stay up late -- and things begin Sunday at 12:30 in Orlando. TNT, which on every proposed schedule we'd seen was starting a triple header at 5:30 p.m., has apparently decided an earlier start is the better.
As we expected, Game 2 goes Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Orlando and Game 3 is back in Toronto next Thursday, the 22nd, also at 7:30 p.m..
Then it gets a bit strange. The Raptors have bumped the Rock out of the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, April 26 and will play Game 4 at 3 p.m. and the game will be on TNT in the States.
Game 5, if necessary, is Monday, April 28 in Orlando and then there's an extra day off before a Game 6, which will be back in Toronto on Thursday, May 1 if it's needed and the time is still to be determined.
A seventh game would be Saturday, May 3 in Orlando and that time is still be decided as well.
Overall, not a bad schedule. It'll be interesting to see how the Orlando fans deal with an early start to Game 1 and Toronto gets a night game to open its end of the series.
The extra day off between Game 5 and 6 will also be welcome after playing every other day.
The Canadian broadcasters are still to be announced.