With the Raptors taking care of their Round 1 series in six games, they will enjoy (for the first time ever) more days of rest than their opponent before the next series begins. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers in Sunday’s Game 7, and the two teams will face off on Tuesday evening at 8pm EST—Toronto’s first prime-time slotting of the postseason. It's arguably the only benefit of having to play against LeBron James for the third postseason in a row.
After spending Game 6 on ESPNews (and before that, ESPN2) in the States, Lauren Miles, wife of forward C.J. Miles, had a comical quip in reaction to the multiple prime-time slates.
Raptors game gonna air on ESPN/TNT and not C-SPAN. I can't believe it https://t.co/LMddcm9hNH— LSM (@iamlaurenmiles) April 28, 2018
Toronto’s Round 2 also includes an odd sight—each game in the series will be played on an every-other-day basis which basically means you’ll never have to second-guess game-day. It also means, however, that both teams could be handicapped with just one day allotted for practice and rest between match-ups, even when changing game locations.
Here’s the entire series plotted out:
Raptors vs. Cavaliers Second Round Schedule
Game 1 - Tuesday, May 1, 8:00pm on TNT and TSN
Game 2 - Thursday, May 3, 6:00pm on ESPN and Sportsnet
Game 3 - Saturday, May 5, 8:30pm on ABC and Sportsnet
Game 4 - Monday, May 7, 8:30pm on TNT and TSN
Game 5* - Wednesday, May 9, Time TBD, TNT and TSN
Game 6* - Friday, May 11, Time TBD, ESPN and Sportsnet
Game 7* - Sunday, May 13, Time and Channel TBD and TSN