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Ira Winderman: NBA can't tackle football, so Heat wind up in a waiting game

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

Perhaps we now have our answer, one that comes for reasons beyond a 2019-20 NBA season dramatically delayed due to a pandemic.

The NBA, based on the signals offered during these playoffs, might as well permanently time shift its future schedules to start on Christmas Day or later.

First came the Sept. 10 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, a game that featured the NBA's biggest star and best scorer.

And, even then, the league opted to start at 7 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Los Angeles time), despite the matchup of LeBron James vs. James Harden.

That one tipped off with exceptional TNT play-by-play man Brian Anderson noting, "The only game on the NBA playoff bubble schedule, and it's a dandy."

But not dandy enough to tip during a featured 9 p.m. time slot, or even a traditional 8 p.m. TNT slot.

 

That also was when the NFL kicked off its regular season with Kansas City Chiefs-Houston Texans, or more precisely, Patrick Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson.

Then, this past Thursday, the NBA again time shifted, moving Heat-Celtics Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals up from the scheduled 8:30 p.m. start to a 7 p.m. tip, to try to get a jump on Joe Burrow-Baker Mayfield in Cincinnati Bengals-Cleveland Browns Thursday Night Football.

And, now, the NBA also will duck Monday Night Football, with a three-day break in Heat-Celtics between Saturday's Game 3 and Wednesday's Game 4.

So when it doubt ... duck.

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