The 2013 NBA playoffs are moving on to the second stage, as all but one series has been completed. As we move forward and prepare to see the Conference semifinals get underway, however, there's one question every fan will be asking.
When and where can we watch the games?
The Western Conference semifinals are officially set, as the Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs will host the Golden State Warriors. Both Memphis and Golden State pulled off first-round upsets to advance.
In the East, the Miami Heat will play either the Brooklyn Nets or Chicago Bulls, depending on who wins Game 7 on May 4, 2013. The New York Knicks will play their archival Indiana Pacers, providing a flashback to the 1990s.
So when will these games transpire and where can you watch them?
Note: * signals game to be played if necessary.
No. 1 Miami Heat vs. No. 5 Chicago Bulls
Game 1: Chicago at Miami on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 2: Chicago at Miami on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: Miami at Chicago on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Game 4: Miami at Chicago, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 5*: Chicago at Miami, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 6*: Miami at Chicago, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 7*: Chicago at Miami, Time, Date and TV TBD
In a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat will take on the upstart Chicago Bulls. Despite being without countless key players due to injury and illness, Chicago will be a legitimate threat to Miami due to their history alone.
With that being said, Chicago has been without Rose all year and still managed to split the season series against Miami. For what it's worth, the Bulls have defeated the Heat both in Chicago and in Miami.
Who's to say they can't do it again?
If there's anyone to make a real claim that they won't, it's LeBron James and the Heat. They dismantled the Milwaukee Bucks in Round 1 and have won 41 of their past 43 games, dating back to the regular season.
This won't be easy for Miami, but the odds are certainly in their favor.
No. 2 New York Knicks vs. No. 3 Indiana Pacers
Game 1: Indiana at New York on Sunday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Game 2: Indiana at New York on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: New York at Indiana on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Game 4: New York at Indiana, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 5*: Indiana at New York, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 6*: New York at Indianapolis, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 7*: Indiana at New York, Time, Date and TV TBD
From 1993 to 2000, the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers played in six separate postseason series. In that time, the teams came to an even split of 3-3 and thus developed into two of the fiercest rivals in all of professional sports.
For what it's worth, Indiana went 2-0 against the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals during that time—you know, the stage we're at now.
The question, of course, is whether or not the third time will be the charm for the Knickerbockers. Fortunately for New York, they aren't going to draw Reggie Miller in this game—just rising star Paul George, All-NBA caliber forward David West and a deep defensive team.
So can they penetrate Indiana's second-ranked scoring defense?
During the regular season, the two teams split their series at an even 2-2. Both squads won their home games and neither managed to pull off a win on the road.
The pressure is certainly on Carmelo Anthony—can he step up when needed?
No. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1: Memphis at Oklahoma City on Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC
Game 2: at Oklahoma City: Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: Oklahoma City at Memphis, Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Game 4: Oklahoma City at Memphis, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 5*: Memphis at Oklahoma City, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 6*: Oklahoma City at Memphis, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 7*: Memphis at Oklahoma City, Time, Date and TV TBD
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have proven to be two of the NBA's elite teams. Memphis has the top scoring defense in the league, while OKC finished first in point differential during the regular season.
The question is, which team will prove to be more powerful?
The key storyline here is the absence of Russell Westbrook, who was lost for the season due to a torn meniscus. To say this puts OKC in an unfamiliar position would be an understatement, as they hadn't played a single game without Westbrook since he was drafted in 2008.
The NBA's greatest iron man has been temporarily lost, and so has his All-NBA production.
Memphis is in perfect position to capitalize on his absence, having won four consecutive games to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder, meanwhile, struggled to get by the upstart Houston Rockets after Westbrook went down.
Memphis just so happens to have won the regular season series by a margin of 2-1, winning one game in Oklahoma City.
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors
Game 1: Golden State at San Antonio on Monday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 2: Golden State at San Antonio on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
Game 3: San Antonio at Golden State on Friday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 4: San Antonio at Golden State, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 5*: Golden State at San Antonio, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 6*: San Antonio at Golden State, Time, Date and TV TBD
Game 7*: Golden State at San Antonio, Time, Date and TV TBD
For everyone that loves to watch elite point guards, this is your favorite series. The red hot Stephen Curry will take on one of the NBA's most under-appreciated stars in Tony Parker.
If that's not enough, the San Antonio Spurs may be the only team remaining in the Western Conference that can match the Golden State Warriors shot-for-shot.
During the regular season, the Spurs were fourth in three-point field goal percentage and ranked slightly above the Warriors in three-point field goals made. While Golden State has better individual shooters, San Antonio is one of the deepest squads in the NBA.
It all goes back to the world class playmaking of Mr. Parker—a former Finals MVP.
We'll also see the rising Klay Thompson try his hand at slowing down active legend Manu Ginobili and David Lee team with Andrew Bogut to attempt to contain Tim Duncan. Although the odds may be stacked against Golden State, haven't we heard that before?
This is going to be a high-scoring series in which the three-ball will fly as often as ever before.