The Boston vs. Cleveland game schedule is out for their first round playoff series. To say that the Boston vs. Cleveland schedule is ridiculous doesn’t quite grasp how badly the NBA is messing up their playoff scheduling. Huge gaps between schedule games can only serve to hurt the series in the ratings, and it makes no sense why the league decided to do some of the odd scheduling in this series. To get fans outside of Cleveland and Boston interested in this series it needs to be presented in a more fan friendly manner, but it just simply isn’t.
Celtics-Cavs Game 1 will be played on Saturday May 1, with Game 2 taking place on Monday, May 3. That works fine, because it gives teams that one day off between the two games, but wouldn’t it be more exciting if they played back-to-back games like every NBA team does in the regular season. Setting that aside though, with Game 2 getting played on Monday, May 3, Game 3 isn’t played until Friday, May 7. That is a huge gap, with three full days of no basketball between Cleveland and Boston. It’s not so far to travel between the two cities that they need more than one day off, and giving the teams three days off is just ridiculous.
The rest of the Boston-Cleveland schedule is a bit more condensed, but still with off-days in between every game. If the series makes it all the way to a seventh game, that will be played in Cleveland on Sunday, May 16. So one series between two teams in the Eastern Conference could go from Saturday, May 1 up until Sunday, May 16 if it went the distance. Playing just seven games in 16 days is some terrible scheduling. To give things perspective, there are times during the regular season where teams play four games in five days, so the players can do it, and the fans still show up the games. Extending the playoff series as far as they can stretch them is something the NBA needs to stop doing.
Why can’t the NBA just have back-to-back games starting with two in Cleveland, allow two days off for rest and travel, and then do two back-to-back games in Boston? That gets four games played in just six days and could seriously cut down on the time it takes to finish an NBA Playoff series. Under the current format, if someone sweeps their series, they won’t play again for more than a week if another series goes the distance. That is just too much of a discrepancy, and the NBA really needs to take a serious look at some changes for the 2010-2011 NBA season.
Full Cleveland vs. Boston Playoff Schedule
Sat-May 1 — @ Cleveland
Mon-May 3 — @ Cleveland
Fri-May 7 — @ Boston
Sun-May 9 — @ Boston
Tue-May 11 — @ Cleveland*
Thu-May 13 — @ Boston*
Sun-May 16 — @ Cleveland*
* – If necessary