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So predictably enough, the two best series in this year's first round are the Western Conference four seed versus five seed and the Eastern Conference four seed versus five seed. The most evenly matched teams make for the most interesting games. On top of that, the East 4-5 series involves the Washington Wizards. The West 4-5 involves the Dallas Mavericks, the preferred team of my various Texas based friends. But tonight the geniuses at the NBA have decided to run the Heat-Mavs and Wizards-Bulls games simultaneously. Motherfuckers. Also, this marks the second (or third?) time a Wizards playoff game hasn't been on any regular cable channels. Folks outside the DC and Chicago media markets need NBA TV to watch the games, and who gets NBA TV? Well, assuming the Comcast people show up and perform as planned this evening, I will soon. But I think I may be the only one.

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I assume you mean Mavericks/Rockets, not Mavericks/Heat.

Posted by: Gerry | May 2, 2005 10:41:49 AM

I assume you mean Mavericks/Rockets, not Mavericks/Heat.

Posted by: Gerry | May 2, 2005 10:42:20 AM

If you lived in New York and had TWC you would have NBA TV right now. That's their apology for not paying Cablevision's ransom for MSG network (ie Mets and Knicks games).

Posted by: right | May 2, 2005 10:44:48 AM

2nd MY has transformed the Rockets into the Heat? Or was it some other team who became the Heat in a previous post?

I don't think you need NBA TV to see the Wizards--although, as someone pointed out in a previous thread, it's in free preview status for a few more days, if you have digital cable. Comcast Sports DC, which I think is part of regular cable in this area (I have digital), should be carrying the Wizards games.

Posted by: Haggai | May 2, 2005 10:52:26 AM

But you live in DC and will be able to watch Bulls-Wiz, right?

Posted by: Ugh | May 2, 2005 10:53:14 AM

That's the second post now that you referred to Mavs/Heat instead of Mavs/Rockets. At first I thought it was a typo but now I'm starting to wonder. One more slip and you'll lose all basketblogging privileges.

Posted by: steve | May 2, 2005 10:53:22 AM

Ah, I had missed the "folks outside the DC and Chicago" part, so naturally you do know about the local Wiz broadcasts.

Posted by: Haggai | May 2, 2005 10:53:41 AM

Hope you stayed up late to watch the Sonics-Kings game, where Seattle, down 19 in the 2nd quarter in Sacremento, came back behind 45 points from Ray Allen, doing his best Michael Jordan imitation. In the words of Sonics announcer Kevin Callabro, after Allen hit a crazy 3-pointer with no time left on the shot-clock, "Ray Allen is hearing signals from another planet!"

Posted by: Rob Salkowitz | May 2, 2005 11:00:36 AM

I sometimes catch my Mavericks games over Gamechannel on the web. Live play-by-play descriptions in a text window, a court graphic showing where shots are taken, full boxscores & stats, etc. Not the same as TV, but something better than nothing.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | May 2, 2005 11:18:08 AM

Oh and here in Dallas the Maverick games are also shown on a local channel for those who lack cable. I think. Maybe the same is true in DC for Wizard games. Check it out.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | May 2, 2005 11:20:16 AM

HDTV customers (here in NYC, at least) also get a channel called INHD, which shows NBATV games in high definition. I'll be able to Gilbert in all his high definition glory.

Posted by: Al | May 2, 2005 11:31:24 AM

Yeah, I get INHD as well, and they seem to be picking up all the NBA TV playoff games. Their HD broadcast actually isn't the best quality--Wizards/Bulls last week was on at the same time as the Angels/Yankees on ESPN HD, which looked noticeably better. Still, even mediocre HD totally owns on anything in standard definition!

Posted by: Haggai | May 2, 2005 11:45:23 AM

"assuming the Comcast people show up and perform as planned this evening"

you're funny.

Posted by: flip | May 2, 2005 12:13:56 PM

It would have been nice to see the Wizards or Bulls play this year. Two teams that look like the future of the Eastern Conference. But every ESPN game I saw this year involved the Heat.

Posted by: Jeff | May 2, 2005 12:48:03 PM

im with lou reed on this one.

Posted by: annoying pedant | May 2, 2005 1:01:09 PM

Having seen Game 3 of the Bulls-Wiz series, I can't say that I regret missing the first two games. Wake me up around Memorial Day, when the playoffs really start.

Posted by: Steve Smith | May 2, 2005 1:31:18 PM

As the other poster said, NYC TW subscribers are sort of weirdly lucky right now. I miss my Mets games as much as anybody, but I'll gladly wait until the playoffs move entirely to channels I normally have before complaining too loudly.

We also get that College Sports network, too, which apparently has shown Ultimate Frisbee in the past. Awesome!

Posted by: Jason | May 2, 2005 3:22:53 PM

"I sometimes catch my Mavericks games over Gamechannel on the web. Live play-by-play descriptions in a text window, a court graphic showing where shots are taken, full boxscores & stats, etc. Not the same as TV, but something better than nothing."

bob, you make it sound even worse than reading yglesias blog about it...

i wonder if americans would spend less on healthcare if they played more basketball than they watched (and blogged, for christ's sake)... i'll have to think about that one.

Posted by: M | May 2, 2005 3:44:17 PM

That's why God invented sports bars.

Thank you, God.

Posted by: Don | May 2, 2005 4:04:30 PM

No wait, I have an idea. What if HMOs & pharmaceutical companies could advertise on players' jerseys, you know, just like beer and tire companies do in the rest of the world's professional sports leagues? Something like
A L L E N
. .3. .4. .
on the back and
BLUE SHIELD
on the front?

I'm sure the designers could snazz it up.

Then, savvy opportunist David Stern announces that, with 100% the millions garnered by this unprecedented advertising opportunity, he plans to privately subsidize discounts on prescription drugs and insurance plans.

See???!!! Maybe all the LeBron hype could solve the health care crisis!!!

Posted by: M | May 2, 2005 4:10:42 PM

Meanwhile, it really didn't matter because the game has been a snoozer. I mean, going for the Hack-a-Ruffin strategy? Sheesh.

Posted by: Al | May 2, 2005 9:53:01 PM

So MY now does sports? Is this the latest attempt by the left to appeal to the red states?

Posted by: JS | May 2, 2005 10:07:25 PM

"But tonight the geniuses at the NBA have decided to run the Heat-Mavs and Wizards-Bulls games simultaneously. Motherfuckers."

Last year when they avoided simultaneous games, the first round lasted until approximately September.

This year's setup is better.

Posted by: Petey | May 2, 2005 11:09:35 PM

The NBA is the least red-state of all the major sports. Now, if there were multiple posts about NASCAR...

Posted by: Haggai | May 3, 2005 9:30:07 AM

First, your Texas friends are dummies for preferring the Mavs. They suck, but suck less now that an ex-Spur is coaching them.

Second, I get NBA TV and it is a curse. Cancel now or you will never get anything done ever again.

Posted by: MP | May 3, 2005 5:00:34 PM

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