Mark those calendars, folks.
The Boston Celtics learned late Wednesday night they’ll be facing the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs in a matchup between No. 2 and No. 7 seeds.
Now, we know when they’ll be playing, as the NBA released dates, start times and television information for the seven-game series, which begins Sunday afternoon in Boston. It could be an exciting matchup — the clubs split their season series 2-2, but the Celtics had Kyrie Irving for three of those four games.
Irving is out for the remainder of the playoffs as he recovers from knee surgery, so the C’s will need to find a way to advance without their All-Star guard against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the talented but inconsistent Bucks.
Here’s the schedule for the Celtics-Bucks series (all times are Eastern):
Game 1 at Boston: Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2 at Boston: Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3 at Milwaukee: Friday, April 20 at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4 at Milwaukee: Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. (ABC)
*Game 5 at Boston: Tuesday, April 24 at TBD
*Game 6 at Milwaukee: Celtics at Bucks, Thursday, April 26 at TBD
*Game 7 at Boston: Saturday, April 28 at TBD (TNT)