Thunder Trail Blazers Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 3, 2018. 

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Thunder open the NBA playoffs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Portland.

It could be the only game played between the Thunder and Trail Blazers to finish before 11 p.m.

Announcing times for the playoff series, the NBA went four games deep, leaving the start time for if-necessary Games 5, 6 and 7 to be determined.

Game 2 arrives Tuesday in Portland at 9:30 p.m. And, while Games 3 and 4 move back to Oklahoma City on April 19 and 21, both will tip off late, at 8:30 p.m.

Should the series go the distance, Game 5 would return to Portland on April 23, Game 6 would move back to Oklahoma City on April 25 and the series would conclude in Portland on April 27.

The series will be televised by ABC, TNT and ESPN as follows:

Game 1: ABC

Game 2: TNT

Game 3: ESPN

Game 4: TNT

Game 5: to be determined

Game 6: to be determined

Game 7: TNT


Horning is senior sports columnist for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.