SAN ANTONIO -- While the NBA stretches out the first round of the playoffs to last over two weeks if the series goes seven games, teams get no such luxury in the second round.
Case in Point: The winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs will have to do a quick turnaround and start the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday. That's a big break for the Trail Blazers, who ended their first-round playoff series with Houston in six games on Friday.
But if the Mavs upset the Spurs on Sunday, they'll fly home after the game, get a night's sleep, and on Monday they'll make the long flight to Portland.
Here's the tenative schedule the NBA released today for the Western Conference semifinals involving a series between the Mavs and Blazers or Spurs and Blazers.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE
San Antonio vs. Portland /OR/ Portland vs. Dallas
Game 1 - Tue May 6 at San Antonio or Portland TBD TNT
Game 2 - Thu May 8 at San Antonio or Portland TBD ESPN2
Game 3 - Sat May 10 at Portland or Dallas TBD ESPN
Game 4 – Mon May 12 at Portland or Dallas TBD TNT
Game 5 * Wed May 14 at San Antonio or Portland TBD TNT
Game 6 * Fri May 16 at Portland or Dallas TBD ESPN
Game 7 * Mon May 19 at San Antonio or Portland TBD TNT