2012 NBA Playoffs First Round: Bulls vs. Sixers schedule released, includes two Noon starts

Here's the full schedule, with the networks each game will be broadcast on. Keep in mind, there's also the local CSN telecast, hahahahaha (jokes). All times Central:

Game 1: Sat., April 28 @Chicago 12:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Tues., May 1 @Chicago 7:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Fri., May 4 @Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Sun., May 6 @Philadelphia 12:00 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5*: Tues., May 8 @Chicago TBD
Game 6*: Thurs., May 10 @Philadelphia TBD
Game 7*: Sat., May 12 @Chicago TBD

What jumps out at any Bulls fan first is games 1 and 4 starting at Noon. The Bulls are a dismal 2-6 in day games this season, pretty startling considering their overall record. Granted, both teams endure the same circumstances, but I do think there's something to be said for it leveling the playing field a bit. Teams being sluggish lead to more randomness, whereas the Bulls would prefer a more controlled environment since they're the better team and all. A bit of the home-court atmosphere for game one will be lost as well, something I can personally attest to having attended their comeback win over the Pacers in a noon game to kick off last year's playoffs.

However, consider that early starts usually mean marquee matchups, so the Bulls record isn't THAT awful. They had that real stinker against New Jersey, but their other losses were all road games: against Memphis, Miami, Boston, Oklahoma City, and New York. The Sixers are better than none of those teams.

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