Monday is upon us once again and while that means the start of the work week, it also means the start of the sports week as well.
The word for this week, this last full one in April, is playoffs. Playoffs, as in the NHL which is going on full swing and is one of the most physical in decades; and the NBA, which is just a few short days from opening up the first round of theirs. With the excitement and attention last years NBA playoffs brought, it'll be hard to for them to top it.
We also have something for the football fans this week as well, as the NFL Draft is set to kick off this Thursday night and continue throughout the weekend. It isn’t football but it's the next best thing: talking about football.
Let's look ahead into the week and see what other goodies await us.
*all times are EST
(MLB) NY Yankees at Texas 7 pm ESPN
(NBA) Cleveland at Memphis 8 pm NBATV- The Cavaliers get a little prime time love as they end a second season near the bottom of the league. This year, however, they have hope with the addition of Kyrie Irving and with the future prospect of teaming him with another elite college player as they have two first round picks in the deep upcoming NBA draft.
(NBA) Miami at Boston 8 pm TNT- This is a tale of two teams that are facing different, yet intense pressure heading into the postseason. Miami is floundering under it's own expectations and needs a title to get out from under the weight of it all while the Celtics not only see the writing on the wall that this is their last chance, but they are getting there face rubbed into it.
(NBA) Phoenix at Utah 10:30 pm TNT
(MLB) LA Angels at Tampa Bay 7 pm ESPN2
(NBA) LA Clippers at New York 8 pm ESPN
(NBA) San Antonio at Phoenix 10:30 pm ESPN
(GOLF) Zurich Classic of New Orleans April 26th -29th CBS/TGC
(NBA) New York at Charlotte 8 pm TNT
(NBA) San Antonio at Golden State 10:30 pm TNT- The Spurs are getting set to enter the playoffs as one of the most under the radar title contenders in recent memory. They have quietly moved atop the Western Conference and have the look of a team ready to make one more run. With a team full of seasoned and stable vets, this could be the year of the Spurs.
(MLB) Detroit at NY Yankees 7:05 pm MLB Network
(NASCAR) NASCAR Nationwide Series at Richmond 7:30 pm ESPN2
(NASCAR) Richmond 400 7:30 pm FOX
(MLB) Detroit at NY Yankees 1:05 pm TBS
(MLB) Tampa Bay at Texas 8 pm ESPN