- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thanks to a season filled with quality work at home, the Wizards claimed the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

They start their postseason journey Sunday at 1 p.m. in Verizon Center when the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks come to the District. The game will be televised on TNT.

Then, rest. Washington does not play Game 2 until Wednesday. Here’s a look at the schedule, which is spread to start, then moves into an every-other-day format:

Game 1: Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m. at Verizon Center, CSN/TNT

Game 2: Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. at Verizon Center, CSN or CSN+/NBA TV

Game 3: Saturday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Phillips Arena, CSN/TNT

Game 4: Monday, April 24, 8 p.m., Phillips Arena, CSN/TNT

Game 5*: Wednesday, April 26, TBD, Verizon Center, CSN/TBD

Game 6*: Friday, April 28, TBD, Phillips Arena CSN/TBD

Game 7*: Sunday, April 30, TBD, Verizon Center, TBD

The schedule being drawn-out at the start is good news for the Wizards. Backup center Ian Mahinmi, a valuable defensive asset, missed Wednesday’s regular-season finale because of a left calf strain. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, according to the team. Game 3 falls on the 10-day mark of that timeline, possibly minimizing Mahinmi’s absence.

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