Warriors Make Return to Network TV Sunday

Warriors coach Mark Jackson told his players recently to make sure they keep their hair cut.

“Because when we continue to do what we’ve talked about doing,” Jackson said, “the media room will be filled, articles will be written and people will be talking about you.”

He was right. Golden State, coming off its upset of No. 3 seed Denver in the first round, is headed to network television.

Game 4 of the series against the San Antonio Spurs will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.

The last time the Warriors played on a major network was April 6, 2008, when ABC carried their game against New Orleans.

It’s a coveted slot usually reserved for the NBA’s showcase teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, and global stars such as Kevin Durant. On average, the NBA gets about double the viewers on ABC that it does on TNT or ESPN.

Game 3, Friday at Oracle Arena, is at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. All games at this point are on national television only.

Game 5, if necessary, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, in San Antonio. Game 6 would be Thursday, May 16, and Game 7 would be Sunday, May 19.

Marcus Thompson

  • Dubs Dancing Man

    “Watson, grab your coat! The game is afoot!”

  • Pat

    Unfortunately, that start time and the fact that it’s Mother’s Day will hurt the atmosphere for the game.

    In 2007, the worst Warriors playoff crowd was Game 4 against the Jazz, which was also a game on Mother’s Day and an earlier than normal start time.

  • Niners in 2012

    folks like Pat always looking for a dark cloud in a silver lining. go have a beer.

  • Matt

    The less I have to hear Fitz talk the better.

  • Chad

    Pat’s pretty dead on with the Mother’s day game tho. I couldn’t attend and had to sell my seats. Friends later said that the atmosphere was nothing like the previous game. Same thing goes for this game, I can’t attend again, but I doubt its gonna be like the last time =)

  • earl monroe

    Good thing my mother is a warrior fan

  • Pat

    Just pointing out the facts. Niners, do you even remember that Game 4 against the Jazz?

    The franchise hasn’t made it until they’re on ABC consistently and a championship contender.

    The good news is it appears we’re getting closer, but still a lot of work to do.