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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.