Jan. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) argue on the court and are issued technical fouls during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Boston won 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks first round playoff schedule announced

The New York Knicks enter the 2013 NBA Playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will take on the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics.

We have known that for a while, what we didn’t know is exactly when all of the games will be played.

Jan. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) dribbles around New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Boston won 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the official schedule for the first-round seven-game series that is set to begin Saturday.

Game 1: Saturday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.

Game 2: Tuesday, April 23, 8:00 p.m.

Game 3: Friday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.

Game 4: Sunday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.

Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 1, TBD

Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 3, TBD

Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 5, TBD

On paper, it looks like the schedule favors the Knicks, given all of their injuries.

With three days in between each of the first three games, it can give players such as Pablo Prigioni, Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony and others, plenty of time in between contests to continue to heal.

The schedule also allows older players such as Jason Kidd, or the entire Knicks roster for that matter enough time for their legs to be fresh, should this turn into a long series.

With a three-day break in between Games 4 and 5, you would hope the Knicks have a nice series lead before Game’s 5-7 happen on a more traditional every other day schedule.

Either way, whether this series goes four games or seven, it should be a war, so the extra days off in between the first four games should be welcome for the Knicks.

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