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Beat LA!

You can already hear the chanting, can't you? Not only are both our NHL and NBA squads headed for the playoffs, we get the luxury of watching them both square off against LA rivals. And both series will be available both locally and nationally.

The Sharks skate into their series with the Kings first, and to be honest, since they make the playoffs pretty much every year, you probably already know the drill. They've already taken Game 1 from the Kings; Game 2 from the Tank will be on Easter Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday's Game 3 from LA is also at 7:15, with Game 4 Thursday at 7:45 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 will be back in San Jose Saturday the 26th, Game 6 is in LA on the 28th, and a deciding Game 7 will be at SAP on the 30th.

All telecasts are on locally on CSN California, which means a few A's games will be shifted to CSN Plus. Outside the Bay Area and LA, CSN Cali's broadcasts will available on NBCSN at least through Game 5, though they'll be blacked out here. And by the way, that blackout includes streaming on NBC Sports' Live Extra.

Sharks radio is 102.1 on your FM dial.

As for the Warriors, for whom making the playoffs is still relatively new, they've hit the TV jackpot, so to speak, in their series against the Clippers. Both Saturday's Game 1 in LA and next Sunday's (the 27th) Game 4, in Oakland, will be on ABC, the first time the Dubs have ever been in a national broadcast on that network. Tip time for both is 12:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Game 2, also at Staples Center, is Monday at 7:30 p.m., while Game 3 is Thursday at the same time here at Oracle, directly opposite the Sharks. Both are available locally on CSN Bay Area and nationally on TNT. Monday's Giants game will be bumped to CSN Plus.

If necessary, Game 5 in LA is slated for Tuesday the 29th, Game 6 is back here on Thursday, May 1st, and a deciding Game 7 in LA would be on Saturday the 3rd on TNT. All three will be on CSNBA if they occur.

On radio, Games 1, 3, and 6 will be heard on KNBR 680 AM. The others are on the other KNBR, 1050 AM, because on radio, the Giants take precedence.

Still, two tips for the Dubs on channel 7. Not too bad. Now they just need to follow the Sharks' lead and...

Beat LA!


NHL Playoffs: Sharks vs. Kings
NHL Playoffs: Sharks vs. Kings Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

NHL Playoffs: Sharks vs. Kings

The Sharks have taken Game 1 from the LA Kings in their best-of-7 round 1 series.                                              

Sharks vs. Kings
Sharks vs. Kings Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Sharks vs. Kings

This brawl is available locally on CSN California and nationally on NBCSN.


Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Imagesh

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors have made the playoffs for the second year in a row.


NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Clippers
NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Clippers Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Imagesh

NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Clippers

Games 1 and 4 of their series against the Clippers will air nationally on ABC, channel 7 locally.


NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Warriors
NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Warriors Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Imagesh

NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Warriors

Other tips will be available locally on CSN Bay Area, with Games 2, 3, and, if necessary, 7 nationally on TNT.




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