76ers-Knicks Game 6 Late Start Time Rightfully Has Fans Sounding Off

The 76ers and Knicks will tip-off at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
Apr 30, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) drives to the basket
Apr 30, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) drives to the basket / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks are currently locked in arguably the most entertaining first-round series of the 2024 NBA playoffs.

The Knicks hold a 3–2 series lead as the teams have traded incredible finishes. Game 6 will take place at 9 p.m. ET Thursday night in Philadelphia, and fans are not happy about that scheduling.

The Sixers-Knicks game will be the second part of an NBA playoff doubleheader starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers will open the night, with the battle in Philly closing things out. Having the the first round's marquee series start an elimination game at 9 p.m. on a Thursday night is a bold piece of NBA scheduling.

A series of tweets reacting to that decision follows.

It's easy to understand why East Coast fans are so upset. That's an incredibly late tip on a weeknight. So many fans who would usually watch will be in bed by the time it finishes. This is the kind of scheduling that made the Pac-12 irrelevant.

The Knicks won the first two games of the series, before the 76ers won Game 3 behind 50 points from Joel Embiid. Game 4 went to New York as Jalen Brunson dropped 47 points to lead the way. On Tuesday night, the Sixers took Game 5 in overtime when Tyrese Maxey took over and scored 46. It has been an action-packed affair and at 3–2, the serious could legitimately go either way. It would be nice if more people could watch it.


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