ESPN and the ESPN networks have a jam packed schedule of basketball on tap this weekend. And it all kicks off Friday night on ESPN.
Friday night the Pacers and Thunder kick off a double header schedule on ESPN. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder play host to Paul George and the Indiana Pacers at 8pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Heather Cox for additional commentary. The Pacers are currently fighting for their playoff lives as they sit in sixth in the East and and second in the Central Division 10.5 games back from the division (and conference) leading Cavaliers. The Thunder currently sit third overall in the West, but lead the Northwest Division. Friday night’s
Following the matchup between the Thunder and Pacers, attention will turn to Utah as Gordon Hayward and the Jazz play host to Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET. Dave Pasch will have the call for the game. He will be joined by John Barry for additional commentary. After the final buzzer sounds Friday night attention will then turn to ESPN’s weekly Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta.
ESPN’s Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta returns this weekend with an inter-divisional matchup within the Western Conference. The Golden State Warriors currently sit atop the Western Conference. The Warriors’ Pacific Division foes sit fourth overall in the conference but second in the division right behind the Warriors. As the second half of the 2016 NBA season heats up, every game becomes increasingly important including this game. So both teams will be bringing their A-games. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday’s matchup between the Warriors and Clippers. He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary. Reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional news throughout the game.
This weekend’s broadcast of Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta will be preceded by NBA Countdown live at 7:30pm ET on ABC. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for additional commentary. The ESPN networks’ weekend NBA coverage is rounded out Sunday by NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA. Oklahoma City will once again be in the spotlight Sunday as the Thunder play host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Hubie Brown for additional commentary. Reporter Heather Cox will also be on hand for additional commentary. Ahead of Sunday’s game, ESPN will present NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast, which will air on ABC at 2:30pm ET. Steele will be joined by Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for additional commentary.
Sunday afternoon’s game will be followed up at 8pm with a matchup of the Lakers and the Bulls. Los Angeles currently sits at the very bottom of the NBA’s standings. Chicago on the other hand is currently fighting for a shot at the playoffs. The Bulls sit seventh in the Eastern Conference and third in the conference’s Central division. So Chicago will be playing with a purpose Sunday night. Dave Pasch will have the call for Sunday night’s game. He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary.
This weekend’s NBA coverage is just part of what the ESPN networks have for basketball fans this weekend. Thursday evening, ESPN2 will carry the NBA Trade Deadline Special at 2:30pm ET. Analysts Tom Penn and Amin Elhassan will join NBA Insider Chris Broussard for the special broadcast. And Thursday evening ESPN’s new NBA program The Jump makes its debut at 3:30pm ET. Rachel Nichols will anchor the new fast-paced, half-hour program. She will be joined by new ESPN NBA analyst Tracy McGrady and NBA Insider Brian Windhorst.
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