ESPN Crosses Conference Lines This Week In Its NBA Coverage

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN networks have announced their NBA broadcast schedule for this week. It kicks off tonight on ESPN with a double header that crosses conferences both literally and figuratively.

ESPN and the ESPN networks kick off their NBA broadcast schedule this week in Boston as Isiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics play host to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a cross conference matchup. Tonight’s game will have major playoff implications for both teams as each sits third in its respective conference. A win for the Thunder could also mean the team finally clinches the Northwest Division in the Western conference. For Boston, which fell to Indiana Tuesday night 103 – 98, a win would keep the Celtics just ahead of Miami, which sits fourth in the Eastern conference. It would even more being that the loss was the second straight for the Celtics.   Both teams currently sit at 39 – 28 so far on the season. So a win for Boston is just as important for Boston as for Oklahoma City if not more so. Coverage for the game is scheduled to begin at 7pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Ryan Ruocco will have the call for tonight’s game between the Thunder and Celtics. He will be joined by analyst Doug Collins for additional commentary. Reporter J.A. Adande will be courtside for additional news throughout the game. On the radio side Marc Kestecher will have the call. He will be joined by Kara Lawson for additional commentary.

In the second of the night’s games Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are on the road against James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a Western conference matchup with its own playoff implications. The Clippers sit fourth in the West while the Rockets are seventh in the playoff picture. Just as with Boston in its game, the Clippers come into tonight’s game looking to rebound from a loss Tuesday night. Los Angeles fell to San Antonio Tuesday night 108 – 87. It was the second straight loss for the team. The good news for Los Angeles is that it is statistically better on the road than Houston is at home. Los Angeles is 20 – 12 on the road while Houston is 18 – 14 at home so far this season. So even in the midst of a two-game losing streak the odds favor Los Angeles tonight. Coverage for the game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm ET on ESPN. Dave Pasch will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown for additional commentary. Reporter Israel Gutierrez will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and more.

After tonight’s double header slate the NBA action picks back up Saturday night on ABC’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta with another Western conference showdown. Steph Curry and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will be on the road Saturday against Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams have already clinched their respective divisions, essentially securing their spots in the post season. And both are in the midst of their own winning streak. Golden State has won five straight and San Antonio four straight. Both teams are relatively even at home. But Golden State is slightly better on the road at 29 – 6 versus the Spurs’ current 24 – 10 road record. Coverage is scheduled to begin at 8:30pm ET on ABC. Mike Tirico will have the call for Saturday’s game. He will be joined by Mike Breen and analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary. The game will also be simulcast on ESPN Radio with Dave Flemming anchoring that broadcast. He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary. Reporter Lisa Salters will be courtside for all of the latest in-game news and more. Ahead of Saturday night’s game Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will have a preview of the game on NBA Countdown. That is scheduled to start at 8pm ET on ABC.

While this week’s NBA schedule across the ESPN networks is somewhat reduced in comparison to the networks’ previous NBA schedules, there will still be plenty of NBA coverage from ESPN’s NBA studio show The Jump throughout the week. The full schedule for this week’s NBA coverage across the NBA networks is noted below, including air times for The Jump.

Date Time (ET) Event/Commentators Network (s)
Tue, Mar 15 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Marc Stein, Stephen Jackson
ESPN
Wed, Mar 16 1:30 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN2
  The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Marc Stein, Stephen Jackson
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics presented by State Farm
Ryan Ruocco, Doug Collins, J.A. Adande
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kara Lawson
ESPN, ESPN Radio
  9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets
Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez
ESPN
Thu, Mar 17 12 a.m. (midnight) NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Bruce Bowen
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols,  Marc Stein, Stephen Jackson
ESPN
Fri, Mar 18 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Bruce Bowen
ESPN2
Sat, Mar 19 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Amin Elhassan
ESPN2
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
  8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs presented by La Quinta
ABC: Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
Radio: Dave Flemming, Jon Barry
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sun, Mar 20 1:30 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Amin Elhassan
ESPN2

Programming Note: The Jump will not air on Friday due to the airing of the BNP Paribas Open 2016

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

 

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