NBA TV To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of The 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Courtesy:  Turner Sports

Courtesy: Turner Sports

Next Friday the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will holds its annual enshrinement ceremony and NBA TV will have exclusive coverage of the ceremony.

Broadcast of the event begins Sept. 9 at 7:30pm ET live from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.  The 2016 class of inductees includes: four-time NBA Champion and current TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal, 1997 NBA Rookie of the year and 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson, and eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming.

Broadcast of the event will be preceded by the 2016 Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show at 6:30pm ET.  Matt Winer will host the program.  He will be joined by Steve Smith and Rick Kamla.

The full 2016 list of players to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is noted below.

The full 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class:

  • Allen Iverson: Eleven-time NBA All-Star and 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Tom Izzo: Head Coach of the Michigan State University Spartans men’s basketball team and 2000 NCAA Division I National Champion
  • Yao Ming: Eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets
  • Shaquille O’Neal: Four-time NBA Champion (three-time Finals MVP), 15-time NBA All-Star and 2000 NBA MVP
  • Jerry Reinsdorf: Owner of the six-time NBA Champion Chicago Bulls
  • Sheryl Swoopes: WNBA’s first-ever signed player and three-time WNBA MVP
  • Zelmo Beaty (posthumous): Two-time NBA All-Star and three-time ABA All-Star, who averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding over his career
  • Darrel Garretson (posthumous): 27-year NBA official, organizer and leader of the National Association of Basketball Referees
  • John McClendon (posthumous): First coach to win three consecutive national championships (Tennessee State, 1957-59) and first African-American coach to coach in a professional league (ABL)
  • Cumberland Posey (posthumous): 2006 inductee of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winner of four consecutive Colored Basketball World Championships between 1900-1920

 

Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients:

  • David Aldridge: Journalist with over 20 years covering the NBA, most recently as an NBA on TNT insider, NBA TV contributor and NBA.com senior writer
  • Jay Bilas: NBA analyst with ESPN since 1995

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NBA TV Reveals Early Details For 2016 – ’17 NBA Season Coverage

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Football season is officially here.  But not everybody has their eyes set to the gridiron.

Turner Sports has announced early details for its coverage of the 2016 – 2017 NBA season.  NBA TV launches its coverage of the 2016 – 2017 NBA season on Saturday, October 29th with a double header schedule. The day’s schedule begins with a matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs at 8pm ET.  The Timberwolves and Kings follow at 10:30 pm ET.  The schedule is just the first of 32 double header schedules that NBA TV has set for the season.

NBA Fan Night will debut Tuesday, November 1st with yet another of those double headers when the Cavaliers host the Rockets at 7:15pm ET.  The Warriors and Trail Blazers follow at 10pm.

NBA TV will have a special day of coverage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with yet another double header schedule.  The Hawks and Knicks will lead off the day beginning at 1pm ET.  The Pelicans and Pacers follow at 4pm ET.

Along with the featured matchups noted here, TNT’s coverage of the 2016 – 2017 season includes multiple appearances by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics.  The network’s full broadcast schedule for the 2016 – ’17 NBA season is noted below.

NBA TV 2016-17 Regular Season Schedule

(All Times Eastern)

 

 

 

Date

Time

Teams

Saturday, Oct. 29

8 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs

10:30 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings

Saturday, Oct. 30

7 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies

Monday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Toronto Raptors

Tuesday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Nov. 5

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

Sunday, Nov. 6

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Dallas Mavericks

Monday, Nov. 7

7 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers

Tuesday, Nov. 8

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings

Friday, Nov. 11

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Saturday, Nov. 12

9 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets

Monday, Nov. 14

8 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets

Tuesday, Nov.15

7 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Nov. 19

8 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies

10:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Nov. 21

8:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday, Nov. 22

7:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Atlanta Hawks

10:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers

Friday, Nov. 25

7:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, Nov. 26

7 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Washington Wizards

Monday, Nov. 28

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat

Tuesday, Nov. 29

9 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz

Wednesday, Nov. 30

7:30 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics

10 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers

Saturday, Dec. 3

9 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz

Monday, Dec. 5

8 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets

Tuesday, Dec. 6

8 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves

Saturday, Dec. 10

8 p.m.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

10:30 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Dec. 12

7:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

Sunday, Dec. 18

7 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks

Monday, Dec. 19

8 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves

Tuesday, Dec. 20

8 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

10:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers

Friday, Dec. 23

7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics

10:30 p.m.

Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

Monday, Dec. 26

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, Dec. 27

7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, Dec. 28

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans

10:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

Friday, Dec. 30

8 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves

Saturday, Dec. 31

7 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls

Sunday, Jan. 1

6 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks

Monday, Jan. 2

8 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls

Tuesday, Jan. 3

7:30 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics

10:30 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, Jan. 8

8 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies

Tuesday, Jan. 10

7:30 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

10:30 p.m.

Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors

Thursday, Jan. 12

3 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets

Monday, Jan. 16

1 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks

4 p.m.

New Orleans Hornets at Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, Jan. 17

7:30 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Miami Heat

10:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday, Jan. 24

7 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Sunday, Jan. 29

6 p.m.

Washington Wizards at New Orleans Pelicans

9 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Tuesday, Jan. 31

7 p.m.

New York Knicks at Washington Wizards

10 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Portland Trail Blazers

February 7

8 p.m.

Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets

Sunday, Feb. 12

6 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors

9 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings

Tuesday, Feb. 14

8 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

Saturday, Feb. 25

5 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings

Sunday, Feb. 26

3:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks

7 p.m.

New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder

9:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, Feb.

7 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards

10:30 p.m.

Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, March 5

6 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

Tuesday, March 7

8 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder

Friday, March 10

8 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings

Sunday, March 12

6 p.m.

Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

Tuesday, March 14

7 p.m.

Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

Thursday, March 16

7 p.m.

Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday, March 17

7 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards

10 p.m.

Orlando Magic at Phoenix Suns

Sunday, March 19

6 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors

Thursday, March 23

7:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets

10 p.m.

New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers

Friday, March 24

8 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks

Saturday, March 25

8:30 p.m.

New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs

Tuesday, March 28

8 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets

10:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday, March 29

7 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic

Saturday, April 1

5 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls

Sunday, April 2

6 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat

9 p.m.

Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns

Friday, April 7

7 p.m.

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers

10 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Phoenix Suns

Saturday, April 8

5:30 p.m.

Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets

Sunday, April 9

1 p.m.

Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks

3:30 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks

9:30 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday, April 11

8 p.m.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves

10:30 p.m.

Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings

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Turner Sports Releases Statement On NBA All-Star Game Move

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Courtesy: Turner Sports/Time Warner

The news that the NBA is officially moving the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte to a new location has made huge waves ever since its announcement this week.  The game is aired annual on TNT, a division of Turner Broadcasting.  So officials with Turner Sports have released a statement on behalf of the network expressing the company’s view on the move.  The statement below comes directly from those officials.

“At Turner, and our parent company Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our company. Laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of equality and inclusion for all individuals. We fully support the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game and all of the weekend’s events originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The annual All-Star Game and accompanying weekend competitions are viewed by millions of fans every year on TNT and we look forward to working with the league to once again produce a memorable and entertaining event.”

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NBA TV To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Summer League Play

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

The 2015 – 2016 NBA season is officially over.  But that doesn’t mean that the basketball action is over.  NBA TV is going to have plenty of NBA action this summer beginning with coverage of the NBA Summer League.

NBA TV announced this week that it will offer basketball fans extensive coverage of all three of the NBA’s summer leagues this summer.  In all, it will present a total of 60 games in 14 days from all three leagues.  It all kicks off this Saturday, July 2nd with 24 games in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.  Those games will be played at Amway Center, practice facility of the Orlando Magic.  They will be played between July 2nd and July 8th.  Six other games will be broadcast from The Utah Jazz Summer League presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried and Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission.  Along with all of that coverage, NBA TV will also present 30 games from the Samsung Summer League 2016 from Las Vegas.  Those games will be presented from July 8th – 15th.  The top 10 selections in the 2016 NBA Draft are expected to take part in the games at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion.

The Orlando Summer League opens its play July 2nd with 10 team in action on the hard court.  Up first will be the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks at 9am ET.  The Thunder picked up 1st Round draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in this year’s draft.  Speaking of the Magic, Orlando has a pair of split squad games on the same day at 11am ET (against the Charlotte Hornets) and 1pm ET (against the Indiana Pacers).  Up next on the day’s schedule are the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons at 3pm ET.  The Pistons drafted Henry Ellenson 18th overall in this year’s draft.  The Heat and Clippers follow at 5pm ET.  That is just part of the day’s schedule.  More information on the day’s schedule is available online via NBA TV’s official website.

Day 2 for the Orlando Summer League will feature a key matchup between the Clippers and Thunder at 5pm ET.  The Clippers picked up Brice Johnson in the first round of this year’s draft.  Before that, the Pacers and Hornets tip off at 1pm ET.  The Knicks and Heat follow at 3pm ET.

Moving on to the Utah Jazz Summer League, NBA TV launches coverage of that league July 4th with a showdown between the 76ers and Celtics.  It will be the teams’ first meeting in the summer league schedule.  Coverage of that game begins July 4th at 7pm ET.  It is the first of a double-header schedule for the league’s opening day.  The Jazz and Spurs follow in a 9pm ET matchup.  The Spurs drafted Dejounte Murray 29th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.  Philadelphia and Boston were just as busy in the draft.  Philadelphia picked up Ben Simmons with the #1 pick.  They also drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24th overall) and Furkam Korkmaz (26th overall).  Boston meanwhile drafted Jaylen Brown 3rd overall), Guerschon Yabusele (16th overall), and Ante Zizic (23rd overall).

Over in the Samsung Summer League, the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers open play there when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks July 8th at 6pm ET.  The Bucks drafted Thon Maker in the #10 spot in this year’s draft.  The Hawks and Rockets tip off at 8pm ET with the Raptors and Kings rounding out the day’s coverage at 10:30pm ET.  The Hawks were busy in their own right in this year’s draft, picking up Taurean Prince 12th overall via trade and DeAndre Bembry 21st overall.  The Raptors picked up Jakob Peltl 9th overall.  The Kings were quite busy in this year’s draft.  Sacramento acquired Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labassiere in a trade with the Suns.  The team also picked up Malachi Richardson in a trade with the Hornets.

The Suns open their summer play July 9th at 4pm ET against the Portland Trailblazers.  Phoenix picked up two players in last week’s draft action.  The team took Dragan Bender 4th overall and Marquese Chriss 8th overall via a trade with Sacramento.  The Bulls and Celtics follow in their first summer league showdown at 6pm.  Chicago drafted Denzel Valentine 14th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Lakers and Warriors round out this year’s NBA TV summer league coverage on Monday, July 16th at 10:30pm ET.  The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram 2nd overall in this year’s draft. The Warriors meanwhile drafted Damien Jones 30th overall.

Those that won’t be near a television throughout NBA TV’s extensive coverage of the league’s summer play can always catch the action online.  That is thanks to the league’s NBA app. It will offer live scoring, video, top stories, game alerts and more.  NBA.com will have its own coverage with the Summer League Hub presented by Samsung.  It will have daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, and NBA style content.  More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s summer league play is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.nba.com/nbatv

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

 

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Lynx Look To Stay Perfect Tonight On ESPN2 Against New York Liberty

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Courtesy: ESPN

The 2016 NBA Finals is all the talk right now around the sports world.  It isn’t the only basketball news to talk about today, though.  That is because the WNBA just recently tipped off its 2016 season.  And ESPN2 has one of the league’s big matchups tonight.

The Minnesota Lynx currently sit at 5 – 0 so far on the season.  Early in the season the team is in a very tight battle with the Los Angeles Sparks (also at 5 – 0 on the season) for the top spot not just in the West but in the league. Tonight, on ESPN2 the Lynx (3- 0 so far in the conference to L.A.’s 1 – 0 conference record) will look to keep that battle close as it faces off against the New York Liberty in New York.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN2.  Pam Ward will have the call for tonight’s game.  She will be joined by analyst Carolyn Peck for additional commentary.  Reporter LaChina Robinson will be courtside with additional news and interviews throughout the game.

Along with her duties tonight, Robinson will also host Around The Rim, ESPN Audio’s women’s basketball podcast throughout the season.  In the latest edition of Around The Rim, Robinson is joined by 2005 WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn to discuss now former Indiana fever head coach Stephanie White. White left the team to take on a coaching position at Vanderbilt at the end of the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  They also discuss the troubles facing the Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks’ current win streak, and much more.  Audiences can hear it all online now at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15596514.  More information on ESPN’s WNBA coverage is available online now at:

 

 

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Cavs, Warriors Take The Spotlight In ESPN Networks’ NBA Coverage This Week

 

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN networks have another busy week of basketball ahead of them this week.

Officials with ESPN announced today the networks’ NBA broadcast schedule.  This week’s schedule kicks off tonight with a cross conference showdown between the Rockets and the Cavaliers.  LeBron James and the Cavaliers play host tonight to James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Quicken Loans Arena.  The game will air live on ESPN Radio with Marc Kestecher on the call.  He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm ET.  Cleveland has already clinched the Central Division in the East, and also sits atop the conference, three games ahead of second place Toronto.  A win tonight for Cleveland will hold that lead while a loss will allow the Raptors to close that gap just a little bit more.  Tonight’s game means just as much for Houston.  That is because the Rockets currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference’s playoff ladder.  A win could potentially keep them in the hunt for the seventh spot on the ladder.  That spot is currently held by the Jazz.

After taking a couple of days off, the action picks back up Friday with a double-header.  Up first Friday night is yet another matchup with huge playoff implications as the Cavs are on the road against the Hawks.  Atlanta currently sits third in the East eight games back from Cleveland.  It is sure to be an even matchup for both teams.  Atlanta is 24 – 13 at home so far this season while Cleveland is 22 – 15 on the road.  Mark Jones will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown for additional commentary.  Reporter Chris Broussard will be courtside for all of the game’s latest headlines interviews, and more.  The game will air live at 8pm ET on ESPN.

Friday’s second game will see Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors host Isiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics as the Warriors’ quest for history continues.  Boston currently sits fifth in the East while Golden State leads the West.  The Warriors have also already clinched the Pacific division in the West.  Mike Tirico will have the call for the game, which is scheduled for a 10:30pm ET tipoff on ESPN.  He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter J.A. Adande will be courtside throughout the game for all of the game’s latest headlines and interviews.

Before the first ball goes in the air Friday night Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups will have a preview of the night’s games on NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew at 7:30pm ET on ESPN.

Oklahoma City and Houston round out the week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks.  The Thunder and Rockets will face off live Sunday afternoon on NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA.  The game will air live on ABC and ESPN Radio beginning at 3:30pm ET.  Mike Breen will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  He will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be courtside for al of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry will cover the game for ESPN Radio.  Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups will preview Sunday’s game on NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NBA is available online 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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ESPN Crosses Conference Lines This Week In Its NBA Coverage

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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

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