NBA TV Announces NBA 2021 Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule

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NBA TV will launch its coverage of the NBA’s upcoming pre-season calendar this weekend.

The league announced Wednesday through a news release, it will broadcast its first NBA pre-season game at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers will hit the court in the scheduled game.

According to the provided information, the game is one of 15 total pre-season games that NBA TV is scheduled to cover this year. The network’s pre-season schedule features appearances by the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Clippers.

The network’s full 15-game pre-season broadcast schedule is noted below.

 Date Time Matchup  
 Sunday, Oct. 3 3:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers   
 Monday, Oct. 4 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat    
  10 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers   
 Wednesday, Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks    
  10 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns   
 Thursday, Oct. 7 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers    
 Friday, Oct. 8 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets   
  10 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors   
 Saturday Oct. 9  8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies   
 Monday, Oct. 11 10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. LA Clippers   
 Tuesday, Oct. 12 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards   
 Wednesday, Oct. 13 10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns   
 Thursday, Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Brooklyn Nets   
  10 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings   
 Friday, Oct. 15 10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors  

In related news, NBA TV will preview all 30 NBA teams this season starting at 8 p.m. ET Friday on back-to-back episodes of NBA GameTime. Additionally, NBA TV is scheduled to air a special tribute to USA Basketball Women’s Team at noon Sunday in A Team for the Ages: The Story of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team presented by Nike. The hour-long documentary follows the team’s road to a record seventh gold medal in this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

In other news, NBA TV is scheduled to air approximately 107 games in the NBA’s 2021-22 regular season. This season is marks the league’s 75th anniversary.

The network is scheduled to launch its regular season coverage of the league’s 2021-22 season at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, with a double header slate. The Indiana Pacers will host the Miami Heat in the evening’s first game. The Portland Trail Blazers will host the Phoenix Suns in the evening’s second game.

More information on NBA TV’s upcoming NBA pre-season broadcast schedule is available online along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

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Turner Sports Announces NBA Pre-season, Regular Season Opener Schedules

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TNT will launch its NBA preseason coverage next week.

The network made the announcement through a press release distributed Tuesday. The document states the networks’ preseason coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 with a showdown between the 2020-21 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game. Stan Van Gundy will provide additional commentary along with fellow analyst and NBA legend Reggie Miller. Reporters Allie LaForce and Stephanie Ready will have all of the game’s latest headlines and interviews.

Matt Winer, Isiah Thomas, and Channing Frye will be live in studio at half-time with all of the game’s first half highlights and headlines from around the league.

In other news, TNT will open its coverage of the NBA’s regular season Oct. 19 with not one but two double headers. The first double header will go down as follows: The first game will see the Bucks take the court against the Nets. The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will tip off in the evening’s second game.

The second season-opening double header from TNT will air Oct. 21 with the Mavericks and Hawks opening the night. The Warriors and Clippers will round out the night’s coverage.

The Emmy Award-winning studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith will provide pre-game coverage ahead of each evening’s schedule on Inside The NBA.

All games broadcast through TNT will also simulcast online the through the Watch TNT app and at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt.

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TNT To Launch NBA Western Conference Finals Coverage Friday Night

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The NBA ‘s Western Conference Finals open Friday exclusively on TNT.

Coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals presented by AT&T 5G is scheduled to open at 9 p.m. ET Friday.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets will vie for the league’s Western Conference championship in the series.

Brian Anderson will have the call for the game.  Analysts Reggie Miller and Chris Weber will have Additional commentary for the series’ opening matchup.  Reporter Allie LaForce will have all of the game’s latest headlines.

The Arena presented by Tractor Supply will preceded the game at 7 p.m.  The hour-long broadcast will feature discussions on topics tied to the NBA off the court, such as racial equality and COVID-19.  Cari Champion, Draymond Green, and Isiah Thomas will conduct the discussions with a variety of guests.

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader will follow The Arena presented by Tractor Supply.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will preview Friday night’s game during the broadcast.  The group will also wrap up the game following the final buzzer on Inside the NBA presented by Kia.

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals series continues Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET with The Arena presented by Tractor Supply.  The network’s full broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals series is noted below.

2020 NBA on TNT Western Conference Finals Schedule

 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators (Play-by-Play, Analyst, Reporter)
Fri., Sept. 18 7 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Cari Champion, Draymond Green & Isiah Thomas

  8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 1

Brian Anderson, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber & Allie LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal & Green

Sun., Sept. 20 5:30 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion, Green & Thomas

  6:30 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal & Green

Tue., Sept. 22 5:30 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion, Green & Thomas

  6:30 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 3

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Thu., Sept. 24 7 p.m. The Arena presented by Tractor Supply

Champion & Thomas

  8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 4

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Sat., Sept. 26

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Mon., Sept. 28

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 6

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

Wed., Sept. 30

(if necessary)

8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

  9 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 7

Anderson, Miller, Webber & LaForce

  Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal

All games broadcast through TNT will also simulcast online the through the Watch TNT app and at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt.

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TNT Continues Coverage Of Lakers-Rockets Series Tonight; Celtics-Raptors Series Finale To Air Friday On TNT

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TNT continues its coverage of the NBA playoffs tonight.

The network’s coverage will center on the semifinal matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.  Los Angeles leads the Western Conference series two games to one.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on TNT’s NBA pre-game show TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  TNT’s broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will discuss the game and what to expect in the other Western conference semi-final, that of the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.  The Clippers lead that series three games to one.

The quartet will also wrap up the Lakers-Rockets game following it conclusion on Inside The NBA presented by Kia.

In related news, TNT will carry a double-header schedule Friday beginning with coverage of Game Seven in the Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors Eastern Conference semi-finals series.  Johnson, Smith, Barkley and O’Neal will open the evening’s coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.

After that game, TNT will turn its attention back to the Western Conference with coverage of Game Five in the Lakers-Rockets series.

All three games will simulcast online through http://www.tntdrama.com/watchTNT and the Watch TNT App.  Coverage is sponsored by AT&T, Quicken Loans, and Apple Music.  Audiences can log in by using the username and password provided by their TV service provider.

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NBA Postseason Coverage Continues This Weekend On ESPN’s Networks

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The NBA postseason continues this weekend on the ESPN family of networks.

ESPN leads the way tonight with coverage of Game 1 between the The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.

Mark Jones will anchor tonight’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will provide the latest in-game news.

Houston comes into this latest round of the postseason after winning its previous series four games to three over the Oklahoma City Thunder.The Rockets finished off that series Wednesday after defeating the Thunder 104-102.

The Lakers meanwhile have had a little more downtime after taking their first-round series against the Portland Trailblazers Saturday in game five.  The Lakers won that game 131-122.

While the added rest can potentially benefit the Lakers coming into tonight’s second-round opener against Houston, the Rockets’ momentum is potentially just as beneficial for Houston.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the semifinals continues Sunday with two games on ABC.  The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat at up first at 3:30 p.m. as they continue their best-of-seven series.  Miami leads the Eastern Conference matchup two games to none.  The series’ third game will take place tonight on TNT.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will call Sunday afternoon’s game.  Reporter Malika Andrews will have all of that game’s latest headlines.

The Lakers and Rockets continue their series in the second game on the day on ABC’s schedule.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET.  Breen, Van Gundy, and Jackson will anchor the broadcast. Hubbarth will have all of the game’s latest news.

NBA Countdown presented by Draft Kings will precede each of ABC’s games, with the afternoon broadcast scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and even coverage at 8 p.m. ET.  Maria Taylor will anchor the pre-game (and halftime) broadcasts.  Analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith, and Jay Williams will join her for additional commentary.

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ESPN Announces 2018 NBA Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced its early broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA’s 2018 pre-season.

The ESPN networks will broadcast five NBA pre-season games, beginning with a Western Conference matchup between the Denver Nuggets (Northwest Division) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific Division) on September 30.  Coverage for that game is currently scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The second game on the schedule — another Western Conference matchup — is scheduled to be broadcast October 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.  This time, the Sacramento Kings (Pacific Division) are scheduled to visit fellow Pacific Division foes and defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in that game.

NBA fans get a double treat on October 10 as ESPN will carry a double header schedule that day.  First up at 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bulls will host the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Central Division.  At 10:30 p.m. ET the Lakers play host to the Warriors in the Western Conference Pacific Division.

The Lakers and Warriors play one more time October 12, this time on ESPN2.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The full broadcast schedule for ESPN’s NBA pre-season is outlined below.  All five games on the schedule will also be simulcast online via the ESPN app.

Full schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Location

Platform

Sun, Sept. 30

9:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Valley View Casino Center,

San Diego, Calif.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 5

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors

KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.

ESPN, ESPN App

Wed, Oct. 10

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

United Center,

Chicago, Ill.

ESPN, ESPN App

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena,

Las Vegas, Nev.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 12

10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

SAP Center,

San Jose, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN App

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Bucks, Bulls Lead TNT’s NBA Broadcast Schedule Thursday Night

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TNT has announced its broadcast schedule for this week’s Thursday NBA double header slate.

Up first on the night is an Eastern Conference showdown between the Bucks and Bulls.  Thursday’s game is a big one for both teams.  Chicago currently sits second in the Central Division, 4.5 games back from the division-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.

Milwaukee on the other hand sits in the basement in the Central Division at 11 – 12 so far on the season, 6.5 games back from the Cavs.  Each team is 5 – 5 in its last 10 games, but Chicago is more primed for a win, having won its last two games.  The Bucks meanwhile have lost three straight.  So both teams will be playing hard Thursday night, one to get out of a slump and the other to extend its streak.

Brian Anderson and Reggie Miller will have the call for Thursday’s Eastern Conference, Central Division matchup between the Bucks and Bulls.  Special guest Chris Webber will also be on hand for additional commentary live from Area 21.

Next up on the night is a cross-conference matchup between the Knicks and Warriors.  Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.  The Lakers have picked up the 2016 – ’17 season right where they left off last season.  The team is in the midst of a 7-game skid, 12 games back from the Western Conference, Pacific Division-leading Warriors.

New York meanwhile sits second in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, three games back from the division-leading Toronto Raptors, who surprised everybody last season.  New York has won two straight and is looking to keep the numbers coming in the “W” column.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Kevin McHale for additional commentary.  Reporter Lewis Johnson will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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Bulls, Heat Lead Off This Week’s ‘NBA On TNT’ Broadcast

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TNT’s coverage of the NBA’s 2016 – ’17 season continues Thursday night with a double-header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

The Bulls and Heat lead TNT’s Thursday night NBA coverage.  The game marks the first time that Dwayne Wade, now a member of the Bulls, will face his former teammates and their new rising star Justise Winslow.  Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.

Marv Albert will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analysts Kevin McHale and Charles Barkley for additional commentary.  Reporter David Aldridge will have all of the game’s latest interviews and in-game news.

The Sacramento Kings host the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game on the night.  Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analysts Reggie Miller and Brent Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude will have all of the game’s interviews and in-game news.

Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will round out the nights’ games on Inside The NBA presented by Kia.  They will be joined by analyst Kevin Garnett for additional commentary.

TNT’s NBA coverage continues next Thursday, November 17th live beginning at 8 p.m. EST as the 76ers face off against the Timberwolves.  Dwayne Wade and the Bulls will follow at 10:30 p.m. EST as they take on the Utah Jazz.

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NBA TV To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Summer League Play

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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:

 

 

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ESPN Opens Its 2015 NBA Regular Season Coverage Wednesday Night

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The day is officially here. The 2015 – 2016 NBA regular season gets under way tonight. And beginning Wednesday, October 28th, ESPN joins in with full coverage that will take audiences straight through this weekend.

ESPN begins its coverage of the 2015 – 2016 NBA regular season Wednesday night with a Western Conference double-header. First up for the night is a matchup between the Thunder and Spurs live from Oklahoma City beginning at 8pm ET. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers follow at 10pm ET as they host Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coverage of that game begins at 10pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mark Jackson and reporter J.A. Adande. the T-Wolves will be playing with heavy hearts but a real purpose Wednesday night following the death of coach Flip Saunders Sunday at the age of 60. Over the course of seventeen seasons in the NBA, Saunders accrued a record of 654 – 592. This includes his time coaching in Detroit and Washington.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s double-header, ESPN will air a special one-hour edition of NBA Countdown beginning at 7pm ET. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. As an added bonus, ESPN will broadcast rapper Missy Elliot’s new single ‘WTF (Where They From)’ during its broadcast of NBA Countdown. The song features famed performer/producer Pharrell Williams.

ESPN’s NBA coverage won’t be limited to just ESPN as it joins in all the basketball celebrations. Over on ESPN2 NBA Coast to Coast–ESPN’s NBA whiparound show–will have coverage of all of the action around the league from 8pm – 11pm ET. Cassidy Hubarth will anchor and will be joined by Ryen Rusillo, analysts Tim Legler and P.J. Carlesimo, and ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard. On Thursday morning, Cassidy Hubarth and P.J. Carlesimo will have even more coverage on NBA Tonight at 1:30am. That broadcast will be on ESPN2 as well.

After things wind down Thursday morning, ESPN will continue its NBA coverage Friday night with yet another double-header. First up Friday is an Eastern Conference matchup that sees LeBron James and the Cavs hosting James’ former teammate Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat at 7pm ET. Mike Breen will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by Doris Burke for additional commentary. Stephen A. Smith will also be on hand for a special edition of SportsCenter on the Road beginning at 6pm ET. In the night’s second game, James Harden and the Houston Rockets renew their rivalry with the Golden State Warriors when the defending NBA Champions come to town. Tipoff for that game is set for 9:30pm ET. Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the game. He will be joined in the booth by Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Broussard for additional commentary. Both games will be live on ESPN. NBA Tonight will follow live at 2am ET with Cassidy Hubarth and Antonio Davis for a full wrap up of the night’s games and highlights on ESPN2. For those that prefer it, the full schedule for this week’s NBA coverage is included below.

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

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