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

 

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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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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

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ESPN Networks Highlight Western Conference In This Week’s NBA Coverage

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ESPN has announced its NBA coverage schedule for this week. And in this week’s schedule of games the Thunder and Clippers will be highlighted.

This week’s NBA broadcast schedule kicks off tonight with a double header schedule on ESPN. First up on the night is a cross-conference matchup between Memphis and Boston. While the showdown pits teams from opposite conferences against one another it still will have its own playoff implications. Boston currently sits third overall in the East, seven games back from Cleveland while Memphis currently sits 5th in the West, eighteen and a half games back from the Warriors. Neither team has yet clinched a playoff berth. So win or lose tonight’s game between the Celtics and Grizzles will play a big part in the teams’ playoff fates. Tipoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7pm ET. Mark Jones will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Tim Legler for additional commentary.

Second up on the night is a Western Conference matchup between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder welcome the Clippers into the Chesapeake Arena in a game that will also determine both teams’ playoff fates. That is because neither team yet has clinched its berth in the post season. Oklahoma City currently sits third in the west with the Clippers not too far behind in fourth. Neither team has a chance of catching the Warriors or Spurs. But both teams can potentially set their place in the playoffs. Tipoff for the game is set for 9:30pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Dave Pasch will have the call for the game on ESPN. He will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Chris Broussard for additional commentary. On the radio side, Marc Kestecher will have the call for the game. He will be joined by P.J. Carlesimo for additional commentary.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s double header schedule Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, and Brian WIndhorst will have a preview of the night’s games and will look ahead to the rest of the week’s schedule in The Jump beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN2.

After Wednesday night’s double header ESPN will shift its attention to college basketball. It will be carrying coverage of the ACC Tournament and Big Ten Tournament Thursday and Friday. The NBA action picks back up on Saturday night at 8:30 pm ET with a Western Conference matchup between Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Spurs will play host to the Thunder on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta beginning at 8:30pm ET on ABC. Mike Tirico will have the call for Saturday’s game. He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview the night’s matchup and look back on the week’s other games ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the Western Conference opponents. San Antonio has already clinched its spot in the post season. But Oklahoma City has not yet solidified its spot in the playoffs. If it doesn’t clinch Wednesday night, a win Saturday could set its spot in that race.

Cleveland and the Clippers round out the week’s NBA coverage on ESPN and the ESPN networks Sunday afternoon on NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA. Cleveland sits atop the Eastern Conference but has yet to clinch its spot in the playoffs. So the team will be looking to punch its post season ticket in the game. That is because the Raptors, who currently sit second in the East, are currently only two games back from Cleveland. So they are making things very interesting for Cleveland heading into the regular season’s final stretch. Win or lose Wednesday Sunday’s game will still have its own implications for the Clippers, too. That is because the Clippers sit fourth in the West. The fifth-place Grizzlies don’t have a chance of catching the Clippers and the Clippers likely won’t catch the Thunder either. So L.A. will be looking to solidify its place in the post season once and for all Sunday against the Cavs. Mike Breen will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analyst and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown for additional commentary. Reporter Lisa Salters will also be courtside throughout the game for all of the latest updates and more. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ABC, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Radio. Kevin Calabro will have the call on ESPN Radio. He will be joined by P.J. Carlesimo for additional commentary. The full schedule for this week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks is noted below.

 

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network (s)
Tues, Mar 8 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst
ESPN
Wed, Mar 9 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Tim Legler
ESPN2
  1 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm*
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics
Mark Jones, Jon Barry
ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Chris Broussard
Radio: Marc Kestecher, P.J. Carlesimo
ESPN, ESPN Radio
Thu, Mar 10 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols,
ESPN
Fri, Mar 11 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols
ESPN
Sat, Mar 12 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. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs  presented by La Quinta
Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
ABC
Sun, Mar 13 1:30 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Amin Elhassan
ESPN2
3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
3:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers  at Los Angeles Clippers presented by BBVA
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

 

 

More information on the ESPN networks’ NBA coverage 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 Networks Featuring Conference Matches In This Week’s NBA Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced the schedule for its NBA coverage this week. And as things heat up in the second half of the 2016 NBA season so do things for the ESPN networks’ NBA coverage.

This week’s NBA coverage on the ESPN networks kicks off tonight, March 2nd, with a double header on ESPN. First up tonight Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons will be on the road against Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs in a matchup with playoff implications for both teams. Detroit is currently in the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race while the Spurs currently hold the number two spot in the Western Conference. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm ET on ESPN. Mark Jones will have the call for that game. He will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy and Jeff Van Gundy and analyst J.A. Adande for additional commentary. Next up at 10:30pm ET Chris Paul and the Clippers play host to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference showdown that also has its own playoff implications. Oklahoma City currently sits third in the West and the Clippers fourth. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET. Mike Breen will have the call for that game. Mark Jackson will join him for additional commentary.

Before tonight’s games tip off ESPN will begin its NBA coverage this afternoon on The Jump. Rachel Nichols will host and will be joined by analyst/insider Tracy McGrady and Israel Guttierez for additional commentary. The trio will look back at the previous week’s NBA games and headlines, and also will look forward to tonight’s games and major story lines. That will be this afternoon at 3:3opm ET on ESPN. Doris Burke, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups will have even more on tonight’s games on NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew tonight at 7:30pm ET on ESPN.

After taking the day off Thursday save for NBA Tonight and The Jump the action picks back up Friday with another double header. First up in Friday’s schedule is an Eastern Conference battle between the Cavaliers and the Wizards. Washington is completely out of the playoff picture so it will be playing hard. That is because the team has nothing to lose. On a related note LeBron James and company sit atop the Eastern Conference. So they will be playing just as hard to maintain their spot in the playoff picture. This means that this game is sure to be an interesting one for both sides. Dave Pasch will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analyst Jon Barry for additional commentary. Reporter Chris Broussard will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports. Tipoff is scheduled for 8pm ET. Later in the evening Kobe Bryant continues his farewell season as he and the Los Angeles Lakers hos Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks. Gametime for that matchup is scheduled for 10:30pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Hubie Brown for additional commentary. The game will air live on ESPN and on ESPN Deportes.

Sage Steele will preview Friday night’s games at 7:30pm ET on NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew. Jalen Rose and Doug Collins will join Steele for additional commentary and insight into the evening’s schedule. Earlier in the day Rachel Nichols, Raja Bell, and Israel Gutierrez will review previous games and look forward to the evening’s double header on The Jump. The Jump will air live at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

The action continues Saturday night as the Bulls host the Rockets in a cross-conference matchup on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta. Chicago is out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. The Rockets are fighting to stay in the Western Conference playoff picture. The team currently sits last in the playoff race in the West. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday night’s game. He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary. Reporter Lisa Salters will also be courtside for news throughout the game. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30pm ET on ABC. The game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview Saturday night’s game on NBA Countdown at 8pm ET on ABC.

This week’s NBA coverage on the ESPN networks rounds out Sunday afternoon with one more Western Conference match. This time the Lakers will host the league-leading Golden State Warriors on ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA. Mike Tirico and Hall of Famer/analyst Hubie Brown will have the call for Sunday’s game. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio stations nationwide. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview Sunday’s game on ABC’s NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless at 3pm ET. The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ NBA coverage this week is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network (s)
Tue, Mar 1 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Tom Haberstroth
ESPN
Wed, Mar 2 12:30 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Israel Gutierrez
ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Doris Burke, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
ESPN
  8 p.m. Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs presented by State Farm
Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy
ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, J.A. Adande
ESPN
Thu, Mar 3 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols,  Raja Bell, Israel Gutierrez
ESPN
Fri, Mar 4 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty
ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State Farm
Rachel Nichols,  Raja Bell, Israel Gutierrez
ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ESPN
  8 p.m. Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Chris Broussard
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers presented by State Farm
Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Mar 5 1 a.m. NBA Tonight
Cassidy Hubbarth, Antonio Davis
ESPN2
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
  8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls presented by La Quinta
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sun, Mar 6 3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins
ABC
  3:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers presented by BBVA
Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo
ABC, ESPN Radio

 

 

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

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

 

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ESPN Networks Focus On Conference Rivalries In This Week’s NBA Coverage

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The ESPN networks have another busy week of basketball for this week. And it all begins this afternoon on ESPN.

ESPN and its family of networks have another week of extensive NBA coverage for fans this week. It all begins this afternoon on ESPN with another new episode of The Jump. Host Rachel Nichols will have all of the latest NBA headlines. She will be joined by Tracy McGrady and Zach Lowe for insight and commentary into each headline. That is at 3pm ET on ESPN. Doris Burke, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups pick things up at 7:30pm ET on ESPN’s NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew. The half-hour pre-game show will come ahead of tonight’s Eastern Conference match between the Wizards and Bulls. Chicago is in last place in the Eastern Conference’s playoff race while Washington is currently out of the hunt for a spot in the post season. So both teams will be playing hard albeit for different reasons. The Spurs and Kings round out the days’ coverage in the late game. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Mark Jones and Mark Jackson will have the call for the game. Sacramento is well out of the playoff race. San Antonio on the other hand currently sits second in the Western Conference behind Golden State, which currently leads the conference at 50 – 5 so far on the season.

The ESPN networks’ NBA Coverage continues Thursday night on ESPN Radio as the Thunder host the Warriors in another Western Conference matchup with major playoff implications. Oklahoma City currently sits third in the Western Conference at 40 – 16, which is well back from the conference and league–leading Warriors (50 – 5). Rachel Nichols will have a preview of Thursday night’s game on Thursday afternoon’s edition of The Jump. Raja Bell and Zach Lowe will join Nichols for the 3:30pm ET broadcast on ESPN.

ESPN’s NBA coverage returns to television Friday evening in a double header schedule. First up on the schedule is an Eastern Conference matchup between the Bulls and Hawks. Both teams will be playing for their playoff lives in Friday night’s game. Atlanta currently sits sixth overall in the Eastern Conference, two games back from the conference-leading Cavaliers. Chicago meanwhile sits last in the conference’s playoff race eleven games back from Cleveland. Mark Jones will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Doris Burke for additional commentary. Later Friday night the Grizzlies and Lakers face off in the night’s Western Conference showdown. The Lakers (11 – 47) are at the bottom of the Western conference and completely out of the playoff picture. Memphis is still in the playoff picture, sitting fifth in the conference fourteen and a half games back from Golden State. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Dave Pash will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will lead off the evening on ESPN’s NBA Countdown at 7:30pm ET. Earlier in the afternoon Rachel Nichols, Raja Bell, and Zach Lowe will preview both of the evening’s games on The Jump. That will be at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

Golden State and Oklahoma round out the week’s NBA coverage on the ESPN networks Saturday on NBA Primetime on ABC. The game will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN Radio with tipoff scheduled for 8:30pm ET on ABC. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday night’s game on television. On the radio side Kevin Calabro will have the call. Breen will be joined on ABC by Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters. PJ Carlesimo will join Kevin Calabro on ESPN Radio’s broadcast of Saturday night’s game.  Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview the game on NBA Countdown at 8 pm ET live on ABC.  The complete schedule for this week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network (s)
 Wed, Feb 24 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain DewDoris Burke, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN
  8 p.m. Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls presented by State FarmMike Breen, Jon Barry ESPN
  10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings presented by State FarmMark Jones, Mark Jackson ESPN
Thu, Feb 25 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Raja Bell, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderRadio: Kevin Calabro & PJ Carlesimo ESPN Radio
Fri, Feb 26 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Bruce Bowen ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Raja Bell, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA CountdownSage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ESPN
  8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks presented by State FarmMark Jones, Doris Burke ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers presented by State FarmDave Pasch, Jon Barry ESPN
Sat, Feb 27 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Jorge Sedano ESPN2
  8 p.m. NBA CountdownSage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC
8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder presented by La QuintaMike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters

Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo

 

More information on this week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks 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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ESPN Networks Offering Extensive NBA Coverage This Weekend

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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.

More information on this weekend’s NBA coverage on the ESPN networks 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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Tracy McGrady Joins ESPN’s On-Air Team

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another big name to its NBA broadcast team.

NBA great Tracy McGrady has officially joined the ESPN family. McGrady, a two-time scoring champion, seven-time NBA All Star, and two-time All-NBA First Team pick, was announced today as an NBA analyst for the worldwide leader in sports. In his new position with ESPN, McGrady will make regular appearances on Rachel Nichols’ new daily NBA program. The program will air from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. It will air daily on ESPN M – F at 3:30 pm ET. Along with his appearances on The Jump, McGrady is also expected to contribute analysis to ESPN’s news an informational programming.

McGrady was the 9th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in his rookie season. He played there until 2000 before spending time with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. McGrady’s last stint as a player in the NFL was the 2011 – 2012 season in which he played for the Atlanta Hawks.

More information on McGrady’s signing wth ESPN 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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