ESPN Networks To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of 2020 NBA Finals

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The stage is set for the 2020 NBA Finals, and ESPN’s networks will have full coverage of the run to the championship.

ESPN will carry the championship series for the 18th consecutive season, with game one set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will vie for the league’s top prize this year.

The NBA Finals are presented this year by YouTube TV.  The games will air across the ESPN networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes) domestically and internationally.  Ernesto Jerez and analyst Coach Carlos Morales will cover the finals for ESPN Deportes.

The teams will play the best-of-seven series live at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Mike Breen will anchor coverage of this year’s finals, making this year his 15th consecutive year anchoring the NBA Finals.  Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Rachel Nichols will provide additional commentary and all of the series’ latest headlines.

NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will precede each game.  The weeknight broadcasts will air at 8:30 p.m. ET and run for half an hour.  The weeknight broadcasts of NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Audiences will also get a digital pre-game broadcast in the form of Hoop Streams half an hour prior to each game.  Th program will stream live through ESPN’s Twitter page, YouTube, and Facebook sites.

The schedule for the 2020 NBA Finals is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Sept. 30 9 p.m. Game 1
Fri, Oct. 2 9 p.m. Game 2
Sun, Oct. 4 7:30 p.m. Game 3
Tue, Oct. 6 9 p.m. Game 4
Fri, Oct. 9 9 p.m. Game 5* if necessary
Sun, Oct. 11 7:30 p.m. Game 6* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 13 9 p.m. Game 7 * if necessary

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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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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Tips Off Tuesday On ESPN

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Miami and Boston will vie for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Championship this year.

The Heat and Celtics will tip-off their championship series at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN.  Mike Breen will anchor Tuesday night’s broadcast.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will provide additional commentary.  The trio will also have the call for the NBA Finals presented by YouTube on ABC.

NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew will precede Game One’s broadcast.  Maria Taylor will anchor the broadcast, which will come live from ESPN’s new rooftop, riverfront stadium in New York City.  Analysts Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams will provide additional commentary.  Williams’ appearance will be remote.

ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski will also provide commentary for the pre-game show.  His appearance will come live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the home of the NBA playoffs.

Start time for Game One’s broadcast is subject to change depending on coverage of Game Seven in the Western Conference semi-final matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.  The game is also scheduled to take place Tuesday.  The Nuggets forced the Game Seven showdown after defeating the Clippers 111-98 Sunday.

Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series will simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online through the ESPN App.

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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.

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

 

 

 

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NBA Postseason Coverage Continues Monday, Tuesday On TNT

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TNT’s coverage of the NBA postseason continue this week with two consecutive days of coverage.

 

MONDAY SEMIFINAL COVERAGE

The network’s coverage opens tonight with a semifinals double header that is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET.  The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics open the night with the fifth game in their best-of-seven series.  The series is tied at two games each.

Boston took the series’ first two games, but Toronto came back to win in a last second basket from OG Anunoby.  The Raptors took Game four in easier fashion.

Quarantine regulations will keep Boston’s starting Forward Gordon Hayward off the court despite his recovery from an ankle injury he sustained in Game 1 of the quarterfinals.  He is healed, but has to quarantine for at least four days as per league regulations just to ensure he has no symptoms of COVID-19.

The second game on the night will see the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets face off in Game Three of their semifinal series.  That series is tied at one game each.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.

 

TUESDAY SEMIFINAL COVERAGE

The Miami Heat looks to finish off the Milwaukee Bucks in their best of seven semifinals matchup Tuesday night.  Miami leads Milwaukee 3-1 in that series.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets follow at 9 p.m. ET.  They are tied at one game each in that series.

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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.

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

 

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John 5, Tommy Lee Join Tyla Yaweh Saturday For Pre-Game Performance on ESPN

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John 5 is joining forces with ESPN and the National Basketball Association to celebrate the NBA’s return.

The guitarist will join Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee Saturday to perform with up-and-coming rapper Tyla  Yaweh Saturday for a live online performance to kick off the NBA’s return on ESPN.  The performance, scheduled to take place at 5:10 p.m. ET prior to ESPN’s digital pre-game show Hoop Streams presented by Google, will stream through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ESPN app.

John 5 talked about working with Tyla Yaweh and Tommy Lee for Saturday’s virtual performance, saying he was looking forward to it.

“I have a long time friendship with Tommy Lee and we have worked on some really great music together,” he said. “I really love how the remix turned out and loved working with new friends Tyla and Post Malone. I love this song and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Which remix John 5 is referencing in his statement is unknown.  It was not directly addressed in a news release distributed about the performance.

Hoop Streams presented by Google debuts tonight and runs for five episodes through Aug. 3.  Cassidy Hubarth will host the July 31 broadcast, which is scheduled to broadcast at 6 p.m. ET from ESPN’s studios.  She will be joined by analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and fellow ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan remotely for additionally commentary.

The broadcast team for each Hoop Streams presented by Google is noted below.

 

Hoop Streams schedule July 31-August 3

 

Date

Fri, July 31

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

Time (ET)

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

5:30-6 p.m.

 

 

8-8:30 p.m.

 

 

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

8:30-9 p.m.

Commentators

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

ESPN’s NBA coverage tips off at 7 p.m. with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks facing off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Mavs To Host Clippers Live Tuesday On NBATV

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will play live on NBA TV Tuesday night.

The Western Conference foes are scheduled to tip off at 8:30 p.m. EST.  The Clippers (30-13) are third in the West, and the Mavs (27-15) are fifth in the conference.

Tuesday’s only NBA matchup is a game that can go either way.  Los Angeles is 11-9 on the road coming into Tuesday the game in Dallas.  The Mavericks are 13-10 at home so far this season.

Both teams come into the game hot, with the Clippers in the midst of a three-game win streak and Dallas a four-game win streak.  Looking at the numbers even deeper, Los Angeles is 7-3 in its last 10 games while Dallas is 6-4 in its last 10 matches.

Brian Anderson will have the call for Tuesday night’s Western Conference showdown.  He will be joined by analyst Greg Anthony for additional commentary.  Reporter Dennis Scott will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

Tuesday’s broadcast will be preceded at 6 p.m. by The Warmup presented by Ford.  Stephanie Ready will anchor the program and will be joined by analysts Gary Payton, Brendan Haywood and JR Jackson for additional commentary.

More information on Tuesday night’s NBA showdown between the Mavs and Clippers is available online along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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NBA TV To Feature Western Conference Double-Header Broadcast Schedule Tuesday

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NBA TV’s Center Court will feature a Western Conference double-header schedule Tuesday night.

The Rockets and Grizzlies open the evening’s coverage at 8 p.m. ET.  Houston (26-12) sit in fourth in the West while Memphis (18-22) sits eighth in the West. Tuesday night’s opening game is rounding out to be an interesting game.  The statistics in the game favor the visiting Rockets, despite Memphis being on a five-game winning streak.

Houston is 15-8 in conference play and 12-8 on the road.  Memphis meanwhile, is 10-12 at home. By comparison, the Grizzlies have struggled just as much on the road this season, going 8-10 so far while Houston has gone 14-4 on the road.  Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games, so this matchup could go either way in the bigger picture.

The second of the evening’s games will pit the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors against one another starting at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The last-place Warriors (9-32) will play host to the Mavs (24-15), who sit sixth in the conference.

Golden State is 6-13 at home so far this season while the Mavericks are 12-5 on the road versus their 12-10 home record.  The Warriors come into Tuesday night’s in the midst of an eight-game losing skid, while the Mavs are on a hgih after winning their most recent game.

Dallas is 5-5 in its last 10 games.  Golden State, by comparison, is 2-8 in its last 10 games.

Brian Anderson will have the call on the Houston/Memphis game.  He will be joined by analyst Greg Anthony for additional commentary.  Reporter Dennis Scott will be in Memphis for even more headlines.

Casey Stern will anchor NBA TV’s studio coverage of both games throughout the evening.  Stern will be joined by Isiah Thomas, Candace Parker and Grant Hill for additional commentary.

More information on Tuesday’s broadcast schedule is available along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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TNT Tips Off NBA Preseason Coverage This Weekend

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TNT will launch its National Basketball Association preseason coverage this weekend.

The network will launch the coverage with coverage of a matchup between the Lakers and Warriors.  Golden State will play host to Los Angeles for the game.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert will anchor Saturday’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Chris Webber and Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be courtside for all of the game’s latest news.

On the studio side, Casey Stern will anchor TNT’s in-studio coverage for the game.  Stern will be joined by analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis for additional commentary.

Saturday’s game is just one of the preseason matchups that TNT will carry this month.  The network will broadcast a matchup of the Knicks and Pelicans Oct. 18.

TNT will feature a double header schedule as the NBA’s 2019-20 season opens Oct. 22. Up first on the night is a matchup of the Pelicans and the defending NBA Champion Raptors at 8 p.m.  The Lakers and Clippers follow at 10:30 p.m.

The network’s opening week broadcast schedule continues Oct. 24 with another doubleheader broadcast schedule.  Up first on the night is a matchup between the Bucks and Rockets at 8 p.m.  The Clippers and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m.

In-game coverage of each game is compliments with the return of TNT’s Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside The NBA.

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