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 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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Echobats Debuts ‘Save Me From Loving You’ Video

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Rock super group Echobat debuted the video for its first-ever single this week.

The band — Tony Harnell (TNT), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra), James Lomenzo (White Lion, Megadeth), Matt Starr (Mr. Big), and Eric Levy (Night Ranger) — debuted the video for its new single ‘Save Me From Loving You‘ Friday.  The video, shot in London, California, and New York as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, features the band members singing along (and performing to) the single.

The song’s musical arrangement features a catchy, upbeat indie-rock style arrangement that also has a touch of influence from the rock and pop sounds of the 1960s and 70s.  It will stick in listeners’ minds.

The song’s musical arrangement is a direct contradiction to its lyrical theme, which Harnell said is the polar opposite of the feeling in the song’s musical arrangement.

“The lyrics for ‘Save Me from Loving You’ are ironic for such a happy song!,” he said. “They’re kinda dark; describing someone who’s pretending to be something that looks good to the world while hiding a dark and empty soul. I think, against the happy melodies, it gives it a kind of cinematic mood. “Isn’t there more to you than shine, or are you an empty room”. A friend of mine described the song as Bop-Noir. I kinda like that!”

‘Save Me From Loving You’ is available to stream and download at: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Deezer.  The song was mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Lita Ford, Korn, Whitesnake).

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Violent Idols Asking Fans To Help Craft Its Next Video

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Violent Idols wants fans to help create the video for its new song ‘F*** You.’

The band debuted the song by itself April 23.  It is featured in the band’s new EP Idolatry, which is streaming in whole through Spotify.  The song and EP were produced and mixed by Kane Churko at The Hideout Recording Studio.

As the band prepares to create an official video for its new single, which features guest vocals from Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom, the group is launching a contest to get its fans involved in the process.  The band is asking fans to submit footage to the band showing how they say ‘F*** You’ during the COVID-19 quarantine.

The footage picked by the band will end up in the upcoming video.  Fans can submit their footage now here.

In terms of its musical arrangement, the song lends itself, ironically, to comparisons to works from Gemini Syndrome, The Veer Union and other similar acts through its heavy, guitar-driven foundation.  The song’s low-end and percussion adds to that comparison even more.

The song’s lyrical theme is an anger-fueled statement to which any listener can relate, and was discussed by the band recently in a collective statement.

“‘F*** You’ encapsulates a feeling that every single person alive has felt at one time or another,” the statement reads.  “Even the best of us still have moments where we just want to let our anger and frustration out and say, ‘F*** You.’  This song is an ode to that feeling, a feeling that need not be hidden inside, as it’s an honest reflection of he internal human struggle.”

The band’s enigmatic front man “V” added to the discussion with his own comment on the song’s creation with his own statement.

“Very appropriately, I started writing this song in my car after getting stuck behind bad driver after bad driver,” he said.  “Aaron [Nordstrom] and I had discussed the idea of him guesting on our EP and once I had the initial seeds for it I knew it would be perfect to involve him on.  Aaron is an extremely talented artist, and he brought a whole other layer of intellectual rage to the song that I would not have been able to do alone.”

‘F*** You’ is the fifth and final single from the new five-song EP.  The band debuted the EP’s lead single ‘Enemies With Benefits‘ Oct. 22, 2019.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sort of industrial metal sound at its base while its lyrical theme is heavy in its own right.

“V” discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a previous interview.

“There is no hero without an enemy, and usually, even the villain thinks himself the hero,” he said.  “This song explores the schizophrenic relationship between the two and their perpetual bond.”

‘Enemies with Benefits’ is available to stream and download here.

The debut of the EP’s second song, a cover of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)‘ followed in December.  The band debuted the EP’s next song, ‘Unscripted VIolence,’ which is the theme song for AEW star John Moxley, on Feb. 5.  It was followed weeks later with the debut of the record’s fourth single, ‘New Religion (ft. K.A.Z.).’

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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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TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

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TNT Announces Thursday Night NBA Double Header Schedule

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TNT will air a double header schedule of NBA games Thursday night.

The Rockets and Thunder open the night at 8 p.m. in a Western Conference showdown.  The Bucks and Warriors follow at 10:30 p.m. in a cross-conference matchup of East vs. West.

Game 1 will be interesting in its own right as the host Thunder has proven so far in the season to be better at home than on the road at 3-2, 2-2 respectively.  Meanwhile, the Rockets have been decidedly better on the road (4-1) than at home (0-4), so while the Thunder leads the Thunder in the Western Conference, Thursday’s match is certain to be a tight one on both sides of the ball.

Game 2 will be just as interesting as Game 1 because both the Bucks and the host Warriors have proven so far to be better at home than on the road this season.  The Bucks have gone 6-1 at home and 2-1 on the road so far while the Warriors have gone 6-1 at home and 4-1 on the road.

Milwaukee has gone 8-1 in its last 10 games and won its most recent game.  Meanwhile Golden State has gone 9-1 in its last 10 games, and is in the midst of a strong 8-game win streak, so the edge seems to go to Golden State, going strictly by the numbers.

Marv Albert will have the call in Game 1.  he will be joined by analyst Chris Webber for additional commentary.  Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude will be courtside with all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

Kevin Harlan will have the call for Game 2.  He will be joined by analyst Reggie Miller for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will have all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

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TNT To Air First-Ever State Farm Showdown Charity Golf Tournament Friday Night

TNT is teaming with the NFL and NBA to present a special first-time ever golf event.

the first-ever State Farm Showdown Hosted by Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul is scheduled to air Friday night at 8 p.m. on TNT.  It will air immediately after the airing of the 100th PGA Championship from St. Louis.

The first-of-its-kind charity gold tournament will see stars of the NFL and NBA tee off (pun fully intended) in a variety of “skills challenges” including hitting golf balls at glass targets featuring their opponents’ likenesses, NFL stars trying their hands at three-point shots and NBA stars trying their hand at being quarterbacks.

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Ernie Johnson and Ian Baker-Finch will offer commentary while comedian James Davis and Amanda Balionis will serve as course reporters. More information on this and other TNT sports presentations is available online now at:

 

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Turner Sports Announces Broadcast Schedule For NBA 2018-’19 Season Opening Weekend

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It’s only August, but Turner Sports and TNT are already getting sports fans hyped up for the upcoming NBA season with a big broadcast schedule announcement.

TNT will kick off the 2018-’19 NBA season on Tuesday, October 16 with a double header schedule.  The 76ers and Celtics open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with the NBA Champion Warriors taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder following at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s matchup between the Warriors and Thunder will be preceded by a ring ceremony in which the Warriors’ players will receive their championship ring. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show opens the night’s NBA coverage at 7 p.m.

On October 18, LeBron James will make his debut with the Lakers as Los Angeles takes on the Portland Trailblazers in the second game of that night’s double header.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The 76ers and Bulls open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with Inside The NBA presented by Kia opening and closing the night.

Turner Sports’ season-opening NBA broadcast schedule switches over to NBA TV Saturday October 20 with coverage of the Raptors and Wizards at 7 p.m. The Rockets and Clippers close out Turner Sports’ opening week coverage Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Turner Sports’ full 2018-’19 NBA broadcast schedule is expected to be announced this Friday, Aug. 10.  All games will be streamed online at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app as well as participating TV providers’ websites and apps.  More information on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage is available online now at http://www.turner.com/pressroom/united-states/turner-sports.

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