The NBA Playoffs are going well for ESPN, with all four of the Conference Semifinals going at least six games. The network announced plans for prime-time doubleheaders both tonight, Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15.
“Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary,” ESPN announced in a press release. “ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game with Marc Kestecher describing the action alongside analyst P.J. Carlesimo.”
The announcement adds: “At 10:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul will host the Houston Rockets and James Harden on ESPN. Mike Tirico will call the action with analyst Jon Barry and reporter J.A. Adande. ‘Kia NBA Countdown’ will precede the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.”
ESPN’s release also notes: “On Friday, May 15, the Washington Wizards and John Wall will host the Atlanta Hawks and Paul Millsap at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Dave Pasch will be joined by analyst P.J.Carlesimo and reporter Chris Broussard to call the game. At 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, the Golden State Warriors and NBA MVP Stephen Curry will visit the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play with Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox. ESPN Radio will have the game with Kevin Calabro and analyst Jon Barry.”
Should any of the Semifinals extend to seven games, ESPN’s corporate cousin ABC is poised to help out. Either way, ABC is making plans for an exclusive NBA telecast this Sunday — of either a Western Conference Semifinals Game 7 or a Western Conference Finals Game 1.
“On Sunday, May 17, ABC’s coverage tips off at 3 p.m. with ‘NBA Countdown,’ hosted by Sage Steele and featuring analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins,” the announcement notes. “At 3:30 p.m., ABC will exclusively broadcast either Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals or a Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. More details on Sunday’s coverage will be available on ESPN Media Zone this weekend.”
The ESPN games will also be available on WatchESPN.