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NBA Playoffs: Five Games Across ABC & ESPN This Weekend


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  • Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Lisa Salters to Call Cavaliers-Bulls Games 3 & 4
  • Doris Burke to Pull Double-Duty with Studio & Game Assignments
  • Mike Tirico Calling Two Games in 24 Hours

 Friday, May 8

The 2015 NBA Playoffs will continue this weekend with five Conference Semifinals games across ABC and ESPN. The action begins tonight (Friday), May 8, with an ESPN doubleheader. At 8 p.m. ET the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose in Game 3. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary.

In the nightcap, the Houston Rockets and James Harden will visit the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin in Game 3 at 10:30 p.m. Mike Tirico, Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Doris Burke will call the action. Kia NBA Countdown will open ESPN’s coverage at 7:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

 Saturday, May 9

On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks and Paul Millsap will visit the Washington Wizards and Paul Pierce in Game 3 at 5 p.m. on ESPN. Dave Pasch will provide play-by-play with analyst P.J. Carlesimo and reporter Chris Broussard. Then, at 8:15 p.m. on ABC, Tirico, Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox will call Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and the Memphis Grizzlies with Marc Gasol. A 15-minute edition of NBA Countdown will lead into the game, hosted by Doris Burke with Rose and Collins. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the Warriors-Grizzlies game with Kevin Calabro calling the action with analyst Kara Lawson.

Sunday, May 10

This Mother’s Day, ABC will broadcast Game 4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls series at 3:30 p.m. Breen, Van Gundy, Jackson and Salters will once again provide commentary. NBA Countdown will precede the game at 3 p.m. with Steele, Rose and Collins. Cavaliers-Bulls Game 4 will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio with Marc Kestecher and Carlesimo describing the action.

Additional coverage

  • SportsCenter will have reporters on site at several locations this weekend, including Mark Schwarz and Sarah Spain in Chicago, Stephen A. Smith in Los Angeles and Marc Stein in Memphis.
  • NBA Tonight on ESPN2 will air Friday at 1 a.m. and Saturday at 12 a.m. (midnight) with host Cassidy Hubbarth and will recap the action of the day.
  • ESPN Deportes will also televise all five ABC/ESPN games this weekend.

NBA Playoffs on ESPN are also available on WatchESPN. ABC games are available on ESPN3.


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected] (@Gianina_ESPN).