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ESPN & ABC Home to 2018 NBA Playoffs from Opening Tip to Raising of Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy

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Starts with Five Game 1’s this Weekend Including Defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers

 The Jump Playoff Preview to Feature Interview with Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr

 ESPN’s Unmatched Commentator Depth on Display:  Beadle | Billups | Breen | Brown | Burke | Carlesimo | Hubbarth | Jackson | Jones | McGrady | Pasch | Pierce | Pippen | Rose | Ruocco | Nichols | Salters | Van Gundy & Many More

ESPN and ABC will be home to the 2018 NBA Playoffs from the opening tip to the raising of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Action begins this weekend with five first round Game 1’s, including a quadrupleheader this Saturday, April 14, starting at 3 p.m. ET when the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant host the San Antonio Spurs. On Sunday, April 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James host the Indiana Pacers. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters will call both broadcasts.

This weekend, Michelle Beadle will host two editions of NBA Countdown on ABC from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York with analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose. The shows will air at 2 p.m. (ESPN) and 2:30 p.m. (ABC) on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday (ABC).

 

Additionally, ESPN will televise The Jump Playoff Preview presented by Kia on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Rachel Nichols will be joined by Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst. The show will include a special interview with Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. ESPN will also air First Take NBA Playoff Special on Friday, April 13, at 10 p.m., with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Querim.

ESPN and ABC will combine to televise up to 44 games from this year’s NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Eastern Conference Finals presented by ExxonMobil exclusively on ESPN and the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV on ABC.

ESPN & ABC first round, Game 1 schedule:

Date Time (ET) Telecast Commentators Network (s)
Saturday, April 14 2 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose ESPN, ESPN App
2:30 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose ABC
3 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters

 

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry

ABC, ESPN App, ESPN Radio
5:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart Ryan Ruocco, P.J. Carlesimo, Jorge Sedano ESPN, ESPN App
8 p.m. Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez ESPN, ESPN App
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN, ESPN App
Sunday, April 15 3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless Michelle Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose ABC
3:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers telecast presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie

 

ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, P.J. Carlesimo

ABC, ESPN App, ESPN Radio

ESPN RadioESPN Deportes and ESPN International platforms will also have extensive coverage of the NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Finals. Coverage plan updates will be issued throughout the postseason.

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