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- Coverage starts Saturday, April 13 on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play
- Starts with three Game 1’s this weekend including Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
As the Caribbean home of the NBA, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2019 NBA Playoffs from the opening tip off to the raising of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Action begins this weekend with three first round Game 1’s, including when the Los Angeles Clippers face the Golden State Warriors, who are looking for their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance and fourth title in the last five years, on Saturday, April 13 at 8:15 p.m. ET. Coverage will continue at 10:30 p.m. ET when the San Antonio Spurs, returning to the Playoffs for the 22nd consecutive year, play the Denver Nuggets, making their first playoff appearance since the 2012-2013 season. Weekend coverage concludes on Sunday, April 14 when the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Portland Trail Blazers at 3:30 p.m. ET. All games airing on ESPN Caribbean will also stream live on ESPN Play.
ESPN Caribbean will televise up to 20 games from the first round of the NBA Playoffs, up to 12 games from the NBA Eastern and Western Conference semifinals, as well as the Western Conference Finals and NBA Finals (May 30 – June 16).
A look at the NBA Playoffs
The Western Conference will feature DeMarcus Cousins making his Playoffs debut with the Golden State Warriors. Should the Warriors successfully qualify for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals, they will join the Boston Celtics as the only team in NBA history to do so and the first team to accomplish five straight Finals appearances since 1966.
The Houston Rockets will also vie for the Western Conference championship, led by 2018 MVP and 2019 MVP candidate James Harden. Fellow 2019 NBA MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the Eastern Conference with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks who finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA, and are looking for their first series victory since 2001. The Bucks will play against the Detroit Pistons, as Blake Griffin, the team’s power forward, recovers from an injury to his left knee.
The Celtics were the preseason favorite in the Eastern Conference to reach the NBA Finals, but will appear in the playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed. The Celtics are led by Kyrie Irving, who has six games with at least 30 points and 10 assists this season, the most in a season by a Celtics player since Larry Bird in 1987. The Celtics will face the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the postseason looking to redeem themselves after losing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in 2017 and 2018, and are led by Russell Westbrook, who finished with the third-most triple-doubles in a season in NBA history. The Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Playoffs.
NBA Playoffs Game Schedule on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play
|Sat, April 13||8:15 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Sun, April 14||3:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers|
|Tue, April 16||9:00 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Wed, April 17||7:00 p.m.||Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics|
|9:30 p.m.||Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets|
|Thu, April 18||8:00 p.m.||Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets|
|Fri, April 19||7:10 p.m.||Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic|
|9:30 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Sat, April 20||8:10 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz|
|Sun, April 21||1:00 p.m.||Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers|
|3:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers|
|Mon, April 22||8:00 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons|