Western Conference Finals Tip Off Tuesday on ESPN Platforms

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Western Conference Finals Tip Off Tuesday on ESPN Platforms

(Editor’s note: a replay and transcript of today’s ESPN NBA Conference Finals media call is available)

NBA Draft Lottery Prior to Game 1

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the 2011 Western Conference Finals will tip off Tuesday, May 17, when the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki host the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Mike Breen will call the game with analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. The game will also be available on ESPN Radio (Jim Durham and Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay describing the action), ESPN 3D (Terry Gannon providing play-by-play with analyst Mike Brown), ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

Before the game, ESPN will televise the ESPN Kia NBA Countdown pregame show and NBA Draft Lottery with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Hannah Storm will host Kia NBA Countdown with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and analysts Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon and Mark Jones will host the Draft Lottery with analyst Jay Bilas and reporter Heather Cox. 

Western Conference Finals Schedule
(all ESPN game and studio telecasts are also available via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV) 

Date Time (ET) Teams/Commentators Networks
Tue, May 17 7:30 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown
Hannah Storm, Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon 
ESPN
  8:30 p.m. NBA Draft Lottery
Mark Jones, Jay Bilas, Heather Cox
ESPN
  9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas, Game 1
Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Doris Burke
ESPN
    Terry Gannon, Mike Brown ESPN 3D
    Jim Durham, Dr. Jack Ramsay ESPN Radio
Thu, May 19 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas, Game 2Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke ESPN
    Jones, Mike Brown ESPN 3D
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio
Sat, May 21 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, Game 3Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke ESPN
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio
Mon, May 23 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, Game 4Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke ESPN
    Jones, Bruce Bowen ESPN 3D
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio
Wed, May 25 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas, Game 5 (if nec.)Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke ESPN
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio
Fri, May 27 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, Game 6 (if nec.)Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke ESPN
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio
Sun, May 29 8 p.m. Kia NBA Countdown ESPN
  9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas, Game 7 (if nec.)
Breen, Jackson, Van Gundy, Burke
ESPN
    Durham, Ramsay ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will also broadcast each game from the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls with commentators Mike Tirico and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown.

ABC is the home of The Finals, which are scheduled to begin Thursday, June 2.  All Finals games will also be offered via ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio. 

ESPN 3D
ESPN 3D will televise the Western Conference Finals Games 1, 2 and 4.  Terry Gannon and Mike Brown will call Game 1 (May 17), with Mark Jones and Brown on Game 2 (May 21) and Jones and Bruce Bowen for Game 3 (May 23).

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will offer comprehensive coverage of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals including:

Heat-Bulls

  • Michael Wallace and Brian Windhorst reporting for the Heat Index; Michael Wilbon and Nick Freidell covering the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com;
  • J.A. Adande reporting on national storylines;
  • ESPNRadio.com live audio feed of all games.

Thunder-Mavericks

  • Marc Stein and John Hollinger reporting on the Western Conference Finals;
  • Jeff Caplan and Tim MacMahon covering the Mavs for ESPNDallas.com;
  • ESPN3.com live video feed and ESPNRadio.com live audio feed of all games.

Additional ESPN.com content:

  • pregame, in-game and postgame coverage
  • live game coverage of all Conference Finals games via Daily Dime and Daily Dime Live pages;
  • a new playoff feature, “5-on-5,” in which five experts answer five questions each game day addressing the latest playoff news;
  • experts provide updated picks on their playoff MVP each week;
  • daily NBA Today podcasts;
  • two original digital videos – NBA 411 and TrueHoop TV – capturing providing NBA news and opinion.

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