ESPN & ABC Combine To Exclusively Televise the NBA Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

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ESPN & ABC Combine To Exclusively Televise the NBA Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs

  • Game 1 Sunday on ABC at 3:30 P.M. ET, Rest of Series on ESPN
  • Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Doris Burke to call the Western Conference Finals
  • NBA Countdown on the Road throughout the Series; The Jump Expands to One Hour
  • NBA Draft Lottery to Precede Game 2 Tuesday on ESPN at 8:30 P.M.
  • ESPN3 Pre-game Coverage, Including Pre-game Warmups for Every Game

ESPN and ABC will combine to exclusively televise the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals – the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant vs. the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard – starting this Sunday, May 14, with Game 1 on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. The remaining games will air on ESPN. All Western Conference Finals game will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Western Conference Finals on ESPN are presented by Verizon Wireless. (The full schedule is below).

Commentators

The commentator team of play-by-play voice Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke will call the series on ABC and ESPN. This quartet is also the longest-tenured NBA Finals television broadcast team in history. On ESPN Radio, the duo of Marc Kestecher and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown will describe the action. ESPN Radio will also provide national coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals with Adam Amin providing play-by-play with analyst Jon Barry. Viewers can also listen to the ESPN Radio broadcasts on the ESPN app and at ESPNRadio.com.  On ESPN Deportes, the team of Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will provide commentary.

NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, ESPN’s NBA pregame show – will travel to the site of the Western Conference Finals throughout the series. It will mark the first Conference Finals event and the first on-site series for the first-year NBA Countdown team of host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups. NBA Countdown will generally begin one-hour prior to the tip, with a special start time of 3 p.m. this Sunday on ABC.

ESPN’s daily NBA studio show, The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, will expand to one-hour starting Monday, May 15 and will air Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN throughout the remainder of the postseason. The Jump will feature analyst and newly-named Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and a deep, rotating cast of ESPN NBA analysts, reporters, NBA legends and special guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Both NBA Countdown and The Jump are also streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

 

ESPN will also televise the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm on Tuesday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m., after NBA Countdown (special 7:30 p.m. start time) and prior to Game 2. Mark Jones will host ESPN’s coverage with analysis provided by Draft expert Jay Bilas and reports by Cassidy Hubbarth. ESPN front office insider Tom Penn will also provide analysis. Hubbarth will conduct interviews with several Lottery team representatives. (For more on Draft Lottery coverage, see below).

ESPN3 will continue to offer a digital, second screen offering throughout pre-game coverage of the Western Conference Finals. Viewers will be able to watch the pre-game warmups, including the layup lines, during the NBA Countdown pre-game show, throughout the series.

NBA Western Conference Finals game, pregame schedule on ESPN

Date Time (ET) Telecast Commentators Network(s)
Sun, May 14 3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ABC
  3:30 p.m. Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ABC, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Tue, May 16 7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  8:30 p.m. 2017 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm Mark Jones, Jay Bilas, Cassidy Hubbarth, Tom Penn ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Sat, May 20 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Mon, May 22 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Wed, May 24* 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. *If necessary-Game 5: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke   ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Fri, May 26* 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. *If necessary- Game 6: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
Sun, May 28* 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app
  9 p.m. *If necessary- Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN app

Additionally, ESPN will continue its NBA Playoffs collaboration with multi-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s hits “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” will serve as a soundtrack to ESPN’s Western Conference Finals coverage.

The NBA Western Conference Finals will also be available across ESPN’s international platforms in several markets, including:

  • Latin America
  • Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
  • Caribbean
  • Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent, St Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Cruise Ships .
  • Pacific Rim
  • Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati,  Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Western Samoa.

ESPNLA 710AM’s Draft Lottery coverage

On Tuesday, May 16, ESPNLA 710AM will be broadcasting live at Tom’s Urban at LA Live from 3- 7 p.m. PT. Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington will co-host and they’ll be joined by several special guests. The broadcast will focus on the Los Angeles Lakers’ Draft Lottery placement and whether they’ll be among the top three.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Gianina_ESPN.

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Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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