ESPNews, ESPNU Combine To Televise Four NBA G League Playoff Games In The First Two Rounds


ESPNews, ESPNU Combine To Televise Four NBA G League Playoff Games In The First Two Rounds

  • New Four-Round, 12-Team Playoff Format Beginning With Three Single-Elimination Rounds
  • ESPNews To Air Lakeland Magic Vs. Erie Bayhawks, South Bay Lakers Vs. Oklahoma City Blue On March 31
  • ESPNU Will Broadcast Two Conference Semifinals On April 3

ESPNews and ESPNU will combine to televise four NBA G League playoff games from the first two rounds. The G League will follow a new four-round, 12-team playoff format that will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best of three NBA G League Finals, which will be played in a one-one-one format.

On Saturday, March 31, the Lakeland Magic and Byron Mullens will visit the Erie Bayhawks and Josh Magette at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNews. Chris Hughes and analyst Alex Womer will provide commentary. At 5:15 p.m., the Oklahoma City Blue and Daniel Hamilton will host the South Bay Lakers and Gary Payton II on ESPNews with Ed Murray calling the action.

ESPNU will air two conference semifinals on Tuesday, April 3 starting with the Westchester Knicks and Nigel Hayes hosting either the Grand Rapids Drive or Raptors 905 at 7 p.m. with Bill Hazen and analyst Jaren Jackson on the call. At 9 p.m., the Reno Bighorns and JaKarr Sampson will host either the South Bay Lakers or the Oklahoma City Blue with Dan Gustin and analyst Eathan O’Bryant as the broadcast team.

Future games from the NBA G League Conference Finals and Finals will be announced at a later date on ESPN Media Zone.

All NBA G League telecasts on ESPNews and ESPNU will also be streamed on the ESPN App.

NBA G League Playoff Games on ESPNU/ESPNews

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Mar 31 3 p.m. Eastern Conference Quarterfinal: Lakeland Magic at Erie Bayhawks ESPNews
5:15 p.m. Western Conference Quarterfinal: South Bay Lakers at Oklahoma City Blue ESPNews
Tue, Apr 3 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinal: Grand Rapids Drive / Raptors 905 at Westchester Knicks ESPNU
9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinal: South Bay Lakers / Oklahoma City Blue at Reno Bighorns ESPNU


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: GiaPlusNina.


Gianina Thompson

“Never wish for it more than you work for it.” My dad has told me this ever since we watched the New York Yankees win the World Series in 1996. Living by those words has brought me to ESPN as their Senior Publicist for NBA, MLB, FIBA, and Little League. Working for the World Wide Leader in Sports, it comes naturally that I have a competitive nature. Competing on a Division 1 college rowing team and receiving both my master’s and bachelor’s degrees before turning 22 years old, further illustrates that. Sports are more than entertainment; it’s hopes for something bigger than yesterday.
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