ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: Boston Celtics Host Two Games on ESPN This Week


ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: Boston Celtics Host Two Games on ESPN This Week

Episode 7 of More Than An Athlete Exclusively Available on ESPN+

This week’s NBA on ESPN lineup stars Wednesday and Friday doubleheaders. Wednesday’s matchups begin when Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. Mark Jones will provide commentary in Boston with analyst Jeff Van Gundy. The six seed Los Angeles Lakers hosts the three seed Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference nightcap. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Mark Jackson.

Irving and the Boston Celtics return on ESPN Friday night to host Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks at 8 p.m. Mark Jones will be courtside at TD Garden with Jeff Van Gundy to cover the game for a second time this week. The telecast will be subject to local blackout restrictions in the Boston home market. In the nightcap, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder return to ESPN when the team visits Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke.

NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will tip off game coverage for each night at 7:00 p.m. as host Michelle Beadle joins analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose to preview the doubleheaders and give halftime reports.

Episode 7 of More Than An Athlete is available exclusively on ESPN+, the premium direct-to-consumer sports service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. More Than An Athlete is an eight-part series that documents the journey of LeBron James and his friends/business partners Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims. The newest episode features exclusive behind-the-scenes access – including rare locker room footage and sound — of LeBron James and the Cavaliers during their extraordinary come-from-behind run in 2016 to win the NBA Championship. In this episode, the 14x NBA All Star refers to himself as “the greatest player of all time” after ending the 52-year championship drought in Cleveland sports.

ESPN’s The Jump will return on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m., hosted by Rachel Nichols and featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests.

More digital content is available on the NBA section of, including this week’s NBA Power Rankings.

All ESPN programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.


Shakeemah Simmons-Winter

I am a senior publicist for men’s pro sports, working predominantly with the NBA and FIBA properties. I’m a Jersey City, NJ native, so I cheer for all New York sports and athletes, win or lose. I began my sports career as a small forward for JCPS #9’s elementary basketball team, and then years later gave up my hoop dreams (sort of) to work as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Knicks. Prior to working in sports, I briefly worked as an intern turned production assistant for the Wendy Williams Show. I earned a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband Matthew, and later attended New York University to earn a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. I am excited to continue my sports journey with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the sports industry.
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