ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: Two Doubleheaders This Week


ESPN’s NBA Full Court Press: Two Doubleheaders This Week

Special ESPN Content Initiative, Toronto All-Access, Includes All-day Coverage of the Toronto Raptors across ESPN Platforms

The NBA on ESPN continues with a doubleheader on Wednesday, Dec. 5. At 8 p.m., Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Tom Rinaldi. Additionally, the ESPN special “All-Access” content initiative is returning on Wednesday, Dec. 5 for a full day of coverage dedicated to the Toronto Raptors, who currently hold the NBA’s best record. In the nightcap, DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs will visit LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mark Jones and analyst Mark Jackson will call the action.

Friday’s NBA on ESPN doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. with an Eastern Conference matchup as the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Detroit Pistons. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke and reporter Jorge Sedano. NBA Friday continues as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors visit Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the nightcap.

NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will tip off Wednesday’s game coverage at 7 p.m. as host Michelle Beadle joins analysts Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose to preview the doubleheader. The team will provide commentary throughout the night, including during halftime.

ESPN’s The Jump will air at 3 p.m. this week, hosted by Rachel Nichols and featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests. As part of Toronto All-Access, The Jump will air from Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, featuring analyst and former Raptor Tracy McGrady, and ESPN senior NBA writer Zach Lowe. The show will feature a segment with Raptors General Manger, Masai Ujiri. 

Additionally, episode 4 of NBA: Year One, premiers on ESPN+, posts on Wednesday and it will focus on several top NBA rookies experiencing life on the road in their first season.

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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