NBA Playoffs Continue On ESPN And ABC With Five First Round Game 3’s and Two Game 4’s

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NBA Playoffs Continue On ESPN And ABC With Five First Round Game 3’s and Two Game 4’s

MVP Candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden Star in Saturday’s ESPN Doubleheader

Friday’s NBA Playoff slate begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, when the Toronto Raptors visit the Orlando Magic for game three of their playoff series. Adam Amin will be courtside with analyst PJ Carlesimo and reporter Jorge Sedano to call the action. The Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics continue their playoff battle at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Mark Jones will be courtside in Indiana with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez. In the 9:30 p.m. ESPN nightcap, the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook, host the Portland Trail Blazers, led by Damian Lillard for game three of their series. Mike Breen will call the action with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons at 8 p.m. to tip off Saturday’s ESPN doubleheader. Ryan Ruocco, analyst Chauncey Billups and reporter Jorge Sedano will be courtside to call the action. In the 10:30 p.m. nightcap, Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz host James Harden and the Houston Rocks for game three of their playoff series. Dave Pasch, Doris Burke and Cassidy Hubbarth will call the action from Utah.

On Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m., the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers tip off ABC’s afternoon doubleheader. Mark Jones, Hubie Brown and Israel Gutierrez will call the game from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors visit Patrick Beverley and the LA Clippers during the second half of the doubleheader for game four of their series. Mike Breen will call the action with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Play-by-Play announcer Marc Kestecher and analyst Jon Barry will call both Celtics- Pacers matchups for ESPN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. For the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, ESPN Radio will broadcast the Warriors- Clippers matchup with Adam Amin and analyst PJ Carlesimo. ESPN officiating expert, Steve Javie, will provide analysis from the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J. for Friday and Sunday’s telecasts.

NBA Countdown host, Michelle Beadle, goes behind the scenes with Warriors General Manager, Bob Myers, as the franchise plays its final postseason in Oakland before moving to San Francisco. The feature will air Sunday ahead of ESPN’s Warriors-Clippers matchup. NBA Countdown will precede game coverage throughout the weekend on ESPN and ABC with Beadle, alongside analysts Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce and Stan Van Gundy.

This week on ESPN’s The Jump, a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests join host, Rachel Nichols to discuss the biggest NBA storylines of the week, including the NBA Playoffs. On Friday’s episode of The Jump, ahead of this weekend’s Rockets-Jazz playoff series, Nichols sits-down with Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell to discuss the state of the team as they fight to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Jump airs at 3.p.m. weekly on ESPN.

ESPN & ABC April 19-April 21 schedule:

Date Time (ET) Telecast/ Commentators Network
Friday, April 19 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic – Game 3

Adam Amin, PJ Carlesimo, Jorge Sedano, Steve Javie

ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown

Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, Stan Van Gundy

ABC
  8:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers – Game 3

Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez, Steve Javie

ABC, ESPN Radio
  9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder – Game 3

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie

ESPN
Saturday, April 20 7 p.m. NBA Countdown

Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, Stan Van Gundy

ESPN
8 p.m.

 

Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons – Game 3

Ryan Ruocco, Chauncey Billups, Jorge Sedano

ESPN
  10:30 pm Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz – Game 3

Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth

ESPN
Sunday, April 21 12:30 p.m. NBA Countdown

Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, Stan Van Gundy

ABC
  1 p.m. Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers – Game 4

Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Israel Gutierrez, Steve Javie

ABC, ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at LA Clippers – Game 4

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters, Steve Javie

ABC, ESPN Radio

 

More digital content is available on the NBA section of ESPN.com, including this week’s NBA Power Rankings. All ESPN programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.

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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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