ESPN to Exclusively Televise Up to Four NBA Conference Semifinals Game 6s This Week
- NBA Western Conference Semifinals Game 7 or Western Conference Finals Game 1 Exclusively on ABC This Sunday
- The Jump with Rachel Nichols in Houston on Friday
- Only on ESPN+: Kobe Bryant’s Detail Features Damian Lillard
- 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Exclusively on ESPN May 14 Precedes Western Conference Finals Action
- E:60’s “The Legend of Red Panda” Airs Sunday
ESPN will exclusively televise up to four NBA Conference Semifinals Game 6s between Thursday and Friday this week. Additionally, ABC will exclusively broadcast either an NBA Western Conference Semifinals Game 7 or Western Conference Finals Game 1 this Sunday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. ET. All NBA games and shows on ESPN platforms are also available to stream via the ESPN App.
On Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m. ET, the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid host the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors currently lead the Sixers 3-2 in their series. Dave Pasch will provide commentary with analyst and Curt Gowdy Award-winner Doris Burke and reporter Tom Rinaldi. At 10:30 p.m., the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard will host the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokic with Mark Jones, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth on the call.
On Friday, May 10, Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Lisa Salters will call Game 6 of the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets series. Entering action on May 8, the series is tied 2-2. The time of Friday night’s game is still to be determined. In addition, if a Game 6 in the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics series is necessary, ESPN will televise the game on Friday prior to the Warriors vs. Rockets Game 6 with Dave Pasch, Doris Burke and Jorge Sedano on commentary.
This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m. ABC will exclusively broadcast either Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets or Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers Western Conference Semifinals Game 7, or the Western Conference Finals Game 1. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will be the commentator team. Hoop Streams, ESPN’s innovative new NBA Twitter pre-game show, will air on-site on Twitter and the ESPN App prior to the game. Cassidy Hubbarth hosts Hoop Streams.
NBA Countdown – ESPN and ABC’s NBA pre-game show – will precede game action Thursday and Sunday with host Michelle Beadle and analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups.
The Jump, ESPN’s NBA daily show, airs at 3 p.m. on ESPN throughout the week. The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, will travel to Houston for an on-site show this Friday before the Warriors vs. Rockets series.
Detail – the high-level analysis show from five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant – focuses on Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard this week. Detail is available exclusively on ESPN+.
The NBA Draft Lottery ESPN will exclusively air on ESPN next Tuesday, May 14, at 8:30 p.m. It precedes either Game 1 or Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on ESPN. For more coverage plans visit ESPN Press Room.
Warriors President Rick Welts joins E:60 in “The Legend of Red Panda” Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN
There is an NBA legend who has never played the game. She is a giant who stands five foot five, but when she gets on the court, she’s over ten feet tall. For more than 25 years, Rong Niu, better known as Red Panda, has been turning halftime into show time – delighting fans and players alike with her incredible unicycle bowl-flipping act. In 2018, when her unicycle was stolen, the NBA community rallied to her cause, with one team helping her in the most unexpected way. E:60 tells the story of Red Panda’s remarkable journey from the stages of communist China to the hardwood of the NBA Sunday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.