The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA show, is increasing its on-site NBA Finals presence this year with the addition of a prime-time show on game days. The Jump will continue to air live in its regular afternoon time-slot – 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN – and will now air from 8-8:30 p.m. on ESPN prior to weekday NBA Finals games.
Rachel Nichols, who hosted the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, will also host special 7 p.m. editions of SportsCenter on site at the NBA Western Conference Finals, starting with Game 2. Nichols will be joined by a rotating cast of commentators from The Jump, including Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen (in Portland), Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Richard Jefferson and several surprise guests. The Jump is also available to stream on the ESPN App.
NBA Countdown will air on ABC from 8:30-9 p.m. preceding weekday NBA Finals games. The NBA Finals starts Thursday, May 30, exclusively on ABC, at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on weekends.