Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers Face James Harden and the Houston Rockets in ESPN’s Wednesday Night Blockbuster Doubleheader

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Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers Face James Harden and the Houston Rockets in ESPN’s Wednesday Night Blockbuster Doubleheader

  • LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers Host the Golden State Warriors
  • SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith Presented By Mtn Dew Live From Toyota Center
  • Hoop Streams Live From Staples Center

This Wednesday’s NBA doubleheader on ESPN features two marquee Western Conference matchups. First, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, James Harden and the Houston Rockets host Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers. Play-by-play commentator Dave Pasch will call the action with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. In the 10 p.m. nightcap, the Golden State Warriors visit LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.  Mike Breen is on the call with analyst Mark Jackson and reporter Jorge Sedano. Scott Van Pelt will lead halftime coverage for the night.

SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith presented by Mtn Dew will lead pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. live from the Toyota Center in Houston. The show will preview Wednesday’s ESPN doubleheader and feature special pregame elements, guests and NBA analysts.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s innovative, on-site digital pregame show, will be live from Staples Center at 9:30 p.m., ahead of the Warriors vs. Lakers matchup, with host Cassidy Hubbarth, analysts Kendrick Perkins and Chiney Ogwumike, and appearances from special guests and top commentators.  Hoop Streams is available on the ESPN App, and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms.

On Wednesday’s edition of The Jump, analyst Kendrick Perkins and senior writer, Jackie MacMullan, will join host Rachel Nichols to discuss the top storylines around the NBA. The episode will feature the show’s signature segment “STAT MARKET”, dissecting the statics around Wednesday’s doubleheader, and a panel discussion around two of the NBA’s toughest competitors, Patrick Beverly and Russell Westbrook, before they battle it out Wednesday night. The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs Monday-Friday at 3 p.m.

NBA Friday Doubleheader

Friday’s doubleheader tips off at 8 p.m. in Memphis when the Grizzlies host the Utah Jazz. Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke. In the second half of the doubleheader, beginning at 10:30 p.m., the Boston Celtics visit the Golden State Warriors. Mike Breen will call the action with analyst Mark Jackson and reporter Jorge Sedano.

NBA Countdown, ESPN and ABC’s longstanding NBA pregame show, will lead into Friday’s coverage at 7 p.m. with host Maria Taylor, analysts Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Richard Jefferson, and NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The show will feature Taylor’s exclusive interview with Mike Conley Jr. ahead of his return to Memphis and an episode of Hang Time with host Sam Alipour and Golden State Warriors star, Draymond Green.

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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