Reigning League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard Go Head-to-Head Wednesday on ESPN


Reigning League MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard Go Head-to-Head Wednesday on ESPN

  • ESPN NBA Campaign Features Music from Grammy Nominated Rapper Travis Scott
  • SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith Presented By Mtn Dew Live From Toyota Center

This Wednesday’s NBA on ESPN doubleheader tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET in Houston with the Rockets and Golden State Warriors Western Conference rivalry. The teams faced each other in the playoffs four of the last five years, including last season’s Western Conference Semifinals, with the Warriors finishing on top each time. Play-by-play commentator Mike Breen will call the action with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth. In the 10 p.m. nightcap, the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, visit the L.A. Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard. The two stars last met during last season’s Eastern Conference Finals where Leonard and his former Raptors team defeated Antetokounmpo and the Bucks to advance to the NBA Finals. Mark Jones is on the call with analyst Mark Jackson and reporter Jorge Sedano. Scott Van Pelt will host halftime coverage for the doubleheader.

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.

On Wednesday’s edition of The Jump, seven-time NBA All-Star, Tracy McGrady, ESPN senior writer Brian Windhorst, and ESPN reporter Malika Andrews will join host Rachel Nichols to discuss the top storylines for Wednesday’s matchups. The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs Monday-Friday at 3 p.m.

Ball for All Featuring Travis Scott

ESPN’s season-long global campaign, “Ball for All”, celebrates every NBA fan and highlights the many different ways and reasons fans love the NBA– whether for the culture and personalities on and off the court or the die-hard fan hanging onto every point. The latest campaign spot, highlighting Wednesday’s doubleheader, features Grammy nominated rapper Travis Scott’s hit single “Highest in the Room”.

NBA Friday

On Friday Nov. 8, the Washington Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary with analyst Doris Burke. NBA Countdown, ESPN and ABC’s longstanding NBA pregame show, will lead Friday’s halftime studio coverage with Cassidy Hubbarth, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams, and Adrian Wojnarowski.

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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