Kawhi Leonard Returns to Toronto for the First Time This Wednesday on ESPN

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Kawhi Leonard Returns to Toronto for the First Time This Wednesday on ESPN

  • LA Clippers Appear on ESPN Wednesday and Friday Night
  • Hoop Streams Live from Scotiabank Arena Wednesday
  • LeBron James Returns to Miami on Friday
  • Rachel Nichols Goes One-On-One with Jimmy Butler
  • The Jump Live From Miami Ahead of Lakers vs. Heat
  • Heat Legend Alonzo Mourning Joins The Jump on Friday

Reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard makes his highly anticipated return to Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET when the LA Clippers visit the defending champion Toronto Raptors to tipoff ESPN’s NBA doubleheader. Play-by-play commentator Mark Jones will call the action with analysts Doris Burke and Richard Jefferson and reporter Jorge Sedano. In the 9:30 p.m. nightcap, the Milwaukee Bucks, starring reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, host the New Orleans Pelicans. Dave Pasch and Chauncey Billups will be courtside at Fiserv Forum to call the action.

In the first half of ESPN’s Friday night NBA doubleheader, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Miami to face Jimmy Butler and the Heat at 7 p.m. Mark Jones, Doris Burke and Israel Gutierrez will call the game from American Airlines Arena as James returns to his old stomping grounds. The second half of the doubleheader tips off at 9:30 p.m. in Minnesota as the Timberwolves, led by Karl-Anthony Towns, host the LA Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Ryan Ruocco will be on the call with analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s innovative, on-site digital pregame show, will be live from Toronto at 6:30 p.m., ahead of Wednesday’s doubleheader, with host Cassidy Hubbarth, analyst Kendrick Perkins and commentator Gary Striewski. Hoop Streams is available on the ESPN App, and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Wed, Dec. 11 7 p.m. LA Clippers at Toronto Raptors Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Richard Jefferson, Jorge Sedano
Wed, Dec. 11 9:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks Dave Pasch, Chauncey Billups
Fri, Dec. 13 7 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Israel Gutierrez
Fri, Dec. 13 9:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown

Friday’s episode of ESPN’s The Jump will be live from Miami ahead of the Lakers vs. Heat matchup and feature host Rachel Nichols’ sit down interview with four-time NBA All-Star and leader of the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler. Kendrick Perkins, Jorge Sedano and Amin Elhassan will join Nichols during Friday’s show in Miami as well as Heat legend Alonzo Mourning. The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs at 3 p.m. with Nichols and a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and special guests.

NBA 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.


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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