ESPN’s NBA Preseason Coverage Continues Tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Warriors vs. Kings


ESPN’s NBA Preseason Coverage Continues Tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Warriors vs. Kings

This week’s ESPN NBA preseason coverage tips off tonight, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. ET when the Sacramento Kings and De’Aaron Fox host the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry. Ryan Ruocco and Richard Jefferson will call tonight’s matchup from their homes.

On Friday, Dec. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, the Brooklyn Nets, starring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, visit the Boston Celtics, starring Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Play-by-play commentator Mark Jones, analyst Doris Burke and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will be on site in Boston to call the action. At 10:30 p.m. on ESPN, Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Dave Pasch will provide game commentary from Phoenix with Jeff Van Gundy providing analysis from home. Jorge Sedano will report live from PHX Arena.

NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will lead into Friday’s game coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with host Maria Taylor, analysts Jalen Rose and Jay Williams and Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platforms
Thu, Dec. 17 9 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings Ryan Ruocco, Richard Jefferson ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Dec. 18 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN2, ESPN App
Fri, Dec. 18 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Jorge Sedano ESPN, ESPN App NBA Headlines:

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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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