2021-22 NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Series Debuts December 11, Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

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2021-22 NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC Series Debuts December 11, Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Warriors Superstar Stephen Curry Closing in on NBA All-Time 3-Pointers Made Record

  • NBA Countdown Live from Wells Fargo Center Ahead of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC
  • ESPN Game Coverage Begins Wednesday with Bucks vs. Heat and Warriors vs. Trail Blazers
  • Kevin Durant and Trae Young Take the Court During Friday’s ESPN Doubleheader

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC makes its season debut this week when three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors face four-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers at 8:30 p.m. ET. The series features some of the league’s biggest stars and most compelling matchups of the season. The NBA Finals broadcast team of Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the matchup from Wells Fargo Center.

The NBA Countdown team, featuring high-profile analysts Stephen A. Smith, Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose, and host Mike Greenberg, will provide pregame coverage on ABC live from courtside beginning at 8 p.m. The team will also give on-site updates within the 7 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.

ESPN’s weekly live NBA game coverage presented by State Farm tips off on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m., as the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, starring Giannis Antetokounmpo, travel to face the Miami Heat, starring Jimmy Butler. Breen and Van Gundy are on the call with sideline reports from Monica McNutt. In the 10 p.m. nightcap, the Golden State Warriors host Jusuf Nurkić and the Portland Trail Blazers. Warriors superstar Curry is on pace to pass two-time NBA Champion and Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made. Play-by-play commentator Mark Jones will call the action from Chase Center with analyst Mark Jackson. Ros Gold-Onwude will cover the sidelines.

Game coverage continues on Friday, December 10, with a second doubleheader. At 7:30 p.m., Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets visit Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. Ryan Ruocco will provide commentary with Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer and analyst Hubie Brown. The second half of the doubleheader tips off at 10 p.m. when the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns, starring Devin Booker and Chris Paul, host the Boston Celtics, starring Jayson Tatum. Play-by-play commentator Dave Pasch will call the action from Footprint Center with NBA Champion and analyst Richard Jefferson.

NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew will precede Wednesday and Friday’s doubleheaders with Smith, Wilbon, Rose, and Greenberg. The team will provide comprehensive previews for both nights and discuss the top headlines around the league. Coverage begins at 7 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform(s)
Wed, Dec. 8 7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose ESPN, ESPN App
  7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Monica McNutt ESPN, ESPN App
  10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors Mark Jones, Mark Jackson, Ros Gold-Onwude ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Dec. 10 7 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose ESPN, ESPN App
  7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Ryan Ruocco, Hubie Brown ESPN, ESPN App
  10 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns Dave Pasch, Richard Jefferson ESPN, ESPN App
Sat, Dec. 11   NBA Countdown presented by Papa John’s Live from Wells Fargo Center Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose ABC, ESPN App
  8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN App

NBA Today

NBA Today, ESPN’s hour-long NBA studio show, airs weeks at 3 p.m., hosted by NBA journalist Malika Andrews with a panel of ESPN NBA analysts and reporters including Kendrick Perkins, Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike, Vince Carter, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Mark Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski. Each day, the cast discusses the top NBA storylines and previews the biggest matchups of the day.

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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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