The schedule for the second weekend of NBA playoffs is below.
First, these are my random comments and observations on the announcers in the first round:
- As you likely know, the Warriors’ 6′ 11″ DeMarcus Cousins is likely out for the remainder of the playoffs with a quad injury. When he went down untouched in game #2, Turner’s Chris Webber said ballplayers call such situations a ‘flat tire.’ He did immediately express concern for the seriousness of the injury. At halftime, Charles Barkley was frank, saying that his experience being around others who’ve suffered similarly with their quads, suggest to him that Cousins could be sidelined for a while. Charles was right.
- Marv Albert brings his distinct cadence to the NBA telecasts, one that’s stamped with an unmistakable signature. His staccato delivery hasn’t waned a bit.
- Brian Anderson, rumored for a Turner promotion brings a silky sound and an unrushed delivery, one that wears lastingly with viewers.
- Spero Dedes continues to impress as he moves seamlessly from from football to basketball and from college to the NBA. Happy to see him used by Turner.
- Kevin Harlan has the enthusiasm of an auctioneer and a cogent voice that keeps fans engaged.
- In the NBA Network studio, Casey Stern was on the case the other night. After San Antonio squandered a big lead to Denver in game #2, coach Gregg Popovich did the required Q&A with the media. But there was a paucity of queries which was quite unusual and it left viewers wondering why. When host Stern took it back in the studio, he aptly explained. The losing coach addresses the media first so Gregg rushed in, before many had a chance to assemble. There was just a handful of media members in the room and as such few questions. Leave it to Pop. he is always a step ahead of everyone.
- ESPN’s Ryan Ruocco is well prepared and enriches his broadcasts with pertinent facts and support data. But he’s still finding the range of his own voice. When he delivers much beyond a normal decibel it can be a bit unpleasant and intense on the ears. He’ll figure it out. No screaming allowed!
- Dave Pasch is a little out of the Curt Gowdy school. He can slide from one event to another, radio to television, football to basketball, pro to college. He’s also demonstrated some personality working with Bill Walton. But transitioning from college to the NBA means different referee tempos. He’s struggled a couple times during the playoffs to immediately identify the correct players called for fouls.
- Pete Pranica who called Portland Trailblazers games and now does the Memphis Grizzlies was assigned a couple telecasts for the NBA Network during the first round of the playoffs. He’s a bit much on the numbers but otherwise does a decent job. Spewing stats without support of graphics is a waste of energy and every syllable uttered.The Suns’ TV man, Kevin Ray, got a game too.
- May I ask, why not others, veteran broadcasters like the knowledgeable and longtime Heat voice, Eric Reed or the Hawks’ veteran, Bob Rathbun. I can understand avoiding announcers of participating teams but how about those senior voices for franchises that didn’t qualify for the playoffs?
- I always liked ESPN’s Mark Jones. He’s intelligent and spices up the broadcasts with a richer word or two. His brother Paul Jones is the radio voice of the Toronto Raptors.
- Hubie Brown who will be 86 in September is still the benchmark analyst; a teacher on the TV screen as well as on the court. He rarely gets too complicated.
Enjoy the NBA hoops!
Thursday, April 18
8p, Philadelphia-Brooklyn (#3), Spero Dedes, Greg Anthony, TNT
10:30p, Golden State-LA Clippers (#3) Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, TNT
9p, Denver-San Antonio (#3) Pete Pranica, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Scott, NBA-TV
Friday, April 19
7p, Toronto at Orlando (#3) Adam Amin, PJ Carlesimo, ESPN
8:30p, Boston at Indiana (#3) Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, ABC
9:30p, Portland at Oklahoma City (#3)Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, ESPN
Saturday, April 20
8p, Milwaukee at Detroit (#3) Ryan Ruocco, Chauncey Billups, ESPN
10:30p, Houston at Utah (#3) Dave Pasch, Doris Burke, ESPN
Sunday, April 21
1p, Boston at Indiana (#4) Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, ABC
3:30p, Golden State at LA Clippers (#4) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, ABC