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NBA, ESPN and Turner release their NBA playoff schedules including channels, network and talent

Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson head west first weekend for ESPN; Chris Webber, after a strong March Madness, joins Marv Albert on Turner

April showers bring May flowers and the flowering of the NBA season, the long awaited playoffs on Turner and ESPN!

Turner analyst Reggie Miller was asked whether the ratings for the playoffs will be challenged, given the fact that television is being deprived of LeBron, the Lakers brand, no Chicago and no Knicks. He said it’s possible. Yet he feels that the Warriors’ pursuit of a 3peat could keep viewers glued to their sets, be it conventional or mobile.

ESPN, ABC and Turner begin their marathon of NBA playoff coverage tomorrow and Sunday with quadrupleheaders each day. Turner will carry up to 49 games and ESPN/ABC up to 45. ABC of course has the NBA championship series. The conference finals are split between the two entities. ESPN hasn’t yet released its voice for the weekend of April 20th.

SCHEDULE BELOW (All times eastern)

 

Saturday, April 13

2:30 PM -1- Brooklyn-Philadelphia, ESPN, Dave Pasch, Doris Burke

5:00 PM-1-Orlando-Toronto, ESPN, Ryan Ruocco, Chauncey Billups

8:15 PM-1-LA Clippers-Golden State, ABC, Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson

10:30 PM-1-San Antonio-Denver, ESPN, Mark Jones, Hubie Brown

 

Sunday, April 14

1:00 PM-1-Indiana-Boston, TNT, Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller

3:30 PM-1-Oklahoma City-Portland, ABC, Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson

7:00 PM-1-Detroit-Milwaukee, TNT, Spero Dedes, Greg Anthony

9:30 PM-1-Utah-Houston, TNT, Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale

Monday, April 15

8:00 PM-2-Brooklyn-Philadelphia, TNT, Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller

10:30 PM-2-LA Clippers-Golden State, TNT, Marv Albert, Chris Webber

Tuesday, April 16

8:00 PM-2-Orlando-Toronto, TNT, Spero Dedes,  Greg Anthony

10:30 PM-2-Oklahoma City-Portland, TNT, Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale

9:00 PM-2-San Antonio-Denver, NBA-TV, Pete Pranica, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Scott

Wednesday, April 17

7:00 PM-2-Indiana-Boston, TNT, Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller

9:30 PM-2-Utah-Houston, TNT, Marv Albert, Chris Webber

8:00 PM-2-Detroit-Milwaukee, NBA-TV, Kevin Ray, Steve Smith, Mike Fratello

Thursday, April 18

8:00 PM-3-Philadelphia-Brooklyn, TNT, Spero Dedes, Greg Anthony

10:30 PM-3-Golden State-LA Clippers, TNT, Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale

9:00 PM-3-Denver-San Antonio, NBA-TV, Pete Pranica, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Scott

Friday, April 19

7:00 PM-3-Toronto-Orlando , ESPN, TBD

9:30 PM-3-Portland-Oklahoma City, ESPN, TBD

8:30 PM-3-Boston-Indiana, ABC, TBD

Saturday, April 20

3:00 PM-4-Philadelphia-Brooklyn, TNT, Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller

5:30 PM-4-Denver-San Antonio, TNT, Marv Albert, Chris Webber

8:00 PM-3-Milwaukee-Detroit, ESPN, TBD

10:30 PM-3-Houston-Utah, ESPN, TBD

 

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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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