NBA: Year One Short Available Now Exclusively on ESPN+
The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers tip off this season’s final NBA Friday doubleheader on ESPN beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on Apr. 5. Mike Breen will be courtside at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth as both teams continue to fight for home court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the 10:30 p.m. nightcap, Dave Pasch will call the action with analysts Doris Burke and Chauncey Billups when Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers visit Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are battling through the final regular season games with hopes of ending the season as the top seeded team in the west.
Sunday’s Showcase on ABC tips off at 3:30 p.m. when the MinnesotaTimberwolves, led by Karl-Anthony Towns, host the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook. Mike Breen will call the action with analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. Play-by-play announcer Marc Kestecher and analyst P. J. Carlesimo will call the game for ESPN Radio beginning at 3:00 p.m. Host, Cassidy Hubbarth will be courtside in Minnesota talking Thunder-Timberwolves with NBA analysts, reporters and special guests for ESPN’s 30-minute NBA pre-game Twitter show, “Hoop Streams”. The stream begins at 2:30 p.m. at twitter.com/espn.
NBA Countdown, ESPN’s NBA pregame show, will tip off Friday’s doubleheader at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s matchup at 3:00 p.m. on ABC, as host Michelle Beadle joins analysts Paul Pierce and Jalen Rose to preview the games and give halftime reports. ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski will join the crew for Friday’s telecast.
On Friday’s episode of The Jump, 3x NBA Champion and 13x NBA all-star Dwyane Wade, sits down with host, Rachel Nichols to reflect on his 16-year career and his most meaningful moments as a player. He discusses how this final season almost never happened and shares his unconventional plans for the next phase of his life. Wade’s wife and actress, Gabrielle Union and their 5-month-old daughter, Kaavia James, also joined the special conversation. The Jump, ESPN’s hour-long NBA news and discussion show, airs at 3 p.m. weekly with host Rachel Nichols, featuring a cast of high-profile analysts, reporters and guests.
Playoff bound rookies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet quickly find chemistry on and off the court as they earn praise for playing key roles during the Los Angeles Clippers’ playoff push in the latest NBA: Year One short, available now exclusively on ESPN+. NBA: Year One gives fans an unprecedented, all-access look behind the scenes of the most notable NBA rookies, on and off the court. ESPN+ is the premium direct-to-consumer sports service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.