2010 NBA playoffs conference finals TV schedule

By Ryan

lakers_bryant_0207webThe NBA playoffs inch ever closer to the NBA Finals, as the conference finals get underway with the Boston Celtics vs. the Orlando Magic in the East and the L.A. Lakers against the Phoenix Suns in the West. Complete schedules and releases from ESPN and TNT/NBA TV are below:

NBA Playoff Coverage on ESPN and ABC

ESPN’s exclusive Eastern Conference Finals schedule featuring the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic will begin Sunday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.  Coverage will continue Tuesday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.  All games will also be available on ESPN Radio.  NBA games airing on ESPN are also available via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.  Mike Breen will call the games airing on ESPN and ABC with analysts Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke.  Jim Durham will provide commentary for the Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN Radio with analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers beginning Monday, May 17, at 8 p.m.  Kevin Calabro will describe the action with analyst Hubie Brown.  Schedule:
Date                      Time (ET)        Matchup                          Network
Sun, May 16        3:30 p.m.             Boston 92, Orlando 88         ABC
Tue, May 18        8:30 p.m.             Boston 95, Orlando 92        ESPN
Sat, May 22         8:30 p.m.            Boston 94, Orlando 71           ESPN
Mon, May 24      8:30 p.m.            Orlando 96, Boston 92           ESPN
Wed, May 26*      8:30 p.m.             Orlando 113, Boston 92      ESPN
Fri, May 28*         8:30 p.m.             Orlando at Boston           ESPN
Sun, May 30*       8:30 p.m.             Boston at Orlando           ESPN

*If Necessary

TNT and NBA Digital Take the Court with Exclusive Western Conference Finals Coverage Beginning Monday, May 17

Game 1: Monday, May 17 — Los Angeles 128, Phoenix 107
Game 2: Wednesday, May 19 — Los Angeles 124, Phoenix 112
Game 3: Sunday, May 23 — Phoenix 118, Los Angeles 109
Game 4: Tuesday, May 25 — Phoenix 115, Los Angeles 106
Game 5*: Thursday, May 27 — Los Angeles 103, Phoenix 101
Game 6*: Saturday, May 29 — Los Angeles at Phoenix, 8:30pm ET, TNT
Game 7*: Monday, May 31 — Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9pm ET, TNT

*If Necessary

TNT to Feature Exclusive Sit-Down Interviews with new New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson

NBA.com to Provide Live In-Game Video Chats with Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale, Reggie Miller and Others

Turner Sports today announced its extensive coverage for the NBA Western Conference Finals featuring the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, which will air exclusively on TNT, with fully integrated content on NBA TV and NBA.com. TNT’s exclusive coverage of the series tips off on Monday, May 17, with play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, analyst Doug Collins and sideline reporter Craig Sager.

As part of the overall coverage, TNT will feature an exclusive sit-down interview by David Aldridge with new New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, which will air during the Game #2 pre-game show on Wednesday, May 19. Additionally, Albert will sit down with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and look back 40 years to the 1970 New York Knicks championship team that Jackson played on and how it shaped his coaching future. The feature will air during Game #4.

For the first time during Conference Finals coverage, TNT and NBA TV analysts will host live streaming video chats on NBA.com and Yahoo.com, during which they will answer fans’ questions live after halftime of select games. The chats will feature Reggie Miller (Game #2), Chris Webber (Game #3), Charles Barkley (Game #4), and Kevin McHale (Game #5, if necessary).

TNT will tip off Games #1, 2, 4, 5 (if necessary) and 7 (if necessary) with a new, long-form, 60-minute NBA Tip-Off featuring Emmy-Award winning host Ernie Johnson alongside analysts Kenny Smith, Barkley and Miller, who will be on site for each game. The pre-game show will lead directly into TNT’s exclusive game coverage. The telecast will conclude with Inside the NBA. TNT will air a 30-minute pre-game show for Games #3 and 6 (if necessary).

TNT, NBA TV, and NBA.com’s additional comprehensive coverage of the series will include:

NBA TV’s marquee Fan Night crew of host Matt Winer and analysts Webber and McHale, broadcasting from the network’s Atlanta studio, will provide analysis during TNT’s pre-game coverage.
In addition, NBA TV’s Winer, Webber and McHale will provide an exclusive, 30-minute pre-game show prior to TNT programming for every Western Conference Finals Game.
Fans will also have access to complementary companion broadcast coverage with the TNT Mosaic available on TNT OverTime on NBA.com with live video streaming from various camera angles, including two Player Cams following two opposing players each quarter as voted upon by fans and two Robo Cams positioned in the arena.
Behind-the-scenes videos via HD handheld cameras of TNT and NBA TV productions will be posted to NBA.com, Twitter and Facebook.
NBA TV’s Dennis Scott will continue to provide insight into playoff matchups with “3D’s 3 points” via Twitter, which will also post to a landing page on NBA.com that aggregates the tweets of the NBA’s best analysts, writers and insiders.
NBA TV and NBA.com will continue to air live press conferences following both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals games. The network will air a pre-game show prior to network coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“Turner Sports has provided extensive, comprehensive and innovative coverage of the NBA Playoffs across multiple platforms. Our coverage of the Western Conference Finals will be no exception,” said Jeff Behnke, executive producer of Turner Sports. “Our game announcers and presentation are outstanding and, combined with hour-long studio shows that incorporate marquee NBA TV talent, we will give fans an immersive experience for one of the most anticipated series of the NBA Playoffs.”

TNT’S 2010 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE: GAMES #1 & 2

Monday, May 17

8 p.m.
NBA Tip-Off
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst),
Kenny Smith (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst)

9 p.m.
Phoenix Suns @ L.A. Lakers (Game #1)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst)
and Craig Sager  (reporter)

Post-game
Inside the NBA
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst),
Kenny Smith (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst)
Wednesday, May 19

8 p.m.
NBA Tip-Off
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst),
Kenny Smith (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst)

9 p.m.
Phoenix Suns @ L.A. Lakers (Game #2)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst)
and Craig Sager (reporter)

Post-game
Inside the NBA
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst),
Kenny Smith (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst)

2010 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ON NBA TV SCHEDULE: GAMES #1 & 2

Monday, May 17
6 – 6:30 p.m.
Pregame Show
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
NBA GameTime (Suns/Lakers Game #1 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)
12:30 – 1 a.m.
NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

Wednesday, May 19
6 – 6:30 p.m.
Pregame Show
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
NBA GameTime (Suns/Lakers Game #2 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)
12:30 – 1 a.m.
NBA GameTime
Matt Winer (host), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

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