ESPN Audio Tips Off 20th Consecutive Season of NBA Broadcasts This October
ESPN Audio's 20th consecutive year of broadcasting the NBA will feature 29 regular-season games and tips off Opening Night on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. ET (broadcast begins at 7 p.m.) with Tim Duncan and the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs hosting Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Kevin Calabro returns as ESPN Radio's lead play-by-play voice, alongside analyst Jon Barry, with Marc Kestecher (commentator) and PJ Carlesimo (analyst) calling select games.
ESPN Audio will broadcast a Christmas Day doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m. (broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m.) with a Western Conference duel showcasing San Antonio against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, immediately followed by LeBron James' first game back in Miami as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Heat.
ESPN Audio will also be the exclusive national broadcast home of NBA All-Star events, including the 64th All-Star Game from New York, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.
All broadcasts will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN Radio mobile app.
LeBron James' first game as a Cavalier when New York Knicks host the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 30;
Seven doubleheaders - December 25, January 25, February 8, March 1, March 8, March 15 and April 5;
Two Cleveland Cavaliers-Miami Heat matchups (Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, April 2);
Two rematches of the 2013-14 Western Conference Finals series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 25 and March 24;
11 Cleveland Cavaliers games, eight featuring the Chicago Bulls, five Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers appearances and four San Antonio Spurs tilts;
Multiple appearances by the NBA's biggest superstars, including last year's MVP Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and reigning Finals MVP Kawahi Leonard, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony.
*Note: Times reflect start of pre-game show; game broadcast begins one hour later
|Tue, Oct 28||7 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs|
|Thu, Oct 30||7 p.m.||New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Thu, Dec 25||1:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|Follows||Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat|
|Thu, Jan 15||7 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets|
|Mon, Jan 19||7 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Jan 25||Noon||Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls|
|Follows||Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Thu, Feb 5||7 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Feb 8||Noon||Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Follows||Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Thu, Feb 12||7 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls|
|Sat, Feb 14||TBD||NBA All-Star Weekend: BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge|
|TBD||ESPN Radio Special: Meet the All Stars|
|TBD||NBA All-Star Weekend: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night|
|Sun, Feb 15||TBD||64th NBA All-Star Game|
|Thu, Feb 19||7 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Sun, Feb 22||Noon||Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks|
|Thu, Feb 26||7 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Mar 1||Noon||Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls|
|Follows||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Thu, Mar 5||9:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trailblazers|
|Sun, Mar 8||Noon||Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs|
|Follows||Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sun, Mar 15||Noon||Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Follows||Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Wed, Mar 18||7 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls|
|Tue, Mar 24||8:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|Thu, Apr 2||7 p.m.||Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Apr 5||Noon||Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Follows||Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Thu, Apr 9||9:30 p.m.||Portland Trailblazers at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Apr 15||9:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors|
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