The Thunder is featured twice this week in TNT doubleheaders

The Thunder hosts L.A. Lakers on Tuesday and play at New York Knicks on Thursday
by Mel Bracht Published: March 4, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be featured twice this week in TNT exclusive NBA doubleheaders. On Tuesday, the Thunder hosts the Los Angeles Lakers at 8:30 p.m. Kevin Harlan will call the game with analyst Greg Anthony and reporter Craig Sager.

On Thursday, the Thunder plays the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Marv Albert will broadcast the game with analyst Reggie Miller and reporter Rachel Nichols, a former ESPN reporter.

TNT's other doubleheader games will be Boston at Philadelphia at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Kevin Calabro, Mike Fratello and reporter David Aldridge) and Los Angeles Clippers at Denver at 9:30 p.m. Thursday (Ian Eagle, Steve Kerr and Sager).

The Thunder will appear on TNT the league-maximum 10 times in the regular season.

Short takes

— ABC's coverage of the Thunder-Clippers game Sunday afternoon got a 15.4 rating (percent of TV homes) on KOCO-5, the third highest NBA regular-season game in Oklahoma City, behind a 23.3 for Miami on Dec. 25 and 18.9 for the L.A. Lakers on Jan. 27. The Clippers' telecast had a strong 3.8 overnight national rating.

— The Thunder will make another appearance on ABC on Sunday, hosting Boston at noon (Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox).

The St. Louis Cardinals will be featured eight times on Fox Sports' Saturday baseball package on KOKH-25, including the opener at 2:30 p.m. April 6 at San Francisco. Texas, Boston, New York Yankees and San Francisco each will make four appearances. The package will include eight consecutive 6 p.m. telecasts from May 25 to July 13.

Fran Charles, who had served as a studio host for the NFL Network, has joined MLB Network as a host and reporter. Charles will make his MLB Network debut on World Baseball Classic Today on Saturday.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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