In ABC's second game at 2:30 p.m., the Lakers and Clippers will meet at the Staples Center. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Samantha Ponder are the announcers. Grammy Award-winning recording artist will.i.am will join Breen and Van Gundy during a portion of the telecast. The hip hop artist has teamed with ESPN to produce a special open for the 2013 NBA Playoffs to the tune of his hit single #thatPOWER.
ESPN is paying the price for jumping on the Miami Heat winning-streak bandwagon too early. Instead of carrying the Oklahoma City-Indiana game at 7 p.m. Friday, ESPN will air the meaningless Miami at Charlotte game that it switched to on March 27, the same day the Heat's 27-game winning streak ended with a loss at Chicago.
— Fox begins its Saturday afternoon baseball package Saturday. The main game is the New York Yankees at Detroit, but KOKH-25 will carry the Los Angeles Angels at Texas as former Ranger slugger Josh Hamilton returns to Arlington, Texas. Thom Brennaman and Tom Verducci will call the game, which goes to 19 percent of the nation. Matt Vasgersian hosts the pregame show with analysts Harold Reynolds and Kevin Millar.
— TBS begins its 26-week Sunday baseball package with Yankees-Tigers at noon Sunday. Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz will call the game.
— Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe will call the women's Final Four from New Orleans for ESPN. Louisville faces California at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Connecticut meeting Notre Dame.