Thunder will make two ESPN appearances this week

TNT will announce the NBA All-Star reserves on Thursday night
by Mel Bracht Published: January 28, 2014

The Thunder will make two ESPN appearances this week, starting with a showdown with the Miami Heat in a 2012 NBA Finals rematch at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, reporter Doris Burke will call the game. The second game of ESPN's doubleheader is Chicago at San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. (Mark Jones and Doug Collins).

The Thunder also will open ESPN's Friday doubleheader at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn (Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Chris Broussard). The second game is Golden State at Utah at 9:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch and Jon Barry).

Both Thunder games also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin), which consistently beats ESPN in Oklahoma City TV ratings on Thunder broadcasts.

Short takes

*TNT will announce the NBA All-Star reserves in a special one-hour edition of “TNT NBA Tip-Off” at 6 p.m. Thursday. Ernie Johnson will host the pregame show with analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. TNT's doubleheader has New York at Cleveland at 7 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony and reporter Craig Sager) and the L.A. Clippers at Golden State at 9:30 p.m. (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and reporter David Aldridge).

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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