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TNT to use five broadcast teams for first round of NBA Playoffs

The network's coverage begins with triple-header Sunday
by Mel Bracht Published: April 18, 2013

/articleid/3788528/1/pictures/2015966">Photo - DeAndre Liggins watches the video board during the season finally NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
DeAndre Liggins watches the video board during the season finally NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

ABC/ESPN's coverage starts at 2 p.m. Saturday on ABC with Boston at New York (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Heather Cox). Other Saturday telecasts on ESPN are Golden State at Denver at 4:30 p.m. (Mike Jones, Doris Burke and reporter Holly Rowe), Chicago at Brooklyn at 7 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and reporter Sam Ponder) and Memphis at L.A. Clippers at 9:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard). ABC also will air the L.A. Lakers at San Antonio at 2 p.m. Sunday (Breen, Van Gundy and Cox).

Short takes

— ESPN Films' next installment in the “30 for 30” series will be “Elway to Marino” from director Ken Rodgers of NFL Films. Narrated by Tom Selleck, “Elway to Marino” debuts at 7 p.m., reflecting on the 1983 NFL Draft, which included a record six quarterbacks in the first round.

— In network baseball games, Detroit plays at the L.A. Angeles at 2 p.m. Saturday on KOKH-25 (Justin Kutcher and Eric Karros) and St. Louis Cardinals plays at Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Sunday on ESPN (Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Orel Hershiser).

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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