Live coverage of the 2017 NBA Finals begins with Game 1 on Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the first time in NBA history, the same two teams will meet in The Finals for three consecutive years. Golden State had won the 2015 NBA championship in six games and Cleveland, in 2016, became the first NBA champion to ever win this series after being down three games to one from the first four Finals games played; it was also the city of Cleveland’s first professional sports title in 52 years.
To avenge their 2016 loss to Cleveland, the Golden State Warriors acquired All-Star Kevin Durant, formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder, last July. This will be Durant’s second career Finals appearance; his first was in 2012 when his Thunder lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
2017 marks LeBron James’ seventh consecutive Finals appearance.
The seven-game 2016 NBA Finals averaged 20.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It ranked as the most-watched Finals since Chicago-Utah (Michael Jordan’s last Finals) in 1998.
Mike Breen will provide play-by-play in his 12th straight year at the NBA Finals. He’ll be alongside analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, reporter Doris Burke and officiating expert Steve Javie. The Breen-Van Gundy-Jackson trio is the longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcasting team in television history.
The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and WatchABC.
The NBA Finals will use a 2-2-1-1-1 format. There’ll be an extra off day for travel at each period, stretching a possible seven games to be played in 19 days.
“NBA Countdown,” ABC’s NBA pre-game and halftime show – will be on site for 30-minute pre-game shows throughout the NBA Finals. Countdown will air at 8:30 p.m. ET preceding weeknight broadcasts and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sundays. Michelle Beadle hosts “NBA Countdown” with analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and guest analyst Paul Pierce.
Following is the television schedule for the 2017 NBA Finals, all times Eastern and subject to change.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
9:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
Sunday, June 4, 2017
8:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 3: Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Friday, June 9, 2017
9:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 4: Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Monday, June 12, 2017
9:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors (if necessary)
Thursday, June 15, 2017
9:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 6: Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers (if necessary)
Sunday, June 18, 2017
8:00 p.m. on ABC: NBA Finals Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors (if necessary)