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2018 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV and Announcer Schedule

The NBA has reached its final four for 2017-18.

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  • The Western Conference Finals featuring the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors (each game airing exclusively on TNT beginning May 14) is the most anticipated series in the NBA world from the moment former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul requested a trade last summer that sent him to the Houston Rockets to join forces with MVP-contender James Harden.

    The two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are attempting to conquer the West for a fourth straight season, but this will be their first West finals without home-court advantage and against a Rockets team specifically designed to take them down. Houston defeated Golden State in two out of three regular season matchups including NBA opening night back in mid-October 2017.

    2018 marks the second consecutive year that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals (this year’s games on ABC and ESPN). LeBron James of the Cavaliers is looking to represent the East in the NBA Finals for the eighth straight season. Thru the first two rounds of this postseason, James has averaged an impressive 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists, shooting 55.3 percent from the field.

    Despite missing key acquisitions Gordon Hayward and former Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving due to injury, the Boston Celtics have thus far successfully relied on first-time starters Terry Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum as their top two options on offense.

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    The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks, announcers and reporters for the Second Round of playoff action:

    Updated Fri., May 11, 2018 7:00 p.m. EDT

    ABC/ESPN: Mike Breen (play-by-play), Jeff Van Gundy (analyst), Mark Jackson (analyst), Doris Burke (reporter)
    ESPN2 (Game 2): Cassidy Hubbarth (host), Jay Bilas (analyst), Mark Jones (analyst), Adrian Wojnarowski (analyst)
    ESPN Radio: Adam Amin (play-by-play), Jon Barry (analyst)

    [#2] Boston Celtics vs. [#4] Cleveland Cavaliers

    Game 1: Sunday, May 13 3:30 p.m. at Boston on ABC

    Game 2: Tuesday, May 15 8:30 p.m. at Boston on ESPN

    Game 3: Saturday, May 19 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland on ESPN

    Game 4: Monday, May 21 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland on ESPN

    Game 5: Wednesday, May 23 8:30 p.m. at Boston on ESPN

    Game 6: Friday, May 25 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland on ESPN

    Game 7: Sunday, May 27 8:30 p.m. at Boston on ESPN

    TNT: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Chris Webber (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst), David Aldridge (reporter), Kristen Ledlow (reporter)
    ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Hubie Brown (analyst)

    [#1] Houston Rockets vs. [#2] Golden State Warriors

    Game 1: Monday, May 14 9:00 p.m. at Houston

    Game 2: Wednesday, May 16 9:00 p.m. at Houston

    Game 3: Sunday, May 20 8:00 p.m. at Golden State

    Game 4: Tuesday, May 22 9:00 p.m. at Golden State

    Game 5: Thursday, May 24 9:00 p.m. at Houston

    Game 6: Saturday, May 26 9:00 p.m. at Golden State

    Game 7: Monday, May 28 9:00 p.m. at Houston (if necessary)

    Written by Douglas Pucci

    Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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