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.
All series are Best 4-out-of-7.
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
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
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
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS on TNT
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)