Media Release

TNT NBA Playoff Coverage to Tip Off with Tripleheader, Sunday, May 23

NBA on TNT

Network's Playoff Coverage to Culminate with Exclusive Presentation of the 2021 NBA Eastern Conference Finals presented by AT&T

 

Hall of Fame Honoree Inside the NBA to Provide Pregame, Halftime & Postgame Coverage Throughout NBA Playoffs

Cross-Platform Content to Include NBA Twitter Live, TNT Overtime, TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook and Perfect Picks Throughout Playoffs

TNT will televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games – the most of any network – including NBA Playoffs Round 1 on TNT presented by State Farm action tipping off with three games on Sunday, May 23:

  • (8) Washington Wizards vs. (1) Philadelphia 76ers, Game 1 at 1 p.m. ET, to be called by Marv Albert and Grant Hill, with reporter Stephanie Ready
  • (5) Atlanta Hawks vs. (4) New York Knicks, Game 1 at 7 p.m., with Spero Dedes and Greg Anthony providing commentary
  • (8) Golden State Warriors or Memphis Grizzlies vs. (1) Utah Jazz, Game 1 at 9:30 p.m., with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller calling the action

TNT will televise up to 29 First Round games, along with the Conference Semifinals, and exclusive coverage of the 2021 NBA Eastern Conference Finals presented by AT&T.

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax will lead into live game coverage throughout the 2021 NBA Playoffs.  Inside the NBA presented by Kia with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Ernie Johnson – recently honored with the first ever Transformative Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – will cap each night of action.
 
The network’s playoffs game coverage will include five commentator teams during the First Round, with all pairings calling games from WarnerMedia Studios in Atlanta:

  • Marv Albert, who announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the Eastern Conference Finals, with analyst Grant Hill
  • Kevin Harlan with Reggie Miller
  • Brian Anderson with Jim Jackson
  • Spero Dedes with Greg Anthony
  • Joel Meyers with Brendan Haywood

Reporters for the First Round will include Stephanie Ready, Jared Greenberg, Dennis Scott and Chris Haynes on-site to cover one series each, in addition to Allie LaForce and Kristen Ledlow virtually reporting on the four remaining opening round match-ups.  Commentators pairings for the remainder of TNT's First Round, Conference Semifinals and Eastern Conference Finals coverage will be announced at a later date.

In addition to best-in-class linear coverage on TNT, Turner Sports will be offering multiple companion and supplemental viewing experiences for this year's NBA Playoffs:

NBA Twitter Live
NBA Twitter Live – a complementary live stream experience on Twitter – will return for up to 19 NBA Playoff games this season. NBA Twitter Live offers fans unique opportunities to follow their favorite players during each game. A live poll will be available via @NBA throughout the entire first half of select games, whereby fans can vote for the player they want the iso-cam to follow during the second half.  Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks will host NBA Twitter Live with various analysts, including Channing Frye and other guests.

TNT Overtime
TNT Overtime, available through NBA.com and the NBA App, will deliver enhanced coverage for more than 30 NBA Playoff games with exclusive content and camera angles. This unique companion experience allows fans to watch the game via one of four alternate camera angles (home player iso, away player iso, home backboard cam, away backboard cam) or all four angles at once. TNT Overtime’s highlights, stats and play-by-play integrations will be available alongside the live game experience.  Gatorade, CarMax, Hotels.com, State Farm and Microsoft will sponsor TNT Overtime during this year's NBA Playoffs.

TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook
TNT Bets presented by FanDuel Sportsbook will return for select games as part of this season's playoff game coverage. TNT Bets is a betting-focused simulcast available through web-based TNT digital products featuring commentary from B/R Betting’s Cabbie Richards and Tim Doyle with FanDuel's in-house expert Tom Vecchio.  Users can access the content through authentication by using their cable provider credentials.

Perfect Picks
The B/R app has launched a special edition of Perfect Picks, giving fans the chance to win more than $40,000 throughout the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Perfect Picks is an interactive game in the B/R app that lets users select from a number of themed questions and submit their answers for the chance to be selected at random and win. 

Live Streaming
Live streaming coverage of all NBA on TNT games is also available via http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app. Additionally, for the first time this season, NBA on TNT games are incorporated into the B/R app. Fans can access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

 

Date 

Time (ET) 

Game/Commentators (Play-by-Play, Analyst, Reporter) 

Sun., May 23 

1 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal 

 

 

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Game 1 

Marv Albert, Grant Hill & Stephanie Ready 

 

6:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

7 p.m. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks, Game 1 

Spero Dedes & Greg Anthony 

 

9:30 p.m. 

Golden State Warriors or Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, Game 1 

Kevin Harlan & Reggie Miller 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

Mon., May 24 

7:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

 

Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Game 2 

Harlan & Miller 

 

10 p.m. 

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, Game 2 

Dedes & Anthony 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

Tue., May 25 

6:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

7:30 p.m. 

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, Game 2 

Albert, Hill & Jared Greenberg 

 

10 p.m. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns, Game 2 

Harlan, Miller & Chris Haynes 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

Wed., May 26 

7:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks, Game 2 

Brian Anderson & Jim Jackson 

 

10 p.m. 

Golden State Warriors or Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, Game 2 

Harlan & Miller 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

Thu., May 27 

7:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, Game 3 

Albert & Hill 

 

10 p.m. 

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 3 

Anderson, Jackson & Haynes 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

Sat., May 29 

1 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

1:30 p.m. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, Game 3 

Anderson & Jackson 

 

4 p.m. 

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Game 3 

Joel Meyers & Brendan Haywood 

Sun., May 30 

6:30 p.m. 

TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal 

 

7 p.m. 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, Game 4 

Anderson, Jackson & Greenberg 

 

9:30 p.m. 

LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, Game 4 

Dedes, Anthony & Dennis Scott 

 

Postgame 

Inside the NBA presented by Kia 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith & O’Neal