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[07/19/11 - 11:27 AM]
ABC & ESPN 2011-12 NBA Schedule
Highlights include a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals - Miami at Dallas - as part of a Christmas Day tripleheader.

[via press release from ESPN]

ABC & ESPN 2011-12 NBA Schedule

90-Game Flexible Schedule; 2011 NBA Finals Rematch Part of Christmas Day Tripleheader

ESPN's multiplatform coverage of the 2011-12 NBA regular season will include 90 games, highlighted by 15 exclusive ABC broadcasts - the home of The Finals - and 75 ESPN telecasts. Games airing on ABC and ESPN are subject to flexible scheduling, providing the best matchups throughout the season. All games will be available in high definition, with all ESPN telecasts also available via ESPN3.com and nearly all on ESPN Mobile TV. Additionally, fans who receive their cable TV video subscription from an affiliated provider will be able to tune in live via the WatchESPN app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

ESPN Radio will broadcast 30 games, while ESPN Deportes (ESPN's Spanish-language U.S. sports network) will televise 19 games.

Opening Week on ESPN

ESPN's coverage will tip off with a doubleheader Wednesday, Nov. 2 - the Miami Heat and their core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh visiting the New York Knicks, featuring Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, at 8 p.m., followed by the Golden State Warriors, led by new head coach Mark Jackson, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 10:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes will also televise the Nov. 2 doubleheader.

Opening week action will continue with a doubleheader Friday, Nov. 4 - the Boston Celtics and All-Stars Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo visiting the Atlanta Hawks and All-Stars Al Horford and Joe Johnson at 8 p.m., followed by the L.A. Clippers and 2011 Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin hosting the Portland Trail Blazers and Brandon Roy at 10:30 p.m.

Both doubleheaders will also be available via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV. NBA Countdown will precede the Wednesday and Friday doubleheaders with a preview show at 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, ESPN Radio will broadcast the Chicago Bulls and 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose visiting the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. and the Heat hosting the Orlando Magic and 2011 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

ESPN & ABC Combine for Christmas Day Tripleheader

Collectively, ESPN and ABC will present three Christmas Day games highlighted by a marquee doubleheader on ABC featuring a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals - Miami at the champion Mavericks and Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki - Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Los Angeles Lakers - back-to-back NBA champions in 2009 and 2010 - hosting the Bulls and Rose at 5 p.m. ABC's NBA Countdown pregame show will preview the action at 2 p.m. ESPN Radio will broadcast the Heat/Mavericks matchup 2:30 p.m. ESPN's Christmas Day telecast will precede the ABC doubleheader, showcasing Eastern Conference rivals when the New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics at noon.

ABC & ESPN Schedule Highlights

ABC and ESPN will combine to showcase some of the top teams in the league, including 16 appearances by the Heat (the maximum allowed across both networks), 15 by the Lakers, 14 by the Celtics, Bulls and Knicks, 13 by the Mavericks, 11 by the Oklahoma City Thunder and 10 by the San Antonio Spurs.

ABC highlights

· 15 exclusive broadcasts;

· flexible schedule allowing for the best possible matchups throughout the season;

· a special Christmas Day doubleheader including a Finals rematch between the Heat and Mavericks at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Lakers hosting the Bulls at 5 p.m.;

· five NBA Sunday doubleheaders - Feb. 19, March 4, April 1, 8 and 15;

· six appearances by the Heat; five appearances by the Lakers and Bulls; four appearances by the Celtics and Knicks; and three appearances by the Mavericks;

· Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Bulls and Heat on Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m.;

· Blockbuster matchup with the Lakers hosting the Heat on March 4 at 3:30 p.m.;

· a rematch of the 2008 and 2010 Finals with the Lakers hosting the Celtics on March 11 at 3:30 p.m.;

· multiple appearances by the Thunder and Kevin Durant - hosting Chicago on April 1 at 1 p.m. and the Lakers on April 8 at 3:30 p.m.;

· NBA Countdown will preview all games/doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to broadcast start times.

ESPN highlights

· 75-game flexible schedule allowing for the best possible games throughout the season;

· 31 doubleheaders;

· 10 appearances - the most permitted - by the Celtics, Heat, Knicks, Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs;

· nine appearances by the Bulls, Nuggets, Thunder and Trail Blazers; eight appearances by the Clippers and Phoenix Suns; seven appearances by the Hawks; six appearances by the Warriors; and five appearances by the Magic;

· opening week doubleheaders: Wed., Nov. 2 - Miami at New York at 8 p.m., followed by the Warriors hosting the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 4 - Boston visiting the Hawks at 8 p.m., prior to the Trail Blazers visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.;

· the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony making his first return trip to Denver to face his former Nuggets team Wed., Nov. 16, at 10:30 p.m.;

· LeBron James and the Heat visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Fri., Nov. 18, at 8 p.m.;

· two of the most exciting teams in the league - Oklahoma City vs. Miami - on Fri., Dec. 23, at 8 p.m.;

· the Celtics visiting the Knicks on Christmas Day at noon;

· Los Angeles' Lakers and Clippers meeting on Fri., Jan. 20, at 10:30 p.m.;

· the Lakers and Bryant visiting Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks on Fri., Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.;

· the Thunder and Kendrick Perkins hosting his former team, the Boston Celtics, Wed., Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.;

· Eastern Conference Finals rematch - Miami at Chicago - Wed., March 14, at 10:30 p.m.

ESPN Radio

The NBA on ESPN Radio will tip off its 17th season Tuesday, Nov. 1, when the Mavericks and Nowitzki host the Bulls and Rose at 8 p.m. ESPN Radio's 30-game regular-season schedule will include 12 appearances by the Heat, nine by the Lakers and eight by the Celtics and Mavericks. ESPN Radio will also exclusively broadcast The Finals and NBA All-Star events including the All-Star Game.

2011-12 ABC NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Teams

Sun, Dec 25 2:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas 5 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers

Sun, Jan 29 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Miami

Sun, Feb 12 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Boston

Sun, Feb 19 1 p.m. Dallas at New York 3:30 p.m. Orlando at Miami

Sun, March 4 1 p.m. New York at Boston 3:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers

Sun, March 11 3:30 p.m. Boston at L.A. Lakers

Sun, April 1 1 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City 3:30 p.m. Miami at Boston

Sun, April 8 1 p.m. Chicago at New York 3:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City

Sun, April 15 1 p.m. Miami at New York 3:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers

2011-12 ESPN NBA Schedule * denotes ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast

Date Time (ET) Teams

Wed, Nov 2 8 p.m. Miami at New York* 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State*

Fri, Nov 4 8 p.m. Boston at Atlanta 10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers

Wed, Nov 9 8 p.m. Houston at Philadelphia 10:30 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Lakers*

Fri, Nov 11 10:30 p.m. Denver at L.A. Lakers

Wed, Nov 16 8 p.m. Boston at Miami 10:30 p.m. New York at Denver

Fri, Nov 18 8 p.m. Miami at Cleveland 10:30 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix

Wed, Nov 23 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City

Fri, Nov 25 7 p.m. Houston at Minnesota

Fri, Dec 2 10:30 p.m. Indiana at Portland

Wed, Dec 7 7 p.m. San Antonio at New York* 9:30 p.m. Dallas at Chicago

Fri, Dec 9 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Dallas 10:30 p.m. Orlando at Phoenix

Tue, Dec 13 7 p.m. Denver at Memphis 9:30 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago

Wed, Dec 14 8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Utah

Fri, Dec 16 7 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia 9:30 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City

Fri, Dec 23 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami 10:30 p.m. Phoenix at Portland

Sun, Dec 25 12 p.m. Boston at New York*

Fri, Jan 6 8 p.m. Chicago at Orlando 10:30 p.m. Memphis at Orlando

Wed, Jan 11 8 p.m. Dallas at Boston* 10:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Clippers*

Fri, Jan 13 8 p.m. Portland at San Antonio 10:30 p.m. Miami at Denver

Mon, Jan 16 1 p.m. Chicago at Memphis

Wed, Jan 18 8 p.m. San Antonio at Atlanta 10:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers*

Fri, Jan 20 8 p.m. Phoenix at Boston 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers

Fri, Jan 27 8 p.m. New York at Miami

Wed, Feb 1 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas 9:30 p.m. Miami at San Antonio*

Fri, Feb 3 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Orlando 10:30 p.m. Utah at Denver

Fri, Feb 10 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at New York* 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah

Wed, Feb 15 9 p.m. Denver at Dallas

Fri, Feb 17 8 p.m. New Orleans at New York 10:30 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers*

Sun, Feb 19 8 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City

Wed, Feb 22 8 p.m. Boston at Oklahoma City 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Phoenix

Wed, Feb 29 9 p.m. Portland at Denver

Fri, March 2 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix

Sun, March 4 8 p.m. Denver at San Antonio*

Sun, March 12 8 p.m. New York at Chicago* 10:30 p.m. Boston at Phoenix*

Wed, March 14 8 p.m. Miami at Chicago 10:30 p.m. Boston at Golden State

Wed, March 21 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas*

Sun, March 25 8 p.m. Boston at San Antonio*

Wed, March 28 7 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta

Fri, March 30 8 p.m. Dallas at Orlando 10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers

Wed, April 4 7 p.m. San Antonio at Boston 9:30 p.m. Memphis at Dallas

Tue, April 10 7 p.m. Atlanta at Miami* 9:30 p.m. New York at Chicago*

Wed, April 11 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 10:30 p.m. Golden State at Portland

Fri, April 13 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit 10:30 p.m. Dallas at Portland

Wed, April 18 8 p.m. Toronto at Washington 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State*

2011-12 ESPN Radio NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Teams

Tue, Nov 1 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas

Thu, Nov 3 8 p.m. Orlando at Miami

Wed, Nov 9 10:30 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Lakers

Wed, Nov 16 8 p.m. Boston at Miami

Thu, Dec 1 8 p.m. Miami at Boston

Thu, Dec 8 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Miami

Thu, Dec 15 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas

Thu, Dec 22 8 p.m. New York at Boston

Sun, Dec 25 2:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas

Thu, Jan 12 8 p.m. New York at Memphis

Thu, Jan 19 10:30 p.m. Dallas at Utah

Thu, Jan 26 8 p.m. Miami at Orlando

Sun, Jan 29 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Miami

Thu, Feb 2 8 p.m. Chicago at New York

Thu, Feb 9 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Boston

Sun, Feb 12 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Boston

Thu, Feb 16 10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Portland

Sun, Feb 19 1 p.m. New York at Boston 3:30 p.m. Orlando at Miami

Thu, March 1 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Orlando

Sun, March 4 1 p.m. New York at Boston 3:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers

Sun, March 11 3:30 p.m. Boston at L.A. Lakers

Wed, March 14 8 p.m. Miami at Chicago

Wed, March 21 9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas

Thu, March 29 8 p.m. Dallas at Miami

Sun, April 1 1 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City 3:30 p.m. Miami at Boston

Sun, April 8 3:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City

Sun, April 15 3:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers





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