The 2011-12 NBA season is finally about to get underway. I expect TSN, Sportsnet, NBA TV Canada and theScore’s schedules to come out soon. Until then, here is ABC’s schedule. First, a press release from ESPN about ABC’s coverage.
ABC will tip off the season with a doubleheader on Christmas Day opening with a blockbuster doubleheader – a Finals rematch when the reigning NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki host the Miami Heat and All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Chicago Bulls and league MVP Derrick Rose visiting the Los Angeles Lakers and perennial All-Star Kobe Bryant at 5 p.m. The NBA Countdown pregame show will preview the ABC doubleheader at 2 p.m.
- 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 – Dec. 25, Feb. 19, March 4, April 1 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 Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m.
- Blockbuster matchup with the Lakers hosting the Heat on Sunday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m.
- a rematch of the 2008 and 2010 Finals with the Lakers hosting Boston on Sunday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m.
- multiple appearances by the Thunder and Kevin Durant – hosting Chicago on Sunday, April 1, at 1 p.m. and visiting the Lakers on Sunday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m.
- NBA Countdown will preview all games/doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to broadcast start times.
Continue after the break for the full 2011-12 NBA on ABC schedule.
Sunday 12/25, 2:30pm – Miami Heat @ Dallas Mavericks
Sunday 12/25, 5:00pm – Chicago Bulls @ LA Lakers
Sunday 1/29, 3:30pm – Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat
Sunday 2/12, 3:30pm – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics
Sunday 2/19, 1:00pm – Dallas Mavericks @ New York Knicks
Sunday 2/19, 3:30pm – Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat
Sunday 3/4, 1:00pm – New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics
Sunday 3/4, 3:30pm – Miami Heat @ LA Lakers
Sunday 3/11, 3:30pm – Boston Celtics @ LA Lakers
Sunday 4/1, 1:00pm – Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Sunday 4/1, 3:30pm – Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics
Sunday 4/8, 1:00pm – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks
Sunday 4/15, 1:00pm – Miami Heat @ New York Knicks
Sunday 4/15, 3:30pm – Dallas Mavericks @ LA Lakers
Sunday 4/22, 3:30pm – Oklahoma City Thunder @ LA Lakers