NBA FInals: Begin Tonight on TSN

The 2012 NBA Finals begin tonight in Oklahoma City as the Thunder host the Heat. TSN will show every game live in Canada. Coverage will begin an hour before tip with a TSN pregame show from Toronto. TSN will then simulcast ABC’s coverage from 30 minutes before tip (NBA Countdown) through the game. ABC’s commentators are Mike Breen and Jeff van Gundy.

Here is TSN’s press release.

TSN has basketball fans covered for the final round of the NBA Playoffs, as Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder battle LeBron James and the Miami Heat for the prestigious Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in the 2012 NBA FINALS. The series tips off tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12) at 8 p.m. ET on TSN, with the network producing a special 30-minute pre-game show before every match-up (see complete broadcast schedule below).

Games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV and on the following Bell Media sports radio stations: TSN Radio Toronto (AM 1050), TSN Radio Montreal(AM 990), Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

TSN’s Rod Black hosts the network’s pre-game NBA FINALS coverage alongside analysts Jack Armstrong and Leo Rautins. SPORTSCENTRE’s Jermain Franklin is on site in Oklahoma City and Miami, filing daily reports throughout the series beginning tomorrow. TSN’s flagship sports news and information program also has highlights and reaction after every game.

TSN.ca offers highlights, analysis and reports from the NBA FINALS, as well as Armstrong’s popular basketball blog and a live blog during games. Canada’s industry-leading sports website also features “Ask Jack and Leo” – an interactive fan Q&A component, with Armstrong and Rautins posting video answers to fan questions exclusively on TSN.ca.

This year’s NBA FINALS is the fifth time since 1967 that the NBA’s leading scorer (Durant) and MVP (James) will compete for the league championship. The Miami Heat are making their second straight appearance in the FINALS, with the superstar trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh trying to achieve their goal of bringing a championship title back to South Beach. However, the Heat will be in tough against the Oklahoma City Thunder featuring three-time scoring champion Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, who was voted the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year.

Here is the complete schedule. Tip times (in Eastern) are listed. TSN’s coverage begins an hour before tip, while ABC’s begins 30 minutes before tip. All games are on TSN and ABC.

Tuesday 6/12, 9:00pm – Game 1 at Oklahoma City
Thursday 6/14, 9:00pm – Game 2 at Oklahoma City
Sunday 6/17, 8:00pm – Game 3 at Miami
Tuesday 6/19, 9:00pm – Game 4 at Miami
Thursday 6/21, 9:00pm – Game 5 at Miami
Sunday 6/24, 8:00pm – Game 6 at Oklahoma City
Tuesday 6/26, 9:00pm – Game 7 at Oklahoma City

2012 NBA Conference Finals TV Schedule

The NBA Conference Finals began last night. The Eastern Conference Final begins this evening. TSN is showing every game of the Conference Finals in Canada.

Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager are the commentators for the Western Conference Final, which is broadcast on TNT in America. The commentators for the Eastern Conference Final, which is on ESPN in the US, are Mike Breen, Jeff van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke.

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
Game 1 – Sunday 5/27 at 8:30pm ET on TSN2
Game 2 – Tuesday 5/29 at 9:00pm ET
Game 3 – Thursday 5/31 at 9:00pm ET
Game 4 – Saturday 6/2 at 8:30pm ET
Game 5 – Monday 6/4 at 9:00pm ET
Game 6 – Wednesday 6/6 at 9:00pm ET
Game 7 – Friday 6/8 at 9:00pm ET

(2) Miami Heat vs. (4) Boston Celtics
Game 1 – Monday 5/28 at 8:30pm ET
Game 2 – Wednesday 5/30 at 8:30pm ET
Game 3 – Friday 6/1 at 8:30pm ET
Game 4 – Sunday 6/3 at 8:30pm ET
Game 5 – Tuesday 6/5 at 8:30pm ET
Game 6 – Thursday 6/7 at 8:30pm ET
Game 7 – Saturday 6/9 at 8:30pm ET

The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on Tuesday June 12.