NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew Returns to ESPN and ABC This Weekend with NBA Pregame Coverage


  • ESPN and ABC to Feature Ten Games in Four days
  • NBA Countdown Game Preview Teasers to Feature Rap Legend Chuck D

ESPN and ABC’s NBA pregame show, NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew, will resume its pregame coverage and halftime reports tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. ET with host Maria Taylor and analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and Jay Williams. Tonight’s show will begin with a game preview teaser narrated by rap legend Chuck D.

Taylor and Rose will contribute to the show from ESPN’s Seaport studio while Pierce and Williams appear remotely. Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski, will provide live reports from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

NBA Countdown will feature special guest interviews and live reports from the NBA’s Florida campus throughout the remainder of the NBA season.

Full Weekend Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Event Commentators Network(s)  
Fri, July 31 6 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Fri, July 31 6:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Fri, July 31 9 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Rachel Nichols ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug.1 12:30 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug. 1 1 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug. 1 3:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Sat, Aug. 1 6 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. LA Clippers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug. 1 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug. 2 3 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug. 2 3:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug. 2 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ABC, ESPN App  
Sun, Aug. 2 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ABC, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug. 3 6 p.m. NBA Countdown Maria Taylor, Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams ESPN, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug. 3 6:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Malika Andrews ESPN, ESPN App  
Mon, Aug. 3 9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Rachel Nichols ESPN, ESPN App  

All ESPN and ABC NBA programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.

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