Viewers on DStv can look forward to thrills and spills from the world’s best basketball league, as ESPN 2 brings live action from the 2019-20 National Basketball Association (NBA season) this coming week, Friday 7 to Thursday 13 August 2020.
The first of five live matches available to viewers this week arrives on the evening of Friday 7 August, as the San Antonio Spurs host the Utah Jazz (19:00 LIVE on ESPN 2). The Jazz’s Rudy Gobert scored the first points in the NBA’s return last week, as his team recorded a comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Life works in mysterious ways. I’m just happy. Blessed to be able to get back on the court, do what I love to do, get back out there with my teammates and try to win a game,” said the Frenchman, who is a two-time defensive player of the year.
Saturday evening sees the LA Clippers take on the Portland Trail Blazers (19:00 LIVE on ESPN 2). Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell left the bio-bubble in Disney World in July to be with his family following the passing of his grandmother, and coach Doc Rivers has told the player to take all the time he needs before returning to action.
“From others, I get asked from inside like, when is Trez coming back and my answer’s been the same,” Rivers said. “When he’s ready, he’ll come back. You can’t play if you’re not right mentally and because of the emotional part of it… His grandmother is very tight with him so all I told him is I love him and take your time. We’ll be ready with open arms when you come.”
After a long day at work on Monday 10 August, kick back and enjoy the Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks (21:00 LIVE on ESPN 2). The Mavericks will be looking for star player Luka Doncic to continue his scoring spree, though the Slovenian is worried by his team’s tendency to throw away late leads.
“We’re a young team. We’ve got a lot to learn,” said Doncic. “We’ll get better for sure. I know we’re going to get together when it matters most in the playoffs, so I’m not worried about that.”
The NBA action keeps on rolling in the working week with Tuesday evening’s visit of the Houston Rockets to the San Antonio Spurs (20:00 LIVE on ESPN 2). The Rockets’ James Harden has long been one of the NBA’s top players and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle believes the shooting guard is “pound for pound, one of the best scorers in the history of basketball, up there with all the greats”.
Carlisle added, “You look at the number of points he’s averaging, it’s breathtaking what he’s done over the past couple of years.”
On the evening of Thursday 13 August, the weekend will be just around the corner and you can celebrate by watching the LA Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings (21:00 LIVE on ESPN 2). While the Lakers are always headlined by the presence of LeBron James, coach Frank Vogel recently underlined the importance of lesser-heralded players such as Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith.
“I think they’ve had really strong bursts,” said Vogel of the pair’s form since the restart. “We know they’re talented. For me, it’s been an opportunity to shape their play the way we want them to fall into their roles. Their roles are different. For Dion, to be very aggressive touching the paint, trying to get to the charge circle, making good reads.”
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ESPN 2 NBA Broadcast Details
Friday 7 August
19:00: San Antonio Spurs v Utah Jazz – LIVE on ESPN 2
Saturday 8 August
19:00: Portland Trail Blazers v LA Clippers – LIVE on ESPN 2
Monday 10 August
21:00: Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks – LIVE on ESPN 2
Tuesday 11 August
20:00: San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets – LIVE on ESPN 2
Thursday 13 August
21:00: LA Lakers v Sacramento Kings – LIVE on ESPN 2