NBA season: ESPN brings world’s best basketball league this August

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epa08578110 Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (L) of Slovenia in action against Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (R) during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida, USA, 31 July 2020. The NBA season has resumed with 22 teams playing all games at the Walt Disney World sports complex outside Orlando, Florida. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

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.

epa08582691 Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (R) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (R) of France battle for the ball during the first quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida, USA, 03 August 2020. The NBA season has restarted at the Walt Disney World sports complex outside Orlando, Florida. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

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.

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“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.

epa08575798 Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (L) tries to catch Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters (R) in the fourth quarter of the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, restarting the NBA season, in Kissimmee, Florida, USA, 30 July 2020. The NBA season is resuming with 22 teams playing all games at the Walt Disney World sports complex outside Orlando, Florida. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

“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.”

epa08132280 Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle reacts after a point against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, USA, 15 January 2020. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

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.”

Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on DStv Now.

epa08056111 Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards at CapitalOne Arena in Washington, DC, USA, 08 December 2019. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

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

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