2018 NBA Finals available exclusively in Australia on ESPN: Game 1 tomorrow

Game 1 tips off Friday June 1 live at 11am AEST.

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a historic fourth-consecutive NBA Finals series, which will be available exclusively in Australia on ESPN.

ESPN is the exclusive home of the 2018 NBA Finals as the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors – led by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry – will square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. It’s the first time in major professional sports that two teams have played each other four consecutive times for a championship.

Game 1 tips off Friday June 1 live at 11am AEST.

During every NBA Finals game, ESPN will present “Full Court Press” – a second-screen experience featuring a variety of top ESPN NBA commentators and special guests, and an array of on-screen stats, data and on-screen graphics.

“Full Court Press” will be available on WatchESPN in Australia. Host and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will join several NBA personalities, including Alvin Gentry, Richard Jefferson and Caron Butler for Game 1 and Tom Thibodeau, Jefferson and Butler for Game 2. Dan Le Batard will lead Game 3’s “Full Court Press” coverage.

The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast quartet – Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke – will call their ninth championship series together. Officiating expert Steve Javie will provide additional analysis.

In the lead-up to Game 1, for the Aussie NBA fans that just can’t get enough, ESPN will air an all-day Classic NBA Finals Game Marathon. Tipping off today (Thursday May 31) at 9am, the ultimate marathon includes the classic 2013 San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat Game 6 that saw Miami down 3-2, arguably one of the greatest games in Finals history.

NBA Finals on ESPN

Game 1: Fri June 1 – 11am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 2: Mon June 4 – 10am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 3: Thu June 7 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 4: Sat June 9 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 5: Tue June 12 – 11am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Game 6: Fri June 15 – 11am Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 7: Mon June 18 – 10am Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Top photo: Cleveland star LeBron James (credit: Jamie Lamor Thompson / Shutterstock) 

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