NBA TV Highlights from 2016 NBA Finals Games 1 & 2

June 6, 2016

Network’s On-Site Studio Coverage from Cleveland to
Include Analysts Charles Barkley, Grant Hill & Steve Smith

NBA TV is the home to extensive pre- and postgame coverage of the NBA Finals with in-depth analysis, interviews with key performers and all the latest highlights, news and information.  The network’s coverage of Games 1 and 2, hosted by Matt Winer, included analysis by Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Isiah Thomas and Grant Hill, along with interviews with Golden State’s Jerry West, Shaun Livingston and Andrew Bogut.  Sunday’s coverage also featured reflections on the legacy of Muhammad Ali.

NBA GameTime Live at The Finals will continue Wednesday, June 8, and Friday, June 10, for Games 3 and 4 from Cleveland – with pre-game tipping off at 7 p.m. both nights – featuring analysts Charles Barkley, Hill and Steve Smith.

Highlights from NBA TV’s coverage of The Finals, Games 1 and 2 (video clips and quotes):

 The Greatest of All Time: Matt, Kenny, Shaq and Grant reflect on the passing of Muhammad Ali

Jerry West: Hall of Famer Jerry West talks about eras in the NBA and the legacy of Muhammad Ali

Andrew Bogut: Warriors' center Andrew Bogut joins the desk following Golden State's Game 2 win

Outtakes from the NBA GameTime:

Shaquille O’Neal on how Cleveland can get back in the series: “Cleveland has to do a lot of things well. Their two superstars have to put up big numbers. Even if you play well against Golden State, and you get a lead on Golden State, no lead is safe against the Warriors. [The comeback] can be done, but I’m not sure if Cleveland has enough to pull it off.”

Kenny Smith on the edge that Draymond Green gives Golden State: “Before a single game of this series was played, I said I felt the Golden State Warriors were the better basketball team. I feel that Draymond Green will be the MVP of the NBA Finals mostly because he will be a triple-double machine. There is nobody on the Cavaliers’ side who truly matches up with [Green] at that position. LeBron [James] never guards him, so all of a sudden [Green] has free reign to make plays.”

Grant Hill on Cleveland’s lack of ball movement in Game 2: “All Cleveland really has in terms of facilitators is LeBron [James] and maybe [Matthew] Dellavedova. Kyrie Irving is more of a 1 on 1 player, doesn’t get a lot of assists, so when you have a lack of ball movement and nobody who can make the others better, it just makes it a nightmare out there because they can’t score, and they can’t get back and defend.”

Shaquille O’Neal on the Warriors’ ball movement in Game 2: “They have great success when they move the ball. When they move the ball, everyone is involved, everyone touches the ball…and it allows a guy like Draymond [Green] to give you 28.”

Kenny Smith on Stephen Curry: “[Curry] pulls off the catch-and-shoot, he shoots off of the dribble, he shoots off of the run and he shoots in transition. Add to that, he finishes in the lane as well as anybody, and that makes him difficult to guard as the MVP.”

Grant Hill on Cleveland’s offense in Game 1: “The Cavaliers had moved the ball well throughout the Playoffs...they got away from that isolation play. Then, they resorted back to it in Game 1. Cleveland has to move the ball more, play fast, but also make sure there is a crisp execution to their offense.”

NBA TV’s 17th consecutive year of NBA Finals coverage continues for Games 3, 4, and 5-7 if necessary, with expanded 90-minute live pregame episodes of NBA GameTime Live at The Finals followed by live postgame shows on game days. The network’s signature studio show on non-game days will provide in-depth coverage originating from both game sites.

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