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TNT Tips Off 2016-17 NBA Season with Opening Night Doubleheader – Knicks vs. Cavs & Spurs vs. Warriors – Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. ET

TNT will officially tip off the 2016-17 NBA regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with Opening Night presented by Autotrader with live coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers championship ring ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.  The night’s NBA on TNT doubleheader will feature the NBA Champion Cavaliers with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving hosting the new-look New York Knicks with Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis at 7:30 p.m. (originally scheduled at 8 p.m.), followed by the Golden State Warriors – on the heels of a record-setting 73 regular season wins – hosting the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard at 10:30 p.m.

This year will mark the 21st straight season TNT has tipped off the NBA season with two games on opening night.  Marv Albert will call the Knicks/Cavaliers telecast with analysts Chris Webber and reporter Kristen LedlowKevin Harlan will provide play-by-play for Spurs/Warriors with analyst Reggie Miller and reporter David Aldridge.

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be on site in Cleveland throughout the entire night as part of the NBA on TNT Road Show including live pre-game programming beginning at 5 p.m., the American Express Halftime Report and Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA presented by Kia post-game show.

TNT’s coverage will continue Thursday, Oct. 27, with a doubleheader featuring the Chicago Bulls with new addition Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler hosting the Boston Celtics and offseason acquisition Al Horford at 8 p.m., followed by a matchup of elite Western Conference point guards when the L.A. Clippers and Chris Paul visit the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m. Albert, Mike Fratello and Ledlow will call the Celtics/Bulls game, with Harlan, Miller and Aldridge on Clippers/Blazers.

TNT’s Premiere Week presented by Autotrader schedule will include: 

Date

Time (ET)

Game/Commentators

Tuesday, Oct. 25

5 p.m.

TNT Pre-Game Coverage
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal

* Televised live from Cleveland

 

 

 

 

7 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Ring Ceremony

 

 

 

 

7:30 p.m.

New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers

 

 

Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Kristen Ledlow

 

 

 

 

10:30 p.m.

San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

 

 

Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, David Aldridge

 

 

 

 

Post-game

Inside the NBA presented by Kia

 

 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal

 

 

 

 Thursday, Oct. 27

8 p.m.

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls

 

 

Albert, Mike Fratello, Ledlow

 

 

 

 

10:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers

 

 

Harlan, Miller, Aldridge

 

 

 

 

Post-game

Inside the NBA presented by Kia

 

 

Johnson, Barkley, Smith, O’Neal