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TNTs Exclusive 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Coverage Tips Off Wednesday, May 20, with Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks, Game 1, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Inside the NBA Studio Team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith & Shaquille O’Neal on Site Throughout ECF

TNT, in its 31st consecutive year of NBA coverage, will be the exclusive home of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James meet the Atlanta Hawks and its four All-Stars (Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver) beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday, May 20, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Marv Albert will call the best-of-seven series with analysts Reggie Miller and Chris Webber and reporters David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols. 

TNT’s Sports Emmy® Award winning NBA Playoffs coverage will open with a 30-minute NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show at 8 p.m., with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith on site throughout the series. The studio team will also provide halftime coverage and a recap each night’s action via TNT’s Inside the NBA presented by Kia postgame show. Studio coverage will feature in-arena set locations in Atlanta and Cleveland throughout the series. 

In addition to its coverage of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, TNT reporter Lewis Johnson will provide updates from the Western Conference Finals.  

The network will feature several state-of-the-art technological enhancements during the playoffs including super-slow-motion cameras that will provide viewers with gripping replays at key moments of the games. Coverage will also include the use of robotic cameras placed above each backboard to provide compelling looks at the action and a "steady cam” that will capture compelling close-up shots, along with visuals from player warm-ups used in studio coverage. 

Live streaming coverage of all NBA on TNT playoff games will be available via www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app.  Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider. 

Additionally, TNT Overtime will provide exclusive content and analysis from TNT commentators throughout the Eastern Conference Finals.  The unique companion experience – which is sponsored by Sprite and Nissan during the playoffs – allows fans to watch the game via four alternate camera angles including slow motion replays.  The product also provides an opportunity for fans to interact in real-time with an NBA expert and other fans via Twitter, receive enhanced stats and vote on the outcome of each playoff game. 

2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Schedule

(All Times ET)

  Time/Date        Event

                          

Wed., May 20      

                          

8 p.m. ET          NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal (analysts) 

                          

8:30 p.m.         Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller and Chris Webber (analysts) with David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Fri., May 22         

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal 

                          

8:30 p.m.         Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, Game 2

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Sun., May 24       

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

8:30 p.m.         Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers,Game 3

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Tues., May 26     

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

8:30 p.m.         Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 4

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Thu., May 28       

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith 

                          

8:30 p.m.         Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, Game 5*

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Sat., May 30        

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

8:30 p.m.         Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 6*

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

Mon., June 1       

                          

8 p.m.  NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

                          

8:30 p.m.         Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, Game 7*

Albert (play-by-play), Miller and Webber (analysts) with Aldridge and Nichols (reporters)

                          

Postgame          Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

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Tony Morreale, Turner Sports                                  tony.morreale@turner.com             (404) 575-7401