MANILA, Philippines – Filipino basketball fans will get to join the rest of the world in welcoming the NBA's 72nd season, as ABS-CBN begins its free TV telecast of the world's greatest basketball league with the live airing of the Cleveland Cavaliers' much-anticipated game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday morning.
Tip-off is at 8 a.m. on S+A. There will also be a same-day replay at 12 noon, and on primetime at 10:30 p.m., also on S+A.
The game serves as a great test for the Celtics' new "Big Three" of Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, and Kyrie Irving, as they face a retooled Cleveland squad that added former Celtics in Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, former MVP Derrick Rose, and former Finals MVP Dwyane Wade to help LeBron James.
On Friday, October 20, NBA fans get their first taste of the Lonzo Ball experience as the Los Angeles Lakers take on their cross town rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, live at 10:30 a.m., with a replay on primetime at 6 p.m.
The much-hyped second overall pick will have to lead a young team that includes Fil-Am star Jordan Clarkson against a Clippers team that still boasts of a formidable frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and ballyhooed international star Milos Teodosic.
On Saturday, October 21, the Joel Embiid-led Philadelphia 76ers will challenge the Celtics in the return of #NBASabaDos on ABS-CBN at 8:30 a.m., with a replay on S+A at 11:30 a.m., and on primetime at 6:30 p.m., also on S+A.
On Sunday, October 22, defending champions Golden State Warriors go on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum to face Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, live at 8 a.m. There will be a replay at 11:30 a.m., and on primetime at 6:30 p.m., also on S+A.
Wrapping up the first week of NBA offerings on Monday, October 23 is the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves, featuring transferee Jimmy Butler, and the powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder, led by MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony live at 7 a.m. with same day replay at 12 nn and 6pm on S+A.
S+A programs are mirrored on S+A HD SKYcable 166, so fans can also catch the games in high definition on cable.
In an effort to provide local hoops fans with the complete NBA experience, S+A is also airing the popular basketball show “NBA Action” every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1 p.m., 11 a.m., and 10:30 am respectively.
“NBA Inside Stuff,” meanwhile, will be up every Tuesday starting on October 24 at 8 am and 11:30 am.
For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.