A day before Game 6, the NBA finally let fans know that the Pacers and Raptors will be playing at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Oh, and the league and their broadcast partner ESPN obviously had no contingency plans for multiple Game 6 broadcasts on Friday during ESPN's wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL draft, so instead of ESPN2, the game will be shown on ESPNEWS and NBA TV.
With so little forethought on the matter, I can hear the discussion at ESPN now:
NBA on ESPN Boss: "Um, we are supposed to broadcast the NBA playoffs on Friday and we have three games."
Big Boss at ESPN: "Huh? Just put it on News."
NBA on ESPN Boss: "OK, sir...thanks."
For Pacers fans, the fact that Game 6 is on ESPNEWS is actually a great thing because it brings FOX Sports Indiana back into the mix. So, instead of identifying all of the comments by Jon Barry which make you realize he hasn't watched a Pacers game since the last time he broadcast the Pacers, you can hear Chris Denari and QB call the game.
Oh, and if you are going to the game the Pacers will have a gold t-shirt for you.
Getting ready for tomorrow's Gold Out, the first t-shirts have been placed at @TheFieldhouse.#WeTheGold pic.twitter.com/wnKPbFLX6r— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 28, 2016
Finally, big congrats to Indiana Mr. Basketball, Kyle Guy out of Lawrence Central!
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Check out the links:
Game Preview: Pacers vs Raptors (Game 6) | Indiana Pacers
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Pacers Will Have To Rely On Their History | Indiana Pacers
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Raptors expect all George, all the time: Feschuk | Toronto Star
Raptors' Luis Scola to carry Argentina flag in Rio | Toronto Star
2016 NBA playoffs -- Paul George of Indiana Pacers willing to play full 48 minutes in Game 6 vs. Toronto Raptors
Game 6 preview: Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers | Toronto Star
Notes from Wednesday's availability: Raptors discuss an epic Game 5 - Raptors HQ
Pacers making Game 6 another gold out with t-shirts for all fans | Vigilant Sports
Kyle Lowry on Raptors advancing past first round: 'We have to do this' - Yahoo Sports
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