Linsanity comes to NBA on TNT Thursday

From TNT Sports –

TNT’s Exclusive Doubleheader Featuring the Knicks @ Heat followed by Lakers @ Thunder Tips Off NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando

TNT NBA Thursday continues on Feb. 23 with an exclusive doubleheader tipping off coverage of NBA All-Star 2012.  The first game will feature sophomore sensation Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks visiting Eastern Conference All-Star starters LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. (ET). Marv Albert (play-by-play) will be courtside along with Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) to call the game with Craig Sager (reporter). The second game of the night will feature two of the Western Conference starters as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m. (ET). Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst) will call the action with Marty Snider (reporter). Following the second game, Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst) will recap the night’s action live from CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort.

Through 21 games of TNT’s 2011-12 NBA regular-season schedule, the network continues to deliver double-digit gains vs. last year’s corresponding coverage. The NBA on TNT is averaging a 1.8 U.S. rating (+29%, 1.4 U.S. rating); 2,740,000 total viewers (+25%, 2,191,000 total viewers) and 2,060,000 households (+25%, 1,654,000 households) over last year’s corresponding coverage.

TNT will be in Orlando for exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star 2012 from Feb. 23-26.  On Friday, Feb. 24, team GMs Barkley and O’Neal will be mic’d up along with team coaches Kerr (Team Shaq) and Fratello (Team Chuck) during the BBVA NBA Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. (ET).  Coverage continues on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET), with exclusive live coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars competition, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Sprite Slam Dunk.  Play-by-play announcer Albert and analysts Kerr and Miller will be courtside for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on NBA.com (http://www.nba.com/insidethenba/). Additionally, check out the NBA on TNT pages on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT) and Facebook  (www.facebook.com/nbaontnt) to see the latest NBA on TNT schedule, news updates and special features from TNT announcers.

NBA ON TNT NBA SCHEDULE:
Thu., February 23
7 p.m. New York Knicks @ Miami Heat
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst), Chris Webber (analyst) with Marty Snider (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai live in Orlando
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

NBA ON TNT UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Thu., March 1
8 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com live in Orlando
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai live in Orlando
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Based on Live+SD. NBA Regular Season on TNT STD; 21 games vs. 18 games. (12/25/2011-2/16/2012) vs. (12/30/2010-2/17/2011)

 

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