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ESPN without Breen, Van Gundy, Wojnarowski for Game 1 of NBA Finals

There's a big shakeup involving the broadcast team for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

SAN FRANCISCO — ESPN’s Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy are sidelined for Game 1 of the NBA Finals after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mark Jones, Mark Jackson and Lisa Salters will be the broadcast team for Thursday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors on ABC. As a result of the positive tests, an all-Black on-air game crew will broadcast an NBA Finals game.

Breen tested positive before last Sunday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals in Miami and did not call that game. Van Gundy’s voice was hoarse during that game when he worked with Jones and Jackson.

There is a possibility that both Breen and Van Gundy could be back before Game 2 on Sunday night.

ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, who is on for pregame and halftime segments, also tested positive for COVID and is out.

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Announcers Mike Breen, right, Jeff Van Gundy, middle, and Mark Jackson, left, during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's 2021 NBA Finals.

What is the schedule for the 2022 NBA Finals? 

Thursday and Sunday at San Francisco, June 8 and 10 at Boston, June 13 at San Francisco if necessary, June 16 at Boston if necessary, June 19 at San Francisco if necessary.

What are some of the key storylines to follow?  

A rematch of the 1964 NBA Finals. Golden State is seeking a fourth championship in eight years, while the Celtics are trying to break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers and become the first team with 18 NBA titles. Celtics coach Ime Udoka will seek to become the 10th coach in NBA history to win a title in his first season, something that Golden State’s Steve Kerr did with the Warriors in 2015.

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The Golden State Warriors participate in an NBA basketball practice in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

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