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NBA puts Nuggets-Rockets, Clippers-Heat on ESPN; drops Jazz-Warriors, Rockets-Timberwolves


ESPN has announced they’ll be dropping the nationally televised NBA games featuring the Utah Jazz at the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at the Minnesota Timberwolves. They’ll be airing the Denver Nuggets at the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Miami Heat instead.

Replacing the Warriors and Jazz game makes a lot of sense since both teams have been suffering from injuries. Mike Conley has missed the last 11 games for the Jazz as he’s dealing with a hamstring injury. On the other hand, the Warriors have been playing without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson due to injuries. ESPN will now be airing a matchup that features two of the top three teams in the Western Conference standings.

The Clippers and Heat will now be playing each other on National TV. They’ll be playing each other for the first time this season and will feature a matchup between Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. The Heat are currently the second seed in the Eastern Conference and the Clippers are tied for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

According to the Washington Post, NBA ratings on ESPN were down more than 15 percent compared with last year. A big reason for that has been the injuries of the players. Kevin Durant, Zion Williamson, and Klay Thompson all haven’t played a game this season due to injuries. ESPN has been dropping games with injury-plagued teams and replacing them with healthy and more competitive teams. They’ve been doing this in hopes of attracting more viewership to the games.



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