Here’s a quick look back at the coverage of last night’s first game of the NBA Finals, and some people that stuck out to me, both good and bad:
Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, ABC: These guys are the best duo I’ve heard on national NBA broadcasts in a long time. They’ve got a shared history, so they can rib each other, but they also give us good insight into the game, and are candid on what they see out on the court. If the refs make a bad call, they say so. If a player makes a dumb play, they point it out. They tell Mike Breen (see below) when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Gary Tanguay, CSN: He drives me nuts on the WBCN Patriots Radio pregame shows by constantly pushing his panic-driven storylines. On these Celtics telecasts, he’s been a pleasure to watch on the pre and post game shows. Last night was no exception, as he guided the show nicely between segments, and didn’t resort to the “serious, concerned voice, bordering on a full fledged meltdown” act that is wearisome on the Patriots shows.
Chad Finn, Boston.com: What a live blog should look like. Bill Simmons may have pioneered this concept, but few do it better than Finn right now. Last night, I actually checked in on the blog during the game, which is something I never do. Having attempted the live blog concept in the past, I know that it is harder that it seems it would be to pull off.
Mike Breen, ABC: I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but he bugs the hell out of me. Whether it’s the constant references to Rajon Rondo being up and down, or his inability to just call the game and let Jackson and Van Gundy give the analysis, he is the weakest link in the ABC broadcast team.
Ryen Russillo, CSN: One of several people who threw it out there after the game that perhaps Paul Pierce was faking the knee injury, or at least exaggerating the severity of it. He wasn’t alone in suggesting this theory (we’re looking at you, Tom Curran), but this was unlike the usually solid Russillo to go this route.