The first game of the NBA Finals live: Golden State vs. Boston Celtics

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Mike Brin and Jeff Van Tim, two of ESPN Broadcasting’s long-time key players in the NBA Finals, will miss the opening game of the championship series between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. An ESPN spokesman said both broadcasters had been tested positive for coronavirus in recent days, but Van Gundy said in an interview that he would not.

The NBA Finals start Thursday in San Francisco and will be the 14th championship in a series in which Brain plays a game with Van Gand and Mark Jackson, two former NBA coaches. Instead, the show will feature Jackson and Mark Jones, with Lisa Salters as the side reporter.

Brin missed the 7th game of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday after testing positive for the virus. Van Gandy and Jackson, who called up the game against Brin last week, continued to play, while Jones filled in for Brin.

Van Gundy said in an interview on Thursday that he did not get tested for the virus before Sunday’s match because he was asymptomatic, although his voice was noticeably harsh during the broadcast. The NBA has not imposed a testing mandate on members of television and news media for this year’s playoffs, as it did last season.

Van Gundy said he had mild symptoms while flying home to Houston on Monday. The next day he underwent a home test, which he said was unspecified. ESPN then sent two more quick tests to the Van team, which it said came out negative. Van Gund also said he was not sure why he was taken out of the first game broadcast and that he hoped to return for the second game.

Van Gundy added that he no longer had symptoms.

Adrian Voinarowski and Kendra Andrews, reporters who frequently appear on ESPN, also positively released the coronavirus and missed the opening of the series. Andrews is the Beat writer who covers Golden State, while Voinarowski is the network’s chief NBA reporter.

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