I’ve heard a lot of gripes that Mark Jones and Doris Burke, who have called the ESPN games during the Celtics-76ers series, have been, let’s say, more enthusiastic for Sixers highlights than Celtics highlights.
I don’t believe that’s the case — no broadcaster I’ve talked to has championed Jayson Tatum more through the years than Burke — but I will concede that Jones’s enthusiasm sometimes seems influenced by the home crowd. Sunday’s Game 7 would have been the final test for that theory, but Jones and Burke won’t be at the Garden.
ESPN/ABC substituted Mike Breen and Mark Jackson into the lineup after the Lakers/Warriors series ended Saturday night. Jeff Van Gundy, who is also part of ESPN/ABC’s top team, won’t be a part of Sunday’s broadcast. He has a previously scheduled day off.
This change isn’t related to Jones and Burke’s performance or the perception of it in one market or another. It is standard policy for ESPN and ABC to have its No. 1 team, with Breen on play-by-play, call Game 7 in a semifinals series if it is the only one being played.
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