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Jeff Van Gundy returns Game 2 of NBA Finals with COVID, Mike Breen still in protocols

Here’s how the broadcast booth looks for Game 2.

2021 NBA Finals - Phoenix Suns v. Milwaukee Bucks
ESPN Commentators, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mike Breen look on before Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

June 5 update: Jeff Van Gundy is back in the booth for Game 2, so his positive test ahead of Game 1 must’ve been a false positive. He has delivered negative tests 24 hours apart and is therefore good to go for Game 2. Mike Breen, however, is still in COVID protocols and will miss Game 2. He’ll try to get back for Game 3 Wednesday in Boston.


The 2022 NBA Finals will start out with some new faces in the broadcast booth as both Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen are likely to be out for Game 1 between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors Thursday. Van Gundy is officially out after testing positive for COVID-19, while Breen is still in the league’s protocols after testing positive ahead of the Celtics-Heat Game 7 which he missed. There was hope he’d be back in time for Game 1 of the Finals.

Mark Jones is expected to take over Breen, as he did in Celtics-Heat Game 7. There’s no word on whether ABC will add another analyst to replace Van Gundy or whether Mark Jackson will be the solo analyst. Lisa Salters remains on the court as the sideline reporter.

Game 1 is set to tip at 9:00 p.m. ET from the Chase Center in San Francisco.