Are you sitting at home Thursday night, expecting to watch an NBA game on TNT with the award-winning team of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, only to find something other than basketball on that channel?
You are not alone.
From Wednesday Oct. 27, the NBA reduced its TNT double-header broadcast to Tuesday night just for now. Here because.
Why isn’t the NBA on TNT on Thursday night?
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the NBA has made the decision not to air the Thursday night doubleheader on TNT to avoid clashing with the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcast.
“The NBA will not re-air its usual Thursday night programming on TNT until January, following the Mavericks-at-Hawks last Thursday, followed by Clippers-at-Warriors,” Stein reported on Twitter and via his Substack.
“Rather than confronting Thursday night NFL games, NBA on TNT has entered this season after first moving Ernie, Shaq, Kenny and Charles and the weekly doubleheader they present to Tuesday night for the remainder of 2021.” .
The decision is not a big shock given the increasing ratings of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football show, however, will likely leave basketball fans feeling empty in the weeks of matchups like the Indianapolis Colts versus the New York Jets.
When will the NBA return to TNT on Thursday night broadcasts?
As Stein hinted, NBA on TNT won’t be returning to broadcasts on Thursday nights until after the New Year. Here is the tentative schedule for the NBA on TNT in 2022.
Along with the games, TNT is also the official national broadcaster for the celebrations at 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend. The mid-season bonanza will be played on Sunday February 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year’s All-Star weekend will celebrate the NBA’s 75th anniversary season and feature members of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team.
MOREOVER: Milestones to watch for this season
|Game||Day, date||Time (ET)|
|Celtics to the Knicks||Thursday 6th January||19:30|
|Clippers to Suns||Thursday 6th January||22:00|
|Warriors in Bucks||Thursday 13th January||19:30|
|Trail Blazers in Nuggets||Thursday 13th January||22:00|
|Bulls at the Grizzlies||Monday 17th January||15:30|
|Dollars to Hawks||Monday 17th January||18:00|
|Pelicans in Knicks||Thursday 20 January||19:30|
|Alone in Mavericks||Thursday 20 January||22:00|
|Lakers to Nets||Tuesday 25th January||19:30|
|Mavericks to Warriors||Tuesday 25th January||22:00|
|Lakers to 76ers||Thursday 27 January||19:30|
|Timberwolves in Warriors||Thursday 27 January||22:00|
|Wizards at Bucks||Tuesday 1st February||19:30|
|Networks to Suns||Tuesday 1st February||22:00|
|Heat to the Raptors||Thursday 3 February||19:30|
|The Lakers to the Clippers||Thursday 3 February||22:00|
|Celtics to Nets||Tuesday 8th February||19:30|
|Money to the Lakers||Tuesday 8th February||22:00|
|Warmth to the pelicans||Thursday 10 February||19:30|
|Dollars to the Suns||Thursday 10 February||22:00|
|Celtics to 76ers||Tuesday 15th February||19:30|
|Clippers to Suns||Tuesday 15th February||22:00|
|76ers to Bucks||Thursday 17 February||20:30|
|Celtics to Nets||Thursday 24 February||19:30|
|Warriors at Trail Blazers||Thursday 24 February||22:00|
|Hawks to the Celtics||Tuesday 1st March||19:30|
|Mavericks to the Lakers||Tuesday 1st March||22:00|
|Heat in Nets||Thursday 3rd March||19:30|
|The Lakers to the Clippers||Thursday 3rd March||22:00|
|Pelicans to the Grizzlies||Tuesday 8 March||19:30|
|Clippers to Warriors||Tuesday 8 March||22:00|
|Networks to 76ers||Thursday 10 march||19:30|
|Warriors in Nuggets||Thursday 10 march||22:00|
|Hawks to the Knicks||Tuesday the 22nd of March||19:30|
|Clippers to Nuggets||Tuesday the 22nd of March||22:00|
|Lakers to Mavericks||Tuesday 29 March||19:30|
|Jazz at the Clippers||Tuesday 29 March||22:00|
|Money to Nets||Thursday 31 March||19:30|
|Lakers at Jazz||Thursday 31 March||22:00|
|Celtics to Bucks||Thursday 7 April||19:30|
|Lakers to Warriors||Thursday 7 April||22:00|
|TBD to TBD||Sunday 10 April||19:30|
|TBD to TBD||Sunday 10 April||22:00|
The network will also broadcast the largest number of postseason 2022 playoff games, culminating in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.