Sunday night’s Game 7 between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics is everything the NBA could want and all of the big names will be out on the court to determine who will play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
There will be one familiar person missing from the festivities, however. Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen has tested positive for COVID and will not be calling the game.
Mike Breen will not call tonight's Game 7 due to testing positive for COVID, an ESPN spokesman told The Post.
Breen feels fine and the hope is for him to be available for Game 1 of the Finals.
Mark Jones will replace Breen on Game 7 of Heat-Celtics tonight.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) May 29, 2022
“Breen feels fine and the hope is for him to be available for Game 1 of the Finals,” the NY Post’s Andrew Marchand tweeted Sunday.
Jones is no stranger to calling games for ESPN and ABC, mostly working as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s NBA and college football coverage. Having recently signed a multi-year extension in his 32nd year with the company, he has hosted ESPN’s coverage of NBA All-Star events, the draft lottery, and plenty more.
While there’s been so much focus on Joe Buck not calling the World Series or Al Michaels not calling Sunday Night Football, losing Breen for the NBA Finals would be a blow for longtime fans. He’s been ESPN’s top NBA play-by-play announcer since 2006 and has called every NBA Finals since as well. All signs point to him being able to continue doing so, once he’s recovered.