ESPN’s Warriors-Celtics broadcast crew struck by COVID

ESPN color commentator Jeff Van Gundy will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the New York Post.

The news of Van Gundy’s positive test comes on the heels of his broadcast partner, Mike Breen, being forced to miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Celtics after he tested positive for COVID.

The NY Post reported ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is also positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to report from Chase Center until he is cleared from the NBA and Disney’s health and safety protocols.

During Sunday’s broadcast of the Eastern Conference Finals, ESPN turned to Mark Jones to replace Breen as the network’s play-by-play voice. Van Gundy had not yet tested positive, but his voice his was strained on the broadcast and there was speculation on social media that he was also dealing with COVID-19.

Breen was hopeful to return for Game 1 of the Finals between the Warriors and Celtics on Thursday, but according to the Post, his status on the morning of the game remains unclear. Despite being in close proximity to Van Gundy during their last broadcast, Jones is available and is slated to step in as ESPN’s play-by-play voice on Thursday if Breen is not cleared.

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