ESPN brings on Craig Sager for NBA Finals Game 6 broadcast

Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he'll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he’ll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)

Thanks to an unusual collaboration by ESPN and TNT, longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager will cover his first NBA Finals game Thursday.

Sager, who is battling leukemia, will join ABC for one night to share Game 6 reporting duties with Doris Burke and is ecstatic about the opportunity.
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2016 NBA free agents: Does Dwight Howard make sense for Heat?

Dwight Howard is likely looking at his last chance for a huge contract. (Getty Images)
Dwight Howard is likely looking at his last chance for a huge contract. (Getty Images)

While the Heat have said publicly their top priority this offseason is re-signing center Hassan Whiteside, they certainly are making a list of contingency plans in case that doesn’t happen.
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TNT puts Heat hat on Kevin Durant in ‘Gone Fishing’ bit

Could Kevin Durant head for the Heat? Miami fans aren't the only ones wondering. (Getty Images)
Could Kevin Durant head for the Heat? Miami fans aren’t the only ones wondering. (Getty Images)

Some think it’s absurd to consider the possibility of the Heat landing yet another stunning free agent by signing Kevin Durant this summer, but not everyone finds it crazy.

After the Thunder lost Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, TNT floated the Durant-Heat connection in its trademark “Gone Fishing” segment to close out Oklahoma City’s season. Take a look:
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2016 NBA playoffs: Heat-Raptors second round TV schedule

Up next for the Heat? Kyle Lowry and the loaded Toronto Raptors. (Getty Images)
Up next for the Heat? Kyle Lowry and the loaded Toronto Raptors. (Getty Images)

With each winning a Game 7 tonight, the Heat and Raptors will meet in the playoffs for the first time ever. Here’s their second-round schedule, starting with Game 1 in Toronto on Tuesday:
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2016 NBA playoffs: Heat spiraled in last three minutes of Game 5

Courtney Lee and the Hornets capitalized on a lot of Heat lapses late in Game 5. (Getty Images)
Courtney Lee and the Hornets capitalized on a lot of Heat lapses late in Game 5. (Getty Images)

Any good team would like its chances in this situation. The Heat, playing at home in Game 5, went up 88-85 on Dwyane Wade’s jumper off a pick-and-roll with 2:27 remaining. From there, though, it was a nightmare for Miami.

The Heat never scored again, losing their best chance when Wade drew contact going for a layup with 4.5 seconds left and didn’t get a call, and Charlotte beat them 90-88 to take a 3-2 series lead. Now Miami is fighting to save its season on the road in Game 6 on Friday.

Here’s how it unraveled:
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Dwyane Wade says, “We love him,” as Miami Heat honor Craig Sager (video)

Craig Sager reacts to a standing ovation from Heat fans in Thursday's game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager reacts to a standing ovation from Heat fans in Thursday’s game. (Getty Images)

There is something universally likable about TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, and the entire NBA community is rooting for him in his battle against acute myeloid leukemia.

The Heat hosted Sager on Thursday for the first time since he revealed that his cancer has returned and honored him with a two-minute tribute video late in the first quarter that ended with “Looking forward to seeing you in the playoffs.”
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“26 Bud Lights in 18 holes and did not miss a putt”

Craig Sager is in town for tonight's Heat-Bulls game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager is in town for tonight’s Heat-Bulls game. (Getty Images)

There are few people I know who tell a story better than Fox Sports Sun’s Jason Jackson, and he has a good one about TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager.
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