With the NBA Playoffs boiling down to the business end of the campaign, the games are coming thick and fast. Gone are the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons. Swept aside by bigger players with greater ambitions, these franchises will already be plotting for 2016/17.
Yet three other series hang in the balance – Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers comeback against the LA Clippers means the inner battles between Western and Eastern Conference foes is far from over. Sitting at 3 games to 2 there is no room for error now – this is all or nothing.
Not only are the heavyweights like the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers sitting back to get extra rest in the best-of-seven clashes, but they are seeing their future matchups run and tire themselves out before they even lock horns.
Fortunately for Australian fans, the Playoffs leading into the Finals (commencing June 3rd AEST) provides more action via ESPN coverage to see the best teams strut their stuff in a cutthroat environment. Rather than having to wait for the regular Thursday/Saturday/Sunday timeslots, Playoffs are a smorgasbord of goodies waiting to be consumed. Some games require early mornings, others late afternoons, but the more the merrier from our point of view.
But what about those NBA fans down under who want that bit extra during the week? Where can they find analysts who give some character and meaning behind the events that unfurl on our television screens? As is the case for most 21st Century sports fans, the ideal solution can be found for free on your personal iTunes accounts.
These are the 5 essential NBA podcasts Australian-based supporters should be tuning into to get an insight regarding what is happening in the game after the game. Injury reports, new matchups, scheduling, feuds, press conferences, sound bytes, opinions – if you truly love your basketball and need extra coverage to keep the buzz going, then hit that subscribe button!
- NBA.com’s Hang Time Podcast
Joining forces with the host of the program Sekou Smith – Rick Fox and Lang Whitaker give first hand accounts of the league with the help of their unique level of access via their jobs at NBA.com. The weekly show includes interviews with players, coaches and reporters from across the league to keep the listener’s finger on the pulse for all the breaking news and reaction. Subscribe here.
- NBA Lockdown
Since it’s inception in 2008, Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan have sat in their studio and discussed trades, rumours, matchups and given their opinion on all things NBA. With a 4/5 rating on iTunes from 95 reviewers, the NBA Lockdown podcast hits the charts sporadically on either a daily or weekly basis depending on what is taking place. If it happens in the NBA these three will know about it and it is a great way to get your basketball fix on the run. Subscribe here.
- Aussie Hoopla NBL & NBA Podcast
The majority of basketball fans in Australia love a domestic dose of the sport via the NBL and in the Aussie Hoopla Podcast they can access interviews, news and opinion with a crossover. Any program that can broadcast chats with the likes of Andrew Gaze, CJ Bruton and Shane Heal are well worth their time and we highly recommend tuning in to hear what the fuss is all about! Subscribe here.
- The Starters
Hello sweet world! Yes the fellas on The Starters program give a bit of quirkiness and character to the domain of NBA basketball on a regular basis, with Aussie Leigh Ellis giving an overseas perspective in between the likes of J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas daily. A healthy dose of analysis and comedy is always good for the ears and fortunately the Melbournian Leigh is there to inject the occasional cricket gag for good measure. Subscribe here.
- Believe The Hype
Tom Read and Benyam Kidane are taking NBA coverage for Aussies to another level altogether. Since re-launching the website with fresh content and up-to-date information and opinion, it has never seemed more relevant than now to get involved if you happen to be late to the party. Great banter, great on-the-scene guests and it should be consumed if you love the NBA. Subscribe here.
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