Why is Gus Johnson calling NBA Playoff video games for TNT? Turner Sports activities provides veteran announcer for postseason protection

Basketball fans who tuned in for Monday night’s game between the 76ers and Raptors heard a familiar voice on the TNT broadcast.

Gus Johnson served as the play-by-play voice for that contest and will continue to be part of Turner Sports’ NBA Playoff coverage. Johnson is Fox Sports’ lead announcer for college basketball and football, but he does have previous NBA experience, including calling select games for the Bucks from 2015-18.

The 54-year-old has joined a TNT roster featuring some of the best NBA play-by-play announcers in the industry.

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Gus Johnson added to TNT’s NBA Playoff coverage

Johnson kicked off his NBA Playoff run with Monday’s broadcast of Game 2 between Philadelphia and Toronto. Greg Anthony offered analysis during the Sixers’ win, and Nabil Karim served as the sideline reporter.

With such a high volume of first-round games being played on a nightly basis, Turner Sports likely saw adding something of Johnson’s caliber as a huge boost to its programming, especially considering Johnson’s popularity on social media.

Brian Anderson, Kevin Harlan, Ian Eagle and Spero Dedes will also call NBA Playoff games on TNT.

Gus Johnson learns about over/under lines during NBA Playoff game

The 76ers dominated the Raptors in Game 2, so Johnson didn’t have many opportunities to deliver commentary with his usual over-the-top enthusiasm. However, there was one memorable moment in the fourth quarter when Johnson admitted that he wasn’t a huge gambler.

“I have to be honest with you. I don’t know what over/under stuff means,” Johnson said, referring to the FanDuel Sportsbook numbers at the bottom of the screen.

Fortunately for Johnson, Anthony was there to explain how the over/under lines work.

“That UNLV education, I tell you what,” Johnson said.

“Ivy League of the desert,” Anthony replied.

Gus Johnson’s next NBA Playoff game on TNT

Johnson will be on the call for Wednesday night’s Game 2 between the Bucks and Bulls. He will once again be joined by Anthony, and Dennis Scott will be patrolling the sidelines.

April 20 schedule

Game Time (ET) TV channel (US) broadcast team
Nets vs. Celtics 7 p.m. TNT Brian Anderson, Stan Van Gundy, Stephanie Ready
76ers vs. Raptors 8 p.m. NBA-TV Kevin Calabro, Brendan Haywood, Nabil Karim
Bulls vs. bucks 9:30 pm TNT Gus JohnsonGreg AnthonyDennis Scott

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