The NBA adjusted its national television schedule, and for once it didn’t involve dropping a Lakers game.
NBA TV will televise the Lakers when they visit the Indiana Pacers Feb. 25 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The lineup switch likely reflects the Pacers’ (41-13) current standing as the top team in the Eastern Conference than anything related to the Lakers. After all, Kobe Bryant doesn’t have a clear timetable on when he will return from a fractured left knee, an injury that has sidelined him for the last nine weeks. The Lakers (18-36) also enter tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics (19-36) at Staples Center tied with the Sacramento Kings (18-36) for last place in the Western Conference.
The Lakers have had three of their games this season dropped from national telecasts, including the Lakers’ loss Jan. 8 in Houston (ESPN), the Lakers’ loss Jan. 20 in Chicago (TNT) and when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday at Staples Center (ESPN).
The Lakers originally had 25 national television appearances scheduled, including five on ABC, 10 on ESPN and 10 on TNT. A team can make a maximum of 10 appearances on ESPN and TNT per season, opening the possibility for ESPN, TNT and the NBA to decide later to add a game that wasn’t originally planned.
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