TNT’s exclusive coverage of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 – the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets – averaged 8.8 million total viewers to deliver the network’s most-watched WCF Game 1 of all time. Last night’s telecast is the most-viewed WCF Game 1 across any network since Lakers/Kings in 2002.
The network’s Warriors/Rockets telecast – peaking with an average of 10 million viewers from 10:45-11 p.m. ET – is up 38% over TNT’s presentation of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 (Cleveland/Boston, 6.4 million viewers) and 9% when compared with last year’s WCF Game 1 (Warriors/Spurs, 8.1 million viewers).
Last night’s WCF Game 1 telecast was the #1 program of the night across all of television (cable and broadcast) and, including the iconic Inside the NBA post-game show (3.0 overnight rating), delivered the top two programs of the night across all of cable television, based on metered markets.
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WCF Game 1 Garners Significant Growth Across All Demos
TNT’s Warriors/Rockets telecast has generated double-digit increases across all core demos, including a 25% increase in People 18-34 and 21% in Men 18-34 vs. the 2017 NBA ECF Game 1 on TNT. Last night’s WCF Game 1 is also up approximately 20% or higher over last year’s WCF Game 1.
Most-Watched NBA Game on Cable TV Since 2016
Last night’s WCF Game 1 on TNT registered the most-watched NBA game across any network on cable television since Game 7 of the 2016 WCF on TNT (Warriors/Thunder).
TNT #1 Network in Primetime
The NBA Playoff on TNT have led the network to cable’s #1 ranking in primetime over the past four-week period, based on an average of nearly three million viewers in that particular telecast window (8-11 p.m. ET).
TNT’s Most Watched NBA Playoffs Coverage Since 2014
The NBA Playoffs on TNT continue to generate the network’s most-watched playoffs coverage since 2014.
WCF Game 1 Top Local Markets
Top local markets for last night’s Rockets/Warriors telecast – San Francisco (21.5 rating), Houston (14.7), New Orleans (11.6), Sacramento (10.8) and Birmingham (9.2).
Turner’s TVE Platform Sets Record Consumption
Watch TNT, Turner’s TV Everywhere platform for the network, generated an all-time record for total minutes of consumption during last night’s WCF Game 1.
Significant Growth Across Turner’s NBA Social Channels
Content published across NBA on TNT and NBA TV social channels has generated an 82% gain in video views and a 64% increase in engagements and compared to last year’s corresponding Conference Finals
TNT is home to more than 40 NBA Playoff games – the most of any network – including First Round and Conference Semifinals action and the exclusive presentation of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals.
Toronto Raptors officially sign center Greg Monroe
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed centre Greg Monroe. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Greg is a proven big man in this league,” said Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster. “We believe Greg’s experience will be a great addition to not only our frontcourt, but to our team culture as we continue to build towards our goal of an NBA championship.”
Spotted: 6-11, 265lb Moose has made his way north.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 14, 2018
Monroe, 6-foot-11, 265 pounds, averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 20.4 minutes in 51 games (14 starts) with Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston last season. He shot .565 (218-386) from the field and recorded nine double-doubles. Monroe appeared in 11 postseason games with the Celtics, averaging 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 9.5 minutes.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Monroe owns career averages of 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 28.9 minutes in 589 NBA games (415 starts) with Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Boston. He has averaged at least 10.0 points in each of the last seven seasons.
Monroe was originally selected by the Pistons with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He played collegiately at Georgetown, posting averages of 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 32.6 minutes in 65 career games (2008-10). Monroe was named First Team All-Big East as a sophomore and selected Big East Rookie of the Year his freshman season.
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Report: Carmelo Anthony plans to sign one-year deal with Houston Rockets today
The union between the Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony is expected to officially begin sometime today. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets plan to ink Anthony to his one-year, $2.4 million deal soon.
Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony plans to sign his one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Houston Rockets on Monday, league sources told ESPN.
Anthony has traveled to Houston, and will finish his physical Monday before signing the contract, league sources said.
Anthony, 34, also received $25.4 million of his original 2018-19 salary — minus a $2.4 million contract buyout with the Atlanta Hawks.
Anthony met with GM Daryl Morey and coach Mike D’Antoni in Las Vegas during summer league. The Thunder granted permission to do, once the sides decided that a parting was imminent. Anthony had also met with the Miami Heat, and considered signing there.
Anthony was waived by the Atlanta Hawks on July 30, after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 19. Per various reports, the veteran forward is expected to join Chris Paul, James Harden and the Rockets now that he has officially entered the free-agent player pool. According to Wojnarowski, the contract is expected to be a one-year deal worth $2.4 million.
On Aug. 7, Charania confirmed Anthony and the Rockets verbally agreed to a deal that Anthony will sign when he returns from an offseason trip to Africa.
Anthony’s lone season in Oklahoma City was largely a bust. He averaged 16.2 points and struggled at times in his new role alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The 10-time All-Star posted career lows in scoring average and field goal percentage, and the Thunder were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by Utah.
The 34-year-old Anthony had been the headliner his entire career — he’s 19th in NBA history with 25,417 points — but he was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation specialist he had always been. His playing time dwindled in the playoffs. In Game 6 of the first-round series against Utah that ended Oklahoma City’s season, he played fewer minutes than reserve Jerami Grant. After the season, he said he prefers to play with the ball in his hands more and said coming off the bench is “out of the question.”
Anthony opted in earlier this summer to accept the $28 million he was due next season. The Thunder re-signed Grant, then it was reported that Anthony and the Thunder would eventually part ways, though it was unclear how it would happen.
Anthony would help the Rockets fill their void at forward after the team lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute during free agency.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Report: Michael Porter Jr. pain free after second surgery
Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. says he’s pain free and hopes to be ready for the start of the upcoming season in mid-October following his second back surgery, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Porter Jr. entered college at Missouri last fall as one of the top prospects in his freshman class. But back woes limited him to just three appearances as he fell to Denver with the 14th pick in the 2018 draft.
Diagnosed with two bulging discs, Porter Jr. said it wasn’t until his second spinal surgery in July that he finally felt complete relief following an initial procedure last November.
“I don’t have a date but I’m hoping to be back for the beginning of the year,” Porter Jr. told ESPN. “Gotta heal up, but I feel great. I’m able to get on the court a little bit right now, do some different things. But my rehab has definitely been very conservative. They’re really taking it easy with me, being patient with me.”
Indeed, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke had hinted after the draft that, if necessary, Porter Jr. would skip his entire rookie season if that’s what it took to get completely healthy.
But now it seems they’ll be able to add the 6-foot-10 sharpshooter sooner rather than later to an already potent team that ranked sixth in offensive efficiency at 112.5 points per 100 possessions last season.
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