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ESPN’s Mike Breen has COVID, won’t call Celtics-Heat Game 7

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May 27, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; ESPN broadcasters Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen before game six of the 2022 eastern conference finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Breen, NBA play-by-play announcer for ESPN, will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night after testing positive for COVID-19, a network spokesperson told multiple media outlets.

The Boston Celtics and host Miami Heat will meet in the last game of the conference final, with the winner playing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals starting on Thursday night.

Breen called the first six games of the Celtics-Heat series. He will be replaced Sunday by Mark Jones, who will broadcast alongside commentators Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson.

Breen, 61, said he feels well, according to the ESPN spokesperson, and expects to call Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

ESPN said that on Saturday, Breen called people he had been in close contact with in Boston in Friday’s Game 6 of the series to inform them of his positive test. The Heat won that game 111-103 to force Sunday’s Game 7 in Miami.

Breen was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class as a broadcaster. He has been the lead play-by-play announcer for the NBA Finals on ESPN and its sister network, ABC, since 2006.

–Field Level Media