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Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Warriors will be missing a familiar voice. ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy will not be broadcasting court-side, as he reportedly has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski also has COVID, keeping him out as well.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported the news, and said an ESPN spokesperson confirmed Van Gundy and Wojnarowski are out. Play-by-play man Mike Breen, who missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, needs to be cleared to return.

Breen, Van Gundy and analyst Mark Jackson have been an ESPN staple since 2014, and Van Gundy and Breen have been together since 2011.

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Where is Jeff Van Gundy?

Van Gundy will not be broadcasting Game 1 of the NBA Finals because of COVID-19, leaving his color commentary section of the booth open.

It will be the second game in a row one of ESPN’s main three broadcasters miss a game due to COVID, after Mike Breen missed Game 7 between the Heat and Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Is Mike Breen back?

Breen still has to be cleared to broadcast Game 1, according to Marchand, but he is reportedly feeling better. Breen missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with COVID-19, with Mark Jones replacing him on the call.

Who will be in the ESPN booth?

While no one will be replacing Van Gundy in the booth, according to Marchand, Jackson will be joined by either Breen or Jones on play-by-play, depending on Breen’s availability.

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What does Adrian Wojnarowski do?

Wojnarowski is, generally speaking, an insider for ESPN. Much of his work is behind the scenes, but he does appear on “NBA Countdown” for ESPN’s pregame show.

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