The NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 finales will captivate basketball fans on Sunday at 2pm and 5pm ET on CBS. But the best basketball league in the world is having a showdown that afternoon, too. At 3:30pm ABC will broadcast the NBA’s OKC Thunder v. Houston Rockets game featuring two of the most dynamic players not just of the moment, but in NBA history. OKC’s Russell Westbrook and Houston’s James Harden, both scoring sensations with a penchant for assists too, are in a fierce battle for both playoff positioning and the NBA MVP Award. This game could make even big-time college hoops fans forget about the big dance for an afternoon.
Of the widely acknowledged NBA MVP candidates, Harden and Westbrook stand out for not having missed a single game for their teams. (Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have rested some.) That means the recent plague of the NBA — star players sitting out big regular season games — won’t likely afflict the Rockets-Thunder game. The best news for those college basketball fans that won’t surrender their NCAA loyalty? They can just tune into ABC during the commercials and see plenty of spectacular play from Harden and Westbrook. These guys work fast.