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A reminder that TNT Overtime is a fantastic way to watch Thursday night’s NBA action

Kelly Dwyer
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Roy Hibbert and Amar'e Stoudemire battle it out during the 2013 NBA playoffs (Getty Images)

This is an easy shill, because this is something I use weekly and love. For a few seasons now, Yahoo Sports has partnered with TNT to present TNT Overtime, an interactive way to basically act as your own game producer for that night’s marquee matchup. For one or two games, every Thursday, fans can choose their own camera angles, their own vantage points, or even participate in choosing the star that one camera will hound with a single shot – even when the player takes a rest on the bench – throughout the evening.

It’s not a gimmick, and it’s certainly not something you’ll tire of. It’s genuinely one of the cooler tools I’ve had the pleasure to have known in years of obsessing over watching NBA games. You’ll still get all the play by play, and updated stats roll alongside the screen of your choosing – whether you pick the Player Cam, an overhead or baseline shot, or utilize all four screens (as I do) at once.

In an era moving farther and farther away from orthodox television setups, as consumers pick and choose when and where they want to view content, this really is a nice free of charge service that will change the way some of you watch an NBA game. I cannot recommend it enough, and those who have read me for a while understand that I don’t fawn easily over things like these.

As the weeks roll on, and we get into the heart of the NBA season, we will be featuring that evening’s TNT Overtime game here at Ball Don’t Lie with a preview and breakdown of the featured matchup. For now, we just wanted to introduce or re-introduce you to a pretty stellar way of watching a contest, in shimmering hi-definition.

The New York Knicks are in Indiana tonight to take on the league-leading Pacers, attempting to gain a measure of revenge for their 2013 playoff defeat at the hands of Indiana, and stay just a half-game back for the final spot in the East’s playoff bracket. The Knicks have been feuding and sometimes rolling of late, always an interesting watch, while the Pacers are merely damn good. Championship-level, good.

Do give TNT Overtime a look tonight.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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