If you missed that big game and want to catch up quickly, you can always tune into Sportscenter or any number of websites. But if you want to do so as fast as humanly possible, Google is happy to oblige with a new addition to the ever-expanding search functions. For the latest NBA games in the US, Google is adding short video recaps to the score cards that automatically appear when you search for a team or a game.

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The short videos come from the NBA's official YouTube channel, and the feature seems to have been implemented as a special addition for the basketball postseason. That means that this is almost certainly an official collaboration between Google and the National Basketball Association, so don't expect to see similar recaps for baseball, football, or any other sport - at least for the time being.


You can see the recaps addition on searches made via the official Search app and in the browser, both on your phone and on desktop platforms. On the desktop, clicking the video opens a temporary window with some nifty game elements. Here's hoping that Google pursues something similar for other sports.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • TheSparks

    It would be great if Google can implement this for Football & Cricket!

    • Manu Krishnan

      It's already working for IPL cricket matches, check it out now

      • TheSparks

        Nope highlights don't work for IPL games either.

      • chirag


        • Manu Krishnan

          Here is one from 5 days ago, don't have anything recent

          • Becks

            How did you get the tv shows episode card? I got it for a couple of tv shows once but never again after that. Can you tell me how you got this? Are you getting this continuously?

          • Manu Krishnan

            Yes it is continous, takes time to get here, but after you setup your TV provider and mention that you like recommendations for you favorite show, these notifications come up automatically

            One more thing, this shows up ONLY when you are home.

          • zulfaqar

            Another way you can get the shows you care about to show up in google now and as a reminder is this: go to google.com on the desktop, type in the show you want to get a card for, when you get your search results on the right side there will be a knowledge graph, right above the episode list you should see "Remind me about new episodes", click the button to the right. From now on you should get that card and reminders on your android device(s).

  • Tony Pettinato

    They should link to the Dawk Ins highlight tapes. The NBA should be paying that guy.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I just realized that I can't tell if I was on YouTube or on Google Now when I clicked the video recap. It all looks the same.

  • ShawnDWalker

    The NBA should be paying that guy. http://num.to/904.970.893.852

  • Gregor Smith

    A few other sports actually have it, search for Real Madrid and you get this

    • Hector Diaz

      It also working with NHL. Will try with other things and post the results

  • Kash

    Cricket has this feature enabled. I'm seeing Recap & highlights link for all IPL matches completed today..

  • Johnny Bravo

    I cant watch NBA anymore this season. As a Bulls fan...just cant.

  • http://disqus.com/home/ Ny BiBi


  • Oobiewan

    Exactly what i needed. A rere moment when talking about google search updates

  • csgabor

    Works with NHL, too, in Hungary

  • q

    How about doing this with a sport that people actually watch?

    • AbbyZFresh

      People don't watch the NBA?

      Hmmm, interesting theory you say.

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    I want this for Football also, hope Google will implement it.