Rachel Nichols made her first appearance with TNT last night as the ESPN evacuee worked the floor for the devastatingly boring Spurs-Clippers game.

We actually think Nichols did an outstanding job, and appeared to be enjoying what she was doing—at least compared to the past several months of ESPN reporting that encroached the border of reluctance and outright loathing. For once, she seemed relaxed; when your network cohort is the flamboyant Craig Sager, a more placid tone is always appreciated.