NBA Games Of Week 3: Cheerleader Edition [PHOTOS]
Each week, there are more than 50 NBA games to watch. So how do you figure out which ones to turn on and which ones to tune out?
Easy, you take our advice.
From now until the NBA Playoffs (when picking games gets easier), we’ll be choosing our favorite NBA game to watch. Monday to Friday. Rain or shine.
I’m not above putting every single Lakers game on the list this week but since Mike D’Antoni’s first day on the job is up in the air until at least Friday, we’ll have to wait until next week to see what the Italian Stallion can bring to the table.
Monday – Nov. 12th, 2012
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls
(8:00 PM EST | CSNC)
I think that one of the biggest surprises of the Eastern Conference right now is that the Bulls are playing some pretty solid basketball. Not great, but solid. That’s what happens when your strength is defense.
The Celtics might know a thing or two about defense but haven’t started with the gusto that their “new look” preseason hype deserved.
All I’m saying is that someone’s going to lose a tooth in Monday’s match-up. The Bulls aren’t going to make winning in their house easy and the Celtics need as many Eastern Conference wins as possible if they want to get that 2nd seed they want.
Tuesday – Nov. 13th, 2012
Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets
(7:30 PM EST | FSOH/YES)
As much as you might want to not hear it, the things you hear about Kyrie Irving are true–he’s must-watch basketball.
The same can’t be said of the Nets’ new mascot “The BrooklynKnight” but their own point guard is pretty good.
As a New Yorker without League Pass, this is one of the few games I’ll have to watch one of the league’s best young guns play some roundball. Full disclosure: Kyrie Irving was my cousin’s neighbor at Duke. (I’m willing to drop that humblebrag even if it means admitting that I didn’t go to as prestigious a school.)
Wednesday – Nov. 14th, 2012
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers (Game of the Week)
(10:30 PM EST | ESPN)
As I said in last week’s “Games of the Week,” the Clippers are my favorite for winning the Pacific (compounded by the hiring of D’Antoni) so of course it makes sense that I’m going to highlight their game against the defending champions.
The fact that these two teams are in respective meccas for cheerleading talent has absolutely nothing to do with my decision.
Thursday – Nov. 15th, 2012
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
(8:00 PM EST | TNT)
This is the second Celtics and Nets game that I’m asking you all to watch, and maybe I care a little bit too much about the Eastern Conference, but I’m telling you all that this is going to be an interesting if for no other reason than I’m curious to see how much “Celtics hatred” pours from Brooklyn’s mouth.
Friday – Nov. 16th, 2012
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies
(9:30 PM EST | ESPN)
I’ve gotta throw at least one Knicks game into the weekly match-ups and the Grizzlies pose as an interesting opponent.
By this game, either the Knicks will have beaten the Orlando Magic to get to 6-0 or they’ll have let slip the first game of many that you’ve come to expect as a Knick fan. Either way, the Grizzlies aren’t going to be understanding hosts.
Last year, I would have said that the Grizzlies would be the favorites. But this year’s Knicks bench is deep with 2′s and 3′s who can play solid defense against the likes of Rudy Gay.