Weekend Watching: Chris Paul Versus the Spurs, Sixers at MSG and Celtics in LA
So you have plans for your weekend and can't catch every NBA game. That's okay. We understand. We have you covered. Check out the games you should be planning your schedule around.
We've already covered the reasons why you should be watching this game in our Look Ahead, but let's go through them again:
Blake Griffin and DeJuan Blair. Both exciting players to root for, but for very different reasons. While Blake is all about explosiveness, Blair goes about his business without ACLs in his knees. I'll never understand that, but I'll forever be grateful that he's able to do it and we're able to watch him.
The Clippers will be looking for revenge in this one after suffering a 103-100 loss in overtime to the Spurs in their last meeting. In that meeting Chris Paul turned the ball over down the stretch, ultimately costing his team the victory. You know he doesn't forget moments like that and he'll be ready to go tonight.
Bonus reading: Check this profile on Spurs' rookie Kawhi Leonard and then try not rooting for him: Kawhi: Unique player on a unique team
Something to think about: Does Chris Paul go into scoring mode when the fourth quarter hits?
Sixers @ Knicks 1:00 pm EST
Confession time: This game is on the list because I truly can't get enough of the Philadelphia 76ers right now. This team is playing so well, so hard and so unselfishly. They've been a joy to watch. The Knicks will be happy to be playing on their home floor after a four-game road trip that started with three consecutive losses. The Sixers are currently the surprise of the Eastern Conference and are first in the Atlantic Division. Two games up on the Celtics, they'll be looking to create some distance at the top.
Something to think about: Doug Collins recently said that Evan Turner is a true point guard. Agree or disagree?
Celtics @ Lakers 3:30 pm EST
Any time the Celtics and Lakers face off, it's a game to watch. Even when these two teams are not playing particularly well, there will always be something special about this rivalry. Luckily, this game is in Los Angeles where the Lakers are 17-2, so there's a pretty good chance they'll actually show up, unlike the Lakers squad we've seen on the road in losses to the Pistons and Wizards this week. Look for Rajon Rondo to punish Derek Fisher and for Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant to continue jawing at each other like they've been doing for years.
Bonus reading: When greatness comes in threes
The last time these two teams met, Dante Cunningham saved the day. After the Grizzlies gave up a 23-point second half lead, it was Cunningham who bailed them out with a tip-in at the buzzer. Memphis will be playing the second game of a back-to-back, facing Phoenix the night before while Denver will be home waiting. Take the time to watch Kenneth Faried in this game. The Denver rookie had 18 points and10 rebounds in that game and was a big part of the Nuggets second-half run.
Bonus reading: Meet the double-double machine no one's talking about
Something to think about: Kenneth Faried has impressed with his performance this season. Which rookie has surprised you the most?
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