Hump Day is back again. This time around, it brought with it a nine-game NBA slate, a handful of dimming playoff hopes and one awkward reunion.
You might want to go ahead and call in sick for Thursday already. Things are about to get interesting.
First and foremost, it's worth mentioning that two of the league's best, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, are on the docket. If drama isn't your thing, pencil these two pillars of the basketball world into your nightly schedule.
Judging by the unexplainable, yet somehow undeniable, popularity of reality TV, there's a good chance that drama does in fact move your needle. If that's the case, Wednesday's slate should register off the charts.
Remember when there were fleeting hopes that the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls could actually be Eastern Conference Finalists? Both teams now look like they'll be jostling just for a postseason berth, and that shared struggle will come together on the Madison Square Garden floor.
Or what about the time it seemed like the Minnesota Timberwolves were finally going to whet Kevin Love's starved appetite for success? It will be tough to keep that dream alive if the Wolves can't handle a road visit from the free-falling Philadelphia 76ers.
But on to Wednesday night's jewel, that uncomfortable reunion. And no, it's not the suddenly efficient Monta Ellis returning to Oracle Arena.
It's Doc Rivers stepping back inside Boston's TD Bank Garden, a place still bearing witness to his tenure in the form of the 2007-08 championship banner that he helped raise. If emotions get the best of him, then the Los Angeles Clippers could have a fight on their hands from the better-than-advertised Boston Celtics.
So turn off your phones, block out all outside noise and get ready for what should be a weird Wednesday in the association.
Wednesday Night's Lineup
Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 7 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8 p.m. ET
San Antonio Spurs vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. ET
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m. ET
Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET
Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. ET
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)