The first two weeks of what would have been the NBA season have come and gone. *sigh*
There were a total of 15 games scheduled for this weekend that’s mostly filled with mediocre games, save for a few really good match-ups. 3 out of 9 on Saturday, 2 out of 6 on Sunday. Let’s get into it:
Day 12 - Saturday, November 12th
Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks - These are two teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference Playoff battle, both looking to push themselves over the edge into contention. Both teams made mid-season changes. The Pacers fired their coach and got Frank Vogel as their interim, who helped turn things around and got Indiana back to the playoffs in spite of winning only 37 games. But who knows, maybe they wouldn’t have made it in the first place. The Knicks, on the other hand, finally got Carmelo Anthony, which may or may not have been the best idea at the time. They gave up a lot in Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and others, and actually didn’t improve much, winning 50% of their games since the trade. What’s my point? These teams are going to be working hard to get up in the standings, and maybe these two will come in each other’s way when it comes to a playoff spot.
Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - I keep saying this, but just like with the Nuggets and the Hornets, games are just fun to watch when the Warriors go up against the Rockets. Last year saw Ekpe Udoh’s breakout game in a loss to the Rockets. These are two teams that really keep fighting to the end, especially for one of the last Playoff spots. Of course, they both missed it last season, which means they’ll only be fighting harder.
New Orleans Horents vs. San Antonio Spurs - If there’s one thing that’s true in the NBA, it’s that the Western Conference’s southwest division is effing STACKED. Four out of the five teams made it into the playoffs last year (one eventually winning the Championship), and the only one to not reach it were the 43-39 Rockets. Yeah, so any match-up between any of these teams will be good to watch.
Day 13 - Sunday, November 13
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - These are two not exceptionally good teams, but two teams that know how to put on a game. Plus, you have two incredibly athletic players on the same court: Andre Iguodala and Blake Griffin. If you add Louis Williams’ and Eric Gordon’s shooting touch, and you get a pretty good game on your hands… er… TV.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic - Whoa boy, here it is. Rematch of the first round of the 2011 Playoffs. You know that Dwight Howard is going for revenge, with his first victim being Jason Collins. Or who knows, maybe Collins will shut him down again. Maybe if they get Gilbert Arenas to finally knock down some 3’s when it’s not the 4th quarter, then maybe the Magic will figure it out. Nonetheless, this is constantly becoming a match-up to watch over the past couple years, and hopefully, as long as Dwight stays in Orlando, this could heat up to a nice rivalry.