Tuesday March 10th
Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks
8:30 PM EST, NBATV
Thursday March 12th
Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs
9:30 PM EST, TNT
Is this a possible Finals preview? We all know about Lebron’s past with the Spurs: the Finals sweep over the Cavs when Damon Jones and Donyell Marshall still played; Ray Allen pulled Miami out from the jaws of defeat in 2013; the Spurs absolutely demolished Miami in 2014; what will this year hold in store?
I’m praying that Pops doesn’t decide this is the time to sit his older starters. As much as I want to watch Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter, Aron Baynes, Corey Joseph, and Marco Belly-Nelly for 48 minutes, I don’t. If Kevin Love has to guard Tim Duncan for most of the game, that should be a real treat to watch (good luck, Kevin). It’ll be interesting to see how Pop matches up against our crunch-time players, where Mosgov is found enjoying an appletini on the sidelines. Will Tiago Splitter join him? This is an excellent test for our Cavaliers. LeBron will be ready to put on a show.
20 bonus points to anyone who can name this player without cheating.
Sunday March 15th
Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
BEST “EVERY DAMN DAY” NBA GAMES OF THE WEEK- PRESENTED BY NIKE T-SHIRTS
Monday March 9th
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls
8:00 PM EST, NBATV
The Grizz travel North for this Monday matchup to face-off against the Chi-town Bulls. Memphis looks poised for a title run as the 2 seed in the West led by their stingy defense (95.6 pts.allowed/gm- best in NBA) along with a strong frontcourt combo of Gasol and ZBo. After dropping games this week to the lowly Jazz and Pellies, nice wins over the Rockets and Lakers rounded out their week. ZBO is the man.
The Bulls start their week with yet another national TV game. Along with the Clippers, it seems like they are on every DAMN day (#NIKE). Despite the injury to Rose, Aaron Brooks and E’Twaun Moore have stepped up in their point guard play, but the Bulls now have fallen to the 4 seed, which likely sets up a first round playoff matchup with the lowly ‘Zards. With Butler and double double man Pau Gasol, the Bulls are still a dangerous team come playoff team nevertheless. This team is deep and capable of ending the Cavs season if they meet in round 2.
In this matchup, I look for the Grizz to stifle the Bulls offense and for them to comfortably win this one 100-91.
Tuesday March 10th
Toronto Drakes at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 PM, TSN2, FSSW
Wednesday March 11th
Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
8:00 PM, ESPN
Thursday March 12th
Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers
7:00 PM, FSWI, FSMW
Friday March 13th
Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns
10:00 PM, SPSO, FSAZ
Saturday March 14th
Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers
7:00 PM, CSNN, FSMW
Sunday March 15th
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers
3:30 PM, ABC
Foo Sing’s Pu Pu Platter “Game of the Week”
Friday March 6th
New York Knicks at Denver Nuggies
9:00 PM, MSG, ALT
Someone open up a window or door in here, this Pu Pu platter is extra pooey this week. With both teams supporting 2-8 records in their last 10, this one is sure to be great. The sad franchise that is located in New York looks poised to garner the worst record in the league. Phil Jackson seems to want OSU stud De’Angelo Russell. The only thing interesting to me for the Knicks is this off-season and which highly valued free agent decides to go there to have his career ruined while getting severely overpaid. My money is on Greg Monroe and perhaps another overrated guard.
The Nuggies recently fired their coach, Brian Shaw, and have struggled mightily this season thanks in part to their abysmal 3-point shooting (31% efficiency).
In this matchup, I look for Denver to try somewhat at home and win this one over the lowly Knicks and Louie Amundson, 103-94.
JRod’s Steamer “Team of the Week” Presented by Stanley Steemer
Detroit Rock City! The Pistons recent play has resembled the state of their city ever since they stopped making cars and filed for bankruptcy back in 2013: helpless, falling apart, and full of steamy piles of trash. Immediately after giving away Josh Smith, the team looked poised to make a playoff run. Then Brandon Jennings went down and things have gone south since acquiring Reggie Jackson at the trade deadline.
Losers of five straight, the Stons’ are now 23-38 and should honestly tank the rest of the season. The losing streak started against the Cavs last week and is highlighted also with a terrible OT loss to the Knickerbockers. I said to book the ‘Stons for an above .500 season and a playoff berth. I was wrong.
The “Ricky Rubio Shooting Star of the Week”
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Simply put, Klay did not live up to his “Splash Brother” nickname in his three games this past week, not including Sunday’s matchup against the Clippers. Check out his statline for the week:
13-47 FG, 27.7%
6-22 3PT, 27.3%
Klay’s season averages, by the way, are 21.7 PPG, 45.8% FG, and 43% 3PT. Of course, Golden State is absolutely loaded so they still managed to go 2-1 despite Klay’s struggles on the court.
Semih-Pro’s “Piping Hot” Team of The Week Presented By: The Subway Pastrami Melt
After the Pacers lost Paul George and Lance Stephenson for the season, Vegas responded by setting the over/under for the season at 32.5. This is for a team that came off a Conference Finals appearance and won 56 games last season! Of course, when you lose two players of that caliber, one would expect a major dropoff. But here the Pacers are, the 7 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs at 28-34. There really isn’t much hope for climbing past the 7 seed, but to make the playoffs without their two best players from last season is insane, and Coach Frank Vogel deserves all of the credit in the world.
The Pacers have won 5 straight, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Adding a healthy Paul George to this squad is scary as hell…
Lance may have blown the Hornets’ chances at a playoff birth this season too!