Reasons To Watch The Games Of The NBA Tonight:
I Left My Heart In San Francisco. Which Is Good, Since This Game Will Likely Put It Into Cardiac Arrest (Via the Corndogg): Has there ever been a game in NBA history that has defied understatement like this one? Everything on the court hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Are the amount of tattoos on the court tonight an understatment? How about the offensive firepower? How about the free beards? How about the regular season tiebreaker and probably playoff seed on the line? I started sweating just writing that phrase. Will this be the night that Melo anchors down on defense and stops the other guys hitting big shots? Will Monta Ellis explode for 40 points, as a preview of his impending greatness? Peter freakin' Jackson couldn't create an epic like this. An everything-laid-out-on-the-line game that is pushed to Prime Time because of how immense and awesome it is sure to be. So, hunker down, get some beer/wings and prepare for the real
March April Madness. Uh-oh, here it comes. Oh jeez. CLEAR!
I'm Gonna Take You Out Like You're Trapped In A Polygamist Society: Jazz are in Dallas tonight. Here's how this shakes down. Dallas has a two game lead on both the Nuggets and Warriors. Now, one of them will be down three games, all but ending their playoff hopes. The other, though, will be within striking distance of Dallas. Dallas needs this to pull away from the pack. A win tonight makes it almost impossible for them to lose the seven seed, and pretty much locks up the playoffs for them. The Jazz have won their division, but a win tonight means they have home court advantage in the first round, which is more important for them than for any other team, given how poorly they play on the road. There's a chance they can move up even higher in the seedings, but it's unlikely, given the fact that two teams behind them in seeding are ahead of them in standings, and if there's a slip above them, those teams are likely to move up. The matchups should be great tonight, with Okur and Dirk being two extremely tall frontcourt players that can hit from the outside, Millsap versus Bass, JKidd versus his protege, Deron-Run-Run-Run, and Cuban versus the officials. This is a huge game for both teams, and it should be fun to watch on television. Which, unfortunately, I won't be able to do, because I'll be at the game with credentials. No BlogMaverick appeal needed. So, yeah, there MIGHT be a post on this game tomorrow. Utah at Dallas, 8:30PM EST.
The Extremely Marginalized And Relatively Predetermined Battle Of Los Angeles: Lakers get the Clippers tonight, who are better with Brand on the floor, but still, you know, the Clippers. Look for Bryant to have a huge night, in preparation for tomorrow night's knock down-drag out with the Hornets. Then again, the Blazers did take them down... Nah. Lakers roll in the nightcap, and you won't even see ZeFreakas or Marcus Williams because apparently Dunleavy doesn't know how to plan for the future. I wonder what his 401K looks like. LA Lakers "at" LA Clippers, 10:30PM EST.