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REASONS TO WATCH THE GAMES OF THE NBA TONIGHT:
They Are Everything Inside Of You That You Wish You Could Be (Matt):
Utah at Philadelphia
Okay, Utah fans. go ahead and enjoy this.
The Jazz are amazingly good this year. They're getting consistent efforts from their bench, playing terrific defense, still lighting up the scoreboard, and working seamlessly as a team. Andre Kirilenko in particular has been proficient, putting in more points and rebounds and working as a catalyst for the offense out of the elbow. But hey, this Sixers team can at least rest easy with Deron Williams out. I mean, if they had him back...
The Sixers were in trouble before. Iggy's nowhere to be found. Andre Miller's not playing above the fold like he has. Brand's been good not great. The bench has sucked. You don't get into must-win territory for another, oh, three months, but it would do a body good to get this one at home. Boozer versus Brand feels like it should symbolize something, but both are so nebulous I'm not sure it does. Watching Paul Millsap and Reggie Evans try and kill one another should be fun, though.
Philly, you can just watch this team and dream it was you. Or win. You know, either one.
7PM League Pass
One Not Having Kirk Hinrich And One Not Having Josh Smith Is Not Really An Equal Handicap (Matt):
Hawks at Bulls.
The story in this one is going to be whether the Hawks have that undefinable "find a way to win" thing going on or if the fact that they struggled with the Thunder over the weekend is a sign of things to come. You have to figure missing Josh Smith is going to catch up with them. Then again, they're playing defense and Joe Johnson has been incredibly consistent.
The Bulls, on the other hand, have not been consistent. They waver from dominating a Suns team (albeit one that was obviously mailing it in for the night), to losing rather easily to the Cavs. If Derrick Rose goes all pretty horsey tonight, the Bulls could smoke the Hawks, considering that Mike Bibby, despite his 19 points against the Thunder, kind of sucks. He disrupts the offense, shoots too soon in the clock, and doesn't do much in the flow of the offense. Of course, on the other side, Tyrus Thomas is fading into obscurity for the millionth time and Vinny Del Negro loves to play Nocioni for extended minutes. This is a tell-tale game for both squads.
8:30PM EST, League Pass
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Detroit @ Sacramento
10:00PM EST, League Pass
Can You Smeeeeeeelllllll What Danny Ferry Is Cooking?
Milwaukee @ Cleveland
7PM EST, League Pass
Off With His Head.
Denver @ Charlotte
7PM EST, Altitude.
It's Like A Giant Retail Store For Big Men That Can't Defend:
Minnesota at Golden State.
This matchup is like a high frequency alarm. It just makes me wince and it's hard to concentrate on anything while I think about it. It's not bad, per say, it's just awkward. Al Jefferson versus Biedrins? Strange. Ryan Gomes versus Brandan Wright? Strange. Randy Foye versus Stephen Jackson? Awkward. Kevin Love versus Ronnie Turiaf? Nonsensical.
This is probably going to be entertaining though, as most Warriors games are. The Roaracle should be enough to get this team the W tonight, but that all goes out the door if The Harbinger decides to have another "Hey, look, I learned the drop step hook" games. Then the Warriors have no answer and lose.
You should check this one out if you like freakshows and car wrecks.
A Dobermamba and Ze German Passing Quietly in the Night (Rob):
Lakers at Dallas