Let's nix the small talk, shall we?
REASONS TO WATCH THE GAMES OF THAT NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TONIGHT:
Like, Oh My God, We're Twinkies!!
Phoenix at Dallas
Okay, we're going to put a stop to this right now. The Suns and Mavericks are not the same. Here is a list of the similarities between the two:
- They used to be really, really good, and now are only kind of good.
- Their point guards are old.
- They both have all-star caliber power forwards.
- They both have coaches.
8:00 EST, TNT!
doodoodoodoodoodoo Andddd in the End...the Love You Take...Is Equal to the Defensive Stops...You Make
San Antonio at Denver
I am still in shock at what Chauncey has done to this Nuggets team. Funny how a calming on-court presence can change a team's whole demeanor, eh? And oddly enough, this game will boil down to the defense. The Nuggs will need every defensive trick Chauncey has in his repertoire to handcuff Tony Parkeyr (intentional), Nene will draw the tough task of trying to keep Duncan down, and Carmelo Anthony will be standing in the corner with Bruce Bowen/Ime Udoka. Whew. But this Nuggets team is storming in at 6th in the league in defensive efficiency (!) and should be able to take advantage of a Spurs squad that's still trying to get its wheels spinning in the right direction. But the real intrigue for me will be the pace of this one: SanAn has a tendency to force their opponents to slow things down. But with Denver near the top of the league in terms of pace, which team will be able to assert its will and make the other 'play at their speed'? Frankly, I'm not sure. But with Billups heading the charge for Denver, Nene working the post well, and Carmelo ruthless in the midrange game, does slowing things down really hurt the Nuggets all that much anymore?
10:30 EST, TNT!