The weekend is upon us and we thought it’d be nice to give you a little NBA game plan or a “what to watch for” guide to this weekend’s action. So here it is…
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE NEW YORK KNICKS?
The Knicks are dealing with injuries (most notably, Tyson Chandler) and recently held a “closed door team meeting” led by Carmelo Anthony. Usually when teams hold those type of meetings, it’s not a good sign — especially so early in the season. Not a good look for the Knicks. However, that could be the least of their problems this weekend. The Knicks will continue to try to get used to life without Chandler (for the foreseeable future) and this weekend presents some interesting tests — first with Charlotte (the Bobcats beat them a few days ago) tonight and San Antonio on Sunday. Will the Knicks go 0-2 for the weekend?
THE UNDEFEATED PACERS
Everyone and their mother is talking up the Indiana Pacers. And with their 6-0 record, why not? However, let’s see how far they can keep that clean slate. They have a few tests this weekend that could stain their perfect start. First, they play the Toronto Raptors tonight — a team which gave them trouble last season. Then they face Brooklyn on Saturday, the second game of a back-2-back. We could see a let down there, maybe their first loss of the season? Also, can Paul George continue his insane play? Is he a real MVP candidate?
WILL THE REAL CLIPPERS PLEASE STAND UP
Like for real, who are the Los Angeles Clippers. They look good one night and then the next, they lose to the Orlando Magic. Puzzling. They have the worst defensive rating in the NBA, allowing 108.4 points per 100 possessions, and are sitting mediocre at 3-3 on the season. Will the real Clippers please stand up? This weekend they have their rematch with the Houston Rockets on Saturday. They won the first, 137-118. I doubt they’ll put up another 130-burger, but it should present us with good theatre. Also, wasn’t Doc Rivers supposed to salvage this team’s defense? Yikes. 108.4.
Cleveland vs Philly, Friday night, 7: 00 p.m.
Dallas vs Minnesota, Friday night, 8:00 p.m.
Golden State vs San Antonio, Friday night, 8:30 p.m.
Indiana vs Brooklyn, Saturday night, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles (C) vs Houston Rockets, Saturday night, 8:00 p.m.
Golden State vs Memphis, Saturday night, 8:00 p.m.
San Antonio vs New York, Sunday afternoon, 12:00 p.m.
Minnesota vs Los Angeles (L), Sunday night, 9:30 p.m.