Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 12:30 pm  |  51 responses

Worthy of Your Attention

by Marcel Mutoni

Last night was, largely, for hype. Sure, basketball was played, but the evening was more about re-introducing the League’s biggest stars to the mass market, and wetting our appetites for the seven month-long marathon. Save for Blazers supporters, the night was a rousing success.

Tonight, though, the NBA season really jumps off, with 12 games on tap. Let’s take a quick look at the matchups you should keep an eye on…

Toronto @ Philly
: Elton Brand makes his home debut. Philly sports fans, though, might have to be excused for having other things on their nervous minds.

New Orleans @ Golden State: The sure-to-be disastrous Warriors season kicks off. And as Al Harrington and Don Nelson sumo wrestle at mid-court, no one will bat an eyelash.

Miami @ New York: The new-look Heat invade The Garden, facing off against the same-look Knicks. Hope you like hearing boos, Mike D’Antoni.

Milwaukee @ OKC: This will be weird, and sparsely watched.

Memphis @ Houston
: Arguably the game of the night, as the freakishly athletic Grizzlies take on Ron-Ron and the Rockets. The evil genius who created League Pass did so with games like this in mind.

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  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Do we HAVE to call the Warriors disastrous? Plus, CP and SJax tonight?! I love this game.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Idk Holly, it may be too early to say, but I might go as far as to say there is potential for disaster.

  • Michael

    memphis/houston game of the night? of the 4 u listed, i guess so

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    i begin to love NYK…

  • Aristotle

    Toronto – New Orleans – Miami – Milwaukee – Houston

  • riggs

    holly is in a basketball love triangle!, also im glad league pass is giving the free preview (since im not sure if i want to get it again after last year)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Detroit/Indiana. I know me and Larry Bird are the only people who care.

  • ciolkstar

    I’m so happy its NBA season again. This site doesn’t suck anymore (sorry, I really just hated the whole rankings fiasco plus there wsn’t really much news)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Nice to have you back ciol.

  • Diggy

    DWade and Mike Beasley in the garden? You cant go wrong with that!

  • RV

    freakishly athtletic?

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    So uh, Suns vs Spurs isn’t worthy of our attention? Really?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    The warriors are disastrous.. I mean even if it’s not their fault.. the team is just cursed

    They had their best season in the last 15 years last year and they didnt even make the playoffs.. I mean when was hte last time you heard a team finish 48-34 and not make the playoffs?

  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    by the way, does Maggette even play tonight? He was listed day-to-day….

  • Tuomas

    Ahh, finally something worthwhile NBA-related. So yeah Tad, I kinda care.

  • D’bri

    Despite the likelihood of awful basketball, I’m watching Knicks debacle tonight to see Mike D’s face as he realizes he has a full season to go.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    @Jukai Suns vs Spurs demands my attention if halftime is a battle between Shaq and Kobayashi for Nathan Hot Dogs. I’d even take Eddy Curry vs Shaq vs Kobayashi.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    riggs, I wouldn’t survive without League Pass. Also, I wouldn’t have it any other way, with the Hornets and Warriors. haha

  • B Deezy

    here’s prayin that nate throws down the dunk of the year on the heat frontline…go knicks!!!

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com Not-so-average Joe

    Tad, what makes you think Larry Bird cares?

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Spurs and Suns doesn’t rate? Really?

  • j

    The only time disastrous should be used when describing the warriors is with Al Harrington + finishing buckets, mookie blaylock, bimbo coles or Adonal + contract.

  • http://slamonline.com Josh D

    What abouts Spurs Suns?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Spurs/Suns feels like reheated leftovers, especially in October. No need to see them until spring.

  • RV

    Oberto is out tonight, has an irregular heartbeat

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Oh, you’re totally right Russ. But Miami against New York on the other hand…

  • RV

    i thought there were only a few games tonight, but there’s many, OKC-mil and miami-NY aren’t worthy of anything….ATl-orl and lakers clippers should get a mention

  • RV

    with Manu and oberto out the spurs’ depth is non-existant and they didn’t have much to begin with, the suns don’t have Amare i believe, so its more like reheated leftovers that spilled in the microwave.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Depending on what it is, re-heated leftovers can be quite tasty.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    RV: I thought the Suns DID have Amare. Source?

  • Tuomas

    Curry out too, irregular heart.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    you mean irregular weight?

  • RV

    Tad, im not really sure, i thought i remember reading he’d be out sometime after he broke his pinky, maybe that has changed

  • RV

    i meant Jukai

  • RV

    irregular brain

  • Tuomas

    The latter is the result of the former, but that too Jukai.

  • Bubba Chuck

    Denver @ Utah: The new-look Nuggets invade Salt Lake City, facing off against the same-look Jazz. Hope you like hearing boos, Jerry Sloan.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Hawks-Magic? Definitely watch that. I get where Russ is coming from, this is the only time of the year that many teams are going to be worth watching (all full of hopes and dreams). Might as well give them a look-see now, since we’ll be seeing plenty of the real teams like Suns and Spurs later on.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    and RV, the Grizz are freakishly athletic.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Just they can’t win games, Mo.

  • RV

    who on the grizz is freakishly athletic besides Rudy, Warrick, and Mayo?…I know 3 guys that are NOT are Gasol, darko, and Haddadi (sp?)….other guys ain’t stiffs, but not freakish either (Jaric, Walker, Buckner, Conley, Lowry, etc.)

  • RV

    and incase anyone is interested, NBA.com is offering free broadband league pass until nov 11th.

  • Bruno

    Milwaukee @ OKC… already a candidate for WORST GAME OF THE SEASON.
    and… ahn… somebody still WORKING @ slam????
    what about SUNS X SPURS???????

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Russ Bengtson says:
    Spurs/Suns feels like reheated leftovers, especially in October. No need to see them until spring.
    RUSS >>> Pasta always tastes better the next night!

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Not when it’s the 800th night in a row. Excuse me if I’m not quite ready to accept the Terry Porter-led Suns.

  • RV

    Oden out 2-4 weeks…

  • RV

    memphis 1st posession: Artest steal
    2nd posession: Artest steal
    3rd posessin: tmac steal

  • Jb

    Twolves vs Kings

  • Anton

    Suns 103
    Spurs 98
    wtf is going on?

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  • n8 jam3s

    yeah knicks,