There are eight games Sunday, but none is more noteworthy than a rematch of last year’s Finals. The Spurs visit Miami, Carmelo Anthony goes for seconds at Madison Square Garden and we’ve got a match up of top teams out West to wrap up the night. Let’s begin.
The Big Game
San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
ABC; 1PM ET
The Spurs and the Heat haven’t played in a meaningful game since the Finals and this is the only time they will meet this season in the regular season.
Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter are out for San Antonio and Dwyane Wade might not play for the Heat, but for the guys on the floor, this game is a whirlwind of emotions.
This game won’t match the intensity of Game 6 or Game 7, but there will be emotions on the line and it is still a matchup of two of the best teams in the NBA. Story lines and narratives aside, this is still a very good game.
LA Lakers vs. New York Knicks
ABC; 3:30PM ET
The Lakers haven’t been good as of late. They are 3-18 since Dec. 21 and are pretty much out to make any sort of playoff run in the West. Rather, they look like a team ready to begin the rebuilding process.
The Knicks have had their struggles as well. They’ve been at the bottom of the Atlantic division and have had countless underlying narratives ready to pull the team apart. They haven’t played well consistently on either side of the ball and that’s lead to a very underwhelming record, but Carmelo Anthony is coming off one of the best performances of his career by scoring 62 points on Friday night. All eyes will be on him when he takes the floor at Madison Square Garden this afternoon.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors
League Pass; 9PM ET
The Warriors have one of the best defenses in the NBA this season. That has helped them survive certain shooting slumps. But that defense has failed them over the last five games, a stretch in which they’ve won just one content. In three of those games they scored 116, 121 and 120 points respectively.
And it’s not going to get any easier against the Trail Blazers. Portland has created one of the league’s best offenses, by surrounding LaMarcus Aldridge’s outstanding post game with a creative ball handler in Damian Lillard and knock down shooters in Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum. There are issues, such as interior defense and bench depth, but the Blazers are very good.
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans
League Pass, 6PM ET
Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
League Pass; 6PM ET
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics
ESPN; 6:30PM ET
Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks
League Pass; 7:30PM ET
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings
League Pass; 9PM ET