Well, the Niners lost. Sonofabitch. Well, at least I don't have to watch football anymore. Thanks for getting me through the lockout.
Anyways, we should get to the games of the week for January 23-29, 2012. Always next year, Alex.
Monday: Sacramento Kings at Portland Trailblazers (7:00 PM PST)
Really? The Kings?
Sure, why not? Head coach Keith Smart, who replaced Paul Westphal after a 2-5 start and bizarre spat with DeMarcus Cousins, has gone 5-6 since taking over the job. I thought Keith Smart did a nice job in Golden State last season, so I'm not surprised that the Kings are showing early signs of improvement under Smart's tutelage. They've gotten wins in Indiana and San Antonio, impressively, both on the road. In the Blazers, the Kings have a team they hope they can model their development after. The two teams have similarly built rosters, with good, young power forwards in Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge, and tall, young, high scoring backcourts with Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton for Sacto, and Wes Matthews and Ray Felton for Portland. Furthermore, I'm actually excited to see The Jimmer, who has averaged a respectable eight points per game in about 22 minutes per game. If Sacramento shows up to play, I think this will be a good, competitive game.
Tuesday: Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers (4:00 PM PST)
Wednesday: LA Clippers at LA Lakers (7:30 PM PST)
Thursday: Memphis Grizzlies at LA Clippers (7:30 PM PST)
Friday: New York Knicks at Miami Heat (5:00 PM PST)
Saturday: Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz (6:00 PM PST)
Yep. That's Kings at Jazz. That night, it's your best option. I'll probably go out that night.
Sunday: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat (12:30 PM PST)