Basketball is back! The NBA returns this Tuesday with three games followed by a full slate on Wednesday. The first week of the season brings some very intriguing storylines and showcases old faces in new places. Here are some of the most exciting games coming up from October 29th to November 4th.
Tuesday, October 29th: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat- Thuuz Rating: 85
The Return is finally here. Derrick Rose makes the most anticipated reappearance for Bulls fans since Jordan in 1995 against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Lebron James and Co. will try to spoil Rose’s return and begin the drive for a third-straight title. Could this be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals? Only time will tell, but for now, this is a must watch game for all NBA enthusiasts.
Wednesday, October 30th: Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs- Thuuz Rating: 74
Memphis and San Antonio will battle it out in a rematch of the 2013 Western Conference Finals. This matchup features two tough, defensive-minded teams from the Southwestern Division. Age is a big question for the Spurs, as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili enter their late thirties. The Grizzlies enter the 2013-14 campaign looking to avenge the embarrassing sweep they suffered at the hands of the Spurs in the conference finals led by their stellar frontcourt of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Thursday, October 31st: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers- Thuuz Rating: 87
Two teams with scary good offenses will be running up and down the floor on Halloween. Both teams added key pieces in the offseason, with the Clippers acquiring snipers J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley and the Warriors getting Andre Iguodala. Anchored by strong point guard play, these two Pacific Division foes will try to slow each other down and keep the combined scoring total under 300.
Friday, November 1st: Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves- Thuuz Rating: 70
Kevin Martin hosts his former team on Friday night as the finally healthy (for now) T-Wolves look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Thunder will have to find someone other than Kevin Durant who can put the ball in the basket while they wait for Russell Westbrook to return from his knee injury and ponder what would have happened had they not traded James Harden to the Rockets. The Thunder will try to forget an early playoff exit and look to challenge the Clippers for the top spot in the Western Conference
Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets-Thuuz Rating: 95
Another must-watch Eastern Conference matchup involving the Heat will go down on Friday as Miami traveled to the Barclays Center to take on the refurbished Nets. Brooklyn hired Jason Kidd to handle a team with new acquisitions such as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko. The Nets look to knock off the Heat and contend for a top three seed in the East along with an Atlantic Division crown. Miami will try to battle through a tough opening schedule and march to another deep playoff run.