NBA Opening Week: Games to Watch

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.

10/19-10/21 Thuuz Football Recap



Last weekend saw some incredible football games throughout the NFL and college football.  Five of the top ten college football teams lost as well as several heavyweights in the NFL losing.  Here are some of the most exciting games ranked by Thuuz rating.

 

Friday, October 18th:

UCF 38, #8 Louisville 35

The weekend started off with a bang with this Friday night thriller featuring then undefeated Louisville and the 4-1 Knights.  Teddy Bridgewater threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns but Central Florida prevailed in the last minute of the game.  Louisville had taken the lead with 3 minutes left on the clock on a 15 yard Dominique Brown touchdown run but Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles led the Knights down the field in the waning moments of the game, throwing a two yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left.  A Bridgewater Hail Mary fell incomplete as time expired and along with it the Cardinals hope for an undefeated season and BCS Championship Game bid.

Thuuz Rating: 100

 

Saturday October 19th:

Ole Miss 27, #6 LSU 24

In a day where five ranked SEC teams fell to in-conference foes, the Tigers battled back from a 17 point deficit but ultimately fell short on the road against Ole Miss.  The Rebels jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks to three first half interceptions by LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.  The Tigers came roaring back, rallying to tie the game with less than four minutes left, but Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace added to an already strong day and kicker Andrew Ritter split the uprights with two seconds remaining to seal the upset win in front of upwards of 60,000 delirious Ole Miss faithful.

Thuuz Rating: 100

 

#24 Auburn 45, #7 Texas A&M 41

A stereotypical SEC game would not include 86 total points and over 1200 combined total yards.  However, Auburn and Texas A&M are not your typical SEC teams.  Each team put up gaudy offensive stats, with the Tigers having two players with over 100 yards rushing and amassing a total of 379 yards on the ground, and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel totaling 454 yards in the air and 48 more on the ground.  More than half of those yards went to stud wideout Mike Adams, who averaged 26.1 yards per catch and caught all four of Manziel’s touchdown throws.  The Aggies blew a ten point fourth quarter lead after Johnny Manziel was hit hard and left the game for a key drive in the final quarter.  Tre Mason’s touchdown with 1:19 left proved the game winner for the visiting Tigers, who jumped 13 spots in the polls after their win.  This game left the hearts of viewers pumping and struck fear into the hearts of SEC defensive coordinators who will match up against Texas A&M or Auburn in the upcoming weeks.

Thuuz Rating: 98

 

Sunday, October 20th:

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Houston Texans 16

Kansas City escaped a challenge from the struggling Texans with their perfect record intact, albeit not without drama.  Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith both rushed for touchdowns and the stingy Chiefs defense held Houston scoreless for the fourth quarter, forcing a key fumble inside of the two minute warning to secure the victory.  A Texan quarterback did not throw an interception returned for a touchdown for the first time this season, and starter Case Keenum did not even throw an interception, though he did lose the fumble to seal the outcome of the game.  The division rivals battled to a stalemate in the fourth quarter, so a Ryan Succop field goal proved the difference in this defense-driven game.  Kansas City gained sole possession of first place in the AFC West due to Denver’s loss to Indianapolis and are now the NFL’s sole unbeaten team.

Thuuz Rating: 100

 

Washington Redskins 45, Chicago Bears 41

The opposite of the Chiefs-Texans game, this NFC showdown featured 499 yards of total offense from Washington along with three rushing touchdowns from Chicago running back Matt Forte.  Devin Hester also returned a punt for a touchdown for the Bears, who scored ten unanswered points in the fourth quarter only to be beaten on a last minute touchdown from Roy Helu.  Tight end Jordan Reed had a huge game for the Redskins, catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.  Washington got a badly needed second win and will look to ride their momentum into a tough atmosphere in Denver next week.  Chicago will try to regroup during their upcoming bye week and will look ahead to a Monday Night match with Green Bay to springboard back into contention in the NFC North.

Thuuz Rating: 98