And just like that, we’re on the brink of week 4! The 2017-18 NBA season has been unpredictable and it’s about to get even trickier! Lonzo Ball and Kyrie Irving will come face-to-face and so much more!
Here we go! As we head into week 4 of the NBA season, we’ve already been clenching onto show-stopping storylines and there’s about to be a lot more with five different matchups this week! The Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 PM ET on ESPN. It’s one of the greatest rivalries in NBA history, and it’s bound to be a showdown. It’s interesting, because the No. 3 picks in each of the last two NBA Drafts — the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum — will go head-to-head, with the last two No. 2 picks — the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. Despite being down Gordon Hayward, the Celtics are on a winning streak, with the most wins in the league; tied with the Detroit Pistons. Can they keep the streak going?
In a double-header, the Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to Golden State for a matchup against the Warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN. Just like the Warriors did years ago, Minnesota is looking to build a power team with young, homegrown talent. The Wolves are developing recent Rookies of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Although the Wolves have a lot to learn, with the addition of Jimmy Butler, coming off a trade from the Bulls, their star power shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Next up, the Houston Rockets will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 PM ET on TNT. Despite coming off a stretch of five losses, the Cavs still have their highest scorer, LeBron James, playing at his championship level. LeBron is coming off a star performance against the Wizards last week, scoring 57 points, with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. In the post-game, he said it was the best he’s felt in his career. And, remember last week when we said he needed 41 points to become the 7th player in NBA history to reach 29,000… well, he did, Mr. 57. He also celebrated another accolade — LeBron became the second player in NBA history to have a 50-point game in his 15th season.
And, LeBron will face off against his longtime friend, Chris Paul. Their friendship dates back to their AAU days when they were just 12-years-old. They also played in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game, before going their separate ways — Paul decided to attend Wake Forest and LeBron headed to the NBA.
Then, the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit Denver to play the Nuggets on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 PM ET on TNT. It’ll be a nostalgic night for new Thunder forward, Carmelo Anthony as he spent his first seven-plus seasons in Denver, where he led the Nuggets to the playoffs seven times, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Finals, before being traded to New York in February 2011. And, Melo isn’t the only one who has fond memories in Denver.
Last season [on April 9], Mr. triple double himself, Russell Westbrook, broke Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season during a high intensity win at Denver. Russ made a 36-foot game-winner to complete a 50-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance that eliminated the Nuggets from the playoffs that season.
And, fans should be on the lookout during Melo’s performance in Denver as he is approaching a milestone of his own. He’s just 28 points away from passing Hall of Famer and former teammate, Allen Iverson [24,368] for 24th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Finally the San Antonio Spurs will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Nov. 10 at 9 PM ET on ESPN. Don’t underestimate this game, as just about everyone is excited to see “The Greek Freak” create magic on the court. Gianni Antetokounmpo may be a young player, but he’s been a star for the Bucks. He leads the Bucks in scoring, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks per game, at just 22-years-old.
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