Non-National Games Of The Week (Mar. 11-Mar.17)
As we get closer to the conclusion of the regular season, a higher proportion of quality games end up on national TV, thinning out the NNGW ranks from here on out. That said, there are a few real standouts this week, particularly three games in four nights for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Knicks @ Warriors: Considering what Stephen Curry did the last time these two teams meet up (less than two weeks ago), this one is a must watch. We could see another gigantic rebounding night for Tyson Chandler, though I doubt the Golden State scorer will be as generous with tipped boards.
Wizards @ Cavs: Kyrie Irving and John Wall. Yep, worth watching.
Lakers @ Magic: Since this marks Dwight Howard’s first game back in Orlando, this makes it more for the pre-game and the first quarter than the rest of the game itself.
Grizzlies @ Trail Blazers: I am intrigued to see how Mike Conley and Damian Lillard handle each other considering their different strengths while this is the type of game Portland needs to win if they want to claw their way back in the Western Conference playoff picture.
Lakers @ Hawks: One day after returning to his old house, Dwight Howard could be playing in his next one against Josh Smith and the Hawks. It will be interesting to see how Atlanta tries to defend Kobe Bryant considering his success as a facilitator in recent weeks.
Grizzlies @ Clippers [Game of the Week]: A rare statement game for both teams. Memphis gets the chance to prove that the Big Three in the West should really be four while the Clippers get a chance to put a little room between them and a possible 4/5 matchup in the first round. Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph will have their hands full with each other in this one.
Lakers @ Pacers: If the Lake Show takes this one, the narrative will hit overdrive. Paul George will need to step up on both ends since the Pacers have been lackluster on offense far too often recently and still have to deal with a limited or out Danny Granger.
Grizzlies @ Nuggets: Just two days after their big road game at the Staples Center, the Grizzlies head east to Denver to face the Nuggets in yet another big one. Denver still has a fighting chance at hosting a first round series, which would be a nightmare for Memphis.
Warriors @ Rockets: Not sure this one requires too hard of a sales pitch after what transpired the last time these squads played in Houston. It should be incredibly entertaining.