Thursday, February 14, 2013

2 MONSTER MATCHUPS TONIGHT

Tonight's doubleheader of Heat v Thunder and Clippers v Lakers are the defining match ups of the first half of the 2012-2013 NBA season.

In our first match up, we have a rematch of last year's Finals.  LeBron is heading into tonight's game playing the best basketball of his career.  Absolutely unstoppable.  Kevin Durant is heading into tonight's game after receiving the first flagrant foul of his career.  MEAN STREAK.  This will be the first time the Heat return to Oklahoma City since they won Game 2 of the Finals there.  KD and Westbrook are one year removed from that series, one year older, one year wiser, and one year more experienced.  They are in first place of the Northwest division with a monster 39-13 record.  Does OKC have what it takes to cool off LBJ and the Heat?  The last time these two squads locked up was on Christmas Day in Miami, where the Heat won 103-97 behind LeBron's monster stat line of 29-9-8.

These two teams appear destined for a Finals rematch.  It will be important to gauge how the players respond tonight, the last game before all-star weekend.  This is a huge statement game, so expect a huge 4th quarter and a barrage of points from LeBron and KD.

Russell Westbrook shoots to much
Westbrook laying the groundwork to build Brick City.

Out west in La La Land, it appears a monstrous power shift has begun to take place.  The Lakers have continued to struggle, playing below average basketball all season long while Lob City has quickly ascended to the throne of 'Best team in Los Angeles'.  This changing of the guard has altered the landscape of the Western Conference and is sure to make for one hell of a battle tonight.  Lob City will look to continue their red hot streak after beating the Knicks, Sixers, and Rockets this week.

Tonight will also be a huge test for DUHwight Howard.  With Gasol out, Howard needs to step up and play solid defense against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and show Laker Land that their season can still be resurrected.  Expect Lob City to put on a hell of a show in front of Laker fans and hold on to their throne going into all star break.

Dwight Howard smiling
Stop smiling.  Start playing defense. 

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