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Here are the top 20 must-see games on the NBA calendar for the 2021-22 season

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We take a look at the top 20 must-see games for next season (not including Christmas games and opening-night games):

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Celtics-Knicks: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Knicks new point guard Kemba Walker gets a chance to show the division rival Celtics they made a mistake by trading him.

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Sixers-Bucks: Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., TNT

The Sixers were extinguished in the second round, and while the playoffs complete the story, games like this will help fill in the blanks of what the Sixers’ season will – or will not – be.

Pistons-Rockets: Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

The 2021 No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham and No. 2 pick Jalen Green meet for the first time, but which team picked the better player won’t be known for at least a few seasons.

Warriors-Nets: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Even two years after his free agency, the intrigue surrounding Kevin Durant’s time in Golden State and subsequent departure remains intriguing.

Heat-Bucks: Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Adding Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker to Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson should put the Heat back in a spot to compete with the Bucks for the East title.

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Suns-Trail Blazers: Dec. 14, 10 p.m., TNT

Just about two months into the season, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard should know know if he has the kind of team he thinks can compete for a title under first-time head coach Chauncey Billups.

Sixers-Nets: Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV

The Sixers and Nets were 1-2 in the East last year and both should be competing for that top spot again this season.

Jazz-Nuggets: Jan. 5, 10 p.m., ESPN

Two small-market teams hope that continuity and elite big men (Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Denver’s Nikola Jokic) will help them remain competitive in a crowded Western Conference landscape.

Lakers-Nets: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Sandwich between a game at Miami and at Philadelphia, the Lakers get the Nets in Brooklyn during a six-game road trip.

Heat at Raptors: Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., TNT

Longtime Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, now with the Heat, makes his return to Toronto where he will be warmly received for his tenure with the franchise, which included a 2019 championship.

Mavericks-Hawks: Feb. 6, 6 p.m., ESPN

It never becomes old to see two top picks in the 2018 NBA Draft face off in Dallas’ Luka Doncic (No. 3) and Atlanta’s Trae Young (No. 5).

Hornets-Bulls: Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

This game will yield bragging rights within the Ball family, with Lonzo, who signed a free agent deal with the Bulls last month, hoping that his experience can trump LaMelo’s talent.

Lakers-Clippers: Feb. 25, 10 p.m., ESPN

This might not spark the same sizzle as the past two years, but the L.A. series always produces fireworks and emotions.

Bulls-Bucks: March 4, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV

The Bulls made major moves, acquiring DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball to put next to Zach LaVine and Nik Vucevic, and the Bulls are out to prove they’re among the top teams in the East.

Lakers-Warriors: March 5, 8:30 p.m., ABC

For the first time ever, both California teams could finally have enough healthy star power for this matchup to become an actual rivalry.

Suns-Bucks: March 6, 3:30 p.m., ABC

It may no longer be an NBA Finals preview, but it will capture how each team has progressed since playing each other for the title last June.

Pelicans-Grizzlies: March 8, 7:30 p.m., TNT

By the time this matchup rolls around, featuring two of the major stars of 2019 draft – Zion Williamson and Ja Morant – both teams will know how close to making the playoffs they are.

Knicks-Hawks: March 22, 7:30 p.m., TNT

A rematch of last year’s first-round series won by Atlanta, featuring two teams on the rise in the East with a mixture of young talent and solid veterans.

Nets-Bucks: March 31, 7:30 p.m., TNT

This late-season contest may have an impact on the No. 1 seed in the East. Either way, it’s another star-laden potential playoff matchup between the defending champs with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the team trying to win a championship with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

Lakers-Suns: April 5, 10:30 p.m., NBA TV

It won’t exactly rectify their first-round loss to Phoenix, but the Lakers could be facing the Suns with a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis in a late-season game with playoff implications.

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Warriors Fans in State of Confusion as Depth of Stephen Curry Injury Revealed by X-Ray

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry limped to the locker room in the second half of Saturday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. He did not return as the Warriors held off the Mavericks 119-113.

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The injury occurred with 2:01 left in the third quarter when Curry appeared to bang knees with McKinley Wright IV while defending a drive. The Warriors’ star was whistled for a foul and came up favoring his left leg.

X-rays were negative and Curry will undergo an MRI exam.

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Warriors Fans in State of Confusion as Depth of Stephen Curry Injury Revealed by X-Ray

 

“Any time a guy’s going to get an MRI there’s a concerning level, for sure,” coach Steve Kerr said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see the results.”

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Curry, who missed 11 games earlier this season with a left shoulder subluxation, scored 21 points in 26 minutes with six rebounds and seven assists before his latest injury.

This is a difficult season for the Warriors and Mavericks, yes. The last two finalists in the West are out of the top 5 of the Conference with the course in February, which is rare. Those from the Bay had their usual reliability ( at least ) with Stephen Curry as alpha and omega. The Texans, with leaping to the next level, are on the back of Luka Doncic. But no one is in the mood to shoot rockets and, after the victory of the locals in the direct duel in San Francisco (119-113) the thing is like this: 27-26 the Warriors, 28-26 the Mavs. Seventh and sixth, half a game difference between the two, with the home court factor in the first round of the playoffs still within reach (26 losses are also the Clippers, now fourth)… but also the obligation to look back, and tremble.

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It is impossible not to look at LeBron James, who took the ( penultimate ?) bite of that career, against history and logic, which is about to end, before our very eyes. Another 27 points, 30.1 on average in the season in which he turned 38 and 20 in the NBA, and already only 36 to stack up to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The count is now 38,387 times 38,352. Just 36 more points and LeBron will be the player with the most points in history. He will put his name on one of those brands that seemed untouchable, the gold standard

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Which was (is, for a few more days) Kareem’s since 1984, a few months before LeBron himself was born. After a five-game road trip, the Lakers return to LA and, with ticket prices skyrocketing(smells like live history) they will play the Thunder on Tuesday and the Bucks on Thursday. If nothing unusual happens, during the European morning on Friday (04:00 Spanish time for both games) LeBron will surely be the top scorer in NBA history. If you hurry a little, it could be already before we have breakfast in Spain on Wednesday. From there, there will only be one account left: how far can he take his numbers, where will he leave his record, and how impossible? It will be to beat him when he retires. Probably, like Kareem, his successor hasn’t even been born yet.

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It is impossible not to look at the market. Kyrie Irving’s transfer request has created an earthquake in whose shock wave the Lakers dance, the vaunted favorite destination of a player whose bogeyman is impossible to trust (not without trembling) at this point but whose talent will always give him a life extra. The Lakers are looking for a coup de effect, something that saves them from themselves and their permanent errors in the offices during the last two seasons. Kyrie is the double somersault, the American-style miracle or ( almost, almost ) eternal damnation. 

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Things are so hot that LeBron, after the game against the Pelicans (in which he scored those 27 points) made a strange face when asked if Kyrie could bring them closer to the level of ring contenders. It will be because he won one with the point guard, in 2016. And he came to say questions like that to Rob Pelinka, the head honcho of the offices with whom he doesn’t get along too well right now. To the wise… But, because such a talent always gives extra lives, other suitors move: we already know that the Clippers are on it, it seems that the Mavericks are thinking about it, and the Suns have material with which to negotiate. There may not be anyone as desperate as the Lakers, but there may be someone faster. 

 

And if Kyrie goes elsewhere, it will sound like a failure for the Angelenos (the ones in purple and gold, at least) regardless of how it ends, that’s another, this (it seems imminent) new experiment for a player so difficult to predict and, in many of his behaviors, so hard to bear.

But, in the midst of all that, it was impossible not to also look at New Orleans, where the Lakers consummated a seemingly major disaster. It’s easy: on the day they had to win, they lost. Beyond historical records and castles in the exhausting air of the market, the Lakers lost a key game, a crossroads, against those Pelicans to whom they have been so closely linked since the transfer of Anthony Davis: 131-126. They lost against a rival who had lost ten games in a row and who, precisely for this reason, they could have overtaken in the race for the play-in from West.

 

They lost although they dominated for more than half the game with some clarity. They lost because they took 70 points in the second half from a team that was in a tremendous offensive crisis until, what a coincidence, tonight. They lost even though Zion Williamson was not in front and, when the moment of truth arrived, neither was Jonas Valanciunas, who left the game in the third quarter due to a knee injury. They lost because, for the umpteenth time, they let the result be decided in the final moments and there, also for the umpteenth time, they had no energy to attack and no idea how to defend.

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 They lost because it doesn’t seem like life is going for them when it is. And because Darvin Ham seems less and less capable of managing a rotation that is already very poor with sense, judgment, and reflexes. Ham, shielded by the chaos that surrounds him, begins to seem more like a concern than a solution to the Lakers’ problems. Which are many.

Ham gifted minuscule defenders like Patrick Beverley to Brandon Ingram who still hadn’t picked up a rhythm after coming back from his long and ugly injury. The forward was grateful for the gift: 35 points and the decisive dribble while the Lakers visibly ran out of strength after letting a game that they had tamed into the third quarter (72-84) slip away. With everything going for them and an obvious need to win, they lost

 

Davis spoke afterward that the urgency is at its maximum and that what must be done now. But he is wrong: it should have been done already, at least tonight. Now it is 25-29 by the 27-27 of the Pelicans, saved from themselves by a frighteningly incapable rival to make way and pushed to the end by their greater cohesion and freshness of mind that did not appear in some dull, clueless and Poorly trained, of course. Some to whom a very low-profile West continues to give opportunities that they surely don’t even deserve. Opportunities, perhaps for that very reason, continue to be misused pitifully.

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are the reigning NBA champions, but they are no longer considered favorites coming out of the west this season. With a week to go before NBA trading closes, that title belongs to Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, who sit comfortably at the top of the conference standings.

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It can be argued that until someone KOs the Warriors, they still hold the belt as the best in the west. Head coach Steve Kerr does not belong in this camp.

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Kerr delivered a dose of reality to his club and Dub Nation after Thursday’s 134-117 loss in Denver, via ClutchPoints Warriors reporter Jack Winter: “I thought our guys fought all night and the third quarter was too much,” said Steve Kerr. I missed a few shots, I thought their defense recovered and we’re losing a few. “They showed why. They are currently the best team in the West.

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They’re playing high and the third quarter felt like the difference. Historically, the Warriors have dominated the third quarter.”Those 12 minutes once served as a stretch where Stephen Curry and the others flipped the switch and forced their will on any opponent. The Nuggets led the charge Thursday, surpassing Golden State 35-22 in the third.

 

Victory on the road in high-altitude Denver on the second night of a straight game involving Klay Thompson and Draymond Green was not the most favorable circumstance for a win. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Warriors have a tough road ahead to return to the NBA Finals.

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