Posts Tagged ‘NBA Fan Night Game’

Fan Night 1-On-1: D-Rose vs. Kyrie

VIDEO: Kyrie Irving is an Eastern Conference All-Star starter this season

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — They were supposed to be the future at the point guard position, rivals for years to come. But things don’t always work out the way they are supposed to. And for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose and Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving, we’ve never had the division rivals healthy enough simultaneously to really compare and contrast their games in real-time.

Thankfully for all of us, we get to make our theoretical comparisons between the two with NBA TV’s Fan Night 1-on-1 Tournament, and we’re down to the final stages with this matchup.

Take both of these guys at their best and it’s a magical pairing, two young and explosive players with games different enough that the beauty of their matchup would be found in the contrast. Rose attacks the rim and finishes as well as any player at the position but might not be as crafty with the ball as Irving, whose handle and deep shooting range set him apart from the pack.

It’s as even as any matchup we’ve seen during the Fan Night 1-On-1 Tournament:

Join the conversation on who would win via social media (Tweet @NBATV #1on1Rose or #1on1Kyrie). The results will be announced during NBA TV’s postgame coverage of the Fan Night game between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets (8 p.m. ET, NBA TV) by TNT’s and NBA TV’s Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony, my main man Rick Fox and Chris Webber (via FaceTime).

VIDEO: Derrick Rose goes off during the exhibition season for the Bulls

Show And Prove Time For Lakers, Spurs

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Cover your ears the next time someone tells you that regular season NBA games don’t really mean anything.

In theory it sounds about right: 82 games, you lose one or two here and there, but that doesn’t sink you. In reality, there are certain regular season games that mean everything.

When the Heat and Celtics hooked up to start this season, a win or a loss then could come back to help or haunt them five months later when playoff positioning is being sorted out.

That’s why tonight’s Fan Night Game (on NBA TV at 8:30 p.m. ET) is much more than just another game for both the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. In the most heated races in years for the top spot in the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, every little bit counts.

We’ve already spent time examining the Lakers after their Christmas Day debacle against the Heat — time well spent if you ask us. Any time the two-time defending NBA champs suffer back-to-back blowout losses at home, it’s worth a closer look. Our main man David Aldridge made it clear in his Morning Tip that the Spurs aren’t particularly smitten with their league-leading performance thus far.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is also not foolish enough to underestimate the Lakers, per our main man Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express News, no matter how many run through these NBA streets crying the end is near for the Lakers.

“Somebody is winning games, and they are amazing,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after his team’s Monday practice session. “And if they are losing, there has to be all these problems.

“The Lakers are NBA champions. And that’s a fact. And that’s all that matters.”

Good point coach. That’s also why we expect — better yet, demand — an instant classic from these two teams still running on the fuel of their own championship dynasties of the past decade.

A lopsided beating by either team won’t satisfy us. We need the sort of game that keeps us all talking deep into the next day. The sort of game the Lakers play all the time in May and June — but rarely before then.

All the contenders are playing those sorts of games. The Mavericks and Spurs are doing it in the West and the Celtics, Heat and Magic are doing it routinely in the East. Now it’s the Lakers’ turn to step up and give us something.