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2022-23 NBA Schedule: Breaking Down Top 10 Games of the Season

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2022-23 NBA Schedule: Breaking Down Top 10 Games of the Season

2022-23 NBA Schedule: Breaking Down Top 10 Games of the Season

After a series of leaks that left almost everyone (a rough guess) tired of the schedule release, the NBA finally revealed its regular-season schedule on Wednesday. The team will have an 82-game season with a play-off. This is the first season since the 2020 pandemic began with a normal number of games after a standard offseason.

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With Opening Night underway in just a few months, let’s take a look at 10 of the most exciting games on the schedule.

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Oct. 18: 76ers vs. Celtics

In my opinion, these are the two best teams in the East right now. Philadelphia has had a great offseason, and word is that James Harden is in good shape this summer. Not to be outdone, Boston added several solid rotations after the Finals, keeping the core of this team and potentially playing a role in the Kevin Durant trade. Regardless of configuration, these teams tend to perform. Starting on Opening Night, they’ll be battling for the top dog in the East all season.

October 19: Mavericks vs. Suns

Months later, I’m still stunned by what happened in Game 7 between Phoenix and Dallas. Remember: Not only did the Suns lose that game, but they never won on the road in the entire series. The Mavs seem to have dipped in talent this season, although Luka Doncic seems to have the answer to anything Phoenix can throw at him. I love the indifference between these clubs, and I’d love to see how much the Suns lock up for this game after a postseason embarrassment.

October 20: Clippers vs. Lakers

Remember the burgeoning inner-city rivalry in Los Angeles when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George first played for the Clippers? While the Battle of Los Angeles never really materialized, this season could open the door for some games. The Lakers haven’t worked out a serious championship roster before anyone in the Clippers should think about it, but the LeBron-Kawhi game will always be a date. If Los Angeles (Purple and Gold) can reach a deal with Russell Westbrook, maybe the stakes for this game will improve.

Oct. 21 Eagles Magic

This match matters for one reason, and one reason: the weird beef between Paolo Banchero and Dejounte Murray. HBO needs to make a 24/7 boxed documentary series before then. Perhaps then the apparent mutual contempt between Murray and Banchero starts to make sense.

October 21: Nuggets vs. Warriors

Denver is a stealthy contender, and what better way for the Nuggets than to compete with the defending champs for a championship roster. Golden State has a Big Brother vibe against the Nuggets when its superstar core is healthy. If the Nuggets really want to start turning things around, they’ll need to prove in the regular season that their new signings (Bruce Brown, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) can defend against a team like Dublin time to make a difference.

Nov. 22: Nets at 76ers

Even if the state of the network is completely fluid, Ben Simmons theoretically has to play in Philly again at some point. Simmons’ return alone is worth watching. If Brooklyn still has Durant and Kyrie Irving, it’s a very interesting test for both sides, and there’s some animosity between all the stars involved.

December 9: Timberwolves at Jazz

It will be interesting to see Rudy Gobert back in Utah, especially to see if the Jazz have any skills against the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. It would have been more interesting if Utah hadn’t moved towards full-fledged tanks. But what if we pit Donovan Mitchell against Rudy? Some disputes can finally be settled.

Dec. 12: Celtics at Clippers

Ultimately, we don’t know how the season will end. However, as it stands, and hopefully neither team will suffer major injuries, when the two teams meet, it will likely lead to a preview of the final. Watching the Celtics trade everything defense and wing offense for the sleek, modern, roomy Clippers could be one of the best games of basketball all season. If all goes well, the possibility that the Celtics and Clippers will meet more than twice is very likely.

Dec. 25: Bucks at Celtics

Milwaukee lost to Boston in seven games in the second round, and Khris Middleton missed the entire series. The intensity of these playoffs is phenomenal, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum trading haystacks while other stars (Jue Holiday) shine, new heroes (Grant Williams) s!) appeared. If both teams are healthy, convincing wins on both sides would add more drama to their previous playoff money battles.

Dec. 25: Grizzlies vs. Warriors

Perhaps the two most competitive teams in the NBA right now. The Grizzlies and Dubs had a contentious second-round series in the playoffs and have been trading barbs ever since. Hopefully, both sides can stay healthy after injuries derail the playoffs. Whatever happens, the trash talk before, during and after this game is elite.

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Brown is ‘grateful’ for his All-Star selection, but he’s more focused on team goals.

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Brown is 'grateful' for his All-Star selection, but he's more focused on team goals.

Brown is ‘grateful’ for his All-Star selection, but he’s more focused on team goals.

Jaylen Brown pulled a page from Joe Mazzulla’s book while discussing his second NBA All-Star selection on Friday morning: he appreciates the individual recognition but is more focused on his team and their collective aspirations for the rest of the season.

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Brown, like many of us, found out about his selection on Twitter Thursday night, just after the seven reserves from both conferences were announced on TNT. He took a minute to process the news and express gratitude before shifting his focus to preparation for Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

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“I’m grateful,” Brown said of his second All-Star selection Friday morning. “However, there are many more essential things to be concerned about.”

Brown isn’t concerned about getting caught up in the All-Star voting frenzy. As much as he values the fans, the media, and his NBA peers, all of whom have a role in the voting process, he refuses to be swayed by their perceptions of his worth. He is the only one he requires as a critic.

“From a mental aspect, I’ve just gotten into the habit of not letting people judge my worth,” he explained. “People give you plaudits, or people criticize you, but I strive to stay the same. That’s something I’m prone to doing. So please forgive me if I’m not expressing my gratitude because I am.”

Brown will be one of 12 Eastern Conference All-Stars traveling to Salt Lake City for the Feb. 19 exhibition, and he will be joined for the second time by Celtics teammate and East starter Jayson Tatum. They’ll be a part of the selection process between captains Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, which will take place just before the game for the first time ever.

Brown will be representing Boston in an All-Star game for the second time in three years, having previously done so during the 2020-21 season when he averaged 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.

Despite a pre-All-Star stat line of 23.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 3.3 APG, he was left out last season.

However, with career highs of 27.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 3.2 APG, there was no chance he’d go overlooked this season. In fact, he came close to being selected as an East starter, placing just behind Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell in the vote.

Despite this, Brown isn’t allowing his All-Star status cloud his view of his team’s pursuit for an NBA title. He recently stated that he does not let the day-to-day highs and lows go to his head since doing so might lead a player to lose focus.

As an example, he mentioned not getting too depressed after missing two crucial free throws against the New York Knicks last week, and not getting too high when he redeemed himself the next week by sinking a crucial free shot to send the Celtics to overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It’s all about the following day,” Brown explained. “So, after the All-Star (announcement) yesterday, it’s all about the next day. And tonight we play in Phoenix.”

Brown may be as casual as he wants about his All-Star selection, but his fans and teammates are ecstatic for him. He deserves to be back on stage among the game’s top stars because he’s one of the best.

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Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown enters NBA health and safety protocol

The Sacramento Kings announced on Tuesday (27) that their head coach Mike Brown has entered NBA health and safety protocols. The head coach will not be in charge of the California franchise against the Denver Nuggets, and will not be cleared to return to the bench until he receives clearance from the league.

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In a statement released on their official website, the Kings announced that Brown is on the league’s health protocol list, and will not be allowed to return to the helm of the team until he receives clearance from the league. The head coach, who, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, is suffering from mild symptoms, will not be on the bench for Tuesday’s game against the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets (21-11) at 0:00 a.m. at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, and hopes to have a brief return to the franchise’s activities. In his place, associate head coach Jordi Fernandez will be at his disposal.

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Brown’s absence for the duel against the Nuggets is already confirmed, but the Kings could still be without Domantas Sabonis for this match. The forward fractured his right thumb during the loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday (24) by 125-111 and is listed on the league’s injury report as questionable for the 32nd game of the Californian capital franchise.

Brown is in his second stint as head coach of a franchise in the NBA, returning to the job for the first time since May 2014 when he was fired from the position by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had previously coached the Cavs during the LeBron James era between 2005 and 2010, when he took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers between 2011 and 2013. In 677 games in Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, Brown has a 60.7 percent record with 411 wins and 266 losses, including winning the Eastern Conference title for the Cavaliers in 2007.

In addition to his experiences as a head coach, Brown also has stints as an assistant coach with the Wizards, where he began his career in 1997, the San Antonio Spurs, the Indiana Pacers, and the Golden State Warriors. In the position, he was part of the coaching staffs for the 2003 Spurs titles and the 2017, 2018 and 2022 Warriors titles.

Fernandez has been in the NBA since 2016, when he entered the league as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets, a franchise where he continued in the position until he decided to join Brown’s committee on the Kings. This will be Fernandez’s second time in charge of the Sacramento franchise. In the first opportunity, he led the team from the Californian capital to a 124-123 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto in mid-December after Brown was ejected in the third quarter.

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Luka Doncic of the Mavericks records a triple-double in his historic comeback.

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Luka Doncic of the Mavericks records a triple-double in his historic comeback.

“I’m dead exhausted,”

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That was Dallas Mavericks player Luka Doncic’s initial, instinctive response to one of the most extraordinary performances in NBA history as well as the most spectacular game of his young career.

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It makes sense. It was exhausting enough to merely take in the magnitude of his performance during Tuesday’s 126-121 overtime victory over the New York Knicks:

  • 60 points, which is more than Dirk Nowitzki’s 53 points for the most points ever scored by the Mavericks in a single game;
  • 21 rebounds, a career record; the first 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double in league history; and
  • 10 assists to complete the 52nd triple-double of his career.
  • 16 of the 23 points Dallas scored in the fourth quarter and overtime came from him or him with an assist.

And it all counted, enabling the Mavericks to win by a lopsided margin in overtime after they astonishingly overcame a nine-point deficit in the last 26.8 seconds of regulation.

The pivotal moment occurred at the conclusion of that game-tying run, when all of Doncic’s talent and cunning, as well as a little bit of luck, were put to use just when Dallas needed them the most.

With 4.2 seconds left and the Mavericks behind by three, Doncic took the shot. Doncic purposely missed his second shot after making his first one in the hopes that a Mavs player would retrieve it and, against all chances, tie the game.

Doncic replied, “I know it was two seconds or something.” Hope it went in, I just tossed it up.

The person in question turned out to be Doncic, who, well, just watch.

Doncic was that kind of player, capping off the comeback and adding the final touches to his masterpiece with seven of Dallas’ 11 points in overtime on 21-for-31 shooting from the field.

The 23-year-old made the shot that necessitated overtime, and the thinned-out audience anticipating defeat erupted in frenzied celebration as he danced about and waved his arms.

Many people questioned me about this in the locker room, and I said that I believed we had won, according to Doncic. “I went to the audience in this manner because of that. When I looked at the score, I believed we had won. My reaction was “Oof.”

Owner of the Mavericks Mark Cuban, who saw Nowtizki’s 21-year career from the front row, had the following to say:

Others haven’t either.

Doncic joined James Harden, who recorded a 60-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist performance with the Rockets in 2018, as the only players in NBA history to record a triple-double of any kind.

Even a triple-double of 50 points would have been exceptional. Only Wilt Chamberlain (of course twice) and Elgin Baylor had ever accomplished the feat previously, and only they had 20 boards in their respective games.

Doncic outperformed Nowitzki, who had set the previous club record on December 2, 2004, with 53 points. He also made history by being the first Mavs player to score 50 points or more twice in a three-game period (he scored 50 points on Dec. 23 vs. Houston). A statue of Nowitzki was erected outside the arena by the Mavericks two days before to Doncic’s record-breaking performance.

Surprisingly, the most remarkable statistic may not have had anything to do with Doncic’s particular performance. NBA teams had a horrifying record of 0-13,884 in the previous 20 seasons when down by at least nine points with 35 or fewer seconds remaining going into Tuesday’s game.

So, Luka, get some rest. You undoubtedly deserve it.

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