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2022 NBA schedule: From playoff resumption to LeBron James making history, top 10 games

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2022 NBA schedule: From playoff resumption to LeBron James making history, top 10 games

2022 NBA schedule: From playoff resumption to LeBron James making history, top 10 games

We’re still a few months away from the start of the NBA season, but we can plan something now.

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On Wednesday, the league released schedules for all 30 teams. That means we now know who the Warriors will face on ring night, which teams will face off on Christmas Day when players make their long-awaited return to play against their former teams, and more.

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While there are plenty of games to look forward to, here are 10 I’ve circled.

NBA Schedule 2022: A ranking of the 10 best games on the calendar

10. Thunder Magic

Date: November 1

The first of many meetings between Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren, the top two picks in the 2022 NBA draft.

TSN draft expert Kyle Irving believes Banchero has what it takes to be an All-NBA player, and Holmgren is one of the most unique prospects we’ve seen in a long time — a 7-footer, He’s loaded with blocks and three-pointers with ease.

When they face each other for the first time, expect both parties to show their full potential.

9. Zion Williamson’s return

Date: October 19th?

Williamson has proven to be a must-see on TV for the 2020-21 season. He appeared in 61 games and averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists on 61.1 percent shooting and earned his first career All-Star team.

Williamson dominated the paint like Shaq, showed some impressive passing and produced career highlights in a season.

Not serious.

Unfortunately, Williamson will miss the entire 2021/22 season after undergoing foot surgery. It’s unclear when he will return, but he was recently released to play without restriction. Fingers crossed, that means he’ll play in Game 1 against the Nets on Oct. 19.

8. Lakers vs. Cavaliers

Date: December 6

It’s always a show when LeBron James returns to Cleveland. Adding to the intrigue, the Cavaliers finally created something special without him. Jarrett Allen, 24, and Darius Garland, 22, were All-Stars last season, and Evan Mobley, 21, has all the ingredients to be a star.

Don’t sleep on Cleveland’s future.

7. 76ers  at Nets

Date: November 22

Ah yes, the long-awaited second round for Ben Simmons.

Simmons was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was a three-time All-Star and a one-time All-Star in Philadelphia, but his time with the team didn’t end in the best possible way, perhaps It’s because of the most-watched layup in NBA history.

Even if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are no longer with the Nets, all eyes will be on this game.

You know Philly fans have been waiting for this.

6. 76ers Nuggets

Date: January 28

Do you remember when the center of people’s minds disappeared? Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid have something to say about it.

Jokic has already won his last two MVP awards and joined a roster of back-to-back players in NBA history. After averaging a career-high and a league-high 30.6 points per game in a season, Embiid has finished second to Jokic in MVP voting the past two seasons.

With Jokic in the West and Embiid in the East, the two superstars meet twice a season. We’ve only seen her on the field six times since she was called up in 2014 due to injuries.

Don’t take the matchup between the top two centers in the NBA for granted.

5. Mavericks at Suns

Date: October 19

The last time the Mavs and Suns met was, uh, memorable.

A 3-3 tie in the second round of the playoffs saw the Suns host the Mavericks in Game 7 before a 33-point loss in one of the biggest wins in the history of the stretch.

It will be interesting to see how the Suns recover from such an embarrassing loss – will it tear them apart or bring them closer? — but their first meeting with the Mavericks this season will give them a chance for some old-fashioned revenge.

It helps that there is no shortage of star power in this duel. Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Chris Paul are among the best players in the league, and the Suns received a four-year, $132.9 million offer from DeAndre Ayton this offseason After that, high hopes were placed on him.

4. Bucks v Celtics

Date: December 25

If you need to remember Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stats in the second-round series between Milwaukee and Boston in the 2022 NBA playoffs: 33.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.1 blocks.

Pure and complete domination.

Sure, the Celtics won in seven tough games, but the Bucks are without their second leading scorer, Khris Middleton, who is sidelined with a knee injury. Many believed that if Middleton was healthy, the Bucks would come out on top.

We can only hope that a playoff rematch will put the debate to rest, but for now, a regular-season matchup — Christmas, too — will work.

3. Grizzlies at Warriors

Date: December 25

Not only did the Grizzlies and Warriors battle it out in the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs, but there was a lot of trash talk in the months after that.

First, Klay Thompson called Jaren Jackson Jr. because of his “large number” of tweets.

Then Ja Morant got Draymond Green up and running with a very simple tweet.

Yes, both teams will be around this game.

The brewing rivalry aside, few games are as exciting as Stephen Curry vs. Ja Morant. Curry is still the league’s top point guard, but Morant is climbing quickly, one game at a time. They are almost all defenseless, but in very different ways.

It was the first time the Grizzlies played on Christmas Day.

2. Warriors at Celtics

Date: January 19

A replay of the 2022 NBA Finals, which saw the Warriors win their fourth championship in eight seasons, and Stephen Curry’s brilliance to earn his first Finals MVP prize.

With Klay Thompson away from injuries and developing young players, the Warriors have reason to believe they can do better next season. So did the Celtics. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are still only scratching the surface of their potential, and Boston has filled all the holes by trading Malcolm Brogdon and signing Danilo Gallinari this offseason.

The NBA is overcrowded right now, and it’s hard to predict which team will make it to the Finals, but it’s no surprise that the Warriors and Celtics are back at the top.

1. LeBron James is the all-time leading scorer

Date: Open

Last season we saw Stephen Curry become the highest 3-pointer in NBA history. This season, we could see LeBron James become the leading scorer in league history.

James enters the 2022-23 season with 37,062 points, 1,326 points away from NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scorer list. Will he catch him for sure.

If James scores as many points as he did in 2020/21 (25.0 ppg), it would take him 54 games to break the captain’s record. If he scores as many as he did in 2021/22 (30.3 points per game), he will need 44 games. Even if he averaged a career-low 20 points per game, he only needed to play 67 games.

In other words, the only thing preventing James from winning the title at this point is injury. If he stays reasonably healthy, we should witness history.

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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.

“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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