Your NBA Weekend 11/20-11/22: “Dave Grohl Repeating ‘The Best'” Edition

In case you didn’t hear the most notable news from the last few days, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters is planning a drum-off with Animal from The Muppets in the near future. This made me think about some stupid video I saw a few years ago the words ‘the best’ over and over:

A good thing to theme this edition of “Your NBA Weekend” around? Probably not. Anyway, here’s a few games that should be “the best” of this weekend.

Friday 11/20/2015

Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 EST

Here we see two teams in the Western conference who are doing their best to bounce back from really shaky starts. I fear that the Memphis Grizzlies have traumatic episodes in which Mike Conley wakes up in a sweat in the middle of the night when having nightmares of their 119-69 loss earlier this season to the Golden State Warriors. However it can’t be disregarded that the Grizzlies have managed to bounce back nicely in recent days. They’re in the midst of a three game winning streak.

The Houston Rockets are in a curious position as they just fired their now former head coach Kevin McHale and are hoping that they can perform better as a team. James Harden has been one of the primary factors in the teams rough start to the season, although he’s shown that he has the potential to look like the MVP-candidate from last season. The question remains if losing Kevin McHale will be a positive or a negative for this team, as it was cited from various sources that McHale had “lost the locker room”. We’ll have to see what happens going forward.

Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 EST

The Chicago Bulls current winning streak truly baffles me, due to the fact that the Bulls aren’t even playing that well in recent days. They’ve allowed teams to claw their way back into games and cause for relatively close finishes. I suppose that makes for really entertaining basketball, but I know that Bulls fans truly want the team to be able to just lay out a full on beat-down on a team…

Something that won’t happen against this Golden State Warriors team. The Warriors battled back from being down consistently in last nights game against the Los Angeles Clippers and were able to win and maintain their winning streak, now sitting at 13-0 to start the season. It’s uncertain if the Bulls have enough to take down this mighty Warriors squad, with Derrick Rose potentially returning from an ankle sprain in this game. The Bulls do have a habit of playing well against some of the marquee teams in the NBA, so this is bound to be one of the best games of the weekend.

Saturday 11/21/2015

Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30 EST

A rematch of last years Eastern Conference Finals! The Atlanta Hawks had moments of demonstrating the efficiency and excellent team play that they were known for last year, but have thus far looked a bit inconsistent in their performance on a nightly basis. This can prove to be deadly when taking on a team that is as great as the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although the Cavaliers are missing one of their premier players in Kyrie Irving, they haven’t looked too bad to start the season as they’ve had LeBron James and Kevin Love being able to contribute consistently, and in addition have gotten plenty of contribution from some of their teams role players. This has the potential to be a really fun game, but could also be a potential blow out if the Hawks don’t come prepared.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 EST

The San Antonio Spurs have looked absolutely dominant over their last few games this season, as they’re currently boasting a 9-2 record while on a six game winning streak. The potential for this streak being able to be a seven game streak isn’t even out of the question, as the Memphis Grizzlies have definitely looked not quite in tune to start the season (as previously mentioned). In regards to the teams starting fives, there are very few places that I don’t see the Spurs having an advantage and the Spurs ultimately have a deeper bench as well. A lot of my opinion if they Grizzlies can hang in there will be based on their contest the previous night against the Houston Rockets, although playing off of a back-to-back certainly puts them at a bit of a disadvantage. Advantage: San Antonio. Switch to this one if the Hawks and Cavaliers game isn’t panning out so well…

Sunday 11/22/2015

Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 EST

Some early NBA action to help you enjoy your afternoon! Both of these teams recently had their hearts broken while playing the Golden State Warriors and are hungry to improve their record and prove themselves. The battle between Kyle Lowry and Chris Paul should be really fun to watch, but I’m more interested in seeing if the Raptors front court will be able to battle against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. My prediction as that Blake Griffin is going to go off and have a huge game against the Raptors, as Luis Scola isn’t exactly the most challenging match-up for him.

Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:00 EST

The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the most baffling teams so far this season, as they actually haven’t looked half bad. Zaza Pachulia is looking like an actually legitimately really good NBA center that can help swing a game into his teams favor, Dirk Nowitzki has found the fountain of youth, and Chandler Parsons is finally back from his injury. I’m starting to actually consider that everyone slept on the Mavericks going into this season and that they will be able to make the post season and make a valiant effort (but ultimately be knocked out in the first round).

The Oklahoma City Thunder are anticipating the return of Kevin Durant, as he should be available to play in this one. When he was on the court with the team to begin the season, he definitely resembled the Durant that we all knew and loved. With this being said, it will continue to take a bit of time for he and Westbrook to be reacquainted with one another on the court and more importantly, learn Billy Donovan’s offensive and defensive gameplan.


Jonathan Slusar

Jonathan Slusar is a podcaster, NBA analyst, and post-game writer for the Chicago Bulls on He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in English, and is an avid opponent to radio jingles.

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