Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors January 16, 2013 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA. Coverage will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET.
LeBron James will once again be the center of attention as the Miami Heat take their talents to Oakland for their last regular season matchup against the Golden State Warriors. James needs just 18 points tonight to become the youngest player ever to reach 20,000.
At 28 years old LeBron James would be the youngest player to reach this milestone, but will not be the fastest. James has had a considerable advantage over most players due to his jump straight from high school to the pros. Wilt Chamberlain needed only 499 games to hit the 20,000 point plateau, that’s 227 games less than James needed.
No better opponent for James to accomplish such a feat than to do it against a Warriors team that with a win tonight can sweep the Heat on the season. The record is James for the taking, as he historically does well against the Warriors. During his career James has managed to score 18 points 16 of the 17 games he’s played against Golden State, and has been held under 18 points just once so far this season.
The (16-15) Minnesota Timberwolves will hit the road after a two game home-stand as they face off against the (26-8) Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have done everything possible to try and fulfill the high expectations that were set for them at the start of the season. With the promise of a playoff appearance and a money back guarantee on tickets to boot, the Timberwolves are doing their best to stay afloat in the wake of numerous key injuries.
Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio made their return to the court earlier than expected, and now the Timberwolves are paying the price. Love re-injured his hand on January 3rd while playing at Denver. News broke that Love may need surgery on his re-fractured right hand, but no determination has been made as of yet, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. With Love out indefinitely and Rubio’s overall health still in question, the Timberwolves will need to rely heavily on rookie guard Alexey Shved and center Nikola Pekovic to carry the load in Love’s absence.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview, Prediction and Where to Watch Online Live Stream
The Los Angeles Clippers (25-8) will be squaring off against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-16) on Friday, January 4th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Coverage will begin on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. (ET) but can be watched online at ESPN 3. The matchup is also being livestreamed.
The Los Angeles Clippers have now lost two games in a row after pulling off a season best 17 game win streak. The 17 straight wins were the longest such streak in the NBA since Boston won 19 in a row during the 2008-2009 season.
The Clippers cashed in season low shooting percentages in their recent two game skid, with both losses coming on the road. Meanwhile they still carry a 10 game home winning streak and look to make that 11 straight when they return to the Staples Center tonight to face off against their inner-city rivals.
The Charlotte Bobcats will be playing their third straight road game as face off against the Golden State Warriors tonight at 10:30 p.m. (ET)
After losing two in a row on their current west coast road trip, the Bobcats will be looking to right the ship as they travel to Oakland to face off against a red-hot Warriors team that is 7-3 when playing at Oracle Arena. The (17-9) Golden State Warriors are just 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Bobcats are staying focused and remain positive despite blowing an 18 point lead against the Lakers on Tuesday night. Head Coach Mike Dunlop claims his team has not lost hope during the course of their league worst 13 game losing streak.
Things have gone badly for the Bobcats after a strong start to the season. That initial stretch where the Bobcats needed just 12 games to surpass last season’s win total has quickly faded. Since reaching their seventh win, the Bobcats have not only lost 13 in a row, but have continuously found ways to blow big leads in the second half of games. It’s something we’ve come to accept from this group of young players.