A new season continues for NBA basketball, and Week 3 brings some exciting matchups in their schedule. The favorites in the league have had a very difficult start and even when it is too early to call the next in line for the championship, there are many different interesting teams taking over the show, surprisingly for most. With rookies coming up showing great skills to play the game there are also some of the veterans in the mix that are looking to turn it down for them and take their respective teams to the next stage in the playoffs.
Bulls Flashing Back at Celtics
The Chicago Bulls are currently in one of their best starts of the season since the legendary 1996-1997 season and have found the right rhythm to continue putting up wins, even against undefeated contenders like the Utah Jazz who they beat and delivered their first loss this season by 107-99 after a display of great defense against one of the best in the Western Conference.
Now they are facing the Boston Celtics to start out next week in the NBA schedule and they want to continue on the top ranks for the Eastern Conference in which they are currently number 2 way above their next rivals, who are number 12 with three losses. The series between these two have been very competitive and the Celtics have gotten the best record in their last five games with 3-2. However, this Bulls team appears to come with a very different mindset, and their style of game is even starting to develop even more in each game.
Hornets to Sting Warriors Down
The new Charlotte Hornets, with their most improved and recently acquired star in PG Lamelo Ball, are looking to upset the Golden State Warriors. They’re with a very dangerous PG Steph Curry that is currently averaging 28.7 points per game, 42.2% from field goal and 39.7% from the three-point line, and everything points that he is back to his MVP career level, supported also by a most improved team that has been collecting not only but wins both playing at home and as a visitor.
The Hornets are on a mission next Wednesday to put the Warriors down and control the great ball rotation that they have, and slow down the scoring ability that the team has by working on the perimeter and blocking Curry from the openings that he creates with his movement. Center Mason Plumlee has been the one in charge of putting defense for the Hornets averaging 9.3 rebounds a game and 1.2 blocks, followed by the former Warrior SG Kelly Oubre, who is averaging 3.5 defensive rebounds per game as well.
Bucks Welcomes the Knicks Challenge
Since the previous season, the New York Knicks have shown major improvements as a team that has been currently led since then by the big man PF Julius Randle and the new additions, PG Kemba Walker and SG Evan Fournier, in a series of trades that have worked great for the Knicks so far and have delivered a great winning formula. More impressive than the Knicks improvement is their perfect record playing as a visitor against some of the toughest teams currently, including the Philadelphia 76ers and the hottest Chicago Bulls. They have only lost to them so far in this season.
The relief in the bench has been key for the Knicks and their success having strong names that can take on important parts of the game; while their starters take some rest, the scoring keeps going if not upgraded by some of the substitute players. The Bucks, along with reigning finals MVP PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, are no strangers to welcoming hyped teams at the Fiserv Forum. They want to defend their championship status against a team that carries a lot of momentum and that is looking to build up, even more, adding one more win on the road.
Lakers Experience at Blazers Magic
Two of the most entertaining teams to watch play the game of basketball are set to meet each other on Saturday, November 6, in the most praised Staples Center in an always must-see matchup that means a lot for both. Last season the LA Lakers fell short against the finalist Phoenix Suns in the first round. Now veteran SF Lebron James, along with PF Anthony Davis, want to set the record straight and remind everyone about their most recent championship in their first season playing together.
The team has acquired new reinforcements since then with the legendary PF Carmelo Anthony, C Dwight Howard, and PG Rajon Rondo, except Anthony, the other two players have been part of the Lakers roster already and are looking to repeat the feat. Now they will receive the always exciting Blazers with superstar PG Dame Lillard, SG CJ McCollum, and most improved C Jusuf Nurkic to dispute another matchup that is closer to a classic each and every time they meet each other on the court.