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What To Watch For: NBA Opening Night Preview

Jodie Meeks is expected to start for Los Angeles.

Wizards @ Cavaliers, 7:00 PM ET — NBA League Pass

A man’s really gotta love the NBA — and be a League Pass subscriber — to watch this one.

John Wall will not play for Washington; he’s expected to miss the first month of the season with a knee injury.  Shelvin Mack, the Lexington native, was cut from the team on Sunday.

Again, a man’s really gotta love the NBA to watch this one.  Kyrie Irving fans, Bradley Beal fans, and Samardo Samuels’ family will be the only audience.

Celtics @ Heat, 8:00 PM ET — NBA on TNT

The action picks up in the NBA’s second game, the first to air on national TV, when Ray Allen’s new team hosts Ray Allen’s old team.  The Miami Heat (now featuring Josh Harrellson!) will begin its title defense against the Celtics and Rajon Rondo, the man who almost single-handedly took down the Heat in the Eastern Conference championship last season.

Harrellson signed a non-guaranteed deal but could still be waived for a veteran player later this season.

Mavericks @ Lakers, 10:30 PM ET —  NBA on TNT

Don’t let the late start keep you from tuning in to this one, Kentucky fans. Jodie Meeks is expected to start for the Lakers in his first game with his new team. Kobe Bryant did not practice on Monday and will likely sit out against Dallas.

“Jodie is a shooter and we’re going to give him the ball,” Metta World Peace said. “It’s that simple.”

Meeks shot 45.8% from beyond the arc in the preseason, while shooting an incredibly low 4.8% from inside the three-point line.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for What To Watch For: NBA Opening Night Preview

  1. Yo Believeo
    5:08 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, Kobe will be playing tonight actually.

  2. Seriously?
    5:10 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    4.8%? ?

    Really? I remember at UK for his first couple of seasons Jodie Meeks missed an ungodly number of layups, but I thought he vastly improved his finishing ability his junior year.

    Guess his paint and mid range game need some work still.

  3. Ukbradstith
    5:27 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    That’s like 1for 21 on two point shots. How can that possibly be?

  4. Ricky
    5:41 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    3. Assuming this is a true, and assuming its not a rounded figure (it probably is). The fewest attempts would be 125 with him making 6. I DID just take time to figure that out, not sure why. You are probably more correct since I assume it’s a rounded figure. And I could have just looked it up instead of typing all this.

  5. bluristhurr
    6:50 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    What to watch is Sons of Anarchy!

  6. yep
    6:57 pm October 30, 2012 Permalink

    Think he shot 1 for 21 from 2 point range

  7. BBNFaithful
    7:48 am October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Meeks lit it up with 3pts! Woohoo go UK!!

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