"What, me worry?" (Hint: Maybe you should, Mike.)
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Nationally televised games tonight:
Suns at Hornets - The last time these teams met in New Orleans on November 11th, the Hornets were thoroughly crushed in a 124-104 home loss. Goran Dragic(!) pulled down a team-leading 7 rebounds for the Suns, to put the game into perspective. Could we see one a revenge game? The Hornets also have the Wounded Tiger Theory/Ewing Theory working in their favor with Chris Paul still injured. However, I am also the amazing prognosticator who expected a dead coach bounce for the Hornets, when they have in fact merely had a dead coach splat. So just forget I said anything.
Bulls at Lakers - Despite apparently dying in Miami recently, Pau Gasol is expected to make his season debut for the Lakers. (Meanwhile, Marc Gasol has set a Grizzlies franchise record by making 15 consectuive shots over two games. Seriously.) Also, John Salmons is expected to not put up bad shots tonight; some of his best peformances have come against the Lakers for some reason, including his lone 30 point game with the Bulls. Not that it will matter much since we'll see a game recap tomorrow about how John Salmons single-handedly defeated the Lakers right next to the story about how he cured cancer and taught pigs to fly in order to vanquish an evil terroist plot to destroy the planet.
All the other games:
Jazz at Spurs - According to the Stats LLC preview on ESPN.com, "the Utah Jazz haven't won in San Antonio in more than a decade." Let that sink in for a minute. "The Utah Jazz haven't won in San Antonio in more than a decade." The Jazz last won a game in San Antonio back in February of 1999. The last time the Jazz won there, you could still party like it was 1999 and not come off as a total douchebag. Greg Ostertag was the youngest player on the team at 25 years of age. Karl Malone, Jeff Hornacek, and John Stockton's short shorts were three of the Jazz's four best players. Hell, even The Nature Boy and Hogan were still relevant and fake-whupping each other back then. (Wait, what? Umm, woo? Moving on...)
While both teams are on the wrong side of back-to-back games, we all know the Spurs are a "chronologically advanced" team. So yeah. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'...