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NBA Week 17: Unmissable Games

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Are you one of those feeling a little bit sad about Super Bowl Sunday being over? Don’t worry. An easy remedy for that is just around the corner. The NBA All-Star Weekend activities should be enough to help you move on from the recently concluded NFL season. You’ll surely cheer up once you see what the new week has to offer.

February 14: Three to Watch

It is Valentine’s Day and it will be a little weird or awkward for some in the NBA world. At least three people will be seeing their “ex-partners” on this particular day. Do you want to know who we are talking about? Do you like drama and “behind the scenes” stories? Well, let us break it down for you.

First, we have Pascal Siakam, who just left the Toronto Raptors after seven years. Imagine his surprise when he found out that his Indiana Pacers would be going to Toronto, of all places, to face his former team on Valentine’s Day. The love is quite fresh between Siakam and his fans, so he can still expect a warm welcome when he visits his former home court.

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Next, we have coach Monty Williams. This will be a bizarre moment, right? Can you imagine coaching a game in front of the fans that you disappointed? That will be the case when the Detroit Pistons visit Arizona to face the Phoenix Suns. Coach Williams once brought the Suns to the NBA Finals, but a few blowout games in the postseason left a bad taste and that is what fans will remember.

Lastly, we have Dillon Brooks. The Memphis Grizzlies dumped him after last season and he ended up in Houston. The move seems to favor Brooks, though, as he is now 3-0 against his former team. Are the Grizzlies jealous that their former player is doing better with the Rockets? It is way too early to tell, but the answer is “yes” for now.

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February 16 to 18: All-Star Fest in Indiana

One of the first things that will come to mind is the “Steph versus Sabrina” three-point challenge. The WNBA’s Sabrina Ionescu will be going up against Stephen Curry in a shootout. It’s worth pointing out that both players will be shooting from different three-point lines since the WNBA and the NBA have different rules regarding the three-ball.

Last year, the dunk contest was a blast thanks to the high-flying ability of Mac McClung. A few perfect scores that were generated after his dunks really cranked up the crowd. Everyone’s eyes got bigger and bigger after each round. Even second-placer Trey Murphy III surprised us with his dunking prowess. Hopefully, one or two players can steal the show this year.

The All-Star Game returns to Indianapolis for the first time since 1985. LeBron James was about six weeks old then. Now, James will lead this year’s West squad and will be the focal point on the court throughout the day as fans realize that he only has a few years left in his playing career.

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