Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hoops TV Week: Feb 19-25

Here's our look at highlights from the next 7 days of basketball on TV. We come at it from the perspective of an NBA fan for the most part - college/high-school listings will focus on top prospects, as well as the biggest games. All times Eastern.

The week's highlights include MJ's Double Nickel and his Sick Game, the real-life Hoosiers, Celtics-Suns and loads of draft prospects.

9 p.m.: NBA - Bulls at Knicks (1995), NBA TV
The double-nickel at the Garden.

10:30 p.m.: NBA - Celtics at Jazz, TNT
Charles makes his return to TNT, as well.

11 p.m.: NCAA - Washington at UCLA, FSN
Good matchup of guard prospects with Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and UW's exciting Isaiah Thomas on the floor.

Midnight: NBA - Bulls at Jazz (1997 NBA Finals, Game 5), NBA TV
The sick game.

9 p.m.: NBA - Thunder at Suns, League Pass
How many can Durant score in this one?

10:30 p.m.: NBA - Hornets at Lakers, ESPN
CP3 and Kobe. Let's see how N.O. can fare vs. L.A. with Smith and Wilcox. Oh wait.

8:30 a.m.: SportsCentury: Oscar Robertson, ESPN Classic

Noon: NCAA - Butler at Davidson, ESPN
Bracket Buster headliner features Stephen Curry.

1 p.m.: Euroleague - Panathinaikos at Lottomatica Roma, NBA TV
Nice matchup of NBA prospects with Minnesota draftee Nikola Pecovic and potential lottery pick Brandon Jennings.

4 p.m.: SportsCentury: Bill Russell, ESPN Classic

9 p.m.: NBA - Hornets at Jazz, League Pass
Can Deron Williams continue his mastery of Chris Paul in head-to-head matchups?

11 a.m.: 1954 Milan Miracle: Milan vs. Muncie, ESPN Classic
The real-life inspiration for Hoosiers.

2:30 p.m.: NBA - Celtics at Suns, ABC
Solid entertaining ABC matchup, as the Suns try to retain their groove.

5:30 p.m.: NBA - Heat at Magic, ESPN
D-Wade, D-12 in the Battle of Stan Van Gundy.

7:45 p.m.: NCAA - Wake Forest at Duke, FSN
10 p.m.: NCAA - Arizona at Arizona St., FSN
Good college doubleheader goes up against the Oscars. Eight potential first-round picks in the two games, with Teague, Aminu, Johnson, Harden, Hill, Budinger, Singler and Henderson.

1 p.m.: NBA - Pistons at Celtics (1987 ECF, Game 7), NBA TV
Game 5 gets all the hype because of Bird's steal, but Game 7 was a better game overall. Classic Boston Garden battle.

7 p.m.: NCAA - Louisville at Georgetown, ESPN
Four potential first-round picks in this one: Greg Monroe, Earl Clark, DaJuan Summers, Terrence Williams.

9 p.m.: NCAA - Kansas at Oklahoma, ESPN
And three more here, highlighted by a matchup of potential no. 1 overall Blake Griffin and Kansas big man Cole Aldrich, plus OU's willie Warren as well. A chance to see the potential top 2 picks in the Draft in Griffin and Monroe in back-to-back games.

9 p.m.: NBA - Celtics at Nuggets, NBA TV
Nuggets still quietly lurking as a potential 2 seed in the West.

8 p.m.: NBA - Lakers at Thunder, League Pass
Kobe vs. KD.

8:30 p.m.: NBA - Blazers at Spurs, League Pass
Solid Western Conference matchup.