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.
THURSDAY, FEB. 19
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.
FRIDAY, FEB. 20
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.
SATURDAY, FEB. 21
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?
SUNDAY, FEB. 22
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.
MONDAY, FEB. 23
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.
TUESDAY, FEB. 24
8 p.m.: NBA - Lakers at Thunder, League Pass
Kobe vs. KD.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
8:30 p.m.: NBA - Blazers at Spurs, League Pass
Solid Western Conference matchup.