After last Saturdays shellacking at the hands of the Houston Rockets, Lebron James suggested to the assembled press that the malfunctioning Cavaliers ought to be spared the spotlight of national television broadcasts for the rest of the season. Sadly for him, the lack of effort put forward by him and the rest of the creaking Cleveland roster has turned out to be must see car crash TV and they are under the spotlight twice more this week as they host the favoured Timberwolves before visiting Boston for a Sunday afternoon post trade deadline match up. If King James decides to stop being selfish and informs the team of his future intentions before 3pm ET Thursday we may see some new faces by lake before the weekend, if not, it’s likely to be more of the same.
For the mentally exhausted Warriors the All-Star break can’t come soon enough. Three straight finals trips clearly taking it’s toll as sloppy play and lack of concentration starts to creep in after a stellar recent run, but visits from the Thunder and Spurs mean they can’t clock off just yet. The new look Pistons welcome Portland’s explosive back court on Monday and recent trade partners the Clippers for a Friday night match up. Last Sunday’s Lakers v Thunder game was one of the worst officiated games in recent memory so guess what, let’s do it all again on Thursday night in L.A.!…Once again we aim to be your weekly (when we can be bothered) guide to watching the NBA in the UK.