We just had a baby. Our second. And for any parent entrusted with evening feedings you know how hard it can be to find something, anything to watch on television especially during these cold, foreboding winter months. Fortunately, and this probably only goes for basketball fans, the NBA is here to cure us of our Discovery Channel doldrums and since I know I’ll be up until the early hours I thought I might share with all you other basketball loving parents of young children out there my own personal NBA Watchability Index for
Wednesday, January 7th.
5 Baby Bottles (until those little eyes glaze over)
Memphis Grizzlies @ Atlanta Hawks (7:00 PM)
Marc Gasol is one of my favorite basketball players and would be the most fun NBA player to play pickup with because he’s tall and a really good passer. And the Atlanta Hawks are an astounding 26-8. Who would have predicted that before the season?
4 Baby Bottles (make sure to keep the head upright)
Houston Rockets @ Cleveland Cavaliers (7:00 PM)
Cleveland, how our collective hearts bleed for you. If the Cavs could do it all over again would they still trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love because isn’t recently acquired Iman Shumpert the same type player as the rookie Wiggins?
Detroit Pistons @ Dallas Mavericks (8:30 PM)
The Pistons have won 6 games in a row since dumping Josh Smith on the Rockets and Stan Van Gundy is now the author of one of the greatest instructions in coaching history and “form a f-ing wall” has become one of my go to pieces of parental advice.
3 Baby Bottles (in between burps)
New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards (7:00 PM)
If only to see who the Knicks end up suiting up now that more than half their roster is either injured or tied up in a trade exemption. Also, I love what the New York Times is doing by sending their Knicks beat reporter out to cover other sporting events in the area while the dumpster fire in Madison Square Garden continues to smolder.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Sacramento Kings (10:00 PM)
Utah Jazz @ Chicago Bulls (8:00 PM)
Jimmy Butler is nearing must see status right now while Nikola Mirotic has the best Serbian basketball beard since Vlade Divac.
2 Baby Bottles (just a quick swaddle and rock)
Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers (7:00 PM)
The Sixers beat the Cavs the other night which is encouraging if you’re either a Philly fan or David Blatt’s real estate broker.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Charlotte Hornets (7:00 PM)
Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 PM)
The Lakers will always be more interesting with Kobe than without him. A sentiment not shared by most of his teammates especially Jeremy Lin.
Indiana Pacers @ Golden State Warriors (10:30 PM)
1 Baby Bottle (only during an emergency diaper change)
Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets (7:30 PM)
Orlando Magic @ Denver Nuggets (9:00 PM)