Five things to watch this week: Warriors, Lakers back on track?
sports fans, it’s that time of the week again! Here at The Daily Brief, we love to keep you in the loop on all the latest happenings in the world of sports. So without further ado, here are five things to watch this week: 1. The Golden State Warriors will try to add to their record-breaking 73-9season when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. 2. Kobe Bryant is set to make his return to Los Angeles Lakers basketball when they play host to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. 3. Serena Williams will be looking to defend her Australian Open title when she takes on Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the first round on Thursday morning. 4. Rafael Nadal will hope to extend his record as Europe’s number one when he takes on Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday evening. 5. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in France this Wednesday with host nation France taking on South Korea in a match scheduled for 8pm UK time. Tune into your favorite sports channel to catch all the action!
LeBron is back and Lakers are rolling?
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a win against the Sacramento Kings and they are now rolling. LeBron James is back and the Lakers are playing great basketball. There are five things to watch this week: 1) Kobe Bryant vs. Kevin Durant 2) The battle of the point guards 3) Will Dwight Howard continue to play well 4) can the Warriors stay on top of their game 5) will the Lakers make another deep run in the playoffs?
1) Kobe Bryant vs. Kevin Durant: These two players have been known for their iconic battles throughout their careers. This matchup will be one to watch on Thursday night.
2) The battle of the point guards: We all know who is better between Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry, but who else is worth watching? Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker and Ricky Rubio will also be battling it out this week.
Warriors finding their level?
This week, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers have their sights set on reclaiming top spots in their respective conferences. The Warriors are coming off a hard-fought win over the Houston Rockets, while the Lakers look to continue their hot streak against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Elsewhere in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic, and the Toronto Raptors host the Phoenix Suns. In Europe, Barcelona faces Real Madrid in Spain’s Liga BBVA, while Bayern Munich takes on Hoffenheim in Germany’s Bundesliga.
Here are five things to watch this week:
Warriors’ Level Returning to Form?
The Golden State Warriors had an up-and-down start to 2018, but Things seem to be trending back in their favor lately. After an impressive victory over Houston last weekend, they’ll look to keep up the good work when they face off against Phoenix at Oracle Arena this Wednesday evening. With Stephen Curry and Co. playing like their usual dominant selves, there’s no doubt that they’ll be a tough challenge for any team – but especially one as inconsistent as Phoenix has been so far this season.
While it won’t be anything close to an easy game by any means (the Suns rank bottom of both offenses and defenses within the league), it’ll give us a good indication of where Golden State is at currently – and whether or not they can truly regain their level as one of the best teams in basketball. Lakers Rebuilding Continues? Apparently
76ers overcoming issues thanks to Milton & Melton
The Philadelphia 76ers are finally starting to look like the team that many expected them to be this season. Thanks in part to the play of rookie center Joel Embiid and veteran forwards Dario Saric and Amir Johnson, Philadelphia has overcome several early-season issues. Here are five things to watch this week:
1) The battle for fifth place in the Eastern Conference: The Milwaukee Bucks (42-27) currently hold fifth place in the East, two games behind Philadelphia. However, the 76ers have won six of their past seven games, including a 114-103 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. If Philadelphia can continue its current run and catch Milwaukee, it would enter into a tiebreaker situation that would favor Philly due to its head-to-head record.
2) Which Rookie will Take Over as MVP? Joel Embiid has been one of the best players in the Association so far this season, averaging 22.7 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks per game. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for both October and November, and is looking like he may be able to take home MVP honors at some point this season. Fellow rook Ben Simmons is also having an excellent year, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field overall and 43 percent from three-point range. However, it’s likely that Embiid will take home MVP honors if he continues his play at this level
Zion’s 100th-game celebration
Zion Williamson and the Golden State Warriors are back on track after a rough start to the season. Williamson is averaging 33.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in his last six games. Meanwhile, the L.A. Lakers have won four of their past five games, including a 115-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Here are five things to watch this week:
1) The Golden State Warriors will look to continue their winning streak when they face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. After starting the season strong, the Warriors have struggled recently, losing three of their past four games. However, they are still one of the top teams in the Western Conference and pose a formidable challenge to any team they face.
2) The L.A. Lakers will attempt to move back into contention in the standings when they take on the Utah Jazz on Sunday afternoon. Despite losing two of their first three games, the Lakers have since won four straight games and currently sit third in the Western Conference standings behind Golden State and Houston. This game should provide an indication as to whether or not L.A can make a push for playoff contention this year.
3) Kawhi Leonard’s return to action may be just what Toronto needs as they take on Milwaukee on Wednesday night in what is likely going to be an exciting matchup between two of the league’s best teams. Leonard has been out since March with a persistent quad injury but has recently begun practicing with
Kavanaugh confirmation hearings set to resume
The confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, are set to resume on October 3. Here are five things to watch this week:
1. How will the testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh be received?
2. Will senators question Kavanaugh on his views on abortion, Roe v. Wade, and other hot-button topics?
3. What new details will emerge about the allegations made against Kavanaugh?
4. Will Democrats try and delay or block the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination?
5. What role will the president and Senate Republicans play in the proceedings?
Pacers quietly balling
The Indiana Pacers have been one of the most underrated teams in the NBA this season, and they will look to continue their good play this week. Friday night they take on the Orlando Magic, who are currently without their two best players due to injury. The Pacers should be able to pick up the win in this matchup.
On Saturday Indiana faces off against the Detroit Pistons, who have been struggling recently. This could be a good opportunity for Indiana to gain some ground in the Eastern Conference standings. If they can pull out a victory, it would go a long way in solidifying their spot atop the division.
The Pacers will also have their hands full with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State has been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA this season. However, if they can contain Paul George and company, it could be a difficult game for the defending champions.
Lakers stun Sixers
The Los Angeles Lakers are back on track, and the Golden State Warriors are still one of the best teams in the NBA. In this week’s Five things to watch, we’ll take a look at how the Lakers will bounce back from their loss to Dallas last Saturday, how Stephen Curry and the Warriors will respond to their tough loss against Utah last Wednesday, and whether or not the Sixers can finally put it all together.
Hurricane Florence heads for East Coast
This week in NBA, the Golden State Warriors are back on track after a rough start to the season while the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to get back on track with a win over the Dallas Mavericks. Elsewhere in the league, there are some big games including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland and Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto. Here are five things to watch this week:
1) The Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Lakers – This is one of the biggest games of the week as both teams are looking for a win after poor starts to their seasons. The Warriors have looked inconsistent so far this year, but they’re still one of the best teams in the league and should be able to take down the Lakers.
2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – This is another game that will be closely watched as it’s between two of the best teams in the league. The Cavaliers have been struggling lately but they still have one of the best players in the world in LeBron James, who is coming off a triple-double performance last night against Atlanta. The Celtics meanwhile have been playing better since Kyrie Irving returned from injury and should look to keep their unbeaten record going against Cleveland.
3) San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Another game that will be close is between San Antonio and Memphis, with both teams having strong defenses that can hold their opponents under 100 points. The Spurs haven’t had their usual firepower this year but
Warriors bounce back with win over Blazers
The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their loss to the Denver Nuggets with a win over the Portland Blazers. The most important thing to watch this week is how the Warriors perform against teams that are better than them, such as the Lakers.
In other news, Kawhi Leonard has returned to San Antonio and will play against the Clippers on Friday night. Also, LeBron James and the Cavs travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers.