Don't miss the showdown of Los Angeles or the Brooklyn Nets on the recovery versing the tough as nails Oklahoma City Thunder this week on ESPN.[caption id="attachment_13415" align="aligncenter" width="622"] Photo Credit: AP[/caption] This week on ESPN Australia comes the battle of Los Angeles. While the unstable Brooklyn Nets will look to put their struggles behind them when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
BROOKLYN NETS vs OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERTime & Date: Thursday January 3 from Chesapeake Arena Coverage: LIVE 12:00 pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) While the Nets and Thunder are sitting at the top end of the standings, they haven't gone without any drama or turmoil. James Harden was swiftly traded to the Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin and the Nets recently fired head coach Avery Johnson. It will be interesting to see how Kevin Durant responds to the defensive prowess of Gerald Wallace. The Thunder will have a harder time shooting themselves to victory and Brook Lopez along with Reggie Evans will be all over the offensive and defensive glass. Watch For: Deron Williams, again. He couldn't put it together under Avery Johnson, he owes to his team and coach (past and present) a significant improvement in play. He needs to return to his All Star form which he is more than capable of, battling Russell Westbrook should get the juices flowing.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSTime & Date: Saturday January 5 from the Staples Center Coverage: LIVE 2:30 pm AEDT (See TV Guide for other games and times) The battle for Los Angeles has only intensified. The Clippers have just put together a 16+ win streak from nowhere while the Lakers feel they have turned a corner with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol back in the fold. With more NBA household names you can throw a stick at, there will be fireworks and jaw dropping talent on display that will do anything for a win over a bitter rival. Watch For: Caution - Highlight's ahead! Star players bring star plays which bring bottomless highlights. Chris Paul the passing specialist, Kobe Bryant the shooting specialist along with Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard the dunking specialists. It's all here!
These are the games you can catch on ESPN Australia via Foxtel throughout the week. Is it a revival of Deron Williams or continued dominance from the Thunder? Do the Clippers rattle of another win or will they break down against Nash, Kobe and the front line of the Lakers?