NBA Viewing Guide, Week 3: Set your schedule now

Kevin C. Cox

Paul Flannery has boiled down the NBA's Week 3 schedule to tell you what you and your friends will be watching each night.

With so much great NBA action, navigating the schedule can be difficult. Have no fear, friends. We're here to help. All times are Eastern.

MONDAY

What you'll be watching: Miami at Houston (8 p.m.)
James Harden, Jeremy Lin, blah, blah, blah. Did you know that Ray Allen's True Shooting Percentage is .715? SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN. You know what's even scarier? LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Rashard Lewis are all over .600. This is a huge week for the Heat, who were smoked by Memphis like so much pulled pork on Sunday. Nothing like a good test on the second night of a back-to-back.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Minnesota at Dallas (8:30 p.m.)
Are you ready to live in a world in which O.J. Mayo is a superstar? Now we know why Danny Ainge was hot for him last spring in a deal involving Ray Allen, proving yet again that every player in the league is separated by less than six degrees of Ainge trade rumors. Bonus points for Chris Kaman versus Nikola Pekovic in the post: one guy likes to hunt wild game, the other one eats it raw.

League Pass After Dark: Atlanta at Portland (10 p.m.)
Jeff Teague and Al Horford versus Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge? Yes, please.

TUESDAY

What you'll be watching: San Antonio vs. Lakers (10:30 p.m.)
Now it can be told: The real reason Phil to the Lakers fell apart was his request for a 20-minute version of Dark Star to replace their pregame intros.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Washington at Charlotte (7 p.m.)
Three letters: M!K!G!

League Pass After Dark: Portland at Sacramento (10 p.m.)
For the masochist in your life. S'up Ziller? (Editor's note: Hey, we'll have one of our two suspended players back!)

WEDNESDAY

What you'll be watching: Memphis at Oklahoma City (8 p.m.), Miami at Clippers (10:30 p.m.)
I see Tony Allen guarding Russell Westbrook and Zach Randolph staring down Kendrick Perkins. I see Chris Paul battling LeBron and Eric Bledsoe hounding Dwyane Wade. Do I really need to explain this one?

What the Twitterati will be watching: Memphis at OKC, Miami at Clippers
The rare instance when basketball hipsterdom and common sense come together in one glorious evening.

League Pass After Dark: Atlanta at Golden State (10:30)
I guess?

THURSDAY

What you'll be watching: New York at San Antonio (8:30)
How is this not the TNT game? Can we get some flex scheduling here? By the way, I'm not saying DeMarcus Cousins was right for confronting Sean Elliott, I am saying he should have done what the rest of us do and hit the mute button. With the caveat that we don't know what went down between them, this is a weird precedent set by the NBA. Not only did Cousins get the exact same two-game suspension as teammate Thomas Robinson did for trying to separate Jonas Jerebko's head from the rest of his body, but why should Elliott warrant special protection? All media are accountable for what they write/tweet/say. That's part of the deal. Just a strange situation all the way around.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Miami at Denver (10:30 p.m.)
The Nuggets are the anti-Heat in a sense with their no stars approach and they present an interesting matchup in that they have a speedy point guard in Ty Lawson and a dynamic wing defender in Andre Iguodala. Considering Miami's schedule this week, the Nuggets will want to run, run, run. Could be a classic, or a classic wipeout.

League Pass After Dark: It's a TNT night so let's all tune in for some pointed commentary from Shaq. Mumble, mumble, mumble, JaVale McGee is better than Dwight Howard. Thank you, Shaq. #FreeCWebb

FRIDAY

What you'll be watching: ...
It's as if the basketball gods are telling us to get out more.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Orlando at Detroit (7:30)
The Pistons have to win sometime, right? RIGHT? I'm a little worried about Lawrence Frank, who's a good coach but now has two awful starts on his resume. Frank finally played Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond together for the first time last week, which is ... something.

League Pass After Dark: Houston at Portland (10 p.m.)
Sure, why not? At this point I will have seen more of Lillard's games than I ever saw of Terry Porter and Damon Stoudamire. 'Merica!

SATURDAY

What you'll be watching: Toronto at Boston (12:30 p.m.)
Well, I will be and I could really use the company.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Dallas at Cleveland (7:30 p.m.)
We are all aware of how good Kyrie Irving is, yes? Calling him the best young point guard in the league doesn't do it justice, but Rick Carlisle has ways of making special players look ordinary. Any list of the top coaches in the league that doesn't include Carlisle is incomplete.

League Pass After Dark: Chicago at the Clippers (9 p.m.)
In which Blake Griffin and Carlos Boozer flop for your affection.

SUNDAY

What you'll be watching: The NFL, probably.

What the Twitterati will be watching: Golden State at Oklahoma City (7 p.m.)
Every year I buy into the Warriors and every year they let me down. But if Andrew Bogut can get healthy and Steph Curry can stay healthy and Klay Thompson can emerge and, and, and ... it's really not going to happen, is it?

League Pass After Dark: Houston at the Lakers (9:30 p.m.)
If only to see if Harden has something for Metta World Peace.

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