NBA schedule 2014: Rockets, Grizzlies rematch in Memphis

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The Houston-Memphis game was so close on Friday that it has to happen again Saturday.

Saturday's slate of games holds a re-match, two of the best teams in the month of January and a showdown between Western Conference All-Star starter Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, who feels he should be starting in Love's place. Let's get ready to feast.

Main Course

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

League Pass; 8 p.m. ET

Chandler Parsons' record-setting night just wasn't enough on Friday as the Rockets forward hit 10 three-pointers in the second half in a loss to the Grizzlies, 88-87. Memphis played tough defense down the stretch and will need to do the same again as the Rockets visit their home court on Saturday.

The Grizzlies were successful in pushing James Harden off his game on Friday as the Rockets star shot just 2-for-11 and had a mere 10 points. Meanwhile, Courtney Lee will once again look to show how nicely he is fitting in with his new team. The former Celtics guard had 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting on Friday.


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors

League Pass; 7 p.m. ET

Toronto has had a habit of causing trouble for teams early, playing up to competition when it matters most. That will certainly need to be the case on Saturday night as the Los Angeles Clippers come to town. In their last game against a potential Western Conference playoff team, Toronto shocked the Dallas Mavericks as DeMar DeRozan had 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, have to rally on the second night of a back-to-back after beating the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Clippers are still without Chris Paul and they will have to be on their guard against a resurgent Raptors who have surprised many in January, particularly at home.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers

NBA TV; 10 p.m. ET

The Timberwolves have been an exercise in disappointment this season with a record of just 21-21 despite boasting top 10 defensive and offensive efficiency rankings. Kevin Love has his first All-Star starter selection but the inconsistency of some of his teammates has led the Timberwolves to the 10th spot in the Western Conference.

That's not to say the Trail Blazers won't need to keep their eyes open going into this game. Minnesota ground out a tough win against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, 121-120, and the division rivals have a long-standing history with each other. Portland is operating on a few days rest and the battle between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love is sure to be front-and-center.

Other games

Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats

NBA TV; 7 p.m. ET

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers

League Pass; 7:30 p.m. ET

Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks

League Pass; 8:30 p.m. ET

Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets

League Pass; 9 p.m. ET

Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz

League Pass; 9 p.m. ET

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