The 2013-2014 NBA season kicks off in a little more than 24 hours. This is the first week of regular season action since LeBron James and the Miami Heat took their second straight title back to South Beach. Looking at the schedule there are a number of games this week that should grab the attention of fans who have been waiting for the season to start. These are three of the top games for the week of October 27:
Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat: Tuesday, October 29 at 8:00pm
Speaking of the defending champions they are welcoming in a very driven Chicago team as their first game of the year. James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and others are facing off against a Bulls team that has looked very good in the post season. Much of that is due to the strong play by their returning superstar point guard, Derrick Rose. Rose has made comments that would lead many to believe that he's not only on a quest to win a title, but to once again become the only player not named LeBron James to win the MVP title in recent years. This is a great kickoff game between two of the best teams in the league.
Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs: Wednesday, October 30 at 8:30pm
During the West the Memphis Grizzlies surprised a lot of teams by making it to the Western Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their run came to a drastic stop as the San Antonio Spurs sent them home without much distress at any point during the series. This rematch will show if the Grizzlies are truly making a push to be a force within the conference. As has been customary the last few years, experts and fans alike are calling for the Spurs to slow down due to age so the dialogue behind that story will pick up as well. This is Wednesday night's best matchup.
New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls: Thursday, October 31 at 8:00pm
After their opening game against Miami, the Bulls will then welcome the New York Knicks to their facility for their first home game of the year. New York started out last year very well as many considered them the only team able to defeat the Heat in the East. That would not be true as they were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Indiana Pacers. New York has added some key pieces to their roster and with Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Tyson Chandler still a part of the core, this team has the individual talent needed. Even though it is an early game, it will be interesting to see how well they play against one of the top defensive units in the league.
As the first week of NBA action kicks off these games, along with others, should be a part of every fan's schedule. Getting off to a hot start is very important for many of these teams and most have some tough match ups to get through in order to be able to do so.