Wednesday NBAction open thread

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We'll be watching Clipper-Wolves early, but after that you can hang out here to discuss the Lakers versus the Suns.

The big news in the NBA today is that Memphis traded Rudy Gay to the Raptors in a three team deal that nets them Ed Davis and Tayshaun Prince. I kind of love that deal for the Grizz, but I've never been a big fan of Rudy Gay. Memphis doesn't play until tomorrow, but just our look, they'll be without a small forward (assuming Prince has not joined the team yet by then) just when we want them to beat Oklahoma City. Great. Gay should be joining Toronto in time to play against the Clippers Friday night.

It's a busy slate in the NBA tonight, with 12 games, so nearly everyone, including the Clippers against the Wolves of course.

Washington at Philadelphia, 4:00 PM

Detroit at Indiana, 4:00 PM

Sacramento at Boston, 4:30 PM

Orlando at New York, 4:30 PM

Toronto at Atlanta, 4:30 PM

Miami at Brooklyn, 5:00 PM, ESPN

Chicago at Milwaukee, 5:00 PM

LA Clippers at Minnesota, 5:00 PM

Charlotte at San Antonio, 5:30 PM

Houston at Denver, 6:00 PM

New Orleans at Utah, 6:00 PM

LA Lakers at Phoenix, 7:30 PM, ESPN, Time Warner Sports

The early game of interest is Miami visiting the Nets in Brooklyn, but none of us will be watching that because of the Clippers game of course.

The Spurs, with the best overall record in the NBA, will certainly maintain that spot, given that they are hosting the Bobcats tonight, in a huge mismatch.

Houston at Denver could be a very interesting game between two teams in the second group in the west. The Nuggets are tough to beat at home, but the Rockets are coming off a near perfect game in which they absolutely demolished the Jazz in Salt Lake City.

At the conclusion of the Clippers game you can switch over to ESPN and watch the late game with the Lakers visiting Phoenix. In the instant-analysis, overreact to everything world, the Lakers are now clearing space for a new banner, since, you know, they've won three straight. Never mind that they're still five games under .500 and haven't won a game on the road in a month and a half. They'll try to change that against the Suns in Steve Nash's return to Phoenix. If they still can't win on the road, this Grammy trip may finish their season once and for all. I still have them making the playoffs of course, so we'll see.

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