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NBA - US Sports: All you need to know about 2023 NBA Rivals Week

Along with all the usual highlights, the new NBA schedule unveiled a fresh addition to the league for the 2022/23 regular season.

Rivals Week pits together what the league describes as "classic and budding rivalries".

Taking place in late January, this move brings five nights of quality games based on local rivalries, previous play-off clashes and player battles.

Here we have all you need to know about Rivals Week, from the match-ups they've planned to the ones that missed out.

What

NBA Rivals Week

Where

Nine venues across the United States

When

24th to 28th January 2023

What is Rivals Week?

Rivals Week runs from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th January, with 11 games spread across those five nights. It includes some of the biggest and best names in the league, while it also caters for rivalries young and old.

While the NBA's greatest ever rivalry - between the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics - is featured, there are some emerging ones too.

The Golden State Warriors had a heated Play-off series with the Memphis Grizzlies on their way to the title last season and the pair meet again in a marquee game on Christmas Day before their Rivals Week clash.

Rivals Week has been positioned in between Martin Luther King Day and the All-Star break, a chunk of the season which does tend to have a bit of a lull.

The league have also scheduled the Detroit Pistons' clash with the Chicago Bulls in Paris during that spell of the season, although that's one of the big rivalries missing in this week.

Rivals Week schedule

Tuesday 24th January
Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
LA Clippers at LA Lakers

Wednesday 25th January
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors

Thursday 26th January
Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns

Friday 27th January
Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves
Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

Saturday 28th January
Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
LA Lakers at Boston Celtics

What are the match-ups?

Rivals Week starts with a rematch of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, with the Boston Celtics heading to the Miami Heat. The second part of that Tuesday double-header is the Battle of LA clash between the Lakers and Clippers.

Ben Simmons returns to Philadelphia with the Brooklyn Nets on the Wednesday night, followed by the clash between the Grizzlies and Warriors. That double header probably has the most recent bad blood of any of the five nights of action.

Thursday's action starts with the Charlotte Hornets facing the Chicago Bulls. It's not much of a rivalry, but it is a clash between LaMelo Ball and his brother Lonzo.

That's followed by the Dallas Mavericks at the Phoenix Suns, a replay of Game 7 from their Western Conference semi-final. The Mavs demolished the top-seeded Suns in a shock win, setting them up for a Rivals Week rematch.

The Friday night games a bit of a stretch in terms of rivalries. The Grizzles face another Play-off rematch against the Minnesota Timberwolves, while there's a 2019 Finals replay between the Toronto Raptors and Warriors.

Rivals Week wraps up with the classic Lakers-Celtics meeting, while there's an all-New York showdown between the Knicks and the Nets before that.

The day starts with a player rivalry between last season's top two in MVP voting. The Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic pipped Sixers star Joel Embiid to the award last term.

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Which rivalries are missing?

In terms of recent Play-off rivalries, few have compared to the Atlanta Hawks series with the New York Knicks.

It's not a Hawks/Knicks rivalry so much as a Trae Young/New York rivalry, with the point guard celebrating silencing Maddison Square Garden by shushing the fans. Taking the Hawks back to the Garden would have been a great addition.

Last season's Play-off battle between the Raptors and Sixers was also worthy of a repeat, with all six games proving to be real physical battles.

The Sixers were booed off the court in all three games in Toronto and one in Philadelphia, which would have made for an intense atmosphere.

Another clash which didn't make the cut is the Heat and the Timberwolves.

I can understand why the league wouldn't want to promote the Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns rivalry, but that is one of the most heated clashes the league has seen in recent years.

The Minnesota faithful have always given Butler a hard time since his departure in 2018.

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