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What I’m Watching: Luka (and Kyrie) Versus LeBron

Plus: the Stars take on one more division leader, and we all scrutinize Jacob deGrom's health some more.
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It never gets old. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rough week in town, as the Mavericks dropped Kyrie Irving’s home debut against Minnesota, the Horned Frogs were defeated comfortably by Iowa State, and the Stars dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker against Boston in overtime (because of course). Are better days ahead this week? Here’s what I’m watching:

Tuesday, 2/22-the next half-decade, probably—Jacob deGrom injury watchAny and every medium

The $185 million man sent social media into a tizzy last week when word got out that the Rangers were holding their new ace back from throwing at the start of camp. The cause? Left side tightness. Yes, this was precautionary, and, no, it supposedly would not have prevented him from pitching in a regular-season game. He was back on the field Sunday. But deGrom has a lengthy injury history that makes even the slightest ache mushroom into some larger panic, so expect his health to be a talking point throughout the duration of his five-year deal with Texas.

Here’s a tip: rid yourself of unnecessary panic by reading Jamey Newberg’s latest about how the reward is well worth the risk.

Saturday, 2/25—Stars at Golden Knights9 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest

Dallas’ recent circuit of opposing division leaders concludes with a trip to Vegas. The Stars turned in matching 3-2 overtime losses against Carolina (the Metropolitan leaders) and Boston (which leads the Atlantic), because of course they lost in overtime. Will they close out the grind on a high note? 

Sunday, 2/26—Lakers at Mavericks2:30 p.m., ABC

As I’ve noted in this space before, Luka versus LeBron is always appointment viewing. And if you’re the petty sort who revels in any bit of Laker misery (and who could blame you?), now you watch The King’s face for signs of frustration any time Kyrie Irving zooms to the basket after Dallas beat Los Angeles to the punch in trading for him.

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