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Monday Morning Point Guard: The Fourcast

What? I loved coaching Stephon Marbury! He played hard for me. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

1. Celtics at Rockets (Tuesday)
Of note: Could this be an early NBA Finals preview? Ron Artest has fit in quite nicely so far, averaging 18.3 points, five rebounds and two steals. He is also showing that the Rockets won't get punked this season. Artest picked up a technical coming to the defense of Yao Ming after Dallas forward Josh Howard had a hard foul on Yao in the season opener. Artest also got between Yao and Celtics rookie Bill Walker in the preseason after Walker committed a hard foul against Yao. In that same game, Tracy McGrady floored Walker with a elbow to the chest and the two had to be separated. McGrady later got into it with Eddie House. If these teams can get heated in the preseason, a regular season game should really be fun.

2. Bobcats at Knicks (Wednesday)
Of note: Larry Brown returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time as Charlotte's head coach. Brown vs. Mike D'Antoni is interesting, but Brown should offer some entertaining pre-game comments on his former nemesis, Stephon Marbury, whom D'Antoni has placed on the inactive list.

3. Celtics at Pistons (Sunday)
Of note: An Eastern Conference Finals rematch. The Pistons' playoff loss to Boston was supposed to lead to an offseason makeover, but Detroit only changed the coach, with Michael Curry replacing Flip Saunders. They should have a pre-game championship ring bling-off with the Pistons' 2004 ring vs. the Celtics' 2008 ring. Those are two of the gaudiest things ever.

4. Rockets at Lakers (Sunday)
Of note: What a comfy schedule for the Lakers! They will enter this game having played two home games and two road games, but three of those games have been in Los Angeles, with two against the Clippers. The Lakers will finally get a test against the Rockets, who stole Artest from Sacramento around the same time the Lakers were rumored to have some interest.

Others in consideration: Mavericks at Spurs (Tuesday), Hawks at Hornets (Wednesday)

By Michael Lee  |  November 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
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Have the Knicks released Marbury yet?

Posted by: jeremydvid | November 3, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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