Week 5 Preview

Get ready for a plethora of fun games headed into Week 5, as not only are there a number of interesting matchups, Sunday will be the first day certain well-known pros will be able to check in for their respective teams. With a number of regulars set to make their returns and a few surprises undoubtedly waiting in the wings, the 45th season of the Drew League is about to become that much more epic.

On Saturday, we’ll have a whole bunch of intriguing games. At 11:15 a.m, the resurgent Black Pearls Elite will take on the confident Problems. While Black Pearls have taken a while to gain traction, Problems could easily have been one of the last remaining undefeated teams, had they not lost their opener to Team Watson, who had one of the best new team debuts in recent Drew League history. At 12:30 p.m., LA Loop and Legacy face off, with both struggling teams looking to break their slumps.

They’ve taken a while to get going, but each has the talent and firepower to win games, but while Loop just seems to be catching all the bad breaks, Legacy has relied way too much on one-on-one ball. This desperation match has all the ingredients of a show. Speaking of undefeated teams, at 2 p.m., one more of those teams will lose their vaunted status.

Will it be Hank’s Panthers, who’ve grittily out-hustled all of their prior opponents with chemistry and composure, or LAUNFD, with their star-studded attack featuring the stellar guard play of former Clozers Dwayne Polee Jr., Chuck O’Bannon Jr., Corey Allen and the Thompson brothers?

Finally, Citi Team Blazers, who’ve limped to a 2-5 record that belies their talent, will take on Team Watson, fresh off their first loss and just as hungry for redemption as Blazers’ squadron of vets.

Then, on Sunday, the potentially undefeated young gunners of LAUNFD play the second game of a back-to-back against fellow run ‘n’ gunners, Foot Print. If Foot Print shows up with a full complement of Hamiltons and their recent addition Nate Robinson, this game could turn into a gunfight. Then, another head-to-head between a pair of undefeated teams sees MHP defending their perfect record against BB4L in what could be a late playoffs preview.

BB4L isn’t likely to leave MHP’s sharpshooting guards as open as they have been of late, but MHP might just have a few star reinforcements to balance the scales. Baron Davis, Casper Ware and Van Girard will have their work cut out for them if MHP can avoid the chemistry issues that seem to follow them once their stars show up.

Redemption and Birdie’s Revenge should be good, provided Redemption returns with their star guards Jonathan Gibson and Kerry Carter and bring back stud center Chris Johnson. No disrespect to Speedy Blackmon, Ty Riley or any of the ringers coach Keion Kindred wrangled for their Friday night showing against Spider-Webb, but if those guys got narrowly edged against a team that got trounced by 23 points, their chemistry issues could leave them wide open to a steady barrage of Frank Nitty daggers.

Last, but certainly not least, Team Watson gets to end their weekend against Nationwide Souljas, a team that is absolutely better than their record implies and one of the toughest outs in their division.

This weekend promises to be a doozy. Plan to show up early and stay all day.