THE WEEK AHEAD: 4 GAMES

Tuesday at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. PST, Channel 9 -- Phil Jackson returns to Chicago, tries to keep a straight face.

Wednesday at Detroit, 4:30 PST, Channel 9 (delayed, 5:30) -- The Lakers don't really do back-to-backs, but what else are you going to do on a Wednesday night in Detroit?

Friday at Minnesota, 5 PST, Channel 9 (delayed, 6) -- It has been so cold in Minneapolis, poachers are carting the lakes away on flat-bed trucks.

Saturday at Milwaukee, 5:30 PST, Channel 9 -- Bradley Center roulette: wearing your best suit on the night Coach George Karl spontaneously combusts.

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