Metta World Peace (or Panda’s Friend, if you prefer) has been adamant about the Los Angeles Lakers being a playoff team this year, and they did him proud by beating the Atlanta Hawks on the road 114-109. Swaggy P is back!!!!! 5-8 seed ??? Lakers???? They played a great game today!!! — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 19, 2014 It’s unclear if the former NBA player is being serious with some of the claims he has been making as of late, but you’d hope that
The Boston Celtics were hoping to change their fortunes at home on Monday against the Phoenix Suns after losing the past two games at the TD Garden. Unfortunately, Boston failed to execute when it mattered the most and suffered a 118-114 loss on Monday – their third consecutive loss at home. Jeff Green did all he could to help his team to a victory with 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. Included in his efforts were a pair of notable dunks
Friday night was a milestone-reaching one for Rajon Rondo, who passed Paul Pierce for fourth all-time in Boston Celtics franchise history for assists. Unfortunately, the point guard also came up with some dubious plays down the stretch that contributed to the 122-121 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics were up 19 points heading into the fourth quarter and were well on their way to an even record of 4-4. Instead, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored a combined 25 points in the
Even a year ago, it didn’t seem as though DeMarcus Cousins would ever get his act together. The talent was undoubtedly there. Last season, the center averaged 22.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting from the field to go with 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. The man can absolutely play, and is one of the toughest to guard in the league with his unique ability to shoot from the mid-range, create from the high post and simply bulldoze
Derrick Rose said some interesting things about the reason behind the decision to sit out certain games over the first couple of weeks after tweaking both of his ankles in just the second game of the season. To make a long story short, the oft-injured point guard stated that he’s putting his long-term health into consideration because he doesn’t want to feel discomfort years later when he is done with the game of basketball. Naturally, that’s a bit of a controversial statement and
Sometimes, luck is simply not on your side when it comes to injuries. Certain players always seem to get hurt more than others for one reason or another, and Derrick Rose is really starting to fall into the category of more oft-injured than not. Rose has worked tirelessly over the past couple of years to come back as one of the most explosive players in the league after suffering a couple of devastating knee injuries. He played in the FIBA World
The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled for much of the season in the early going with limited bodies and a tough schedule. So far, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have faced Houston, Phoenix twice, Golden State, L.A. Clippers, Charlotte and Memphis. Aside from maybe Phoenix, those are all squads expected to be tough playoff teams in the West. They’ve lost all the games to the West teams, while managing to beat the Hornets at home.
Paul Millsap was quite occupied on Monday in Madison Square Garden as he did all he could do to contain Carmelo Anthony. Anthony somewhat had his way with 25 points (albeit on 25 shots), along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Millsap recorded 19 points, four rebounds (including a critical offensive rebound late in the fourth quarter that helped seal the game) and three steals. It was good enough to help the Atlanta Hawks come up with a hard-fought 91-85 victory