The Warriors came out blazing from the start with a 12-2 lead and never looked back on their way to an easy 108-88 blowout victory, ending their six-game road trip on a high note with a 4-2 record. They led by as many as 31 points in the third quarter, as the Celtics provided next to no resistance on the defensive end. With this win, Golden State is now two games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, and three games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the sixth seed in the West.
The annual Rising Stars Challenge on Friday between chosen rookies and sophomores was pretty much what most expected it to be: An offensive showcase with not a whole lot of defense being played (although the Plumlee brothers may disagree).
Playing in front of his home crowd in New Orleans, Anthony Davis was expected to make some serious noise in this game. However, it was the unlikely shootout that broke out between Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half that captured everyone’s attention:
Of the pool of 28 Team USA players announced earlier today, three have made verbal commitments to play this summer at the World Cup (formerly called the World Championship) in Spain. They are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Additionally, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul will definitely NOT play in Spain … although all three should be considered locks to play at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (James and Anthony will become the first American players to appear in four Olympics).
So let’s take a look at the pool of players and try to figure out who will be going to Espana.
Although there was a five-game slate of NBA action on Sunday, the NBA knew it would be taking a backseat to the NFL.
Kevin Durant didn’t score 54 points, but he did net 30 in a 108-93 win over the Sacramento Kings.
On a normal Sunday, Durant would likely be recognized for scoring at least 30 points in his seventh straight game.
Every season, players miss games due to “flu-like symptoms”. It’s an unavoidable epidemic, and this season has been no different.
In comes Anthony Davis, who appears to be suffering from the very issue and has been sick in bed all day on Thursday, according to his twitter:
Then came this gem of a response from Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala:
@AntDavis23 stay sick
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) January 17, 2014
Iguodala is mostly just busting Davis’ chops here – the two are well-acquainted from being in the 2012 Olympics together – but the Warriors do play the New Orleans Pelicans on a back-to-back situation on Saturday on the road after visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. That’s probably reason enough to believe that Iguodala may only be half joking by telling Davis to stay sick in bed.
It’s unclear if Davis will miss any time due to his sickness, but the power forward should be well enough to suit up by Saturday night.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.