It was a triumph of Grizzlies basketball. Marc Gasol $8700 was brilliant and they held the Warriors — who had won 16 in a row — to 41% shooting. Mike Conley $7900 and Zach Randolph $7400 did what they do, but it was the bench, led by Vince Carter $3000 with 16 points, that helped seal the deal with a tremendous second quarter.
The three best records in the NBA belong to the Warriors, Grizzlies and Blazers. What do all three Western Conference teams have in common? Continuity. Besides for some minor tweaks, (Shaun Livingston, Vince Carter, Steve Blake and Chris Kaman) Golden State, Memphis and Portland retained their core players and have been extremely successful over the first quarter of the regular season. For Portland, now at 16-4 after Sunday’s win over New York, this is the third season the LaMarcus Aldridge-Damian Lillard-Nicolas Batum-Wes
LeBron James $11000 scored 41 to lead a great comeback in Boston last night, after the Cavs surrendered 42 points in the third quarter. That’s three in a row for Cleveland, with an average score of 117-111.
Yes, it’s Sunday and that means the NFL to many of you. Good luck with your gridiron picks; here we stick to the hardwood in daily fantasy basketball leagues at DraftKings.
Happy Hallowe’en! Tonight’s $100K Trick or Treat Special at DraftKings has a $27 entry fee but is limited to 4200 teams. Winner gets $15,000, second $7500 and there will be 840 cash prizes — even if it doesn’t fill. Love those overlays.
Things have changed in Rip City. For the Portland Trail Blazers, the 2013-14 season not only represented a return to the playoffs, it ended a drought of not making the second round that had lasted longer than a decade.Yes, the Trail Blazers got taken to the woodshed by the San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals, doing just enough against the eventual champions to avoid a sweep. But plenty of other teams got whooped by the Spurs, too. Winning against the Houston
With the Miami Heat expected to face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in preseason action this weekend, it is only right that the storyline between the two teams continues to develop. It will be the first time to two franchises meet since the departure of LeBron James from Miami to Cleveland, and despite being an exhibition match the history between the involved players is evident.
On Thursday, we brought back our Three-Man Weave, taking a look at some of the big picture questions for Eastern Conference teams that the offseason may or may not have answered. Today, we shift our focus to the Western Conference, where the player movement has been less dramatic and more subtle but entirely interesting and thought-provoking. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger issues. 1. Which team has taken the biggest step forward in the Western Conference?