July 1 is almost here. Wait, it isn’t? You mean there is still two feet of ice, slush and snow piled up outside the home office in New York? Well, if you compare July to October, then July is almost here! And there is no bigger date on the NBA calendar than July 1 (although the May 19 draft lottery is a close second). Phil Jackson becomes relevant again for something other than his Twitter vitriol. Jeanie Buss becomes more interesting
Call them the Road Warriors. Stephen Curry $9800, Klay Thompson $7700 and Draymond Green $6800 are just 3-2 so far on this swing through the East. They fell behind the Celtics by 26 yesterday before rallying to win. Now they must play their fourth game in five nights.
Yet another star player may be done for the season. Derrick Rose needs surgery for a torn meniscus. Considering his history with that right knee, we don’t expect him back even if the Bulls advance in the playoffs.
The injury bug continues to have a negative affect on the NBA, in real life and fantasy. Last night All-Stars Stephen Curry (ankle) and LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) were scratched, and both their teams lost.
We discussed all the trade fallout yesterday, warned you away from dozens of players, recapped the lengthy injury list and still forgot one important fantasy angle. Some teams simply come out flat after the break. Last night, the Bulls, Hawks and Trail Blazers played far below expectations.
Finally! There are two NBA games tonight that actually count in the standings, with contests at DraftKings closing at 8:00 Eastern. It’s also trade deadline day, and Arron Afflalo has been dealt to Portland in the first significant deal.
Big names are in the news. Carmelo Anthony (knee surgery) is out for the season. Goran Dragic is suddenly on the trading block. Kevin Martin also wants a trade or a buyout.
Huge money is up for grabs this evening at DraftKings, with five contests carrying a prize pool of $100,000 or more. There are a dozen games on the final full night of the NBA before the all-star break.