It was an unusual Monday night in the NBA. Two games were postponed by a severe winter storm in New York, early enough in the day for DFS players to reset lineups. Kevin Durant (toe) sitting out made a bigger, last-minute impact at DraftKings. Scoring was low everywhere, except for Anthony Davis, who helped many of us win a few bucks.
Charlotte Hornets’ point guard Kemba Walker received terrible news on Monday when it was announced that he would have to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Any time a player gets injured, it’s terrible news. For Walker, it’s particular ill-timed because he had been playing some of the best basketball of his career this season, averaging 21 points or more in both December (21.7 points) and January (23.6 pionts). He had previously scored over 20
Every team wants a player in the NBA All-Star Game. Just this week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban complained that the voting system is “absolutely, positively broken” and lobbied for the NBA to provide additional roster spots for reserves who may have been overlooked by the fans. His reasoning was that leading vote-getter Stephen Curry received a mere 1.5 million votes, which is a miniscule total when you consider the global, electronic balloting process. As he often does, Cuban made some good
There were “too many” superstars to choose from in daily action on Friday — though Klay Thompson outperformed all eight of those $10000+ salary guys with the greatest quarter in NBA history. Tonight, the pendulum swings the other way.
After last week’s loss in Atlanta, Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger – whose team has the fifth-best record in the NBA – lamented his roster’s shortcomings. “We have to get another playmaker on the floor,” Joerger said. “We’re going to have to start playing multiple point guards (at the same time). We’ve got to be able to get inside of defenses.” It doesn’t matter that the Grizzlies have been at or near the top of the league for most of the season.
Yesterday, we broke down what a crowded field it is in the Western Conference when it comes to picking the seven All-Star reserves. There are easily 10 players who are worthy, maybe more. But what about the East? And let’s start with this quiz: Can you name the starting five on the best team in the East? In fact, can you name the best team in the East? It is the Atlanta Hawks who ascended to that position when the Toronto Raptors
Friday was a night of surprises. Jared Dudley $3700 couldn’t miss (24 points on 10-10 shooting) as the Bucks destroyed a bunch of impostors wearing Hawks uniforms. Both LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) and Chris Kaman (family) didn’t play, so Joel Freeland pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds.
When Paul Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards on July 11, it seemed like Washington downgraded from Trevor Ariza, who departed to Houston. Two months into the season, it’s time for a fresh look. In our own free agency tracker, there were not kind words for the aging Pierce. “And while this may seem like a fine consolation prize for Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman, anybody in Boston or Brooklyn who has been watching Pierce closely for the past two years