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.
The NBA schedule now features a TV doubleheader on ABC each Sunday, and today’s 1:00 Eastern start is a terrific game. The Clippers have lost three in a row and will be determined to end that mini-slide, but they are up against an even more desperate team in Oklahoma City.
The Western Conference produces more excitement than the East, thanks to several great teams and “too many” legitimate playoff contenders. The seventh and eighth seeds in the East are six games under .500, but out West, Phoenix is six games over yet far from certain to make the postseason.
There are 11 games on this busy NBA Saturday, in advance of a quiet (and early) two-game slate tomorrow. Three excellent Western Conference tilts will not only be exciting to watch, they could be profitable.
What a Saturday night. The completely unexpected —and courageous — return of LaMarcus Aldridge (torn thumb ligament) was a success, but the plague of NBA injuries continues. Playing the best basketball of his promising career over the last month, Brandon Jennings will have an MRI on a possible torn Achilles tendon and could be lost for the season.
Anyone who has spent much time in South Florida knows what happens when heat mixes with thunder — an intense downpour. Tonight at the AA Arena, it will be raining points indoors.
It’s a quiet Sunday in the NBA — only three games — on the eve of a busy holiday Monday. There are two start times at DraftKings; contests at 3:30 EST include the Pelicans game in Toronto, where Anthony Davis $11200 (toe) remains questionable. You can also play at 6:00, focusing on just two games.
The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t even the best tankers in their own division these days. After the Sixers boosted their record to 5-28 with a win over the Cavs, the worst team in the Atlantic — and the entire NBA, for that matter — is undoubtedly the 5-32 New York Knicks. The Knicks have now lost 12 straight, and dealt away both Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a deal aimed solely at cap relief (Smith has