At last, real NBA basketball. After weeks of uncertainty in daily fantasy — who would start, who would rest, which teams cared — we have a quadruple-header with predictable rotations and maximum effort.
The last 12 months represent by far the least amount of basketball Kevin Durant has played in his eight-year NBA career. In a sadly ironic twist, it also represents a time when he has had more intrigue swirling around him than ever before. In the last year, Durant has won NBA MVP and given a moving acceptance speech; quit as the new face of Team USA; created a bidding war between apparel companies in the mid nine figures; become the beacon of
What a strange NBA Tuesday. Anthony Davis got double-teamed, so Quincy Pondexter and Omer Asik were the best Pelicans to own. James Harden had an off-night (just 4-14) and Donatas Motiejunas stepped up to lead the Rockets. To my surprise, the Spurs didn’t rest anyone, yet they somehow lost to the Knicks.
Here’s hoping that Friday the 13th is good luck at DraftKings. Nine NBA games begin at 7:00 EDT but there are Turbo contests (covering three games) at 8:00, Late events (also spanning three games) at 9:00 and even Later action on the final two at 10:00. That’s multiple opportunities to win.
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
All along, it was assumed that Dwyane Wade would be voted in by the fans as a starter for the All-Star game, as he had been for the last nine years. No more, as another guard beat him out for the prestigious guard spot on the final day: Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry.
A star is born? Not only did Hassan Whiteside put up career-highs in points (23) and rebounds (16) on Sunday, he did it against DeAndre Jordan and led Miami to a shocking road upset of the Clippers.
Finishing in the top 500 out of more than 31,000 entries, I managed to beat Chris Sheridan — as did many of you — and won a few dollars at DraftKings on Friday. Let’s try to keep it rolling.