Every time someone summons up the nerve to ask, “What’s wrong with the Spurs?” the defending NBA champions have provided an emphatic response: Nothing. They did it in November, beating the Clippers and Warriors on the road on consecutive nights after losses to Houston and New Orleans. They did it again in December, beating the Clippers to end a four-game losing streak that included back-to-back excruciating triple-overtime losses. And they did it again last night, beating the Rockets for the first time
Merry Christmas! Hope everyone is enjoying a day off and gets some quality time with family and friends. Thursday is a five-game showcase for the NBA, starting at noon Eastern, and the $200K Holiday Classic at Draft Kings will make someone $25,000 richer.
The NBA takes off Christmas Eve, so there are no games or daily action this evening. To celebrate the return of pro hoops on Thursday, the $200K Holiday Classic at Draft Kings will make someone $25,000 richer.
When you’ve played the game of basketball at a level as consistent as Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, you’re bound to move past a lot of players in the history books. This year has been the year of passing for the power forward of sorts, as he became the 19th player in NBA history to score at least 25,000 career points. The feat also put him in the most elite of categories, as he became only the second player
Rajon Rondo made his debut count with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavs new point guard scored six points on 3-of-11 shooting and dished out nine assists, adding seven rebounds in a 99-93 victory. It seems like a typical Rondo night. He didn’t score until the third quarter, was well below 40% from the floor, but made all the plays we’ve seen him make in Boston the past eight plus years.
Kevin Durant $10900 scored 30 points in 19 minutes on Thursday before rolling his ankle. Though it’s not a serious sprain, his status tonight is unknown. Russell Westbrook $11500 might have to carve up L.A. by himself, with a little help from Serge Ibaka $6800.
The Warriors made is 15 straight yesterday and are better than the Pelicans, though win #16 won’t be easy if Anthony Davis $11300 (chest) plays. Nothing is broken, so it’s about pain tolerance. Stephen Curry $10800 (29 PTS, 8 AST) was particularly sharp in Dallas, with his biggest DK fantasy number in nine games.
There’s MVP, and there’s fantasy MVP. James Harden made a strong statement for both last night. LeBron James $11300 (knee) didn’t play in a loss to the Thunder and is questionable tonight in New Orleans. Anthony Davis $11200 had three sub-par games — for him — before jamming his toe on Wednesday near the end of a big win over Dallas.