After Friday’s dispiriting home loss to the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni could not take it any longer. D’Antoni went on a wide-ranging rant against his team, targeting its lack of commitment and effort on both sides of the ball. He said the Lakers were “messing with the basketball gods” and called their championship aspirations “laughable.” Although D’Antoni mentioned no one by name, very few wearing the forum blue and gold appeared exempt.
The round of 64 began on Thursday and outside of the PAC-12′s success as a 12 seed and Harvard earning their first ever tournament win, upsets were at a minimum. On a very light night in the NBA, the three games on the schedule saw one upset, as the Blazers won on the road in Chicago, but the Sixers blew their chance to snap the Nuggets win streak and perform their own “bracket buster”. Welcome to another episode of Five Fast Facts.
Not long ago, many wondered if John Wall could ever reclaim his reputation as the possible savior of the Washington Wizards – a burdening label immediately thrust upon him when he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010-2011 NBA Draft. In fact, some openly wondered if he’s even worth building around. And when I say “not long ago”, I’m talking about just weeks ago.
In a terrific contest, LeBron James (37 PTS, 12 AST, 7 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLK) powered the Heat to their 23rd consecutive win, but it could have gone either way. Kevin Garnett (adductor) was unable to play, but in his place, Jeff Green had the game of his life — 43 PTS, 7 REB, 5 3PTM, 4 BLK — and the proud, stubborn Celtics almost sent it to overtime.
It was a disastrous evening for the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did they come up four points short in a must-win game, they lost Kobe Bryant to an ankle injury in the final seconds. Bryant (31 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL) is very unhappy with Dahntay Jones over the play and there are no details yet about a recovery timetable, but it’s being called a severe sprain and he’s out indefinitely.
It was a very busy night in the NBA last night as 11 games were on the schedule. For those of you who enjoy choices, you had your share of stars in NBA sky last night, as nine of the top 10 scorers and seven of the top 10 rebounders were in action. The Heat make any argument about them going undefeated for the rest of the season more and more legitimate with their 20th straight victory last night in Philadelphia,
Roto standings are bunching up and the Head-to-Head playoffs are looming. There are daily leagues at DraftStreet for fun and profit; our Freeroll there is always worth entering because the price is right, but it’s at least a 1,000-1 shot and your odds are many times better in cash leagues, where I’ve been doing pretty well the last couple of months.