Sunday went almost as expected, though it wasn’t the greatest basketball. The Cavaliers won ugly (86-84) to regain home-court advantage, then the Rockets made a mockery of their game by sending DeAndre Jordan to the foul line 34 times. It looks good on Kevin McHale that they lost by 33.
Teams in the NBA playoff races aren’t the only ones watching scoreboards this time of year. Take the Philadelphia 76ers, for example. The Sixers lost their first 17 games, were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race nearly a month ago and almost certainly will lose 60-plus games for the second straight season. But GM Sam Hinkie and the rest of the Sixers’ front office are tracking the results of other games almost as closely as their own. That’s because Philadelphia could have
Marc Gasol did not sound like a player who is leaving the Memphis Grizzlies for the New York Knicks – or any other team, for that matter – when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. Gasol’s history in the city of Memphis and what he has spent a large portion of his life building with the Grizzlies will almost certainly prove too much to leave behind this offseason. The Grizzlies clinched the playoffs for the fifth straight season and
Why do doubts remain about the Atlanta Hawks? The Hawks are 40-8. They have lost twice since Thanksgiving. They have beaten Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, the LA Clippers, Cleveland again, Portland, the Clippers again, Memphis, Washington, Toronto, Chicago again, Oklahoma City and Portland again. The Hawks just completed the best undefeated month in NBA history, going 17-0 in January. They have won 19 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in league annals. They have won 12 straight road games. What seems to be the
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.
It was hard to win the big bucks at DraftKings on Big Wednesday unless you built around Kyrie Irving, who drained eleven 3-pointers — including the game-winner — for a career-high 55 points, best in the NBA this season.
Hope you cashed at DraftKings last night. Most winning teams had Kevin Durant $10700, Russell Westbrook $10200 and Kawhi Leonard in their lineups, but Dion Waiters $5000 (1-9) and Serge Ibaka $6900 (foul trouble) were costly mistakes.
BROOKLYN – You don’t need a watch to know the time for the Memphis Grizzlies to win a title is now. If you did, acquiring Jeff Green was the beeping alarm clock that woke up the rest of the Western Conference. With Green, Memphis has the missing piece to compete atop the vaunted West.