The Los Angeles Lakers (9-2) cruised past the Golden State Warriors (2-10) one hundred twenty-ninety four at Staples Heart Wednesday evening. They’re young and play very onerous. However youth and laborious play does not imply playoffs. The backcourt — Trae Young and Kevin Huerter — is sweet. Younger was solely the third rookie ever to average greater than 19 points and eight assists. Evan Turner arrived for a veteran presence. There are some depth issues up front, however there’s also optimism with ahead De’Andre Hunter from NCAA champ Virginia. John Collins and Alex Len have been potent bigs last season. And Vince Carter is again for another run.
Of the top 10 gamers in MVP vote shares since 2004-05, only James and Dwight Howard spent any time in the East. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Steve Nash, Steph Curry, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook have all plied their trade exclusively out West. The San Antonio Spurs make the playoffs for the twenty second consecutive season; they haven’t missed the playoffs since drafting Tim Duncan , who has retired.
Each the Spurs and Sixers have been in commerce rumors lately. There has been talk that San Antonio may move DeMar DeRozan or LaMarcus Aldridge if the team cannot climb up the Western Convention standings earlier than the NBA’s February trade deadline. The Sixers, meanwhile, are mentioned to be in the market for extra shooters and playmakers.
Damian Lillard scored 50 points in Recreation 5 and completed off the sequence by hitting a 37-foot three on the buzzer to break a one hundred fifteen-one hundred fifteen tie, sending the Blazers through to the Conference Semifinals. This was Lillard’s second series-successful three-pointer; his first came towards Houston in 2014 He is the only participant besides Michael Jordan to hit two series-successful area goals. This was also Russell Westbrook’s final sport with the Thunder.
Why not? The Bucks were the league’s solely 60-win crew last season and reaped a boatload of awards, together with MVP for Giannis Antetokounmpo. They led the league in scoring, but little mattered after shedding the Eastern Conference Finals (blowing a 2-zero lead) to Toronto. They have mainly the identical group back with an enormous exception: point guard Malcolm Brogdon, a sign-and-commerce departure. With Eric Bledsoe nursing a rib damage early, vet George Hill ought to man the point. Sharpshooter Khris Middleton and center Brook Lopez both re-upped. But it all revolves around Antetokounmpo.