Keeping up with the turbulent world that is the NBA can be as tough as understanding whether or not fish feel water. Stories have a very short shelf-life with games every night, players fighting on twitter and whatever drama is happening in Cleveland. Let’s use the shot clock to look back at 24 stories from the NBA over the past week.
:24 Thunder Set Franchise Record Three Pointers
Oh, what a way to head into the All-Star break for Oklahoma City. Just three days before their game against Memphis on Wednesday, OKC played that same Memphis team and tied the franchise record for three pointers in a game. They were unable to break the record the first time around but a Carmelo Anthony 3 pointer in the 4th quarter of the 121-114 victory over the Grizzlies was the 17th and record breaking 3 pointer.
🚨 THUNDER RECORD 👌
17 made threes last night.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 15, 2018
:23 Steve Kerr Hands Coaching Duties To Players
It is always nice when you can have an easy day at work. In the midst of a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns (yes they actually won by 46) Golden State Head Coach Steve Kerr decided to take the night off. In what caused slight stir on social media, Kerr allowed David West, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green to draw up plays on the whiteboard. I assume it is safe to say that Kerr wouldn’t have turned the coaching duties over against any moderately-decent squad.
:22 Houston Signs Wright and Johnson
Daryl Morey deserves more respect and notoriety for the job he has done in Houston this year. After trading close to half of their roster for Chris Paul over the summer, Rockets tradable assets were at a premium. However, that hasn’t stopped the Houston front office from making their team better. Gerald Green, who was sitting on his couch when Houston called back in November, has had a huge impact offensively for Houston. Now they add Brandan Wright and Joe Johnson, two solid players that add even more depth to the Rockets.
:21 Celtics Retire Paul Pierce’s Number
Feel how you will on Paul Pierce’s hall of fame worthiness but there is no doubt that Pierce left a lasting legacy in Boston. Pierce spent 15 seasons in green and was a 10x All-Star while in Boston. Celtic legend Robert Parrish even claimed that Paul Pierce was the best offensive player in Celtics history (Mr. Bird might disagree) but Pierce did average 21.8 ppg over that 15 year span. Too bad for everybody in Boston that LeBron James and the Cavs put the beatdown on the Celtics before the ceremony. Paul’s #34 marks the 22nd jersey retired by Boston.
:20 Lillard Scores 50 Points
Remember that time C.J. McCollum scored 50 points? Well not one to be outdone, Damian Lillard decided to drop his own 50 spot just nine days after McCollum scored 50 against the Bulls. You know what they say – “New hair, new man”…right? Since Lillard changed up his hairstyle on January 16th, he is averaging 29.2 points per game over 15 games.
:19 Hawks Fans Have Jeer Of The Year
The Atlanta Hawks are currently 18-41 and their fans don’t have much to cheer for this season. That didn’t stop those fans from trolling the Cavaliers during a game last Friday. Just listen/watch:
Hawks fans chanting: “LeBron will leave you,” as Tristan Thompson misses two free throws 😬 pic.twitter.com/p9NAaxwrl4
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2018
:18 Jazz Riding 11 Wins In A Row
The Utah Jazz are the hottest team heading in to the All-Star break. They have won their last 11 games in a row and they haven’t been playing the bottom of the barrel of the NBA either. They have wins over Toronto, Golden State, Portland and San Antonio twice. Five out of their eleven wins have come against playoff teams. Rookie Donovan Mitchell has led the team in scoring in all 11 games and is the first rookie in NBA history to do so. Utah is now just 1.5 games out of the playoffs and went from 19-28 to 30-28.
:17 I.T. Makes Laker Debut
Well it turns out that ISIAH THOMAS WILL COME OFF OF THE BENCH. Thomas made his LA debut against the Dallas Mavericks and showed flashes of the old I.T. He played 31 minutes off of the bench and scored 22 points on 7-12 shooting. The Lakers are hoping that is the Thomas they traded for and not the Cleveland version that was a shell of his former self.
:16 T.J. McConnel Has Triple-Double Off Bench
T.J. McConnel became the first player in Philadelphia 76’ers history to record a triple-double off of the bench. He did so with a 10 point, 10 rebound, 11 assist line versus the New York Knicks on Monday night. This was the 24th triple-double off of the bench in the NBA since 1984-1985. It is not a feat that is as rare as a quadruple double or a 5×5 but it still an uncommon accomplishment in the NBA.
:15 Don Carter Passes Away
If you watched the Dallas Mavericks in the 1980’s then you most likely remember Don Carter sitting court-side with his trademark cowboy hat. Carter was a co-founder of the Mavericks with Norm Sonju, they paid $12 million dollars for the expansion rights in 1980. Carter famously said he wanted to bring a basketball team to Dallas as a present to his wife Linda Jo, who was a basketball player growing up. Don Carter was 84 years old when he passed.
:14 Bosh Wants An NBA Return
The 11x All-Star Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since 2016 due to issues with blood-clotting. On ESPN’s First Take, Bosh said, “I’ve been in the gym. I can still play basketball. No, I’m not done yet. Yeah, I’m trying to come back.” Bosh is a dynamic player that could have a solid impact on a team, assuming he can pick up where he left off. It will be hard to find a team that is willing to take a risk on the health of Bosh at this point though. Free agents have until March 1st to sign and be eligible for playoff rosters.
:13 Jokic Records Fastest Triple-Double Ever
The Denver Nugget star from Serbia just continues to impress people all around the league. Nikola Jokic is just 22 years old and he already has a place in the record books. On Thursday night he set the mark for shortest amount of time taken to reach a triple-double. He did so in just 14 minutes and 33 secondsf floor time against the Milwaukee Bucks. The previous record was 17 minutes by Jim Tucker in 1955. He finished the game with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assist in Denver’s 134-123 win.
Nikola Jokic (16 PTS, 11 REB, 12 AST) notches his second consecutive triple-double and 11th of his career in just one half of action!#MileHighBasketball
— NBA (@NBA) February 16, 2018
:12 76’ers Sign Belinelli
First off, I do NOT look like the 10 year NBA veteran from Italy! Now that we have cleared that up, the Philadelphia 76’ers have signed Marco Belinelli, a 3 point specialist that spent the first few months of the season in Atlanta before his contract was bought out by the Hawks. Belinelli made his 76’ers debut on Valentine’s Day and scored 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Shooters like Marco should thrive in Philly with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid possessing some of the best court vision in the NBA.
:11 Lillard and KD Put On A Show
If you enjoy star players dominating a game then you would have loved this Valentine’s Day showdown. It was an old fashioned “meet me in the town square and let’s have a duel” game between Portland and Golden State. Golden State was led by the former MVP Kevin Durant and his 50 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assist. Oh yeah, he also he added 2 blocks (he’s 4th in the NBA). Damian Lillard and his fresh hair style dropped 44 points for the Trail Blazers and it was Lillard’s 44 that led Portland to a 123-117 victory over the Warriors.
:10 Wade Could Be To Blame For Cavs’ Locker Room Divide
It seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers alleviated most of their locker room issues when they traded away half of the roster last week. Whether it was drama about Kevin Love’s “illness” or Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder not coexisting with the rest of the team, you would be hard pressed to go a week without hearing something from the Cavs’ building. Well apparently it may have been Dwayne Wade that sparked the Kevin Love drama a few weeks back. According to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, Wade “first made an issue of it at practice Monday, challenging Lue to disclose where Love had been.” Perhaps Dwayne should have been asking where D-Wade disappeared to all season.
:09 J.R. Smith Is The Next Browns’ QB
It was a meaningless play at the end of the game in OKC because the Cavaliers had already secured the win, but dammit, it was impressive. Smith saved the ball from going out of bounds and launched to a breaking Larry Nance Jr. who finished with an emphatic slam.
— NBA Bennyyyy (@NBA_Benn) February 14, 2018
:08 Rockets Take Top Seed
The last time the Warriors didn’t hold the top seed in the West at the All-Star break was the year before FDR was sworn in as President. I think? I’ll have to fact check that one. Regardless the Warriors have been the dominant team in the NBA over the past 3 seasons and for the first time in that span, they look vulnerable, well relatively vulnerable. The Houston Rockets are riding a 10 game winning streak into the break and have a 0.5 game lead over the Warriors.
:07 Aldridge and Horford Were Last Picks Of ASG Draft
Did they broadcast the draft? Unfortunately, no. The final two picks were leaked on Friday though. So, that’s a decent consolation prize, I guess. LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs and Al Horford of the Celtics were the final two picks. Aldridge didn’t sound too upset though, “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.” He’s not upset, let’s get it on TV next year!
:06 Barkley Played Game Drunk
Charles Barkley talks about playing a game while DRUNK after thinking he got traded to the Lakers. Classic. pic.twitter.com/rGPUq17a99
— Jon Hurwitz (@witz) February 16, 2018
:05 Klay Wants To Finish Career With Warriors
Klay Thompson is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. There will definitely be a big market for the elite shooter from Washington State but he wants to stay in The Bay Area. Thompson said “Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out.” The Warriors keeping him in town will take some financial maneuvering and tough decisions as Kevin Durant is also an unrestricted free agent that summer.
:04 I.T. and Rondo Both Ejected
In what may be developing into either a riveting rivalry or something nobody cares about, Rajon Rondo and Isiah Thomas have not been shy when it comes to one another. It stems from comments Rondo made about a potential Isiah Thomas tribute video on the same night as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement. On Wednesday, they met for the first time since the comments were made and both were ejected from the game. They probably shouldn’t have been ejected, c’mon NBA.
Both Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo were ejected after an altercation on the floor.
It’s the first time the two have met since Rondo’s comments about IT’s tribute video in Boston. pic.twitter.com/uvTRQZ13gn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 15, 2018
:03 Quavo Wins Celebrity ASG MVP
One of my favorite parts of All-Star Weekend is the Celebrity All-Star Game. There is just something about watching Bubba Watson having his jumpshot blocked by Tracy McGrady that warms my heart. The game has had plenty of memorable moments over the years, Kevin Hart winning MVPs and Mo’ne Davis putting on a show just to name a couple. The standout in 2018 was definitely Quavo. He was named the MVP thanks to the 19 points he scored for the winning Clippers celebrity team.
:02 World Wins Rising Stars Challenge
For the second straight year Team World has won the Rising Stars Challenge. A USA vs World game that exclusively features rookies and sophomores is much like the All-Star game on Sunday – no defense and lots of flash. Team USA was led by Jaylen Brown and 35 points and 10 rebounds but USA would fall 155-124 as the World was led by a pair of Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanović and Buddy Hield. The former of which was named the MVP for his 26 points and 6 assists.
:01 Good Googly Moogly, John Collins
Bogdan Bogdanović may have won the MVP but Atlanta Hawks’ rookie John Collins undoubtedly had the play of the game. Is this dude even from this planet??
What!?!? 😲 pic.twitter.com/L4mbJ0sGFG
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 17, 2018