Start the NBA playoffs now. There’s no time to waste. Right around the new year, it becomes evident which teams have serious championship designs and why others have nothing to anticipate but next season. So we’re here, in the wake of one of the greatest games ever staged at Oracle Arena, and we make that positively absurd comment for a legitimate reason: It’s hard to believe the league will be this healthy when the playoffs actually start. Warriors-Houston was a classic because James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson — the ones you’d pay to see — were wildly entertaining, Harden elevating himself into some other galaxy. The Rockets were missing Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, but they’ll be back on court soon. Same for LeBron James with the Lakers. Superstars are thriving in every direction: Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker, Bradley … [Read more...] about Warriors suddenly vulnerable in a thriving NBA
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TORONTO – Jamal Murray briefly interrupted his postgame media session, looked to his left and laughed at Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ irreverent superstar. Jokic, moments after his second-triple double of the season, was bobbing his head and jamming to what the Nuggets’ center described as a combination of Serbian pop/rock. “Look at him,” Murray said, a throng of mostly Canadian media surrounding Denver’s ascendant point guard. “That’s what I deal with every day. He’s just fun to play with.” Murray could’ve been referring to the light attitude Jokic brings to the locker room, or the carefree way he dissects defenses. Either would’ve been applicable. “He does everything,” said Murray, who had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds along with seven turnovers in his Canadian homecoming. “He passes, rebounds, handles the ball. There’s nothing he can’t do except jump.” Jokic … [Read more...] about Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray overcome NBA-best Raptors; Gary Harris to have MRI on hip
Graham Couch Lansing State Journal Published 2:33 PM EDT Oct 1, 2018 This is the second installment of a weekly Michigan State sports mailbag — real answers to your made-up questions about Spartan football, basketball and beyond. Here are questions you might want to ask or have answered: Q: Cody White breaks his hand Saturday. Josiah Scott is still out. It’s October. Should either or both of them be redshirted? — Hunter in Manhattan, Kansas A: Short answer: It should be considered, depending on their return dates. Understand that these are two different scenarios, both potentially taking advantage of a new rule that allows players to use a redshirt year if they see action in no more than four games and still have the redshirt year available. Both of them do, having each started last season as true freshmen. Scott, who MSU misses dearly at cornerback, is recovering from a torn meniscus, Dantonio revealed during his Sunday night teleconference. Because he … [Read more...] about Michigan State football fake mailbag: Should injured players redshirt?
We’d like to thank the Oakland A’s for saving the month of August. There’s nothing fake, awkward or deceiving about their performance, which is more than one can say about the NFL — staging exhibition games that injure players for no good reason and should be completely wiped off the schedule — or the NBA, now in its Silly Season. With all of the major transactions completed and training camp a bit down the road, the NBA exists in a climate of boredom, rich in ridiculous comments. Portland’s CJ McCollum has taken the lead, criticizing Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins for joining the Warriors’ powerhouse. “Disgusting,” is how McCollum described the Warriors on Chinese television. “Most guys have too much pride, want to really win on their own or in their certain organizations and aren’t going to just jump the bandwagon.” Really? Let’s see how McCollum feels after three more title-free years in Portland. That … [Read more...] about It’s August, so it must be the NBA’s Silly Season
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group July 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm ‘THREE!’ chronicles the Warriors run to the 2018 NBA Championship.Order the book today! SACRAMENTO – The memory still sticks with Damian Jones, as he reflected on the anxiety he felt nearly two years ago. He had torn a pectoral muscle, while bench pressing 185 pounds during a pre-draft workout with the Orlando Magic. So with Jones needing surgery to treat his injury, countless scenarios ran through his head on what that meant for his NBA future. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” Jones said in an interview with The Bay Area News Group. “I wanted to see how the draft played out, pretty much. I was just hoping for the best.” Therefore, Jones said he felt “mainly relief” when the Warriors still selected him with the No. 30 pick in the 2016 NBA draft after starting for three seasons at the University of Vanderbilt. Jones sensed … [Read more...] about NBA summer league: Will Damian Jones excel with a bigger role?