Good morning, folks. The Lakers are really going to waste an entire season of LeBron James. Ha! Let’s talk NBA.
[13-51] Knicks – 108 @ [32-31] Kings – 113
- The Sacramento Kings still have hope to end their 13-year playoff drought after taking care of the New York Knicks at home. With a current record of 32-31 and 19 games to go, the Kings are still three games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot out West. De’Aaron Fox posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals for Sacramento while Willie Cauley-Stein added nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The Kings will take on the Celtics this Wednesday then go on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip that could decide its playoff chances. Realistically, the Kings need to win around 13 or 14 more games down the stretch – and the Spurs/Clippers need to drop a few games they shouldn’t – but hope is not dead yet.
- Kevin Knox scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting to go along with three rebounds for the Knicks.
[37-29] Clippers – 113 @ [30-34] Lakers – 105
- While the Kings still have optimism they can make the playoffs, the Lakers might as well pack up the rest of the season. After falling to the Clippers – who is now a half-game ahead of the Spurs, sitting in seventh place currently – the Lakers would have to win damn near every game the rest of the way. With LeBron James, normally completing a task like that feels possible, but not this season. Now four games under .500 and the injuries beginning to pile up, there isn’t much this roster can do, even with LeBron. No offense to Rajon Rondo – who was played incredibly well the last few weeks – but he can’t be relied on to drop triple-doubles consistently as he did against the Clippers (Rondo posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists). I was incredibly confident a few weeks ago that LeBron could drag this garbage truck of a roster into the playoffs, but not even “Playoff Mode” LeBron can navigate through this filth.
- The Clippers, however, continue to roll despite trading away Tobias Harris before the trade deadline. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 14 points and four assists for L.A. He also blocked LeBron.
- Julius Randle led the BBNBA in scoring with 30 points on 10-23 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and five assists for the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis played only the first three quarters (except for checking in for the final defensive play of the game that ultimately helped seal the Pellies a win over the Utah Jazz), but still registered 15 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. Darius Miller went 3-6 from the field for seven points in addition to four rebounds and two assists as the Pelicans won its third straight game. Seriously, this situation is still crazy.
- Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks lost a shocker to the Phoenix Suns behind 22 points, five rebounds, and seven assists from Devin Booker. Bledsoe added 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists for Milwaukee, but a fourth-quarter comeback from the Suns surprised the Bucks down the stretch.
- Lastly, Jamal Murray went for 25 points in a close loss against the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 8-19 from the field and dished out eight dimes in the process.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Julius Randle (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||30||10-23 (0-2)||8||5||2||1||0||+17||38|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||25||8-19 (6-10)||2||8||1||0||4||+7||28|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||105-113 L vs. LAC||24||10-18 (4-10)||10||12||1||0||5||+1||38|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||114-105 W vs. MIL||22||8-18 (2-4)||5||7||1||0||4||+14||39|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||115-108 W vs. NYK||16||5-12 (1-2)||4||3||4||0||2||+11||32|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||105-114 L @ PHX||15||5-15 (0-6)||5||5||1||0||3||-8||29|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||15||7-14 (1-1)||11||3||3||3||1||-1||22|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||113-105 W @ LAL||14||5-9 (1-2)||1||4||0||2||0||-1||24|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||108-115 L @ SAC||11||4-6 (1-1)||3||0||2||0||0||-6||21|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||114-113 W vs. ATL||9||3-6 (0-1)||6||3||0||0||2||-2||20|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||115-108 W vs. NYK||9||3-8 (0-0)||7||5||2||0||0||+5||25|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||7||3-6 (1-4)||4||2||0||0||0||0||24|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||113-114 L @ MIA||6||1-6 (0-1)||6||0||0||1||1||+16||21|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Bulls @ Pacers
7:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ 76ers
8:00 (TNT): Rockets (Jones) @ Raptors (Meeks)
8:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter, Labissiere) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10:30 (TNT): Celtics @ Warriors (Cousins)