On Tuesday night the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their third straight first round playoff series loss. Damian Lillard was able to knock down a contested 37 foot shot, sidestepping past Paul George and Russell Westbrook into the second round. As soon as the buzzer sounded the questions immediately started swirl around the Thunder locker room. Is Russell Westbrook at the end of his prime, and on the decline? Does Westbrook have the worst contract in the NBA? Can you win a championship with Russell Westbrook? Is it time that the Thunder turn the page and move on from Billy Donovan?
Pascal Siakam’s dominant play so far in the playoffs has the Raptors looking like they are ready to put their past playoff failures behind them and make their first NBA finals in franchise history. He is second in scoring behind Kawhi Leonard averages 24 points per game. Siakam is leading the team in rebounding at ten a game and is also leading the team in minutes played averaging 40 minutes a game.
When the NBA Draft takes place this coming join Ja Morant name should be called first as the number one pick in this year’s draft. Morant just finished an impressive sophomore campaign averaging 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 10 assists which led the nation. He won the Bob Cousy award, which recognizes college basketball’s best point guard. He also was named a consensus first All-American, and the Ohio Valley Player of the Year.
The 2018-2019 has been a season to remember for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks have finished with the NBA’s best record and he is a part of the most closely contested MVP race in recent memory. Giannis has a legit chance to also win Defensive Player of the Year as well something that has not been done since 1987-1988 season when Michael Jordan achieved this great feat.
The All-Star break is now in the books and the second half of the season is set to resume Thursday. If the playoffs started today the Lakers who are currently 10th in the western conference would find them out of the playoff picture. The final 25 games of the season will ultimately define LeBron’s Legacy as a Laker.
The New York Knicks one of the original iconic organizations in the NBA maybe for sale. On the ”Bill Simmons Podcast,” Bill Simmons stated to his co-host Ryen Russillo that he had heard that the Knicks owner James Dolan is finally willing to sale the New York Knicks. According to Simmons, he wants to keep the iconic Madison Square Garden and continue to renovate and improve the facility for concerts and other events.
After the dust settled from the weird Bryan Colangelo social media scandal there Elton Brand stood as the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand had no front office experience and was brought into the organization as a player/consultant. Now he would be entrusted to run an organization post-Sam Heinke's “The Process “.
Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox’s careers will forever be linked together. Both are apart of the 2017 draft class. Ball was drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and Fox was taken fifth by the Sacramento Kings. Fox has flourished in is the second year with the Kings averaging 17.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 7.2 assists. He is shooting 46% from the field, 36% from three, and 72% from the free throw line. Ball has been up and down with his play. Averaging 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. He’s shooting 40% from the field, 32% From three, and 41% from the free throw line. No that is not a typo Ball has one of the worst free throw percentages in league history.
I know all my millennials are reading the title of the article and asking themselves who is Samson? Samson was one of the strongest men in the Bible. He could not be defeated and he drew his strength from his long uncut hair. In the biblical story, Samson was seduced by a beautiful woman named Delilah. She was able to cut Samson hair off while he was sleeping. Samson lost all his strength as a result of the deception. James Harden's high level of play this season reminds me of Samson. Up to this point, very few defenders and defenses have been able to slow Harden's onslaught down. That’s why I’m convinced the only way to stop Harden is to cut off his beard.
If I told you to guess the player was averaging 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists who would your guess be? You would probably guess Russell Westbrook or Ben Simmons and your guess would be wrong. Those stats belong to none other than Nikola Jokic the starting center for the Denver Nuggets. The big man from Serbia is having an MVP caliber season. His outstanding play has him in line to make his first All-Star team, and the Nuggets currently sit second in the tough western conference.
Last night we had a regular-season showdown between the two prohibitive favorites to represent their respective conferences in the NBA finals. The Golden State Warriors were able to hold off the Boston Celtics in a closely contested game 115-111. It was the first meeting between the two teams this season.
James Harden is having one of the best offensive seasons the NBA has ever seen. Just the other night he entered Madison Square Garden in search of his signature performance inside the most iconic, historic arena seen as the Mecca of basketball. In a win over the Knicks, he put up absurd numbers scoring 61 PTS grabbing 15 REBS dishing 4 ASTS while getting 5 Steals.
Unless the Los Angeles Lakers sign him, and that seems more unlikely to happen day by day his NBA career is probably over. Anthony’s current predicament is no one's fault but his own. Last season he found himself at a career crossroads that many superstars before him have faced. They were all faced with two options, either revamp your game or retire.