Derrick Rose’s career night makes the basketball world smile

The unfortunate turn that Derrick Rose’s career has taken has been well documented. Whether you are a fan of Rose or a fan of basketball, it has been near painful at times to watch the struggles of the former MVP. It seemed that the basketball world was on the verge seeing a potential Hall of Fame career, a la Penny Hardaway, and until this year, Grant Hill, diverted due to injury. His time in New York produced decent numbers 18.0 ppg and 4.4 apg) but not the type of impact…

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Klay Thompson sets single game three point record, scorches Bulls for 52

At least from the perspective of long-range shooting, Klay Thompson has not been himself to start the 2018-19 campaign. Coming into The Warriors’ game against the Chicago Bulls he had been averaging just 15.1 points per contest and shooting just 40% from the floor. He had only made 5 of his 36 three-point attempts on the season. The Bulls were very accommodating in helping Thompson break out of his shooting funk in a major way. He hit an NBA record 14 three-pointers en route to a 52 point night. Thirty-six…

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Bobby Portis out 4 to 6 weeks week MCL sprain

Earier today the Chicago Bulls announced that power forward Bobby Portis was diagnosed with a moderate MCL sprain in his right knee and will be out four to six weeks. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune initially reported that Portis was expected to be on the shelf for at least a month. He sustained the injury Wednesday night in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ game against the Charlotte Hornets. Portis is the latest addition to the Bulls m.a.s.h. unit that also includes Lauri Markkanen, who has been since before…

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What I saw Lakers v Rockets: Trouble on the horizon in Lakerland??

Saturday night marked the Staples Center unveiling of this highly publicized and scrutinized version of the Los Angeles Lakers, starring LeBron James. It was an entertaining game but it will be most remembered for this little incident:   Now the fisticuffs themselves do not bother me; the typical NBA altercation these days is usually just some vociferous smack talk and maybe pushing and shoving (especially if there are people around to hold them back before anything could really happen). The main protagonists Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, decided to take…

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What I saw in the Lakers/Blazers game

The Lebron James era in Lakerland was officially rolled out in games that count last night against Portland. Though the Lakers came up short, losing 128-119, I saw a lot of positives ,and a few negatives ,out of this iteration of Los Angeles. The caveat to this analysis is that this is just after one game so the right activities can be stopped and the wrong ones can be perpetuated. Overall Effort and Intensity Though Luke Walton’s Lakers clubs have not been successful in terms of wins and losses, one…

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SST NBA Power rankings

10. Portland Trailblazers 2017-18 record:  49-33 2017-18  Season outcome: L 4-0 to Pelicans in 1st round of playoffs Key Losses: Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton Key Acquisitions: Seth Curry, Nik Stauskas, Gary Trent Jr, Anfernee Simons Things broke exactly right for the Portland Trailblazers to ascend to the 3rd spot in the Western Conference last season.  Teams like the Jazz, Nuggets and Timberwolves left a path for Portland to step into a higher position than was expected. It also helped that the Blazers remained relatively healthy, as only the Oklahoma…

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Spurs’ starting point guard Derrick White tears plantar fascia

The injury bug is kicking the San Antonio Spurs, at least the point guards, right in the tushy. Sunday, starting lead guard Dejounte Murray was lost for the season with a torn ACL and now recently named starting point guard Derrick White has also went down with an injury. According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Expree-News, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich initially indicated Friday that White would be out six to eight weeks with a heel injury. However the team announced later than an MRI revealed a tearing of…

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Jimmy Butler shows up and shows out at Timberwolves practice

If nothing else, the protracted Jimmy Butler-Minnesota Timberwolves divorce has been a boon for team content. The smoke, the back and forth on social media has been tragically entertaining to watch what was potentially a team on the rise become a toxic dumpster fire. As a trade had not been reached as the season loomed, Jimmy Butler would be expected to report to the team and when he did, high-grade accelerant would be added to that fire. That fire was fueled Wednesday. Butler showed up unexpectedly to Timberwolves’ practice (he…

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Lonzo Ball to play Wednesday in Vegas

After dealing with a nagging knee injury that cost him 30 games of his rookie campaign , Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball had surgery in July to remove the torn meniscus in his left knee.  In his absence, offseason acquisition Rajon Rondo has been operating as the starting lead guard. Acccording to Mike Trudell of Spectrum, Lonzo Ball will make his preseason debut Wednesday when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors in their next preseason game. Lonzo Ball said he’s playing tomorrow. — Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter)…

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