With playoffs coming up quicker than we can imagine, the standings in both the East and the West begin to heat up. I can’t remember a year in which the standings in both conferences were this close heading into the last 20 so games of the season. For basketball fans, that means this next month is going to be anything but boring. This week proved that. Buzzer beaters, step backs, and more milestones were reached. Let’s break it down by day.
Monday 2/26: 10 games
Anthony Davis continues his insane hot streak, posting 53 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a 125-116 win over the Suns. Anthony Davis is doing everything he can to get this Pelicans team into the playoffs, with the absence of Cousins. I would say its probably right to assume that Player of the Month for February will be headed to New Orleans.
The Lakers continued their hot streak since the return of Lonzo, taking down the Hawks 123-104 for their 4th straight win. With the addition of IT and the return of Lonzo, the Lakers are putting together a nice run of games here to end the season. While it might not end in a playoff birth, Lakers fans have a lot to look forward.
Other Games: Celtics over Grizzlies, Nets over Bulls, Warriors over Knicks, Raptors over Pistons, Thunder over Magic, Mavericks over Pacers, Rockets over Jazz, Timberwolves over Kings
Tuesday 2/27: 6 games
Lebron James sets yet another milestone, this time becoming the only player in NBA history to have 30k points 8k rebounds and 8k assists. Lebron scores another triple double, finishing with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists in the 129-123 win over the Nets. While the Cavs defense has been struggling the past few games, as long as the King is on the court, Cavs fans shouldn’t worry too much
Vintage Dwayne Wade came to play in the fourth quarter of the Heats game versus the 76ers. He racked up 15 points, and the game winning step back jay over Ben Simmons, to help the Heat take down the 76ers 102-101. Nothing makes me happier than seeing these kinds of moments from players. Watching him in his good old days in Miami, is what made me fall in love with this game, and on Tuesday the NBA world got to see it again.
Other Games: Hornets over Bulls, Wizards over Bucks, Trail Blazers over Kings, Clippers over Nuggets
Wednesday 2/28: 9 games
James Harden provided the highlight of the week, possibly the year, with his step-back stare down of Wesley Johnson. Never in my life have I witnessed such a disrespectful move. The reactions of everyone in that stadium, including the players was amazing. The Rockets took care of business and remain the hottest team in the NBA, winning their 14th straight game, 105-92 over the Clippers,
The Celtics went into the All-Star break colder than possibly any team in the league. Since then they have seemed to found their groove again as they take down the Hornets 134-106 to win their 4th straight. Kyrie Irving continued his extremely efficient run of games, scoring 34 points on 13-18 shooting. The Celtics have a tough task ahead of them if they want to make a run in the playoffs, but with Kyrie playing like he is, there chances are a lot better.
Other Games: Pistons over Bucks, Raptors over Magic, Hawks over Pacers, Warriors over Wizards, Suns over Grizzlies, Thunder over Mavericks, Pelicans over Spurs
Thursday 3/1: 6 games
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid combine for 35 points to help take down the Cavaliers 108-97 in Cleveland. Cleveland now falls to 4-3 with their new squad. Lebron pulled off a crazy behind the back between a defenders legs move, that even himself didn’t know he could do. In the end though it was Embiid hitting a couple tough shots to seal the deal. If I was an NBA fan, the last place I would want to see Lebron James go this offseason would be Philadelphia. Pairing Lebron with those two young forces, would be a championship team for many years.
De’Aaron Fox hit a floater from the baseline as time expired in the fourth to help send the game to overtime. Then in overtime, the King’s took care of business and finished off the Nets 116-111. While the King’s have obviously not been playing the best basketball, moments like this are huge for Fox moving forward, for it will give him the confidence he needs to take over and win games for Sacramento for years to come.
Other Games: Lakers over Heat, Trail Blazers over Timberwolves
New stories around the league
- JR Smith was suspended from Thursday’s game by the coaches for throwing soup at Coach Damon Jones
- Dirk Nowitzki becomes the 6th player all time to reach 31k points
- Lebron James and Anthony Davis were named Players of the Month
- Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons were named Rookies of the Month
- The Golden State Warriors celebrated their 2017 NBA Championship with local D.C kids
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