Too much news for you to keep up with last night? Look no further! The Leaguealerts mailbag has all of the information that you missed yesterday! Here’s what you missed:
Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Ja Morant showed some love to Houston’s Russell Westbrook. He explained how Wesbrook has been disrespected and that he is a lot more than a stat-padder, as one legend to another shows mutual respect.
Chicago’s Luke kornet had been sidelined for a while with his foot injury. The news has finally broken that he is going to miss about two more months, so essentially the season. It’s a shame for the young Center who was finally looking like he could be a solid rotational player.
By far the saddest news of the day, rising star, Kelly Oubre of the Phoenix Suns tore his meniscus shortly after they played the Utah jazz earlier in the week. Oubre was in the midst of a breakout season, averaging 18.7 points per game on 45.2% shooting. We’re all praying for the young man to make a speedy recovery.
Another injury update, Mavericks Point Guard, Jalen Brunson is likely going to miss the rest of the season. His shoulder injury is still unclear, but Tim MacMahon says there is a possibility that Jalen Brunson has a torn labrum in his shoulder. Brunson was also having a breakout season so this would be a big loss for the Mavericks, who are trying to make it as far as they can in the playoffs.
The NBA has made a statement with this. After the Timberwolves rested D’Lo on February 23rd, the NBA used their anti-load-management policy to fine the T-Wolves $25,000. Them doing this really shows that the NBA is not joking aorund with their new load management policy, going with the famous MJ quote “You’re paid to play 82 games.”
A lot of injury updates, huh? Dennis Smith Jr may have gotten a concussion in their game against Philadelphia yesterday. He likely won’t sit out more than two games and with New York seemingly tanking, that is a good thing.
FINALLY!! We have all been waiting for the return of Stephen Curry. Although it’s not certain,there’s a good chance that Curry is just two days away from playing again!! He hasn’t played since October and it’s time to see the original three-point god finally get back onto the court.
Finally, Embiid’s injury turned out to be no more than a shoulder sprain. He should be good to go in 1-2 weeks. Embiid is crucial to the 76ers and the sooner the return, the better.
- New York @ Philadelphia
No simmons? No Embiid? No problem! The 76ers managed to pull in a victory against the New York Knciks, taking the game 115-106. Tobias Harris was great in this game, scoring 34 points on 14-21 shooting and shot 3-6 from deep. He also grabbed 7 boards and dished out 7 assists. Shake Milston also had a good game, scoring 19 points on 6-7 shooting and an incredible 5-5 from deep. Al Horford also flirted the a triple-double with 15 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.
The Knicks were led by Julius Randle, who scored 30 points on 11-18 shooting and shot 2-4 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. Harkless also scored 17, Elfrid Payton scored 18, and RJ Barrett scored 15.
- Portland @ Indiana
The Indiana Pacers took out the Portland Trail Blazers in a nail-biter. Winning 106-100, the Pacers really showed what teamwork can do as six of their players scored more than 10 points. Domantas Sabonis had the best performance with 20 points on 8-15 shooting. He also pulled in 11 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon also had a good game for himself, scoring 17 points on 7-20 shooting and 1-3 from deep. He also dished out 8 assists and pulles in 6 boards. Oladipo and Warren also scored 15 points a piece.
The Blazers put up a fight in Indiana, but couldn’t quite do it. CJ MCCollum scored a game-high 28 points on 11-27 shooting and 3-12 from deep. He also dished out 8 assists. Tren Jr also had a good game with 20 points while Whiteside scored 18 points and pulled in 16 rebounds.
- Sacramento @ Oklahoma City
The Thunder also won in a nail-biter, winning 112-108. They were led by Danilo Gallinari who scored 24 points on 8-17 shooting and 4-8 from deep. He also pulled in 6 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also did his part, scoring 20 points on 8-15 shooting and 1-3 from deep. Chris Paul also had 17 while Steven Adams had 15.
The Kings fought hard, but couldn’t quite do it. Harriosn Barnes had a good game, scoring 21 points on 8-16 shooting and 1-5 from deep. Harry Giles III also had 19, Bjielica had 18, and Hield scored 15.
- LAL @ Golden State
In the final game of the day, the Los Angeles Lakers schooled the Golden State Warriors, winning 116-86. Anthony Davis was the star of the show, scoring 23 points on 6-13 shooting on 10-12 from the free throw line. He also had 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. Kyle Kuzma also had himself a game. He scored 18 points on 8-17 shooting. He also got 3 rebounds and 3 assists, all off the bench.
The Warriors did not have a fun time against the Lakers, but one of their players played well. Eric Paschall scored 23 points on 7-14 shooting, in just 27 minutes of action. Poole also had 16 while Lee had 15.
Come back on Monday to catch up on what you missed over the weekend!