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:
Derrick Rose got injured during Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Nothing appears to be to major in his injuries, however, some reports say the Pistons may bench him for the rest of the season to ensure that he is healthy for next season when Blake Griffin will also be coming back.
Kyrie Irving got his surgery for his right shoulder. He will sit the remainder of the season which is actually better for the Nets as they have played better this season with him out.\
Last season, Randle was one of the better bench players for the Washington Wizards. He averaged 5.5 points per game in just 15.2 minutes while shooting 40% from deep on 2.3 attempts. His three-point shooting will prove useful to a Golden State Bench that may lack depth next year.
After several weeks of wondering about the fate of Kris Dunn, it has finally been answered. The 26-year-old is going to miss the rest of the season with his MCL injury, who is set to be a free agent this summer.
The final Ball Brother, Liangelo, is set to make his G-League debut very soon. The 21-year-old combo guard is going to get a chance to really prove what he is made of and possibly make an NBA debut in the near future after going undrafted in 2018.
Zion Williamson was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month. The stats above show for themselves as Williamson is living up to, and surpassing the hype that he had coming into the NBA. He has been just incredible and has shown that he is more than just an athletics beast and that he’s ready for the challenge of the NBA.
On the Eastern front, Coby White is making a name for himself. The seventh pick in the draft hadn’t been having that great of a season, but this month that changed. White was arguably the second-best Point Guard in the draft and he’s showing why.
Draymond Green signed a shoe deal with Converse. He’s bringing in the bucks. There’s really not much to say on this one. Onto the next.
Mario Hezonja was fined $25K for touching a ref. He grabbed his arm which is a big no-no in the NBA.
The FIBA Basketball Africa league is postponing its inaugural season. With the Caronavirus on the loose, precausions are being made all around the world to prevent the spread of the disease. Don’t worry, a vaccine is a few weeks away from being made.
Oubre got injured a while back and just got his surgery for his torn meniscus. He should be back by the end of the season to play the last few games!
The King, LeBron James, who is arguably ahving his best season yet, has received the Player of the Month award for the Western Conference. Averaging a near, honest triple-double, (*cough* Westbrook) James has been leading this team with Anthony Davis all season. Even Skip Bayless says that LeBron should undoubtedly be the MVP, but until that’s decided, LeBron earns this award to hold him off.
A future MVP, Jayson Tatum may just lead the Celtics to the Conference Finals. This man has been unstoppable and has earned himself the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. His play has established him as the best player on the team and is great alongside Kemba Walker. Tatum is going to be an incredible talent in the coming years. This is just the beginning.
- Spurs @ Hornets
Hornets win 104-103
The Spurs won a nail-biter in Charlotte. Dejounte Murray was a stand-out in this one, scoring 21 points on 9-14 shooting and 3-5 from deep. He also dished out 6 assists and pulled in 5 rebounds. Bryn Forbes also had a solid game. He scored 15 points on 4-7 shooting and 2-5 from deep.
The Hornets fought hard but were no match for the Spurs. Terry Rozier had a good game, scoring 20 points on 8-18 shooting and 2-7 from deep. He also pulled in 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. PJ Washington also had a good game with 19 points.
- Nets @ Celtics
Nets win 129-120 in overtime
The Nets won without Kyrie Irving again! What a surprise! They had a great showing this game from one player in particular: Caris Levert. Levert put up 51 points on 17-26 shooting and 5-10 from deep. The first 50-point game of his career. (oddly enough, when Kyrie Irving is out) Even with his scoring through the roof, he still managed to dish out 5 assists as well. He had help from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He scored 16 points on 4-11 shooting and 2-9 from deep while pulling in 8 rebounds.
Although the Celtics lost, they had a strong showing as a team. Keep in mind that Jayson Tatum did not play this game and unlike Kyrie, he actually makes his team better. With that said, Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 22 points on 7-16 shooting and 3-9 from deep and pulled in five rebounds. Other notable players were Walker, 21, and Theis, 16.
- Timberwolves @ Pelicans
Timberwolves win 139-134
The Timberwolves defeated the very hyped Pelicans and in one of the more fun games of the night. Malik Beasley scored 28 points on 11-13 shooting and 4-5 from deep. He didn’t do much else, but his scoring was a great boost for Minnesota. D’Angelo Russell also scored 23 points on 8-21 shooting and 3-9 from deep. He also dished out 8 assists. Jalen Johnson also had 19 and Juan Hernangomez had 16.
Four of New Orleans’s starters had more than 20 points, but it wasn’t quite enough to take the victory. Jrue Holiday put up an impressive 27 points on 10-16 shooting and 2-6 from deep. He also had 12 assists and 10 rebounds to top off his triple-double. Lonzo Ball also had 26, Zion Williamson had 24, and Brandon Ingram had 24.
- Clippers @ Thunder
Clippers win 109-94
The Clippers won again if you’re surprised. They had a great showing from Kawhi Leonard. He put up 25 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 9-20 from the field and 2-6 from three. Paul George also had a solid showing. He put up 16 points and 5 rebounds. He shot 5-10 from the field and 3-5 from deep.
The Thunder got their butts kicked, but Dennis Schroder still had a solid game. Off the bench, he scored 24 points and shot 9-19 from the field and 1-4 from deep. Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also scored 15 points.
- Warriors @ Nuggets
The Warriors won 116-100.
That was quite the upset. Winning by 16 in Denver, without any of their Big Four playing is admirable. Andrew Wiggins had a good game, scoring 22 points on 9-16 shooting and 2-6 from deep. He also dished out 10 assists and pulled in 5 boards. Eric Paschall also had quite the night off of the bench. He scored 22 points on 8-13 shooting and 2-4 from deep. He also pulled in 5 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Marquise Chris also had 16 and Mulder and Poole each scored 15 as well.
- Raptors @ Suns
The Raptors took out the Suns 123-114.
The Raptors had a great showing from Pascal Siakam. Siakam scored 33 points on 12-20 shooting and 5-9 from deep. He also pulled in 7 rebounds on the game in one of his best games of the season. Kyle Lowry also had a great game. He scored 28 points on 8-19 shooting and 4-8 from deep.
The Suns lost, but that didn’t stop Devin Booker from putting up 22 points on 5-14 shooting and 2-8 from deep, but he hit ten free-throws. He also dished out 10 assists in that game to give him a double-double. Cameron Johnson also had 21 and Dario Saric had 16.
- 76ers @ Lakers
Lakers win 120-107.
The Lakers had a strong game led by Anthony Davis. Davis scored 37 points on 13-19 shooting and 4-5 from deep. He also pulled in 13 rebounds to top off the best performance of the game. LeBron James also scored 22 points on 9-16 shooting and 2-5 from deep. He dished out 14 assists and pulled in 7 rebounds.
The 76ers were led by Glen Robinson III who, off the bench, scored 25 points on 10-15 shooting and 3-5 from deep. His scoring is really the only reason Philadelphia didn’t lose by 20 points. Tobias Harris also scored 18 points.
- Wizards @ Kings
Kings win 133-126.
This victory makes the Kings just seven games under .500, bringing Harrison Barnes ever closer to being able to shave again. De’Aaron Fox put up 31 points on 12-19 shooting and 2-4 from deep. Despite the 6 turnovers, he had a great game offensively. Bogdan Bogdanovic also had a great game. He put up 21 points on 6-12 shooting and 4-10 from deep. Buddy Hield also scored 17.
The Wizards were led by poor Bradley Beal. Beal scored 35 points in vain on 11-24 shooting and 2-8 from deep. He also dished out 8 assists. Rui Hachimura also scored 20 points on 6-9 shooting and 1-2 from deep. He also pulled in 6 rebounds. Davis Bertans also scored 18 points.
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