Month: March 2018

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns get destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-87

The Phoenix Suns cannot wait for this season to end as they are sitting at the fourteenth spot in the Western Conference with a 19-47 record.  They are also on a current three-game losing streak, hoping to break it as they visit Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they are coming fresh off of a 122-112 defeat to the Houston Rockets.

The Suns and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 259 times in the past as the Suns won 140 games while the Thunder ended up with just 119 victories.  The last time they played each other was on March 2 as the Suns fell to the Thunder, 124 to 116.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 43 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished off 8 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Devin Booker finished with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (knee)
Alan Williams (knee)
Tyler Ulis (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 37.6 FG%, 25.7 3P%)
Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 37.3 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
T.J. Warren (back, 19.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 50.0 FG%, 21.6 3P%)
Danuel House (G-League; 4.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 25.8 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Kyle Singler (1.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field while their defense kept the Phoenix Suns to twenty-eight percent.  Seven-time All-Star Russell Westbrook scored 14 points while pulling down five defensive rebounds and dishing off six assists.  Carmelo Anthony helped out with 3 three-pointers while recording four defensive rebounds and one steal.  Both Paul George and Steven Adams had 8 points each while Corey Brewer earned six points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Former Houston Rockets’ forward Patrick Patterson played 8 minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.

On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker lit the floor up with 15 points while drilling two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Josh Jackson contributed with six points on only thirteen percent shooting.  Jackson added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal to that while Elfrid Payton had four points, three rebounds, and three assists.  Troy Daniels played the most minutes off of the Phoenix bench but was kept to just a three-pointer near the end of the first quarter as the Thunder went into halftime with a 49-38 lead.

The Thunder would close things out in the second half as they went on a 66 to 49 run, completing fifty-nine percent of their shots.  Westbrook continued to add to his scoring total as he chalked up 13 more points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also had three rebounds and three assists while George also had 13 points.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc while Brewer had 11 points.  Carmelo Anthony only scored two points in the 8 minutes that he played while Adams had 8 points.

Devin Booker continued to help the Suns out as he put up 15 more points.  He was able to connect for two three-pointers in the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Phoenix Suns a huge 115-87 blowout loss.  Russell Westbrook finished the game with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devin Booker would settle for 30 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to North Carolina to clash with Kemba Walker (23.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.7 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Suns and the Hornets have met up a total of 55 times as the Suns won 34 games while the Hornets were limited to just 21 victories.  February 4 was the last time they saw each other as the Hornets slipped away with a 115-110 win.  Nicolas Batum finished that game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Josh Jackson earned 23 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host LaMarcus Aldridge (22.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the San Antonio Spurs (37-27) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  They have saw each other a grand total of 199 times in the past as the Thunder won 89 games while the Texas team went on to pull out 110 victories.  The last time they battled each other was on December 3 when the Thunder handed the Spurs a 90-87 loss.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, gave out 10 assists, and came up with one steal while Dejounte Murray had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Detroit Pistons their third straight loss, 112-90

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Detroit Pistons their third straight loss, 112-90

Things have been looking good for the Cleveland Cavaliers since the trades have been made as they have won 5 of their 9 games since the deadline.  But right now, they are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Detroit Pistons, who are also trying to avoid a third straight loss.  This matchup between the Cavaliers and the Pistons will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.

The Cavaliers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 234 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 104 games while the Detroit team went on to pull out 130 victories.  The last time they saw each other was on January 30 when the Cavaliers were handed a disappointing 125-114 loss.  During that game, Stanley Johnson scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 40.2 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Jeff Green (back; 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
Kevin Love (hand; 17.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.3 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
Tristan Thompson (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.5 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive at the beginning as the Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Pistons ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Larry Nance Jr. got hot for 18 points on seventy-three percent shooting while recording three offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds.  LeBron James would help out with 16 points which included two three-pointers.  James also had five rebounds and three assists while Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Ante Zizic earned four points each.  Kyle Korver played nine minutes off of the bench but was limited to just a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.

As for the Michigan team, Blake Griffin lit the floor up with 15 points while connecting for two three-pointers in the first period.  He also had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Maryland-native Reggie Bullock earned eight points.  Bullock was able to knock down two three-pointers while Andre Drummond recorded six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block.  Stanley Johnson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the home team went into the locker room with a 54 to 49 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would close things out in the second half as they went on a 58 to 41 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  LeBron James added to his scoring total with 15 points while earning 3 three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Cedi Osman had 10 points off of the bench.  Nance would slow down as he had only four points in the second half while Rodney Hood earned nine points.  On the other end of the court, Griffin collected ten more points but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 112-90 blowout loss.  LeBron James finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host DeMar DeRozan (23.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (45-17) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  The Raptors and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Pistons earned 54 wins while the Raptors were kept to just 35 victories.  The last time they saw each other was on February 26 when the Raptors handed the Pistons a huge 123-94 blowout loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out 7 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Kyle Lowry also had 20 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Andre Drummond had 18 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Colorado to battle Gary Harris (17.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Denver Nuggets (35-28) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that the Nuggets and the Cavaliers will meet up this season.  It was only four days ago when they last saw each other as the Cleveland team fell to the Nuggets, 126-117.  Gary Harris finished that game with 32 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while LeBron James settled for 25 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals.

The Clippers pull through with a 123-120 victory over the Nets

The Clippers pull through with a 123-120 victory over the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have recently came off of an eight-game losing streak but, unfortunately, they are in route of losing a third straight time as they visit Los Angeles to take on the Clippers.  The Los Angeles Clippers, on the other hand, are looking for a second straight victory.  This matchup between the Clippers and the Nets will mark the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets have battled each other a grand total of 88 times in the past as the Clippers won 40 games while the Nets went on to pull out 48 wins.  The last time that they fought each other was on February 12 when the Nets fell short to the Clippers, 114-101.  During that game, Lou Williams scored 20 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while Joe Harris had 16 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  D’Angelo Russell also finished with 16 points, along with 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Brooklyn Nets:

Jeremy Lin (knee; 18.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 41.7 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quincy Acy (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 33.4 FG%, 32.7 3P%)
Timofey Mozgov (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 53.6 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Jahlil Okafor (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nik Stauskas (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 38.5 FG%, 40.5 3P%)
James Webb (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 23.8 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
Milton Doyle (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 28.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Isaiah Whitehead (G-League; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.5 FG%, 38.9 3P%)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Avery Bradley (hernia; 14.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 36.9 3P%)
Jawun Evans (abdominal; 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (hand; 15.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 40.7 FG%, 32.1 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 53.8 FG%)
C.J. Williams (G-League; 5.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 44.8 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
Tyrone Wallace (G-League; 10.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.1 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Clippers would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to forty-two percent.  Former Detroit Pistons’ forward Tobias Harris got hot for 18 points while shooting sixty-two percent from the field.  He also had two rebounds, one assist, and two blocks while Milos Teodosic chalked up 12 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the first quarter.  DeAndre Jordan made sure to help out with nine points, eight rebounds, and one assists while Austin Rivers settled for just five points.  Lou Williams played 15 minutes off of the bench as he earned himself 12 points.

On the other end of the court, Caris LeVert chalked up 11 points off of the bench which included one three-pointer late in the first period.  DeMarre Carroll earned himself six points which all came from beyond the arc while collecting four rebounds.  D’Angelo Russell was able to knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws to give himself five points while Spencer Dinwiddie was kept to just two points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points while the home team went into halftime with a commanding 65 to 53 lead.

The Nets would bounce back in the second half as they sparked up a 67 to 58 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  LeVert continued to add to his scoring total as he collected 16 more points which contained four three-pointers.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Carroll connected for four three-pointers and two free-throws, earning 14 points in return.  Hollis-Jefferson had ten points as he played the most minutes off of the bench while Joe Harris earned 11 points off of the bench.  But, behind Rivers’ 22 second-half points and a game-sealing jumper by Lou Williams, the Clippers were able to hold off the Nets, 123-120.  Austin Rivers finished the game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while Caris LeVert had a career-high 27 points, along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Brooklyn Nets will stay in California as they battle Stephen Curry (26.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (49-14) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final meeting between these two ball clubs this season.  The Nets and the Warriors have met up a total of 87 times in the past as the Warriors won 51 games while the Brooklyn team was limited to just 36 victories.  November 19 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors snuck away with a 118 to 111 win.  Stephen Curry finished that game with 39 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Allen Crabbe settled for 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

The Los Angeles Clippers will host Anthony Davis (28.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 54 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (35-26) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The Clippers and the Pelicans have matched up a grand total of 52 times as the Pelicans won 27 games while the Clippers earned 25 wins.  The last time they battled each other was on January 28 when the Clippers handed the Pelicans a 112-103 loss.  During that game, Blake Griffin scored 27 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and came away with one steal while Anthony Davis finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The New Orleans Pelicans manage to slip away with a 121-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs

The New Orleans Pelicans manage to slip away with a 121-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs

It’s been a little over a month since DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in a game against the Houston Rockets, leaving the Pelicans in a state of wonder.  But honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell as they are currently on a six-game winning streak, hoping to grab a seventh straight victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Texas.  The Spurs, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 110-94 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pelicans and the Spurs have battled each other a grand total of 64 times as the Spurs won 46 games while the Pelicans were limited to just 18 victories.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 22 when the New Orleans team walked away with a 107 to 90 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and came away with one steal while Rudy Gay finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

Alexis Ajinca (knee)
DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles; 25.2 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 47.0 FG%, 35.4 3P%)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)
Frank Jackson (foot)
DeAndre Liggins (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.0 FG%, 35.6 3P%)
Charles Cooke (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.1 RPG, 0.1 APG, 20.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

Pau Gasol (knee; 10.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.4 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
Kawhi Leonard (quadricep; 16.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.8 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Brandon Paul (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Derrick White (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 26.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The San Antonio Spurs would have control of the game at the beginning as they shot fifty-two percent from the field while the New Orleans Pelicans ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Manu Ginobili, who is in conversation for this season’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, scored 13 points off of the bench, which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Dejounte Murray helped out with 11 points, as well as 5 rebounds, one assist, and one block.  Patty Mills had nine points and two assists while LaMarcus Aldridge earned himself 8 points and 3 rebounds.  Danny Green played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Jrue Holiday chalked up 13 points with one three-pointer near the end of the first quarter.  Anthony Davis did what he usually does and dropped 10 points while grabbing eight rebounds and coming up with one steal.  Rajon Rondo contributed with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Nikola Mirotic had eight points off of the bench.  The 2004-2005 Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor was kept scoreless while E’Twaun Moore had two points.  Darius Miller played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer while the Spurs went into halftime with a 60-51 lead.

The visiting team, however, would bounce back in the second half as they sparked up a 70 to 56 run, shooting fifty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Davis added to his scoring total by putting up 16 more points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal.  Moore would make up for his first half performance by earning himself 15 points on sixty-four percent shooting.  Holiday helped out with 12 points, which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  As for the Spurs, Rudy Gay got hot for 17 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Pelicans hold on to capture a 121-116 victory.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Rudy Gay settled for 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will stay in Texas as they battle Harrison Barnes (18.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (19-42) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The Pelicans and the Mavericks have clashed with each other a total of 62 times in the past as the Pelicans won 21 games while the Mavericks went on to pull out 41 wins.  December 29 was the last time that met up as the Texas team snuck away with a 128 to 120 win.  Dennis Smith finished that game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Anthony Davis had 33 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

The San Antonio Spurs will also stay in Texas as they host Brandon Ingram (16.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 47 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (26-34) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of three times that the Spurs and Lakers will battle each other this season.  They have fought each other a grand total of 221 times as the Lakers won 113 games while the Spurs were limited to 108 wins.  The last time they saw each other was on January 11 when the Lakers handed the Spurs a 93 to 81 loss.  During that game, Brandon Ingram had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while LaMarcus Aldridge settled for 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and one block.