If you were watching the NFL last night, you missed a lot. Hell, if you watched just one or two of the five NBA games, you may have missed something, so let me help you out by pointing out all the good and bad stuff that went on. I've even thrown in some D-League news for good measure. Let's get to it, folks!
All it takes is an instant to completely change the landscape of a season. A wrong step. An injured knee. A broken bone or torn connective tissue. These injuries can have drastic consequences for a team -- consuming championship aspirations, snuffing out legacies and resetting the process of rebuilding.
On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers - a team lead by the league's best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers - the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league.
Heading into the season without Kobe Bryant, head coach Mike D'Antoni knew the Los Angeles Lakers were in trouble with a young, inexperienced roster that was about to be thrown into the fire against
After seeing Eagles running back LeSean McCoy with a wrestling championship belt, LeBron James made it known that he wanted one of his own -- and a famous friend told him it would be taken care of.
The Memphis Grizzlies have suffered a number of injuries - most notably to big man, and reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol - that have derailed their season.
A year after reaching the Western
Going into this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing of Andrew Bynum was looked at as a low risk, high reward move that could help push them into the playoffs.
Yet, just two months into the season,
A few weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors traveled to Phoenix to take on the Suns, and were sent home packing with a loss. Yesterday, the two teams met once again, but this time, the game was in Oakland.
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According to reports, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford is out indefinitely after
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Russell Westbrook will be sidelined again after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee Friday. He is expected to be out until after the All-Star break.
Westbrook tore his right meniscus in the first round of last season’s playoffs against the Rockets and this was the third procedure he has had on the same knee since the injury occurred in April. Thunder president Sam Presti released a statement today saying that Westbrook had not been experiencing any pain while playing, but there had been some recent swelling. Westbrook received an MRI and it was looked at by his surgeon in Los Angeles, who noticed a new area of concern, and decided that surgery would be required.
“The consulting physician determined that arthroscopic surgery was necessary to address the swelling that was taking place. We know that Russell’s work ethic and commitment will help him return to the level of play that we have all come to appreciate.” Excerpt from Thunder president Sam Presti.
The three-time All-Star has played in 25 of the Thunder’s 28 games this season, averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and a career-high 6.0 rebounds per game. He also posted a triple-double in his last game on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks, so this comes as a surprise to many. The Thunder have 27 games until the All-Star break, so his absence may have a huge influence on Western Conference playoff seeding.