London Calling: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/17/18

  • The Nets and Hawks traveled to London yesterday to play a game in O2 Arena. It was the fourth time the NBA has hosted a regular season game in London. It’s a pretty cool experience, with everyone from Paul McCartney to Premier League players in attendance at the sold out game. Lead by Joe Johnson’s 29 points, the Nets cruised to a 127-110 win.


  • What a night for Lance Stephenson, who dropped 28 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and handed out 4 assists. Plus, he did some cool things.


  • Stephenson is having a career year, averaging over 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists a night. He played well last year, especially in the playoffs, but his improvement this season has made the Pacers even more dangerous.


  • Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire both went down with injuries last night, and are expected to be out a few games. The Knicks have now lost two in a row after a five game winning streak vaulted them back into the playoff picture. Without Martin and Stoudemire, the frontline is going to be extremely thin for the next few nights, and the with a game against the Clippers scheduled for tonight, there’s a good chance the losing streak continues.


  • The Thunder picked up a big win last night, coming back from a large halftime deficit to defeat the Rockets, 104-92. The Rockets scored an amazing 73 points in the first half, but somehow managed just 19 in the second half. Kevin Durant had another big game in Westbrook’s absence, finishing with 36 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. There’s still no reason to worry about the Thunder. They’ll do enough to stay in the top four until Westbrook returns, and then things will be back to normal. I still think the Thunder – with a healthy Westbrook – are the best team in the West.