Is there a more entertaining player to watch in the NBA right now than Stephen Curry?
You can make an argument for a couple of guys if you want, but Curry is in the mix. Despite a sprained ankle suffered in Game 2 he had it going again against the Nuggets in Game 3 Friday, as best evidenced by these couple of scoop shots midway through the fourth quarter. The first one is so impressive it blinds you to the fact the second one is a damn good shot.
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week … with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars.
According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her.
In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that’s when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face.
At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine’s neck and elbowed her in the face — knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body.
A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a “vicious and unprovoked attack” And says Cousins’ initial blow was a “blindside punch.”
The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for “serious injuries.”
It’s important to remember there’s no burden of proof for filing a lawsuit. This is not an indication of Barnes’ and Cousins’ liability or guilt. As of last update, police are still investigating, and Barnes’ attorney has said his client was cooperating.
NBA: James Harden got away with foul on Celtics’ final possession
But all that might have been moot if officials didn’t err in their other missed call in the report.
James Harden got away with committing a loose-ball foul on Al Horford in the battle for the rebound that preceded Boston’s final inbound, according to the league:
Harden (HOU) makes contact with Horford’s (BOS) arm and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound.
A correct call would’ve put Houston in the penalty and sent Horford – who’s shooting 88% on free throws this season and 74% for his career – to the line for two attempts. Instead, we got the hijinks of Boston’s final play.
Ignore these two-minute reports if you’d like. You’d have company.
But if you are interested in how games would’ve been decided with correct officiating down the stretch, start with the first missed call in a sequence. If Harden were called for this foul… Thomas never would’ve gotten away with an offensive foul, Horford would’ve never gotten away with travelling, Smart never would’ve flopped and Horford never would’ve missed the layup. The Celtics’ possession would’ve been two Horford free throws, not everything that followed.
We’ll never know how many he would’ve made, nor what the Rockets would’ve done with 7.1 seconds remaining.
But we do know the missed calls that benefited Boston occurred only because of a missed call that harmed Boston first.
If you’re curious on the details of the other missed calls, Thomas’ uncalled foul came with 5.3 seconds left:
Thomas (BOS) pulls Harrell’s (HOU) arm after the two players engage and the contact affects his ability to defend the play.
Horford’s uncalled travel came with 4.4 seconds left: