Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to the lineup for Saturday’s contest in Philadelphia. And by the looks of things, he was feeling just fine.
Durant notched his fifth career triple-double by finishing with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, to go along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists, while playing 44 minutes in the Thunder’s 103-91 victory.
“I hate sitting out,” Durant said afterward, “but it was best for me and my shoulder. I guess that day off was needed.”
Durant also extended his streak of games where he’s scored at last 30 points to 10 straight, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He’s now tied for the most consecutive 30-point performances over the last 10 years with some guys named Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, and will have a chance to stand alone at the top of that list when the Thunder host the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 27.
When DeMarcus Cousins builds up a head of steam like this… poor John Henson (and kind of Khris Middleton).
This helped the Pelicans pull away for a 115-108 win over the Bucks last night.
During the Wizards’ win over the Grizzlies last night, Mario Chalmers tried to stop Jason Smith from shooting after Smith had been called for travelling. It’s a fairly common tactic, one pioneered by Kevin Garnett. Players don’t want their opponents to gain confidence by seeing the ball go through the net, even after play stops.
But Chalmers held onto Smith’s arm, and Smith took umbrage.
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I think it’s more likely, after halting Smith’s shot, Chalmers was trying to hold up Smith rather than yank him down. But I can’t know Chalmers’ intentions, and holding up a falling person by his arm isn’t very effective.
The double technical foul called seems about fair.
The NBA trade deadline got moved up this season to Feb. 8 so the league can avoid the spectacle of DeMarcus Cousins being traded during the All-Star Game and then doing an uncomfortable press interview afterward where he had to be told of the situation.
That means we are less than two months away from the trade deadline, and in this PBT Extra I look at the big names that could be on the market.
The Clippers seem likely to move DeAndre Jordan, the only questions are where and what will they get back? But three other teams have big decisions to make about their stars: Oklahoma City with Paul George, New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins, and Memphis with Marc Gasol. Right now none of those guys are on the market, but that could change.
Trey Lyles made a nice play in the Nuggets’ loss to the Celtics last night, driving by Jayson Tatum then dunking on him.
On the other hand, that swirl around Tatum’s head was not very nice at all.