From Elias: Andre Drummond pulled down 13 rebounds in the Pistons’ victory over the Hawks – six on offense and seven on defense. That gave Drummond 102 offensive rebounds and 122 defensive rebounds this March. The only other 100/100 calendar month of that kind in the NBA over the last 17 seasons was by Drummond himself in December 2013 (102/119). Aside from Drummond, the last NBA player to record at least 100 rebounds on each side of the court in a calendar month was Jayson Williams for the Nets in January 1998.
Often times feats like these can seem arbitrary, especially when setting nice round numbers like 100 as a threshold to surpass. But Drummond’s ability to haul down so many rebounds on the offensive floor is impressive, and something which deserves to be noticed.
Drummond leads the league in total number of offensive rebounds, and has grabbed 34 more than Jordan has, while playing in one fewer game and averaging 4.2 fewer minutes per contest on the season.
Lakers’ Wayne Ellington out for the season with shoulder injury
The Lakers have been decimated yet again this season, with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and rookie Julius Randle being the most prominent to suffer season-ending injuries.
Nick Young may be in the same situation, though the team has yet to officially rule him out the rest of the way, even though he’s missed the last 19 games with a knee injury and Byron Scott has been favoring using lineups that feature more unproven players.
The latest blow came on Thursday, when it was revealed that Wayne Ellington, too, will miss the remainder of the year due to injury.
The official release:
Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who was injured in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at STAPLES Center, had an MRI exam today which confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season.
In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. The six year NBA veteran set single-game career marks in points (28), rebounds (10), assists (six), and field goals made (12) in 2014-15.
With eight games left to go in the regular season, the Lakers are just one loss shy of tying last season’s franchise-worst mark for futility. For one of the league’s most storied franchises, April 15 can’t come quickly enough.
Chris Kaman tweets photo of Chris Paul hitting him in the ‘groin’
Near the end of the third quarter of Wednesday night’s contest between the Blazers and the Clippers, Chris Kaman received a flagrant foul for shoving Chris Paul to the floor, after which a brief altercation ensued.
As the league weighs its options in terms of additional punishment for Kaman in the form of a fine or possible suspension, Kaman took to Twitter to post a picture of exactly what prompted him to take matters into his own hands.
There’s plenty of curiosity in the sneaker community about what exactly Jordan might have in store for the 30th anniversary edition of the brand’s flagship signature shoe.
While we don’t really get any actual clues about what might be happening, this year’s model was teased by Bugs Bunny in an “interview” with Ahmad Rashad, which was received in advance of tomorrow morning’s general release as an exclusive to NBCSports.com.
The cartoon character also talks about his involvement in some of Michael Jordan’s most memorable career moments, and that includes an explanation of what might have contributed to the infamous Flu Game performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
The Space Jam theme runs deep in this year’s Jordan retro releases, two of which will be dropping this weekend.
The Air Jordan 1 Mid “Hare” features a white and silver upper, along with a multi-colored tongue inspired by Bugs’ signature carrot.
The girls’ “Lola” version honors Bugs’ better half by featuring a shimmer and wheat upper with soft pink accents.
We’ll have to wait a little while longer for a true first look at the Jordan XXX. But in the meantime, both of these retro edition shoes will release Saturday, April 4, at select retail stores and at Jordan.com.
Ryan Anderson has missed the last 18 games for the Pelicans with a right knee injury, but with just nine games left in the regular season, he’s set to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Lakers.
Anderson was sidelined Feb. 21 at Miami with the injury; at times it appeared to Monty Williams that the reserve catalyst may not be able to return this season, but his condition improved greatly recently.
“We’ve been chomping at the bit to get all of our guys back on the floor,” Williams said. “To get Ryan back at this point of the season is big for our group. Our guys know Ryan’s value. It’s good that he’s taken a turn for the better in the last two weeks. About a week and a half ago I started thinking, maybe he’s going to come back and play this year. Because before that, we didn’t know. So it was exciting (to see Anderson’s progress).”
New Orleans went 11-7 with Anderson out of the lineup, but he could be a huge boost for the team off the bench as they battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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The Pelicans currently trail the Thunder for the eighth spot by two-and-a-half games in the standings.
Anderson is averaging 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game, while shooting better than 40 percent from three-point distance.