Tyreke Evans forces too many isolation plays at the end of Pelicans games. However, with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday out on Sunday, that play makes sense for a final shot in a tie game, which is what the Pelicans faced against the Raptors in Toronto Sunday.
Everyone in the building knew that the last play was going to be an Evans isolation — that includes the Raptors, who ended up with four guys rotating over to him. Didn’t matter. First Greivis Vasquez was guarding him and he’s not the best defender ever. Second, he lets Evans get back to his much-favored right hand.
The result was the high off the glass game winner. The Raptors had come from behind to lead by double digits at one point, but it didn’t matter when it came down to the final shot.
Andrew Wiggins is proving to be more than a raw athlete — he can shoot the rock. He was drafted No. 1 because of that freakish athleticism, but scouts that liked him would say he was coachable and worked hard, which is why some thought he could develop into something special. He’s proving them right. Fast. He’s scored at least 20 points in 10 of the Timberwolves last 13 games.
And that includes the 31 he dropped to lead Minnesota past Denver Saturday night.
Wiggins can get to the rim and was 4-of-4 there (he has a good post up game), but he was also 4-of-5 from three — in his last 15 games he’s shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc. He could develop into an elite shooter, which with his athleticism could make him very dangerous in a few years.
He’s going to be the Rookie of the Year. And that may be just the start.
The Bucks have had more their fair share of injury news this season, but the basketball gods were not done with them.
Backup point guard Kendall Marshall is out for the season, the team announced Saturday.
Ugh. The Bucks had already lost No. 2 pick Jabari Parker for the season due to injury. Plus they have been without Larry Sanders since Christmas and will be for a while longer.
Marshall is a playmaking point guard and had filled that role well for the Bucks off the bench playing just shy of 15 minutes a night. He’s been solid and part of a young, improving, and entraining team.
Hopefully the basketball fates will be done handing the Bucks injuries.
Brilliant. Well done Bleacher Report.
Even Kobe Bryant might find this funny. Like any father of young girls, you know he has heard this song before. Roughly 562 times.
Starting around 2007 things really spiraled downward for Stephon Marbury. In 2007 his father died. His NBA career was clearly winding down while his shoe company was going out of business.
You may remember that time in Marbury’s life as when he was doing crazy live-streamed videos, like when he ate Vaseline.
He remembers it as the time he was depressed, to the point of being suicide.
Marbury discusses it in an upcoming HBO Real Sports, as reported by Ben Golliver at Sports Illustrated.
“When everything went on with the Knicks, and, you know, my father passed on, the [Starbury] brand was — it was basically losing life slowly,” Marbury tells HBO Real Sports’ Carlos Quintanilla. “And I was watching it. And I think that was hurting me more than seeing my basketball career going in the direction that it was going. … I was trapped in my thoughts. I was trapped in how I felt about how I felt I was treated. I was trapped with decisions that I made.”
Marbury admits now that he was “definitely” clinically depressed and “suicidal” at that point in his life.
“I wanted to die,” he remembers. “I wanted to kill myself some days. I did. … It wasn’t about basketball. It started to become about me. Because I was that depressed and I was that sick.”
Fortunately, Marbury found a way back. It just took a trip to China
There he has been reborn and is a basketball icon — he has led Beijing to two titles, they have put up a statue to him and there has been a play written about him and the impact he has had on the city.
Hopefully his story can inspire other people facing depression to find help. The episode airs on HBO on Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.