Andrew Wiggins has been a scoring machine of late, and that continued Friday night when he dropped 29 on the Lakers. Wiggins was aggressive all game, and it showed here with the steal, he brings it up himself in transition, then just goes to the rim no matter how many Lakers are there. And he can finish.
The Lakers went on to win the game in the battle of lottery teams.
Jrue Holiday returns to Pelicans’ lineup Friday, on minutes restriction
The last time we saw Jrue Holiday on the court it was Jan. 12. Back then, he was key to the Pelicans’ backcourt averaging 15.2 points and 7.1 assists a game, plus he was shooting 36.7 percent from three. Even more than that, he’s a quality defender that the Pelicans need on the perimeter.
However, a “stress reaction” in his right leg sidelined him for more than three months.
“He won’t be playing more than 15 minutes a game for the rest of the season,” Williams said. “Unless he feels better and we feel like he’s not in harm’s way – then we’ll increase it. But I doubt that he’ll get to his normal minute allotment. Jrue’s a guy who can play 35 to 40 minutes a night, but he won’t get to that.”
Holiday likely takes minutes away from Toney Douglass and Norris Cole. That’s an upgrade.
In Holiday’s absence the Pelicans have transformed — Tyreke Evans is the guy with the ball in his hands more — but they have battled back and are currently the eighth seed in the West. They are tied with Oklahoma City, but the Pelicans have the tie breaker.
Holiday returns against Phoenix, a team with a quality backcourt where his defense could be useful. The Pelicans need wins to stay in the playoff mix.
My sense among media members is that Stephen Curry is going to win the MVP award. It’s close, but talking to people I think that’s where the majority of votes would go.
My sense is that players are leaning toward James Harden. Blake Griffin is the latest in the list of players to back the Rockets’ star, with the theory that he had to do more to carry the Rockets to a top playoff seed. Hat tip to the LA Times for the video.
That means Afflalo’s regular season is done. However I’d expect to see him back when the playoffs start in just more than a week (April 18). Guys play through pain when the postseason starts. That said, this likely doesn’t impact the Trail Blazers much in playoff positioning, they are pretty locked into the four seed (as winners of the Northwest Division they can fall no lower) but will not have home court in the first round.
Afflalo has been starting with in place of the injured Wes Matthews. With him out expect C.J. McCollum to start and get a lot of run, with Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee getting some run.
Stephen Curry says James Harden “might have been a little aggressive” with MVP comments. Really?
And if that’s not over the top, what about the PR staff for the Warriors personally calling all 177 media members with award votes to campaign for Curry? (Only 125 have MVP votes, broken out by region.) That’s happening according to the report. Is that not aggressive?
Everyone is campaigning for their guy, Curry and the Warriors are no exception. Own up to it.