1) Stephen Curry is just flat out ridiculous. I’m not going to say “this moves Curry to the front of the MVP race” because, much like the voters, you have pretty much made up your mind on who you think will be MVP. (My sense is Curry wins it.) This was just vintage 2015 Curry — 45 points on 17-of-23 shooting, draining eight threes, dishing out 10 assists. More key, this was an 84-84 game entering the fourth and Curry took over late, dropping 19 of his points in the fourth. He accounted for 60 points on the night — don’t ever let anyone tell you he’s not valuable to the Warriors (they are +15.7 per 100 possessions when he is on the court compared to when he sits).
2) Arron Afflalo injures arm, could be another blow to Trail Blazers postseason dreams. Portland was already facing challenges entering the postseason without Wesley Mattews — he was more than a “3&D” guy, he was the heart of the Blazers. Now it looks like his backup could miss time: Arron Afflalo hurt his right in the fourth quarter battling for post position with Stephen Curry. It’s a triceps injury. Afflalo is getting an MRI on Friday, and that will determine if it is torn, and how much time he will miss. But this is not good for the Blazers — he is key to their perimeter defense, as well as their three-point shooting and offensive spacing. If he misses playoff games the Blazers are likely going home early.
3) Miami’s going to need help to make playoffs now. The Heat had a 19-point lead Thursday. Then the third quarter happened — Chicago outscored Miami 33-8 in the quarter and never looked back in the fourth to pick up a win. The win puts the Bulls back into the three seed in the East for a night, half a game ahead of Toronto. For Miami, they are now 1.5 games back of Brooklyn and Boston for the seven/eight seeds in the East. With three more games to play, the Heat are going to need some help to make the postseason. (They may get it, Boston in particular has a rough final four games.)
Arron Afflalo injures right triceps, could miss time
A few weeks back, the Trail Blazers were my dark horse pick to come out of the West. Golden State and San Antonio are the most likely to advance, but I could see Portland giving anyone and everyone trouble.
Then Wesley Matthews went down for the season. That seemed to end any dream of a run to the Finals.
Now his replacement Arron Afflalo may miss some time after an injury suffered Thursday night, via Jabari Young of CSNNW.com.
It's Afflalo right triceps… he'll will have an MRI tomorrow..said the arm is sore now, not sure if it's torn #Blazers….
On Friday we likely will get a timeline, after the MRI.
The injury happened with about five minutes left in the game, as he was battling with Stephen Curry for position on the right block. It seems a fairly innocent play, here is the best view I could find of it.
Afflalo tried to play it down after the game.
Portland is in a lot of trouble in the playoffs as it is without Matthews, to lose Afflalo would almost certainly make Portland one and done.
Hopefully, it is not that serious and he will not miss much time.
Damian Lillard awarded three for top of key jumper (VIDEO)
Brooklyn beat Portland 106-96 in the lone NBA game Monday night, and it shouldn’t have been that close.
I mean literally. It should not have been that close.
Above you see a shot Damian Lillard took officially with 8:41 left in the third quarter, for which he was awarded three points — the referee raises his hands and awards it. This wouldn’t have even been a three for Duke or Wisconsin Monday night, it was about 18 feet. Lillard was behind the arc for the top of the key, not the three-point line, but the official apparently got confused. Then this was not reviewed at the next stoppage in play, so it stood.
Lillard finished with 36 (not 35) but it didn’t matter because Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez dropped 32 on his brother Robin and the Nets got a win that seriously boosts their chance of getting into the playoffs.
Nets’ Thaddeus Young throws it down over Blazers’ Meyers Leonard (VIDEO)
adidas unveiled its Easter collection of basketball shoes, which means we get pastel hues inspired by Easter-egg coloring splashed on the signature models of John Wall, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose.