Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while sleeping on your bacon-scented pillow case…
Kyrie Irving. He was the best player on the court in the Cavaliers win in Madison Square Garden. Not only did he score 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting, but he also he hit the dagger shot late in the fourth. The Cavs were up one with coming out of a timeout with 16 seconds left in the game, Irving had the ball out top isolated on Iman Shumpert. Irving drove left and got around Shumpert, Amare Stoudemire rotated over to help and Irving shot over both and went high off the glass — with an impressive degree of difficulty — to hit the shot. It was that way all night for Irving, who got to the rim whenever he wanted and also was 3-of-6 from three.
Carmelo Anthony. He was just ice cold against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, shooting 4-of-19 from the floor. From our “a shot chart is worth 1,000 words” file, we bring you ‘Melo’s against the Cavaliers.
Klay Thompson. Yes he scored 23 points in the Warriors comfortable win over the Pelicans (who had 30 points from Anthony Davis while the rest of the team shot 32.9 percent). However why he’s here is this amazing note from Sam Amick of the USA Today:
Quite a footnote from tonight's Warriors win over Pels: Klay Thompson passes Chris Mullin for 4th on franchise's all-time 3-pt list (595)
Sunday, Smart said that two days ago he was cleared and has fully recovered from the virus.
Corona Free as of two days ago. Cleared by Mass Dept of Health. Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers and I’m doing the same for everyone that’s been effected by this. Stay safe and stay together- apart! Much love!
Most importantly, this is excellent news for Smart and his friends and family (and, by extension, the Celtics). His health is the most important thing in this story.
The NBA has asked recovered players to donate plasma because scientists are hoping to use the blood — which has developed immunities — to help create a vaccine or medicine to slow COVID-19. It’s optional, but the league is encouraging players to help.
There have been 10 players and five NBA off-court staff — including Knicks owner James Dolan — who have tested positive for the disease. Fortunately, none of them have shown any advanced symptoms that required hospitalization.
Colorado junior forward Tyler Bey declares for NBA Draft
The junior averaged 13.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Buffaloes. Bey shot 53% from the field overall and 74.3% at the free throw line.
Bey also extended his range a bit in his third year at Colorado. He knocked down 13-of-31 three-pointers (41.9%) on the season. At just six-foot-seven, he’ll need to be able to score from behind the arc to find a place in the NBA.
Most draft analysts have Bey pegged as an early second-round pick. Some thought he could play his way into the back-end of the first-round with strong pre-draft workouts. With the pre-draft process up in the air, NBA front offices may have to make their decisions based on what they’ve already seen in person and on tape.
Stephon Marbury has arrangement to procure 10 million medical masks for New York
Former NBA player Stephon Marbury told The New York Post that he’s arranged a deal to deliver 10 million N95 medical masks to New York. These masks are much-needed among healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marbury is having the masks produced at cost in China, where he played the last seven years of his career.
Although Marbury currently lives in Beijing, China, he said “At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn. This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”
While growing up, Marbury starred at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and on New York City’s famed playgrounds. After one year at Georgia Tech, Marbury left for the NBA. The high-scoring guard played for five teams during his 13-year NBA career, including his hometown New York Knicks.
After sitting out for two seasons, Marbury signed to play for the Beijing Ducks in 2011. The move was initially seen as a way for Marbury to prove he could still play at an NBA level. Instead, Beijing became home-away-from home for the New Yorker.
Marbury averaged 21.6 points per game in 271 contests spread over seven seasons with the Ducks.
Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung declares for 2020 NBA Draft
McClung first came to national prominence when his high school highlights blew up on YouTube:
In his second season at Georgetown, McClung averaged 15.7 points and 1.4 steals per game. A foot injury in late-January kept McClung out of the lineup for nearly a month. He returned for one game in late-February, but played just eight minutes off the Hoyas’ bench.
The six-foot-two guard is known for his deep shooting range and his highlight dunks. McClung’s shot is inconsistent however, as he shot under 40% in each of his first two seasons at Georgetown. McClung’s defense also needs work.
McClung projects to be a point guard in the NBA, due to his size. To make it as a lead guard, he’ll need to work on his ballhandling and playmaking. With those question marks, McClung is seen as a stretch to be drafted in the second round.
McClung stated he’s signing with an NBA/NCAA approved agent. That will allow him to keep his college eligibility as he goes through the pre-draft process.