One shot at history was ended, the other is now set for Wednesday. Coming into Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs had won their first 39 home games. No team has ever gone undefeated at home for a regular season. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, needed one more win to tie the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ mark with 72 wins.
On Wednesday, at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors will have the chance to secure the best regular-season record in NBA history.
The fourth matchup between the two presumptive Western Conference finalists was a defensive battle that went into halftime tied at 35. The Spurs, playing without Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw, controlled the pace. But the Warriors’ shooters heated up in the second half, and San Antonio didn’t have quite enough offensive firepower to match.
What do you possibly do about this?
Understandably, Gregg Popovich didn’t take this game very seriously. Only two Spurs players (Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge) played more than 30 minutes. Even with the perfect home record at stake, he isn’t going to show his hand in the regular season.
Which makes the all-but-inevitable playoff series between these two teams all that much more exciting. The previous two Warriors wins were blowouts, but Diaw (who didn’t play in the last two) gives the Spurs the kind of versatility needed to beat this Warriors team.
One thing is for sure: however their series ends, nobody knows what it’s going to look like. We haven’t seen these two teams compete against each other at full strength, and that’s by design. And it makes the upcoming playoffs all the more impossible to miss.
Following the great tradition of Shane Battier and Andrew Bogut, Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard – who got his Raptors championship ring last night – had a special finger picked for it.
I have a logo in there, and it’s on my middle finger. So, it reminds me to put it on my middle finger. So, I have like an F U symbol on there.
Leonard’s hand is filling up. He already earned a championship ring with the Spurs in 2014.
I suspect this ring is also for San Antonio.
Timberwolves rookie Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft, was the biggest basketball star of his family.
Emphasis on “was.”
Culver’s younger brother, J.J. Culver, scored 100 points in a game for Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, Texas) on Tuesday.
Jarrett, via Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis StarTribune:
“I left the gym and my phone just blew up,” Jarrett said. “Everyone is texting me, ‘Your brother, your brother.’ So I FaceTimed him. I was like, ‘No way!’ I didn’t know what to say. I was in shock. It felt like I was dreaming.”
“I feel like I dropped 100 the way I was celebrating with him. I was super-excited for him. He deserves it.”
- 22-of-29 on 2-pointers
- 12-of-33 on 3-pointers
- 20-of-27 on free throws
Obviously, it’s unconventional for a single player to take 62 of his team’s 77 shots. But it doesn’t seem this was designed in advance. Nor does it seem Wayland Baptist runs a wild scheme. J.J. just got hot early, and his teammates then decided to keep feeding him. Obviously, by the end, he was gunning for records.
How will Jarrett one-up his brother now?
The Lakers aren’t Showtime 2.
Are the Celtics?
Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown ran one flashy fastbreak last night.
NBC Sports Boston:
Though Walker scored 44 points, Boston fell to the Pacers, 122-117.
Another game, another Kings game-winning 3-pointer.
After Nemanja Bjelica hit a buzzer-beater against the Rockets on Monday, Bogdan Bogdanovic sunk the go-ahead 3-pointer against the Thunder last night. That stood as the game-winner once Richaun Holmes successfully defended Chris Paul on the other end, clinching Sacramento’s 94-93 victory.
The Kings have won three straight – over the Mavericks, Rockets and Thunder. The schedule softens over the next week and a half, giving Sacramento a real chance to rise in the Western Conference standings.
And if he keeps playing like this, Bogdanovic might find his way into a starting lineup.