Kevin Durant injured his Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals, ending the Golden State Warriors chance at beating the Toronto Raptors.
Durant is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets along with Kyrie Irving, and the team has said it is unlikely he will play during the 2019-20 season. Still, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to be treated with lots of video of Durant working out as he moves along the process of his recovery.
To that end, video surfaced this week of Durant shooting hoops with Irving in the Nets’ practice facility. Durant’s right leg was noticeably smaller than his left, and he wasn’t really jumping, but it was nice to see him back out there after the agony of an Achilles tear.
KD and Kyrie getting some free throws up as Brooklyn's new dynamic duo is on the court together for the first time pic.twitter.com/12RjVuIxaf
There is a lot of talk (and hope) in Brooklyn right now, and it’s not clear what is going to come of it. Durant and Irving should be a formidable duo, even if Durant isn’t ever able to come back fully from his Achilles injury.
The East is weak enough that Brooklyn could make a dent with just those two players in 2020-21. It’s all got to start somewhere, even if it means little shots together in practice.
Kawhi Leonard just destroyed Boston’s Daniel Theis on dunk
After the game, Leonard was asked about the dunk and he responded in about the most Kawhi way possible.
Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard goes full monotone to describe blow-by-blow his poster dunk on Daniel Theis and game-sealing block: “What do you want me to say? Patrick threw me the ball, I took two dribbles into the paint and tried to jump high and dunk the basketball.” pic.twitter.com/tKkwC7REmZ
DALLAS (AP) —Luka Doncic scored 33 of his 35 points in the first half and had yet another triple-double to help the Dallas Mavericks rout the short-handed Golden State Warriors 142-94 on Wednesday night.
Doncic fell a point short of matching Dirk Nowitzki’s team record set Nov. 3, 2009, against Utah. In just 17 minutes, Doncic was 10 for 11 from the floor, making 6 of 7 3-pointers, and hit 7 of 8 free throws.
The second-year star from Slovenia had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the first quarter alone. He played only 25 minutes total, but still managed 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Doncic was coming off a 40-point triple-double Monday night against San Antonio, and has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles in 14 games this season.
The Mavericks never trailed and tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers while sending Golden State to its worst loss since a 1973 playoff game.
The Warriors, who ended a seven-game losing streak by beating Memphis on Tuesday night, are an NBA-worst 3-13. Their five-year run of at the top of the NBA has collapsed under a weight of injuries, with Draymond Green out Wednesday because of right heel soreness.
With Green out, Golden State dressed only eight players, none of whom suited up for the team last season when it made the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.
But Minnesota’s current NBA team – the Timberwolves – appear to be borrowing from that legacy.
The Timberwolves’ new alternate uniforms look awfully similar to the Minneapolis Lakers’ throwback:
Of course, the Timberwolves’ explanation contains no mention of the Minneapolis Lakers. The Timberwolves say the icy cool yet sky blue color … reflects the blue waters that are ubiquitous throughout the cities, namely the Mississippi River, which is outlined on the left side of the uniform.” It’s all about celebrating the Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul (MSP).
The best part: These alternates are officially branded as “City Edition” uniforms. The Timberwolves called theirs “Cities Edition.”