Luke Walton is frustrated.
His Lakers were in Sacramento and on their way to a seventh straight loss. He was frustrated with the officiating all game, and when he thought DeMarcus Cousins pulled Julius Randle to the ground without a call he lost it. Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram held him back.
The Lakers lost their cool and picked up five technicals in the game, including one for Brian Shaw, who had taken over as coach after Walton was ejected. Cousins also got one, because what else did you expect.
This was the first game of a six-game road trip for the Lakers, who could see a lot more frustration before it is over.
Denver’s Will Barton thought he had a lane to the rim — he pushed the ball up, and the Dallas defense was not set. The seas parted.
Then Dallas’ Salah Mejri closed it up and sent Barton’s shot flying with a powerful rejection.
This was Dallas’ night, they got 25 from Wesley Matthews, and 18 from Harrison Barnes on 11 shots, and the Mavs picked up the 112-92 win at home.
Jonas Valanciunas isn’t exactly known for his hops.
But his length and enough vertical led to an impressive dunk for the Raptors’ big man off the pass from DeMarre Carroll in the first quarter of the eventual Raptors win over the Bucks.
Valanciunas had double-digit points and rebounds on the night, but it was the Raptors killer lineup of Kyle Lowry and the bench that had Toronto pulling away from the Bucks for the win.
Pascal Siakam has quietly had a strong rookie season for the Raptors, he probably would be second or third in Rookie of the Year voting right now (behind Joel Embiid and probably Jamal Murray). He’s started all 23 games for the second-best team in the East, not done a lot on offense (5.9 points per game) but has been efficient doing it (58.6 true shooting percentage) and has played solid defense.
Just ask Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak gets to the rim as well as anyone in the league, but Siakam shut him down in the first quarter of Monday night’s Bucks/Raptors game.
Former NBA Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star Steve Francis has been spending a lot of time with the police this season. And not in a good way.
He was arrested recently for a DWI and marijuana possession in Houston. At the time, police in Manatee, Florida, wanted to talk to Francis about a car burglary back in June — one where Francis already turned himself in. At the time Francis broke into a car outside a bar and restaurant, taking a wallet, gold jewelry, cash and more. A couple of days later, Francis turned himself and the goods in, the police filed a report, but did not arrest him at the time.
Now they have, according to TMZ.
As we previously reported, the ex-NBA star was wanted by cops in Manatee, Florida after he allegedly ransacked a stranger’s car back in June and stole over $7k in stuff….
According to jail records, Francis turned himself in early Monday on a burglary of an unoccupied conveyance charge — a 3rd degree felony that carries up to 5 years in prison. His bond is set at $1,500.
Francis played in just more than eight NBA season and earned more than $103 million in salary in that time.