James Johnson threw down a vicious dunk in Andre Drummond’s face during Friday night’s Raptors-Pistons game at The Palace. Drummond didn’t take too kindly to the posterization and dropped Johnson with a shoulder barge on the next play, which set off a brief fracas between the teams that resulted in some technical fouls. Toronto won 110-100 and improved to an Eastern Conference-best 21-6, while Detroit fell to a 5-22.
Brewer, 28, is averaging 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game on 41.8 percent shooting. One of Minnesota’s first players off the bench in most contests, a Brewer trade nonetheless became inevitable.
Houston has been known to covet Brewer since last season, with sources saying they registered trade interest even before Brewer uncorked a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season. Rockets coach Kevin McHale drafted Brewer in Minnesota when he was still the Wolves’ general manager and spoke directly to Brewer last month when the Wolves gave Houston permission to do so.
The former Florida star isn’t a superstar by any stretch, but he’s a smart player who knows what he is at this point in his career.
Kevin Durant sprained his ankle in the Thunder’s 114-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. After missing the entire month of November with a fractured bone in his foot, Durant has returned to help the Thunder go 7-1 to start December and climb back into the playoff picture.
Luckily for Oklahoma City fans, his injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, as relayed by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
Durant says his right ankle injury isn’t serious and his foot is fine. Taking return day by day. He added he was convinced not to return
Of course, the real shame of it is the fact that the ankle sprain robbed Durant and the fans of what had potential to be “one of those nights.” At the time he went down, Durant had scored 30 points on 10-13 shooting in 19 minutes. He was 5-of-6 from three.
It’s hard to add much weight to a regular-season game in the middle of December, but you couldn’t help but see this game as a bit of a litmus test for both teams.
The Warriors are arguably the best team in the league at the moment, and beating the Thunder at full strength would keep Golden State atop its perch.
Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell are reportedly headed to the Mavericks in a trade that will send Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two picks to the Celtics. Looks like Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks are about to secure one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Dallas is 19-8, which would be good enough for hosting a 1st round playoff series in the East … but in the West, they’re only the 6th seed, narrowly ahead of the Spurs. And don’t forget the Thunder are lurking (12-13), and barring more injuries, get in the playoffs. Last year, the Suns won 48 games and missed the playoffs. The Mavs’ weak link right now? Point guard. Rondo would obviously be an upgrade from Devin Harris.
Rondo would join Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons in a high-octane starting five.
Gotta wonder what Celtics coach Brad Stevens feels about losing his best all-around player and not getting a superstar in return. They’re on Year 2 of the rebuild, and barring some blockbuster, they’re going to be here awhile.
Nicolas Batum dunked to put the Blazers up 92-82 over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. As Batum went through the air, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders gave him a little shove with one hand. Batum couldn’t control his body and lost his grip on the rim, falling on his face. Sanders received a flagrant-1 for his push. Batum was able to get up and make the free throw.
Jabari Parker suffered a leg injury Monday night, which occurred on a collision with Phoenix’s PJ Tucker, and had to be carried off the court. An MRI revealed that Jabari Parker tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Awful news for the Bucks.
Bucks forward Jabari Parker suffered a left knee injury during the third quarter of last night’s game in Phoenix. He returned to Milwaukee this afternoon to undergo an MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.
The rookie out of Duke, drafted second overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in last June’s draft, was averaging 12.3 points on 49.0 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. One of the most hyped prospects in several years, he had already begun to show glimpses of a bright future and was the front-runner for Rookie of the Year.
The Bucks rookie has had a promising start to his career, and Milwaukee has appeared to be one of this year’s big sleeper teams.