NBA: James Harden extends streak, but New Orleans Pelicans stun Houston Rockets
Jahlil Okafor produced a season-high point total for a second consecutive game while Jrue Holiday undergirded a patchwork rotation with a sensational defensive performance as the depleted New Orleans Pelicans stunned the host Houston Rockets 121-116 on Tuesday (Jan 29).
James Harden led the Rockets with 37 points – his 24th straight game with at least 30 – and added 11 rebounds, but he shot just 11 of 32 from the floor.
Okafor paired 27 points with 12 rebounds while Holiday posted 19 points, six rebounds, eight assists and six blocked shots for the Pelicans, who were missing five of their top six rotation players and reeling from the trade request of All-NBA centre Anthony Davis (who is also sidelined with a finger injury).
The Pelicans trailed by as many as 15 points and did not take their first lead until 2min 6sec remained in the third quarter when Kenrich Williams (eight points, 16 rebounds) scored on a backdoor layup for a 90-88 edge. Emboldened, the Pelicans stretched their lead to as many as 12 points in the fourth.
A collective effort uplifted New Orleans, who had dropped five of six games. Six Pelicans scored in double figures, with Ian Clark posting 15 off the bench while Tim Frazier added 10 points and 10 assists in 20 minutes. The Pelicans shot 51.1 per cent from the field and produced a plus-10 advantage on the boards.The Rockets twice appeared on the brink of running away from the undermanned Pelicans. Houston claimed their first double-digit lead just past the midpoint of the first quarter, with Harden converting a floater at the 5:22 mark for a 24-14 advantage. James Ennis III’s three-pointer with 2:28 left helped Houston stretch their lead to 12 before the Pelicans closed the period on a 7-2 spurt.
Basketball: Harlem Globetrotters to play in Singapore on April 5
For more than nine decades, they have entertained hundreds of millions of fans, among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – including the late Singapore president Wee Kim Wee in 1991 – with their iconic brand of entertaining basketball.
On April 5, the Harlem Globetrotters will thrill fans in Singapore again with their slam dunks, well-choreographed routines and mesmerising skills at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour.
Following the team’s tour of Australia last year, Australian National Basketball League owner and executive director Larry Kestelman said he was delighted to continue expanding the Globetrotters’ partnership with Singapore.
He said: “The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of people all over the world for 93 years, and we are excited to bring them to Singapore for their only show in South-east Asia.
“We are in the business of delivering great family entertainment and the Harlem Globetrotters are just that. This is an event not to be missed.”
Formed in Chicago in 1926, the Globetrotters were a force to be reckoned with as they popularised the fast break, forward and point guard positions, and even won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940, before the event was discontinued after the 10th edition in 1948.
Over time as they worked comic routines into their act, they became known for entertainment.
These days, they take their unique basketball skills and wizardry worldwide to the delight of millions of fans, entertaining families and breaking down barriers and social divides in 123 countries across six continents. They also play for multiple charity organisations.
Russell Westbrook undergoes knee surgery; OKC Thunder to re-evaluate superstar in four weeks
The Oklahoma City Thunder had quite the successful summer as they surprised a lot of people by getting Paul George to re-sign on a four-year deal. Unfortunately, their pre-season preparations just took a big hit with star point guard Russell Westbrookundergoing knee surgery on Wednesday.
He is expected to be re-evaluated in about four weeks, per the team’s press release.Westbrook will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today. The Thunder, Westbrook and his representation determined that after he experienced inflammation in his knee this past weekend that the best course of action was the proactive procedure.
With the NBA season set to tip off in just over four weeks on Tuesday, Oct. 16, this means Westbrook is likely to — at the least — miss the entirety of training camp and preseason action. Hopefully he will be ready for the Thunder’s first game on opening night against the Golden State Warriors, but it’s a definite possibility that this procedure will force him to miss some regular-season games.
That’s tough news for the Thunder, who will have to navigate an extremely deep and talented Western Conference once again this season. Potentially losing Westbrook for even just a couple weeks of regular-season action would be a real blow. But besides however long Westbrook is out right now, what’s perhaps more concerning is that this is yet another surgery for Westbrook on his right knee.
Since tearing his meniscus back in the 2013 playoffs, this is now the fourth procedure Westbrook has needed on his right knee. Yes, this is “just” an arthroscopic procedure, but that’s still not good news for a player who relies so heavily on his athleticism.
With Westbrook injured, this means Dennis Schroder, who just arrived in OKC this summer from the Hawks, will be thrust into the starting point guard role during preseason action. It will be a good opportunity for him to prove himself on his new team.
Source – NBA
10 NBA rookies poised to make the biggest impact this season: Luka Doncic, Collin Sexton ready to shine
The 2018 NBA rookie class has a chance to become absolutely awesome — maybe even the best since the 2009 rookie class, which brought stars like Blake Griffin, James Harden, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan into the league.
But that doesn’t mean we’ll know how good this rookie class is immediately.
NBA players develop at different rates. Who would have pegged Victor Oladipo as a future star after his mediocre rookie season? What follows is a list of the top rookies who’ll impact the 2018-19 NBA season. But this is not a list of the players who I believe will be the best basketball players five years from now. For example, I believe Mohamed Bamba has a chance to become a star. But I also believe Bamba will take a while to get there. And I believe he’s on a tantalizing young team in Orlando that will have plenty of growing pains the next few years. So he’s not on this list.
Ditto for Michael Porter Jr. He certainly has the scoring ability to become a future All-Star. But he’s in a situation in Denver where he’ll be battling for minutes — and it’s fair to assume the Nuggets will err on the side of extreme caution in managing his injury and history. These are the players who I believe are in a good situation to produce immediately, and who are mature enough as basketball players to do so.
Source – NBA