Recovering from an achilles tear may be the toughest comeback in all of
sports. And yet, a year and a half later, Kevin Durant is making it look
easy. He's averaging 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.
Let’s give credit where credit is due - to Durant for an incredible
rehab and the Brooklyn Nets for signing him just days after the
While Durant’s not going to win the MVP (he’s missed too many games), what
he’s doing after suffering the most feared injury in basketball is nothing
short of remarkable.
Favorites: Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Joel Embiid (76ers) - either
would be the first true Center to win the MVP since Shaq in 2000
Dark Horses: LeBron James (Lakers), James Harden (Nets)
Coach of the Year
Favorite: Quin Snyder has led the Utah Utah to an NBA best 27 wins
Dark Horses: Doc Rivers (76ers), Steve Nash (Nets)
Rookie of the Year
Favorite: LaMelo Ball (Hornets) is one of eight rookies to ever
average more than 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game
Dark Horses: Dark Horses: Tyrese Haliburton (Kings), Anthony Edwards
The Phoenix Suns: Behind the elite backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin
Booker, the Suns own the second seed in the West
Brooklyn Nets vs. LA Lakers
Overall, the league and players should be commended for their handling of
the pandemic. Of 500 scheduled games, only ~30 have been postponed.
Shaq (aka “The Big Aristotle”) debuted with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and,
as you might expect, put on quite the show. The former NBA MVP power
bombed his opponent moments before being body
slammed into a table.
Now, to the games:
(24-13) Brooklyn Nets 132 vs. (11-23) Houston Rockets 114
James Harden (29 pts, 10 reb, 14 ast) secured his triple-double in
the third quarter as the Nets cruised past his former team.
(24-12) Philadelphia 76ers 131 vs. (27-9) Utah Jazz 123
The matchup between the best in the East and the best in the West
did not disappoint. Philly big man Joel Embiid (40 pts, 19 reb) hit
a clutch 3-pointer to send the game to OT where the 76ers pulled
Donovan Mitchell will likely have to pay up after ripping
the refs during his postgame presser.
(20-14) Portland Trail Blazers 108 vs. (19-17) Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry (35 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) did all he could, but you don’t
bet against Dame Lilliard (22 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast) late in games.
Standout performer: T.J. McConnell (16 pts, 13
ast, 10 stl) pulled off the rare triple-double with steals.
(16-4) #10 Villanova 72
vs. (17-7) #14 Creighton 60
Villanova won the Big East regular season crown, but at a huge cost.
Star point guard Collin Gillespie left the game with a serious knee
(13-5-4) Washington Capitals 2 vs. (12-5-3) Boston Bruins 1 - OT
In the penalty shootout, Caps’ goalie Vitek Vanecek didn’t allow a
Copa del Ray
Barcelona 3 vs. Sevilla
After losing the first leg 0-2, Barcelona came back to beat Sevilla
3-2 on aggregate. Gerard Pique scored a
heroic goal in the 94’ to force extra time where Martin
Braithwaite scored the winning goal to push Barca through to the
Finals of the Copa del Rey.
#3 Baylor (19-1) vs. #17 Oklahoma State (17-6) - 7:00 ET on ESPN2
#2 Michigan (18-2) vs. Michigan State (14-10) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
#15 Texas (15-7) vs. #16 Oklahoma (14-8) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Miami Heat (17-18) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (15-20) - 8:30 ET on TNT
Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (12-8-1) - 7:00 ET on
Tampa Bay Lightning (15-4-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-4) - 8:00 ET on
(43 pts) Liverpool vs. (43 pts) Chelsea - 3:15 PM ET on NBCSN
WATER COOLER TALK
⚾️ While on the Dan Le Batard Show, a former MLB executive accused
Albert Pujols of being older
than he claims. Huge Benchwarmers “I am 12” vibes.
⛳️ The LA County Sheriff’s department executed
a search warrant to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ car crash
last week. Warrants are only issued when there is probable cause of a crime.
🏒 Brayden Pointstopped
fighting mid boxing match to make sure Andrew Cogliano actually
wanted to fight.
🏈 Amazon is in talks to carry Thursday Night Football exclusively on
Prime Video. Strategically, the NFL has to get into streaming and it appears
Amazon is the answer.