Eastern Conference leaders Indiana Pacers were beaten 95-82 by Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening at the Air Canada Centre.
DeMar DeRozan starred for the hosts as he scored 26 points in their victory which continues their run of four consecutive wins to help them remain top of the Atlantic division. They are now second favourites with Betfair for the division behind Brooklyn Nets.
Kobe Bryant has put to bed any rumours about his future by signing a two-year contract extension at Los Angeles Lakers thought to be worth $48.5 million.
The 35-year old is now expected to end his career with the Lakers and will not be moving elsewhere at the end of this season.
As the middle of the month of March nears it appears that there are a rash of injuries that are effecting many teams around the NBA. Some of the teams that are effected at this present moment include the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers .
The Lakers heard Mark Cuban’s comments about Kobe Bryant. They weren’t amused.
The Dallas Mavericks owner said in a radio interview Friday that the Lakers should consider using their one-time amnesty provision on Bryant this summer.
Bryant has one more season and $30.5 million left on his contract. He is one of four players the Lakers can waive via the money-saving device after this season.
The Lakers lined up alongside Kobe Bryant, or behind him, or something, when asked if they agreed with his optimistic belief they would make the playoffs.
They then backed it up with a gritty 111-107 victory Friday over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
That’s two in a row for the Lakers, reason enough to throw a victory parade in a season to dismember.
Kobe Bryant’s always so conservative with his views. So meek. Timid.
“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant told Sports Illustrated. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”
He didn’t mention the Clippers, but that’s another story for another day.
Growing up in Englewood and blossoming into NBA superstardom beyond Chicago, Derrick Rose always could count on older brother Reggie to protect him from everything.
So when Reggie Rose does something that potentially harms Derrick, even if only his reputation, the city of broad shoulders does more than shrug. We shake our heads. And wince a little.
Report: Kevin Garnett Told by Chris Paul That He Could Make Trade to Clippers Happen, But Garnett Said No
Everyone listen close now: This man bleeds green! While Kevin Garnett was emphatic in the days leading up to the NBA trade deadline that he did not want to play for anyone but Boston, that didn’t keep other teams from trying to make a move for him. That included the Clippers, who were among the prime trade partners, with Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan reportedly on the block in exchange for Garnett.
A good chunk of trades went down in the last 48 hours minutes before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get the idea. Let’s look at the winners and losers from the trade deadline.
Winner: Milwaukee Bucks
Acquiring J.J. Redick from Orlando will help Milwaukee’s 24th ranked offensive efficiency and should lock up a playoff spot. That’s a pretty good deal considering Milwaukee didn’t have to part with any future draft picks. Acquiring Redick is a win-now move that has a slight chance of paying off later, especially if Monta Ellis opts out and Redick likes what he sees from Milwaukee these next few months.