Daily Archives: December 24, 2022

Kevin Durant’s MVP case for the 2022-23 NBA season

Kevin Durant / USA TODAY Sports/SNY Treated Image We’re far enough into the NBA season for award talk to begin picking up steam, and as with any year, folks are hotly debating the Most Valuable Player honor. There are a number of distinguished candidates carrying their teams and accumulating statistics across the league, but the Nets’ Kevin Durant has his …

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Joel Embiid, Sixers discuss now being 2nd in the NBA in defense

PHILADELPHIA–The Philadelphia 76ers had some lofty goals to begin the 2022-23 season. Goals such as being the No. 1 seed in the East and also having the best defense in the league. At the time, it made sense that they could get that job done as they had the pieces to accomplish both goals. However, it wasn’t looking so good …

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Why struggling Warriors benefit from loaded Western Conference, per Steve Kerr

Why Kerr believes Dubs benefit from loaded Western Conference originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea The Warriors are back home following a disastrous six-game Eastern Conference road trip that saw them go 1-5. Despite their current 15-18 record, along with injuries to vital star players like Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors’ chances to finishing first in the Western …

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Domantas Sabonis suffered right hand injury in Kings-Wizards

Report: Sabonis suffered right hand injury in Kings-Wizards originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea The Kings suffered two major losses Friday. After falling to the Washington Wizards 125-111 at Golden 1 Center, it was determined that star center Domantas Sabonis reportedly suffered a right-hand injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, citing sources. X-Rays after the game confirmed the injury. Sabonis will …

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Nic Claxton calls out Giannis Antetokounmpo after Nets impressive win

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. The talk in Brooklyn is all about basketball of late — not vaccines, movies on Amazon, injuries, or any other distractions, just basketball. Outstanding basketball as the Nets beat the Bucks Friday night 118-100 for their eighth straight win. After the game Nic …

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Creighton, DePaul make Big East holiday history

Now that the losing streak is out of the way, it’s time for Creighton to make some moves. Doing so in a special holiday matchup with DePaul could add to the value for the Bluejays. “The first thing you think about this time of the year is how grateful you are for the blessings and opportunities that you have,” Creighton …

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Caleb Houstan could see time in the G League

Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley on Friday hinted that rookie Caleb Houstan could see some time in the NBA G League with the Lakeland Magic. Houstan has made 22 appearances with the Magic this season but has played sparingly for much of December. He logged five minutes on Friday in a 20-point win over the San Antonio Spurs, but was …

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Happy to be playing as they were early in the season, the Celtics now turn to making it consistent

The Boston Celtics finally snapped their three-game losing streak and hopefully their recent skid by reclaiming the NBA’s best record with a 121-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night by returning to a brand of basketball that saw the team attack the rim and look for easy makes off cuts and transition offense. While many players brush off media …

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Should the Knicks try to trade for Zach LaVine ahead of 2023 deadline?

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives to the basket as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. / John Jones-USA TODAY Sports Once again, the Knicks find themselves at a potential decision point of whether or not to trade for a star player. We saw this story play out over …

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Ranking all five NBA Christmas Day games by watchability

The NBA’s Christmas Day slate of five games feels a lot like the season itself. When we first saw the list when the schedule came out we were all-in, but as the season started to play out and the injuries came, the excitement wore off a little. The star power is still there — LeBron James, James Harden, Joel Embiid, …

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Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr. explains surge in play after career night

Houston Rockets rookie Jabari Smith Jr. on Friday continued a strong resurgence and produced a career night in a loss at home to the Dallas Mavericks. Smith recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot in the 112-106 decision. He finished by shooting 10-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, in 33 minutes for his …

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Warriors star out at least 2 more weeks

Steph out at least 2 more weeks but ‘making good progress’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea Warriors star Steph Curry will be out at least two more weeks with the left shoulder subluxation he suffered Dec. 14, the organization announced Saturday. Golden State provided a Christmas Eve injury update on Curry after the point guard’s shoulder recently was re-evaluated. …

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The top NBA performances by a rookie player on Christmas Day

The 2022-23 season marks the 75th edition of the NBA on Christmas Day with five games set to tip off on Sunday across ABC and ESPN in the United States. LeBron James is poised to play in his 17th game on Christmas Day, which will surpass Kobe Bryant for the most appearances in history. James is also the all-time leader …

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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan hits game-winning jumper vs. Knicks after Jalen Brunson misses two late free throws

USATSI DeMar DeRozan hasn’t been as brilliant in the clutch this season as he was the last, but by just about any other standard he’s still been great. Entering Friday’s game against the Knicks, DeRozan trailed only Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 72 total clutch points at a 45-percent shooting clip.  The Bulls aren’t winning those tight games like they did last …

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Best images from the Thunder’s 128-125 OT loss to the Pelicans

The Oklahoma City Thunder were not able to extend their winning streak to four games following a 128-125 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Pelicans — who were without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram — were able to win due to a team effort. CJ McCollum finished with 17 points and 11 assists. Trey Murphy III …

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College basketball rankings: Purdue reigns in Top 25 And 1 as top teams sit idle through Christmas holiday

CBS Sports Graphic Happy Holidays. I hope you’re enjoying Winter Storm Elliott — or at least surviving Winter Storm Elliott. And I hope you’re not the type who can’t make it through the day without relevant college basketball games, because college basketball and Christmas just do not go together. The NFL? Yeah, there’s lots of NFL over the next three …

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Sixers dial up defense, adjust, and enter Christmas like a team worth watching

Sixers dial up defense, adjust, and enter Christmas like a team worth watching originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia With the Sixers 12-12, preparing for a seven-game homestand and coping with constant injury concerns, head coach Doc Rivers certainly wasn’t guaranteeing anything. “If we were all intact, it would be one that you’d say, ‘Let’s win ‘em all.’ We’re still …

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