Injuries galore, Gordon on the outs with Orlando and CP3 cements legacy as Point God
Injuries galore means superstars on the mend
First it was Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, who has been out since Feb. 13.
Then it was Los Angeles’ Anthony Davis, who has been out since Valentine’s Day .
After that it was Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who’s expected to be out two weeks after being hurt on March 12.
Hard to believe, there are three more stars headed toward time missed.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry took a tumble out of bounds and fell on his tailbone Wednesday, March 17 against Houston.
Curry wasted no time looking to treat his injury as he headed straight to the locker room and is now listed as day-to-day and hasn’t played since.
With the Warriors fighting to make the playoffs and already being without superstar Klay Thompson for the year, the going just got tougher.
As if Davis wasn’t enough of a blow for the Lakers, losing 36-year-old perennial MVP candidate LeBron James, added another.
James had his right ankle rolled over by Atlanta’s Solomon Hill Saturday, March 20 in the midst of the team’s chase for back-to-back championships.
Already without AD and now you add James to the infirmary report, the Lakers hopes for claiming the best record in the West may be a distant memory.
While some may argue if he’s already a star in the league but he’s no doubt a star for his team.
Guard LaMelo Ball has given the Charlotte Hornets the best shot at the playoffs in recent memory.
However, that effort has been slowed down after Ball suffered a right wrist fracture.
Originally, he was expected to miss the rest of the regular season but now that has been changed to indefinitely.
With the timetable unable to fully be processed, the rest of the league will wait and see what the Hornets decide to do by the end of the trade deadline with their guard heavy rotation of Ball, Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham.
Seems like time’s up in Orlando for Gordon
After some speculation, forward Aaron Gordon has requested a trade from the Orlando Magic.
However some report this fact isn’t really new news.
Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports Gordon asked for a trade last month. Last season, he was nearly dealt to Phoenix in a deal that would’ve included now-Golden State forward Kelly Oubre.
The 25-year-old Gordon has spent all seven years of his career in Orlando and is averaging 14.7 points per game to go along with 6.8 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists per game in 29 minutes.
Boston has emerged as the early favorites to land Gordon followed by Houston, Minnesota, Denver and Portland.
Historic plunge finally put to bed by wretched Rockets
Before their most recent win on Monday, March 22, the Houston Rockets had lost 20 straight games.
That losing stretch was the longest since Philadelphia in 2014.
A streak that was so bad head coach Stephen Silas was at a loss for words.
Forward Christian Wood sprained his right ankle Thursday, Feb. 4 against Memphis, a game the Rockets would win by 11 points.
However following that win, the team faced 17 straight losses without Wood.
Those losses came by a combined 304 points and an average loss of 17.9 points per game.
Six of those 17 losses came by at least 20 points.
In fact, one of the losses came to the Grizzlies by 49 points Sunday, Feb. 28.
Once Wood returned, the team suffered three more losses by a combined 29 points.
Well on the bright side, Brett Brown kept his job after posting a 19-63 record that year and was rewarded with center Joel Embiid.
Who else but CP3 as our residential Point God
Guard Chris Paul recently became the sixth player to log at least 10,000 assists in his career.
By accomplishing the feat, he joins fellow guards John Stockton, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson as the only others to have done so.
With 7:09 left in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers, Paul reached the milestone.
He finished with 11 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds posting his 16th regular season triple-double in a 111-94 win over the Lakers.
Paul is now 137 assists away from tying Johnson on the all-time assists list.
The 35-year-old is averaging 15.9 points per game to go along with 8.8 assists per game, hoisting the Phoenix Suns to the second-best record in the West -- just behind the red hot Utah Jazz.