According to multiple reports, both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will, in fact, play tonight versus the Houston Rockets in Game 1. Both were marked as “questionable” on the injury report today after the pair suffered ankle injuries in the final game of their round 1 series, one in which the Warriors defeated the up-and-coming Los Angeles Clippers three games to two.
Behind DeRozan’s 25 and Aldridge’s 26 and 10, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets in a crucial Game 6. With this win over the second-seeded Denver Nuggets, the Spurs have officially forced a Game 7. The win-or-go-home matchup will be played on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
Check out all the highlights from the crucial Game 6 matchup below!
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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Spurs’ superstar DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a ball in the direction of a referee during the Spurs’ 117-103 loss versus the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
The incident, for which DeRozan was fined, occurred with 5:01 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter. DeRozan was upset after official Scott Foster called an offensive foul on him, prompting the Spurs’ superstar to recklessly throw the ball across the court and in the direction of the official. DeRozan was originally assessed a technical foul, but was ultimately thrown out. Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe also announced that the league was not only concerned about the ball hitting official Scott Foster, but the ball also flying recklessly out into the spectator stands.
Below is a look at the incident in question.
DeMar DeRozan got ejected after throwing the ball at referee Scott Foster pic.twitter.com/DputKRy0yT
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According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are meeting with former Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head Coach Tyronn Lue today to discuss potentially making him the Head Coach of the Lakers. Many analysts have speculated that Lue could be the top-candidate for the Lakers based on his past experience with superstar LeBron James.
Lue was relieved of his duties as the Cavs’ Head Coach earlier in the season after his former team started out the season with a rough stretch.
According to a video posted on the player’s Instagram page, Duke star Zion Williamson will officially enter his name into this year’s NBA Draft.
For weeks now, NBA fans and college basketball fans alike have been on edge waiting to hear whether or not Williamson would enter the draft or try to make another run at the title next season with Duke.
The projected first-round pick averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assist while sporting a Blue Devils’ jersey.
In this particular article, we will be looking at the first three games that took place during Sunday’s round 1 action.
Celtics vs. Pacers
In the beginning of this game, the Pacers looked unstoppable and were seemingly primed and ready to upset the Boston Celtics in Game 1, that is, until the second half began. The Celtics went on an incredible second-half run, allowing the Pacers just eight points during the entire third quarter. The C’s newly-gained momentum helped the team push to the finish line and capture Game 1. Celtics’ players Irving and Morris were the stars of the game with the pair dropping 20 points each.
Final: Celtics 84, Pacers 74 – BOS leads series 1-0
Game MVP: Kyrie Irving
Trailblazers vs. Thunder
In the first game of a series in which many analysts believed the Thunder would easily take care of business, the Portland Trailblazers defeated the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder, a team which features stars such as Paul George, Steven Adams, and Russell Westbrook. The matchup was a nail-bitter throughout, as both teams traded punch-for-punch on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. In the end, the Blazers talented backcourt, which features star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, finished with 54 combined points and helped will the team to victory versus the lower-seeded Thunder. Trailblazers’ big-man Enes Kanter also had himself a good game, one in which the veteran dropped 20 points, grabbed 18 boards, and dished out two assists. On the flip side, the Thunder’s George and Westbrook both had good games, with the two dropping 26 and 24 respectively.
Final: Trailblazers 104, Thunder 99 – Blazers lead the series 1-0
Game MVP: Damian Lillard
Bucks vs. Pistons
In the second-to-last game of Sunday nights’ playoff action, the Milwaukee Bucks crushed the Pistons 121-86 at home. MVP-candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his dominate reign over the Eastern Conference in Game 1 of their first-round series, a game in which the superstar dropped 24 points, grabbed 17 boards, and collected 4 assists. The Bucks where so incredibly dominant, in fact, that seven of the Bucks players ended the game with double-figure point totals. Pistons’ second-year guard Luke Kennard led the way in scoring for the team, dropping 21 points in the loss. Andre Drummond totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists before being thrown out of the game after he committed a particularly hard foul on the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo. With the Bucks offense clicking on all cylinders, Antetokounmpo and his teammates cruised to a easy victory versus the Pistons in Game 1.
Final: Bucks 121, Pistons 86
Game MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Going into this series, many analysts had raised questions about whether or not the Denver Nuggets were ready to become playoff contenders. Last night’s game did not go as planned for the Denver Nuggets. The game was a thriller, with stars from both teams battling it out on the court. The Spurs’ DeRozan and White led the way for the legendary franchise, with the pair scoring 18 and 16 respectively. Other Spurs’ players, such as Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Bryn Forbes, provided a much needed boost from the bench and, ultimately, helped the Spurs capture Game 1 in Denver. As for the Nuggets, guards Gary Harris and Jamaal Murray led the way in scoring as superstar center Nikola Jokic owned the paint, finishing with a triple-double. In the end, the past playoff experience of the Spurs helped them steal Game 1 from the two-seeded Denver Nuggets on the road.
Final: Spurs 101, Nuggets 96
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Behind Steph Curry’s 38 points, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their round 1 series. While Curry certainly filled up the stat sheet during Saturday’s matchup, teammates like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson provided a nice boost behind Curry’s lead, with the two scoring 23 and 12 respectively. Several Clippers players, like Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, also had impressive games. Williams finished with 25 points, three rebounds, and nine assists while Harrell finished with 26 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Final: Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 1 MVP: Stephen Curry
In the final moments of a game that featured explosive offense and scrappy defense, the Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin found a way to hit an incredible three-pointer to deliver the Magic past the Raptors in Game 1 of their series.
Final: Magic 104, Raptors 101
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Going into the first game of their round 1 matchup, the Brooklyn Nets weren’t expected to come out and steal a game from the three-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, but that’s exactly what they did.
Brooklyn came out and took care of business on Saturday as they defeated the 76ers by a score of 111-102. D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out four assists while teammates Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie had big games as well, scoring 23 and 18 respectively.
Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler would not go out without a fight, scoring 36 points and grabbing nine boards. Superstar big-man Joel Embiid also had a nice game, one in which the 76ers’ crowd witnessed him drop 22 points, grab 15 rebounds, and dish out four assists. Even though several of their stars played well, Philadelphia still struggled to deal with the explosive drives and lightning quick offense of the Nets, which resulted in Philly losing the opening game of the series on their home floor.