According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, veteran guard Tyreke Evans has been banned from the NBA after being found guilty of violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. The 29-year-old free agent must wait two years to apply to be reinstated into the league once again. The University of Memphis product had a down year in the 2018-2019 season, averaging career-lows in several categories.
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
For several days now, the Memphis Grizzlies have made it widely known that franchise cornerstone Mike Conley is on the trade block. Many teams have reportedly contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but every trade has fallen through thus far. So to clear up the hazy rumors around the situation, we have compiled everything you need to know about Mike Conley and where he might land.
According to several reports, the Indiana Pacers have made multiple calls to the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but nothing has been set in stone at this time. If Conley was to land somewhere, Indy looks like the front runner in the battle for the star point guard.
The Utah Jazz have also reportedly contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley and did give them an offer: 1 first-round pick, 1 second-round pick, expiring contracts, and possibly cash in exchange for Conley. The Grizzlies also reportedly asked about acquiring Exum, but were immediately told no. Another report surfaced late Wednesday saying Conley was reluctant to go to Utah.
According to several reports, The Toronto Raptors contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but thought the asking price was to high. Early indications also suggest Indy thought the asking price was to high as well, but continued to work towards a deal.
According to Brian Windhorst, Conley made it very clear he wanted no part in being traded to a team in the Western Conference, which would make the Jazz a no-go for him.
Rumors have been flying around NBA circles for several days now, some of which involve the Raptors moving point guard Kyle Lowry in either a straight-up trade or a three-team trade involving someone like the Jazz. As for where Conley will end up before the trade deadline, only time will tell, but one thing is for sure. Conley is being viewed in NBA circles as a hot commodity.