NBA results, March 9, 2018
Brooklyn Nets 125 – Charlotte Hornets 111
Miami Heat 108 – Philadelphia 76ers 99
Boston Celtics 117 – Minnesota Timberwolves 109
OKC Thunder 115 – Phoenix Suns 87
Golden State Warriors 110 – San Antonio Spurs 107
Three things that happened in the NBA today
1. KD takes over for the Warriors
Very early in the game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, Steph Curry injured his still-healing ankle. Curry went up for a layup over two Spurs defenders and rolled the right ankle he injured earlier this year.
He hit two free throws but was subbed out immediately after. Given his history with ankle injuries, Curry was ruled out for the rest of the game. With Curry out of the line-up, the San Antonio Spurs (still playing without Kawhi Leonard) were able to control the flow for most of the game.
They were led by their All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge who scored 30 points in the game.
Thankfully for the Warriors, Curry isn’t their only All-Star. They have three others they can rely on to carry the team. That’s exactly what Kevin Durant did in the fourth quarter of the game. He exploded for 14 straight points to lead the Warriors to a comeback.
The Spurs were up by eight-points with less than five minutes left in the game. Durant splashed home a three-pointer to cut the lead down. He followed that up with back-to-back jumpers to cut the lead down to just two points. With a little over two minutes left in the game, Durant buried a midrange J over Aldridge to tie the game.
Klay Thompson hit two free throws to give the Warriors the lead as they held on to win.
It looks like Curry will be out again for an extended period. This means that it’s a chance for KD to improve his MVP resume and lead the Warriors with Curry out.
2. Kyrie Irving heats up Minnesota
The big story coming into the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics was the reunion of former Bulls in Minnesota. Derrick Rose signed with the Timberwolves reuniting him with Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Coach Tom Thibodeau.
But during the game, it was another point guard that made a big splash. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics to a blowout win over the TimberBulls. He scored 23 points, dished out eight dimes and had seven rebounds to lead the Celtics.
Boston is still in second place in the East, a full two games behind the Raptors. But they maintain their healthy lead over the rest of the pack with a seven game lead over the third seed Cleveland Cavaliers.
3. Hassan Whiteside processes Joel Embiid
Hassan Whiteside and Joel Embiid have an on-going beef with each other. This started in the offseason but carried over in the first game of the year when Embiid tried to murder Whiteside with a vicious dunk.
The drama has died down significantly but you can still see some heat between both players when they match-up with each other. This time around, it was Whiteside that got the better of Embiid.
Whiteside finished the game with 26 points and eight rebounds, outplaying Embiid who was limited to just 17 points on 27% shooting. The Miami Heat won over the Philadelphia 76ers with Whiteside leading them.
The two got entangled in the third quarter after Whiteside had a big block on Embiid. Words and finger guns were pointed as the two outspoken big men went hard at each other before and after the incident.
This brings back the big men rivalry of the 90s when behemoths owned the game.
Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?
No. But Jaylen Brown had to leave the game after this scary fall.
Thankfully, he’s all good.
Appreciate everybody I'm ok .. Got a headache tho ???? good team win !!
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 9, 2018
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