Ehe weight of history does not seem to be the same in the NBA as it is in European basketball. while here the figure of Pablo Laso is discussed due to the situation that Real Madrid is experiencing, in the NBA nobody questions a Gregg Popovich who has spent two seasons without putting the Spurs in playoff positions and who is revered as the legend he is in every NBA arena he visits.
The Indiana coach continues to increase his track record and against the Lakers (117-110) further enlarged his legend by equaling Don Nelson as the coach with the most wins in NBA history with 1,335 wins. A number that gives him the necessary credit so that no one questions his achievements despite going two seasons in a row without putting the team in the playoffs.
No big stars like Tim Duncan, Kahwi Leonard, Tony Parker o Manu Ginóbili, a Popovich Nobody argues with him because the level of his squads these last two seasons is not what it was in the past. What’s more, he gets credit for getting oil out of smaller-strength teams than at other times. Sounds like something to you?
The figure of five-time NBA champion is indisputable in a franchise in which he has been everything and the one he put on the map of the great dynasties of the league. It would be absurd for someone to question him, even if the results do not support it. Credit is what you have, which allows the ruling to those who have earned it before. But it is not for everyone the same.
The battle for the MVP between Joel Embiid y Nikola Jokic It has reached its peak in a last day to remember. It all started in Philadelphia, where the African center destroyed the Chicago Bulls (121-106) with a great game of 43 points and 14 rebounds. It is his tenth game this season with at least 40 + 10 and he is only two away from the record set by Russell Westbrook y Moses Malone.
Just a couple of hours later, the Serbian center responded to Embiid’s attack with another huge game against the Warriors. Jokic shattered Golden State with a triple-double of 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists.. With these numbers, the Balkan player remains three games short of the record for Wilt Chamberlain (78) as the center with the most triple-doubles in NBA history.
Without paying attention to their position in the East (penultimate), the Detroit Pistons added their third consecutive victory by beating the Atlanta Hawks with great merit and in overtime, who have not quite found their rhythm. Quite the opposite of Cade Cunninghamwho accelerates in the race for the Rookie of the Year with matches like the one he signed against the Georgia team with 28 points, six rebounds and 10 assists.
The New York Knicks They are not having much joy this season. For this reason, when they receive good news such as the great match of Julius Randle ante los Kings, New York fans celebrate it as if it were a title. Last season’s Most Improved Player had a sensational game with 46 points and 10 rebounds. He is his leading scorer in the NBA and joins Carmelo Anthony as the only Knicks player to reach those numbers in the past 30 seasons.
The Chicago Bulls they seem to have deflated a bit as the playoffs approach. The Illinois team continues to occupy the leading positions in the Eastern Conference, but its performance against the best teams in the NBA is beginning to leave many doubts in its path. Against the Sixers they added their fifth consecutive defeat and sign a 0-14 against the three best teams in each conference.
RESULTS OF THE NBA DAY
- Pistons 113-110 Hawks
- 76ers 121-106 Bulls
- Heat 123-106 Rockets
- Timberwolves 124-81 Trail Blazers
- Mavericks 111-103 Jazz
- Spurs 117-110 Lakers
- Nuggets 131-124 Warriors
- Kings 115-131 Knicks
The Dominican-American Karl-Anthony Towns celebrated that this Monday he was chosen player of the week in the West with a double-double (27 points and 13 rebounds) and a new victory for the fully launched Minnesota Timberwolves. Brandon Williams (27 points and 8 rebounds) was the best for the Blazers that they were crushed by the Wolves and that they made a fool of themselves in terms of accuracy in front of the basket (27.7% in field goals and 25% in triples).
Tyler Herro (31 points) He led the Miami Heat who, after a somewhat hesitant start (they lost 13 points in the second quarter), turned the game around with solvency against the Houston Rockets, who are bottom in the West. With this victory those of Miami, marked by the return of Victor Oladipoare consolidated as the best team in the East with a three-game lead over the Sixers.