This Week In The NBA 2/15

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The Lakers have been struggling to get a playoff spot in the west, and with the loss of Josh Hart the Lakers have to work even harder to get a playoff birth. On 2/11 Josh Hart had a PRP injection to his right knee. He has tendinitis in this knee. The Lakers said that they will re-evaluate Hart after the All-Star break ,which starts this Friday 2/15. Josh averages 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.

In other news, Russell Westbrook is making history with his 9th consecutive triple double. The Thunder were down by 26, but they came back and beat the Rockets 117-112. In this game Russell had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds. This 9th consecutive triple double ties Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple doubles. Westbrook  has a total of 126 overall points. In this same game, James Harden was also making history with his 29th consecutive 30 point game. James Harden scored 42 points that game, even though the Rockets still lost.

In Clippers and Celtics news, the Celtics were leading by 28 and the Clippers made an historic comeback to win the game. In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving hurt his knee and was out for the rest of the game. By this time the Celtics were also in the lead by a lot. This injury allowed the Clippers to start the comeback because the Celtics were missing their best play. In the third quarter, The Celtics missed eighteen of their twenty shots. In the fourth quarter the Clippers scored 42 points leading to their 123-112 win against the Celtics.

With the trade deadline being last Thursday their has been a lot of players playing for new teams. Marc Gasol (traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors) played his first game with the Raptors. Gasol scored seven points and had six rebounds. The Raptors bear the New York Knicks 104-99. This loss for the Knicks led them to their 16th straight loss.  On Marc Gasol’s first shot he scored a hook shot.

Kemba Walker, All-Star for the Hornets scored 39 points. Walker had a season high nine three pointers. He scored twenty seven out of his thirty nine points off threes. Kemba led his team to a one-twenty-nine to one-twenty game against the Atlanta Hawks. This puts keeps the Hornets in seventh place in the east. Walker is averaging thirty four points and eight assists in his last four games. Since the start of last season he has had three games with nine three pointers.

Here is the week 18 power rankings of the top ten teams. In first, Milwaukee Bucks, second: Golden State Warriors, third: Oklahoma City Thunder, fourth: Toronto Raptors, fifth: Philadelphia 76ers, sixth: Denver Nuggets, seventh: Boston Celtics, eighth: Portland Trailblazers, ninth: Utah Jazz, and tenth: Indiana Pacers.

Dunk HQ came out with the top ten dunks of the 2018-2019 season. The dunk that got first place was by Mario Hezonja of the New York Knicks. The Knicks were playing the Cavs and Mario threw down a monster dunk. The best of the season.

In other news, VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors is undergoing left thumb surgery. With the loss of him the Raptors will have to step up to make a deep run in the playoffs. Their highest competition are the Bucks who are a powerhouse led by Antetokonumpo.



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