We have by no means stopped debating the James Harden commerce, despite the fact that it’s clear at this level that you need to by no means commerce a expertise like James Harden, even when you’ve got abilities like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and even if you happen to nonetheless practically make the NBA Finals a couple of years later.
I worry we could by no means cease debating the Paul George-Victor Oladipo commerce, both.
I imply, it’s a victory for the Indiana Pacers and GM Kevin Pritchard that we name the Paul George-Victor Oladipo commerce now — something much less can be impolite, and who desires to be impolite to Victor Oladipo? Sunday was an ideal distillation. First, Oladipo led the the Pacers to an 18-point beatdown of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. It was LeBron’s first loss within the first spherical since 2012. And it felt nothing like a fluke. The Pacers are good, and Oladipo had 32 factors on 11-19 capturing with 6 rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
This outcome gave these disposed to criticizing the Thunder’s offseason and Russell Westbrook’s management a chance to grandstand … till like 10 minutes later when Oklahoma City took the courtroom in Game 1 in opposition to Utah and Paul George reworked into Playoff P earlier than our eyes.
Playoff P had 36 points on 13-20 shooting (8-11 from three!) and 7 rebounds in a big Thunder win over the hot Jazz. George was the most effective participant on the courtroom all through and gave the OKC devoted a purpose to hope that the Thunder may very well be aggressive past the primary spherical.
And right here we’re, nonetheless debating whether or not the Pacers fleeced the Thunder or vice versa. The reality is, clearly, someplace within the center. Heck, this debate would possibly ultimately be settled by the event of Domantas Sabonis … assuming Playoff P sticks round past this summer season.
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Heat at 76ers, eight p.m. ET, TNT
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The Rockets, aside from James Harden and Clint Capela, weren’t superb on Sunday. They still won, largely because Harden is unstoppable. The Wolves weren’t near taking part in their optimum offense, although — feed Karl-Anthony Towns, for heaven’s sake!
The end of that game was completely bonkers because of a really unusual free throw rebound quick break (yeah), a horrible Chris Paul turnover, and a … uh, flawed Jimmy Butler buzzer beater try.
Also bonkers: the shut of Bucks-Celtics, Sunday’s best and, let’s be actual, ugly sport. Here are the seven best moments from the finish. The Terry Rozier Experience is the scariest funhouse I’ve ever entered, and I’m undecided I ever need to return. My mind’s grasp on actuality isn’t survive sufficient to withhold such torque.
In what is certainly my favourite tiny little storyline of the postseason to this point as a result of my prior biases, apparently when the Pacers took the Oladipo deal as an alternative of regardless of the Cavaliers had been provided for Paul George, Cleveland majority partner Dan Gilbert declared that Indiana “could have done better.” The remark obtained again to Oladipo, who flatly acknowledged being conscious of it after Sunday’s sport. Dang. Oladipo is chilly.
It feels like Kawhi Leonard is officially out for the remainder of the postseason, which implies the Spurs’ postseason goes to be over in per week.
Nine things that happened the last time LeBron lost a game in the first round. It blows my thoughts that LeBron has received all three of his titles for the reason that final time he misplaced a sport within the first spherical.
Zito Madu on the essence of Ben Simmons’ dominance.
The Knickerbockers appear to have a list of candidates for their coaching opening. In order from most critical to most hilarious: David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Mark Jackson, David Blatt, and Mike Woodson, who beforehand coached the Knicks!
The Hornets, in the meantime, have received permission to talk to Ettore Messina. That’d be attention-grabbing.
Shaq claims his bank card obtained declined at 2 a.m. at a Phoenix-area Walmart as he tried to furnish his condo after being traded to the Suns. He was trying to charge $70,000 worth of stuff.
It seems Big Baller Brand would possibly quickly have a participant not named Something Ball carrying BBB on the courtroom. That man is Jordan Crawford, who jumped on the Pelicans for the playoff run. As they are saying, first Jordan Crawford then the world.
David French in National Review on why the NBA is ascendant in one word. Interesting piece.
Be wonderful to one another.