National Basketball Association News As Playoffs Near


March 26th, 2019

Welcome back!

What’s New:

  • Mike Trout is treated as a California resident for tax purposes, he will pay nearly $57 million in state income taxes over the duration of his new 12-year, $430 million contract.
  • Comcast Spectacor announce that it will construct the first arena for gaming fans in the U.S. for the Comcast-owned Fusion company. Esports players compete in video games before large crowds, the company plans to break ground on a 47-acre stadium complex site in South Philadelphia. The 3,500-seat arena will rise on a parking lot, next to Xfinity Live! and within walking distance of the Linc, Citizens Bank Park, and the Wells Fargo Center.
  • Tony Romo became the first $10 million a year TV analyst in sports history.

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1915 77th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his second of 3 GN’s aboard 100/8 bet Ally Sloper
  • 1917 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 9-1 for a 3-1 series victory; first US team to win SC
  • 1920 79th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his record 3rd GN aboard 6/1 Troytown

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  • The Los Angeles Clippers had a roster full of role players with no clear leader or star. It was tough to imagine them competing in the stacked Western Conference. Doc Rivers has done a “Coach of the Year” worthy effort getting the Clippers in the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight’s model was even less confident, predicting 33 wins and just a 16 percent chance of making the playoffs.
  • Sacramento Kings star Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 12.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 steals over 27.5 minutes per game while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor. Cauley-Stein is up for a new contract this summer, as he will hit restricted free agency and will surely have some other suitors ready to woo him. 
  • Devin Booker making a dent in the record books. Just one day after the two-year anniversary of Booker’s historic 70-point night in Boston, he dropped 59-point game against the Utah Jazz.
  • Rudy Gobert made history with a two-handed slam off a lob from Utah star Donovan Mitchell breaking Dwight Howard’s record of 270 slam dunks.
  • San Antonio Spurs with a 43-31 record, the franchise is on the verge of its 22nd straight trip to the playoffs. Gregg Popovich ten times in the past 12 games has used Jakob Poeltl as his starting center, deploying the 7-footer next to All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge in a twin towers sort of look that would not have been out of place in the mid-1990s.
  • Atlanta Hawks center Miles Plumlee has opted to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and won’t be available for the rest of the season.
  • Houston Rockets forward Gerald Green will miss 7-10 days with an abductor strain.
  • Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula last night, putting him out of action for the rest of the season and probably well into next season.
  • Jimmer Fredette‘s representatives had spoken with the Phoenix Suns numerous times this season before they offered him a contract.  Fredette signed a contract last week for the remainder of the season with a team option for 2019/20. He played 43 games in China with the Shanghai Sharks, averaging a league-high 36.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, and 2.6 SPG.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers could be without their second-leading scorer, shooting guard C.J. McCollum, for the rest of the regular season.  He hasn’t played since suffering a left knee strain on March 16. McCollum is averaging 21.3 points while shooting 46.3% from the field, including 38.0% from distance.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers will probably be looking for a coach soon. Will it be Mark Jackson or even Jason Kidd. The front runner would be Ty Lue who coached LeBron James in Cleveland. Lue was highly successful coaching the Cavaliers, winning 61% of his regular-season games and 67% of his playoff games.




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