National Basketball League Headlines News & Notes

February 25, 2020

The Golden State Warriors might be down and out for the 2019-2020 season, but don’t let the smooth taste fool you,. because this team will be back to their winning ways next season and possibly even stronger than before.

Not only did they trade for Andrew Wiggins, but the franchise could be planning a possible trade for the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry has been one of the NBA’s most prominent absentees for much of this season, as a hand injury has kept him off the court since October. His absence has helped to sink the once-dynastic Warriors to the basement of the NBA, and given fans nothing and (nearly) no one to watch at the newly opened Chase Center in downtown San Francisco.

The team’s thirst to get Curry back on the court has led them to a push for a return this Sunday against the Washington Wizards. It’s a pushy return that leaves Golden State with much more to lose than to gain, unfortunately.

At a dismal 12-45, the Dubs have surely accepted the reality of a lost season for quite a while now, and there’s nothing a Curry return can do to change that.

Joel Embiid had his best performance of the season on Monday night when he dominated the Atlanta Hawks, but former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins is not impressed with anything he has seen from Embiid or the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid looked like he was on a mission in Philly’s 129-112 win, scoring a season-high 49 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. He showed how capable he is of taking over a game by going 17-of-24 from the floor and 14-of-15 from the free throw line. While Sixers fans certainly enjoyed it, Perkins called out Embiid during ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Tuesday for being “all hyped up because he dominated the worst team in the league.”

Paul George has given us the quote of the day. For some quick context, last season Paul George played with Markieff Morris in Oklahoma City. This season, George’s Clippers team traded for the other Morris twin, Marcus Morris, at the deadline. When asked about them, George admitted to mixing them up and then had a classic description of twins.

“It was weird at first, ‘cuz I would call [Marcus] ‘Keiff.’ It actually took a good week. It’s crazy. ‘What’s up Marcus? Nice to meet you.’ Then instantly after, ‘Hey Keiff!’ It’s gonna take a second.

Imagine you, a sports fan, sitting in your living room watching a basketball game, and being flustered for the umpteenth time about another fourth quarter ending. The stoppages in play because of timeouts. The intentional fouls by the losing team to extend the game. Everything that is exciting about an NBA game the flow and pace comes to a grinding halt in the final minutes.

Now imagine, in 2007, after watching the same type of disappointing finish in a basketball game over and over again, you decided to actually come up with an idea to change how a basketball game should end. Instead of playing against the clock, at some point in the fourth quarter, the game clock is removed, and a number of points is added to the winning team’s score, allowing both teams to play towards a target score, removing the abrupt change in play once a game reaches its final minutes.

And then, if you can believe it, a decade later, after you’ve studied thousands of college, NBA and Olympic games, poured over every single end-of-game scenarios, written papers, prepared PowerPoint decks, and sent emails to every single person in the basketball community you know, someone finally decided to implement the idea. And a few years after that, the very best basketball players in the world would be playing the fourth quarter of an NBA All-Star Game using your format.

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