Happy Monday! I just wanted to highlight some of the biggest news and story lines from the week of January 22nd.
Probably the biggest news in The NBA happened at the end of The Pelicans/Rockets game on Friday. All-Star big man Demarcus Cousins suffered a torn Achilles in the final moments of the game. With the injury, Cousins will miss the remainder of the season. This is a huge blow to The Pelicans as they were getting solid production from Cousins and looked prime to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference. It’ll be interesting to see what happens for the rest of the season as well as how the market is for Cousins, as he will be a free agent this Summer. Paul George will replace Cousins in the All-Star game.
Speaking of the All-Star game, the teams have been selected, there were a few interesting selections that have been the topic of discussion. Lebron selected Kyrie Irving to be on his team, along with Kevin Love. When asked about the selection of Irving, Lebron said that, ” I tried to pick the best available players, and to be able to team up with Kyrie, it’s always special, along with Kevin Love”. Another interesting set of selections happened to be Westbrook and Durant, who will again be teammates as they both were selected by Lebron. Curry’s picks were not as intriguing. He selected his Golden State teammates, Green and Thompson. Also on the Steph’s roster, Joel Embiid, James Harden and Damian Lillard to highlight some of the selections. You can view the entire results here.
Carmelo Anthony scored his 25,000th point Saturday against the Pistons, the team that passed on drafting him in 2003. This accomplishment made Carmelo the 21st player to reach the milestone and only adds to his Hall of Fame resume.
The Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd in a surprising move. The Bucks were underachieving this year and there were rumors around a feud between Jabari Parker and Kidd. SB Nation released an article detailing other reasons why Kidd was fired.
Golden State beat the Boston Celtics in a game of the ages that saw Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry put on a magnificent show for those who tuned in. Kyrie finished with 37 points, shooting 13-18 from the field and knocking down five out of six from three point distance. Steph Curry dazzled with a season high 49 points while draining eight threes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the 76ers in what looks to be developing into a pretty entertaining rivalry. Russell Westbrook was dynamic as usual as he finished one rebound short of a triple-double. He posted a line of 37 points, 14 assist and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid had a nice game as well. He put up 27 points and 10 rebounds and had a monster dunk over Westbrook with a disrespectful stare down afterwards.
Vince Mcmahon announced the return of the XFL. The XFL will return in 2020 and hopes to learn from the failures of the first iteration. Players who have been rumored to join the league have been, Johnny Manziel and Colin Kaepernick.
Virginia edges Duke on the road at Cameron. The win now has the Cavaliers at 9-0 in ACC play and 20-1 overall. They are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack in the ACC and have the looks of a potential Final Four team. Kyle Guy led Virginia with 17 points and knocked down two free throws to help put the game out of reach. Marvin Bagley was impressive yet again, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Kentucky fell out of the top 25 rankings last week after suffering losses to South Carolina and Florida. They bounced back though, with a win against Mississippi State and an impressive win on the road against West Virginia Saturday night. The Wildcats were led by their Freshman Forward, Kevin Knox who finished with a season-high 34 points.
In a battle of the two best Freshman point guards, Colin Sexton and The Alabama Crimson Tide outlasted Trae Young and The Oklahoma Sooners, 80-73. It’s really tough to say that Trae Young had a down game when he finishes with 17 points and eight assists. But those numbers are not what we are used to seeing from Young, with what he’s produced for most of the season. People have to remember, he is still a Freshman and can’t expect him to put up crazy numbers every night, especially as teams load up on him more and make a concerted effort to stop him. Colin Sexton had a solid game and played stellar defense on Young. Sexton finished with 18 points and two assist.
Check back for more sports news! Have a great week.