We have seen a lot in the past couple days in the NBA: injuries, suspensions, dynamic scoring performances and winning streaks continuing and winning streaks snapped.
Welcome to the stretch run of the NBA season. Let’s catch up with what has happened. Here is what has happened in the last few days:
• Los Angeles Clippers top Indiana Pacers on the road thanks to 29 points from all-world point guard Chris Paul. The point guard also chipped in with eight assists and six rebounds
• Steve Nash is reportedly happy with being a Laker. Per ESPN: “I’ve gotten to see my kids probably four times as much as I’d seen them if I’d have gone back East,” Nash told the website. “That’s first and foremost. Second of all, it’s a great experience to play for the Lakers organization. … I’m happy here.”
• Metta World Peace’s elbow on Nuggets’ forward Kenneth Faried has been upgraded to a flagrant-2. No foul was called on the original play. One more flagrant foul point and World Peace will face a one game suspension
• Pacers’ center Roy Hibbert and Warriors’ forward David Lee were each suspended one game for their altercation on Tuesday night
• Stephen Curry dropped 54 points against the New York Knicks in a 109-105 loss at Madison Square Garden. The total was the highest total of any player this season
• Dwight Howard wants to be on the 2016 USA Men’s National team in Rio de Janeiro. “No doubt,” Howard said Thursday when asked if he wanted to play in the 2016 Olympics
• Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins on the loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday: “Sometimes you’ve got to help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing. … I usually go to them. And after a while, the talk gets old. It just does — at some point in time, you’ve just got to play. Orlando’s victory was its 16th of the season
• Sacramento Kings staying in Sacramento? CBS Sports’ Ken Berger is reporting that there may be a chance the Kings stay in the city. Here is his tweet: Johnson makes official that Mark Mastrov, 24-Hour Fitness founder, has agreed to make competing bid to buy the Kings and keep them in Sacto
• Miami Heat extend winning streak to 13 after win vs. Memphis at home. The Grizzlies were on an 8-game winning streak prior to the loss.
Latest injury news to note:
• Paul Pierce is still feeling the impact of an injured neck. “I probably won’t be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do,” Pierce said according to ESPN
• Andrew Bynum has yet another setback with his injury. He has yet to debut this season in a 76ers uniform
• Jazz’s Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson missed Friday’s game vs. Charlotte because of sprained left ankles
What to look forward to in the next couple days:
• Miami Heat travel to New York to play the Knicks as two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference renew their rivalry.
• Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Clippers battle for playoff positioning on Sunday afternoon.
• Lakers host Hawks as they try to keep pace with the eighth seed in the Western Conference.