Once the NBA All-Star Game concludes that’s when the real fun begins.
Playoff pushes begin. Pressure increases. Teams look to gel at the right time. We have finally reached that point.
Let’s take a look back to what we saw this past week as well a look at this week’s most intriguing contests.
LeBron James earns Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award
LeBron James is arguably playing the best basketball of his career. After another tremendous week, James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.
James’ week included two double-doubles and one triple-double while averaging 23.5 points, 9.3 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City signs a familiar face
For the second consecutive stretch run, Oklahoma City has reached out to veteran guard Derek Fisher about a contract.
The 16-year veteran played in every postseason game for the Thunder last postseason and will look to be the missing ingredient to a championship puzzle in Oklahoma City this go-around.
Pistons’ Will Bynum suspended one game for throwing punch
Tyler Hansbrough is known for being a gritty, get under your skin type of player. Apparently Will Bynum allowed the former North Carolina Tar Heels star to get to him. Bynum was suspended by the NBA for throwing a punch at the Indiana Pacers forward.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Bynum says it wasn’t intentional.
“It wasn’t intentional, but it kind of happens throughout the course of the game,” Bynum said. “The game was kind of physical. It was during the heat of the moment.”
Houston Rockets land Thomas Robinson in trade with Sacramento Kings
Maybe there wasn’t one major deal at the trade deadline like we have seen in previous seasons but there were some notable trades made. Most notably is the trade between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets.
With Jeremy Lin and James Harden potentially dominating the backcourt in the Western Conference in a Rockets’ uniform for years to come, it was important for Rockets’ ownership to not only help the team immediately for a playoff push but also think long term.
Enter former 2012 NBA first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson. Not only will he receive more minutes in his new role in Houston but he will have a chance to benefit from two extremely talented guards who will create more room for him on the block, in pick-and-roll situations and with his jumper.
Houston Rockets receive: Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and Tyler Honeycutt
Sacramento Kings receive: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and guard Toney Douglas
Recent Injury News
Jameer Nelson to miss Tuesday’s game at Philadelphia
Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson will not travel with the team to Philadelphia and will miss Tuesday’s game, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting.
Nelson has missed the past two games due to his knee injury.
Lakers’ Pau Gasol won’t return until postseason
If the Lakers make the playoffs, and that’s a big if, that’s when they will see their big man return to the court, according to the L.A. Daily News.
“By the time he gets back, we’ll be in or out,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “His impact will be in the playoffs if we get there.”
Games to Look Forward to This Week
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers
Thursday, Feb. 28
Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers
Friday, March 1
Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets
Sunday, March 3
Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers
Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers