Another NBA Thursday is gone as we inch closer to this year’s NBA playoffs. As usual, it was a good one. Let’s talk about it.
LAKERS SWEPT BY CLIPPERS AS A.D. EXITS EARLY
When former Wildcat Anthony Davis returned to the Laker lineup a few weeks ago, there was a glimmer of hope for the reigning NBA Champs. Unfortunately, though, they still have not been able to find their groove. Last night, they were handily beaten by the Clippers 118-94. Davis played only nine minutes in the match before leaving the game to be evaluated after an awkward fall. He was eventually ruled out due to back spasms, leaving him with just four points and one rebound before his exit.
Paul George led the impressive Clipper effort with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Former ‘Cats (and Lakers) Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins added 11 points each in the win, which moved their team to the third spot in the Western Conference. All of Boogie’s points came in the first half.
.@boogiecousins ballin’ out.
He’s got 11 points on 5 for 6 shooting in the first half. pic.twitter.com/X1MIEuxuOp
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) May 7, 2021
The Lakers have lost four of their last five games, putting them in a tough spot. They will travel to Portland tonight to face a hot Blazers team. A loss would put them in the dreaded No. 7 spot, where they would have to participate in the play-in tournament. Though LeBron James did return for a short two-game appearance last week, he has not played since and will not make the trip to Portland tonight.
WASHINGTON, MONK LEAD HORNETS IN LOSS TO BULLS
Though only 27-39 on the season, the Bulls looked sharp last night in Charlotte. Chicago took the game 120-99, ending a four-game win drought. After missing 11 games due to the league’s health and safety protocols, Zach LaVine returned to Chicago’s lineup. LaVine ended with 13 points, giving the Bulls a little extra push. Nikola Vucevic led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Former Wildcat P.J. Washington led the Charlotte effort. Washington missed Charlotte’s previous game for the birth of his child but was ready to play last night. The big man ended with 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Malik Monk added 20 points and seven assists in his 31 minutes of play. Though we have seen moments of brilliance from Monk this season, he has been fairly inconsistent overall. In Charlotte’s win over Detroit on Tuesday, he scored just two points.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) May 7, 2021
Charlotte is currently sitting at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, just one game ahead of the Pacers. A win last night would have guaranteed them a spot in the play-in tournament. They will face the Magic tonight at home.
NETS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE
The Nets are loaded with talent but have struggled the last week. After falling to the Mavericks last night, the Brooklyn Nets have now lost four in a row, their season-high.
The Nets held a one-point lead heading into the fourth, but couldn’t quite close it out. Kyrie Irving put up a season-high 45 points, four assists and five rebounds while going 7-13 from three. This was Irving’s fifth 40+ point game of the season. On the other side of the ball, Luka Doncic had another big night for the Mavs, ending with 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He is currently averaging 28.5 points per game, fourth in the league.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 7, 2021
After the loss, the Nets are in serious danger of falling to the 3-seed. They currently lead the Bucks by only half a game, but do have winnable games left on their schedule. The Mavs are sitting at No. 5 in the West, just ahead of the Lakers.
CURRY, MULDER LEAD WARRIORS TO WIN
If you’ve been following the NBA at all recently, you know that Steph Curry has been ridiculous. Last night was no different. The 33-year-old put up 34 points and seven assists in Golden State’s 118-97 win over Oklahoma City last night. He wasn’t the only one getting buckets, though.
Former Wildcat Mychal Mulder was impressive as well, much to the delight of Warriors fans. Golden State has had trouble getting points out of players not named Steph Curry this season, but Mulder stepped up last night. He ended with 25 points – the second 20-point game of his career – and hit a career-high seven 3-pointers.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 7, 2021
After the win, the Warriors are now in eighth place in the Western Conference, just a half-game ahead of Memphis. They are three-and-a-half games behind the Lakers and Trail Blazers, who will meet tonight to decide the sixth spot in the West.
Here are the full stats from yesterday’s games:
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||113-109 W over Nets||6||3-6||8||2||1||2||1||-1||21|
|P.J. Washington (CHA)||120-99 L to Bulls||24||9-14 (6-8)||6||2||2||0||1||-11||33|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||120-99 L to Bulls||20||7-16 (6-11)||4||7||0||0||3||-7||31|
|Nick Richards (CHA)||120-99 L to Bulls||0||0-1||2||0||0||0||0||-2||2|
|Mychal Mulder (GS)||118-97 W over Thunder||25||9-15 (7-13)||0||1||0||0||0||+5||20|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||118-94 L to Clippers||4||2-9 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||1||-10||9|
|Demarcus Cousins (LAC)||118-94 W over Lakers||11||5-8 (1-3)||3||0||1||0||0||+6||16|
|Rajon Rondo (LAC)||118-94 W over Lakers||11||4-8 (1-1)||1||5||1||0||1||+9||17|
TODAY IN THE NBA:
7:00 p.m. – Pelicans (Bledsoe) at 76ers (Maxey)
7:30 p.m. – Celtics at Bulls
8:00 p.m. – Magic at Hornets (Monk, Richards, Washington)
8:00 p.m. – Timberwolves (Towns, Vanderbilt) at Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
8:00 p.m. – Rockets at Bucks
8:30 p.m. – Cavaliers at Mavericks
9:00 p.m. – Nuggets at Jazz
10:00 p.m. – Knicks (Knox, Noel, Quickley, Randle) at Suns (Booker)
10:00 p.m. – Lakers (Davis) at Trail Blazers (Kanter)
10:00 p.m. – Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) at Kings