Timberwolves’ 20 Turnovers Causes A Loss against Rockets

Minnesota Timberwolves had too many turnovers at the Rockets game, coach Sam Mitchell said following his team’s loss 104-107 against home team Houston Rockets. The Timberwolves noted 20 turnovers in this game and The Rockets apparently maximize every loose ball they got and they came up as the winner of the contest.

James Harden shines for the home team by noting 27 points and 11 assists. Harden also scored his 10000th career points after sinking a free throw during this game. Big-man Dwight Howard added by 15 points and 10 boards. Terrence Jones came from the bench and made 16 for the Rockets W.

Andrew Wiggins became the top performer for the away team. He scored 28 points on his name. Rookie Karl Anthony Towns made 12 points and 16 rebounds, while point guard Ricky Rubio distributed the ball well by making 12 assists.

Harden added that the key of their success tonight is that they played for the team and they got each other’s back. This is the fifth straight victory for the Rockets.

The Rockets will host Lebron James and co. this Saturday, while the Timberwolves will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on the same day.

Other NBA Results today:
Bucks 101-106 Wizards
Hawks 84-107 Hornets
Knicks 104-110 Nets
Pacers 94-103 Celtics
Mavericks 89-108 Thunder
Pelicans 109-97 Kings
Jazz 85-99 Blazers
Heat 90-104 Clippers

Lakers Beat Pelicans; Bryant Left Earlier

New Orleans Pelicans came up short after losing against the home team, Los Angeles Lakers 91-95 at Staples Center, January 12th 2016

Point guard Jordan Clarkson was the star of the night, noting 18 points on his name plus 7 rebounds. Former Raptor Lou Williams, added 19 points and 8 assists for the home team. Lakers’ first pick this season from Ohio State, D’Angelo Russell scored 13 points from the bench. 
Pelicans, who played without Anthony Davis in this game, had Tyreke Evans as the top scorer with 21 points, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon added 15 and 14 points.
Lakers’ very own Kobe Bryant was on the court only for 16 minutes. He had a problem with his right Achilles, felt sore, and it made him did not return to the game. Bryant apparently had strained his Achilles last Friday during the Lakers-Thunders game.
Lakers, currently at the bottom of Western Conference standings, will play defending champion Golden State Warriors January 14 away from home, and Pelicans will play another away game against Sacramento Kings tomorrow.

Anthony Woes In Knicks’ Victory over Celtics

New York Knicks earned their 20th victory of the season, after beating Boston Celtics 114-120 at Madison Square Garden, New York, January 12th 2016. Unfortunately, Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony had to leave the game early at the second quarter. After having a contact with a referee at the game, Anthony fell and looked he was in pain but he kept playing. Anthony could not move properly due to the injury, and he left the court. The medical check unveiled that he sprained his ankle, but good thing is that the X-rays showed negative result.

Without Anthony, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis stepped up in the game by scoring 26 points for the Knicks, along with 6 boards and 2 blocks. Aaron Afflalo contributed 24 points as well. Before he was carried out, Anthony made 17 points for the team.

Meanwhile, Celtics’ top scorer was Isaiah Thomas, who scored 34 points. Currently, The Knicks are 20-20, and The Celtics are 19-19. The Knicks will play arch-rival Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center tomorrow night, and The Celtics are going to host Indiana Pacers, also tomorrow night.

The Comeback of Baron Davis Soon

Baron Davis, is expected to make a return to basketball for the first time ever since 2012. The former Golden State Warriors’ star plans to sign and play for a D-League team. 

Davis’ last stint on the NBA was with the New York Knicks, where he only played for one season, as the back up for Jeremy Lin at point guard. Davis’ season ended after he tore his ACL and MCL on his right knee during a game vs Miami Heat at the playoffs.
Todd Ramasar, Davis’ agent, said that Davis felt that the timing was right and also Davis had put in the training and was confident in his body to do this comeback and aiming to play again at the NBA.
Davis had played for Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets, the Warriors, LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Knicks.  During his tenure, he averaged 16.1 points per game, and 7.2 assists per game.  

Jazz Spoils Bryant’s Return, Beating Lakers 90-71

After battling a torn rotator cuff, 5 times-NBA champion Kobe Bryant is finally back in action. The Los Angeles Lakers finally had Bryant back on the court in the preseason game facing Utah Jazz, Sunday (4/10) at Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Unfortunately, the comeback game for ‘Black Mamba’ was spoiled since Jazz ended up winning 90-71 in the game.

Bryant, was one of the Lakers’ starting lineup, along with 2015 draft pick from Ohio State, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and former Indiana Pacer Roy Hibbert. 
Bryant scored 5 points from his 12 minutes appearance on the court. He only played for the first quarter and being benched for the rest of the game, after being sidelined for about 9 months. Lou Williams became the top scorer for Lakers that night with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. From the winner side, power forward Derrick Favors tallied 16 points and 9 boards for the night. Gordon Hayward scored 11 points and also 9 boards for the Jazz.

Metta World Peace Agrees To Terms With Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers had reportedly signed free-agent forward Metta World Peace for a one year, non guaranteed deal.

This is going to be his second stint with the Lakers. World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, was a member of Los Angeles Lakers team from 2009-2013, including when Lakers won their 16th Larry O’Brien trophy in 2010.

The St. John’s University alum will join Lakers camp in Hawaii next Monday, and he is projected to be a backup small forward in the team, and become a mentor for Lakers’ young guns, along with Kobe Bryant. Recently, World Peace played for Sichuan Blue Whales in China and Pallacanestro Cantu in Italy.

World Peace had played for 6 different NBA teams throughout his careers; Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, the Lakers and New York Knicks. He is also famous as one of the most controversial players in the NBA.

Pelicans Introduce Mardi Gras-Themed Uniform

The New Orleans Pelicans’ seemed to have a good time during this offseason.

After they re-signed point guard Norris Cole, the Pelicans unveiled their new uniform for next season which celebrate the famous carnival at New Orleans, Mardi Gras. The uniform unveiling is also joined by a big parade in the city of New Orleans, September 16,2015.

However, the jersey is not yet to be released for sale. New Orleans Pelicans’ official Twitter, @PelicansNBA tweeted “For those asking, Mardi Gras uniforms will be available for sale soon! We’ll keep you up-to-date with details” on the same day as the launching.

Beside securing Norris Cole, Pelicans also signed former Cavaliers’ Kendrick Perkins and guard Sean Kilpatrick for the upcoming season.

Blazers’ Damian Lillard Set Up Team Bonding in San Diego

Portland Trail Blazers‘ superstar, Damian Lillard showed leadership in his team by arranging a players-only week in San Diego, California, to make each player get to know each other before the training camp.

It was Lillard’s idea to gather all the old and new Blazers to increase their team chemistry and to make themselves comfortable to each other. Lillard said that in San Diego, the guys spend all of their times together, starting from working out each morning, played basketball in the afternoon, even went to a San Diego Padres baseball game together.
Since during this off-season LaMarcus Aldridge had signed with the Spurs, Wes Matthews is now a Maverick, and Robin Lopez had moved to New York Knicks, undoubtedly Lillard will step up as the leader of the young Portland Trail Blazers, which has 11 new players addition to the roster for next NBA season. Last season, the 2-times All Star point guard averaged 21.0 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, and 3.8 rebounds and took Blazers’ to the NBA Playoffs, before got eliminated by Memphis Grizzlies 4-1 in Western Conference’s first round.