After Denver, the “Brand new Sixers” just won their second big game by taming the Los Angles Lakers at home (143-120) under the pulse of their starters Joel Embiid (37 pts) and the newcomer Tobias Harris (22pts). After their two big wins, Philadelphia seems to be ready to lead the East.
The Sixers adaptation phase is going well for Tobias Harris. He was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last week before the trade deadline. He is already effective with 22 pts scored, 9 of 14 shooting for his second game with Philadelphia.
Harris was not the only one to shine against LeBron James (18 pts 10 rbs 9 ast). The Cameroonian Joel Embiid walked on the opposing paint the whole evening. He finished with 37 points, and missed just four shots during the game. The shooter J. J. Reddick added 21 points, Jimmy Butler 15 and Ben Simmons with just 8 points and 7 assists. The Australian player is the one who suffers the most (individually speaking) from Harris’s arrival.
A new team that can compete the best one
It’s maybe the best association in the East, if they can find a good alchemy among these four superstar players. They have perhaps a poorer dynamic than Milwaukee or Toronto. But the Sixers are the most promising team.
Philadelphia has good chance this year to go to the NBA Finals, with this new impressive team built during the trade period last week. They added new players calibrated to compete stronger teams, like Boston, Toronto or Milwaukee. Indeed Tobias Harris is a good shooter who can take the important decision and Boban Marjanovic, 7’3″ tall, is a good option to capture rebounds. Brett Brown the Sixers’s coach who has without a doubt the best center of the NBA, Joel Embiid, can compete his first NBA Finals this spring.
Hugo Minassian, IEJ2C
The former French international basketball player has decided to stop his sports career. He announced this in a video made by his friend Boris Diaw. Ronny Turiaf was especially NBA champion in 2012 with Miami. He played 473 matches in the North American League for twelve seasons he spent there and has 101 selections in the French team. It played for 10 years and he decides to stop because of a heart problem.
His last apparition was dated November 14 2014 with the Wolves against New Orleans. He played with the best basketball players as Kobe Bryant in the Lakers of Los Angeles and James Lebron in the Heat of Miami with which he was the champion of the NBA in 2012.
Never forget that he was one of France’s best players.
Ombeline Tilloy IEJ 1D
Source : Menly
It was the final match of a true legend. The future hall of famer has ended his superb career on an equally as good performance at the Staple Center, “his home”. At the age of 37, he indeed scored 60 points, achieving the highest scoring performance of the year. A huge symbol of his career, that will remain among the greatest of all time.
For his last game, it was all about Kobe, as the Laker’s team gave him nearly every possession, to have every chance to score as much as po
ssible. However, he had a quite good night shooting-wise, with 44% field goal percentage and 83% from the free throw line (which is even better considering the year he has had).
Finally, we can sum up this game as the dream finish for Kobe Bryant, who was the main attraction of the game, even if the Jazz was still in race f
or a play-off spot (they finished 9th, behind the Rockets). Kobe even dropped 5 points in the decisive moments (the last 50 seconds) to give LA the lead (97-96), which they kept for the rest of the game (101-96, final result). Clutch, as always.
Concerning the atmosphere in the Staples Center, it was the one he must have dreamed of. The fans, who paid an average $971 ticket to see this moment of basketball history, enjoyed one last time a game of the greatest Laker’s player of all times. Emotional scenes took place at the end of the game. And he is not going to miss only Laker’s fans.
Shady MENARD, 1ere année bis
After the Larry O’Brien Championship, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of NBA last year, Stephen Curry chases his climb in the beginning of this new season. With more than 39 points per match, the Ohio native is ready for tonight, more precisely with the confrontation against the Clippers.
During the night of Wednesday to Thursday the American basketball will discover its first clash of the season: The LA Clippers receive the titleholder. Stephen Curry is at the top of his shape. The MVP of the last season has not forgotten his genius of the last six months. Furthermore, number 30 of the Golden State Warriors has amazing statistics with only four matches played. In particular, the master of the game marked 148 points for 127 played minutes. The statistics speak for him and the ranking too.
But the LA Clippers have a major opponent for the “Chief” Curry: it’s Blake Griffin who has marked 30 points per match. The two teams of the West Conference are ready to begin a new battle which will not define the rest of the season.
Florian Sabathier, IEJ 3F
The 21-year-old forward of the New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis, is already considered as the third best NBA player behind Lebron James and Kevin Durant. It’s only his third season in the league but the 6-foot-10 forward is already averaging 20 points , 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per-game. In an interview for Slam Magazine, Kevin Durant, the 2014 MVP, said that Anthony Davis “is an MVP-calliber player”. Durant also texted Davis to tell him that he was on the “way to get it” (talking about the MVP award).
Moreover, the 2012 overall first pick in the NBA draft is still young and growing as a player but also as a man. This summer, he won the gold medal with Team USA at the World Cup in Spain. This is another experience for the young player which contributes to his personal development. The 2013-2014 NBA all star weekend also allowed him to progress and to play with the best player in the league. NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul or Paul Pierce gave him advise on his game. Since then, Anthony Davis seems to play a better basketball : he progressed in shooting, dribbling and also developed his ability to move the ball.
With the injury of Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis is in a good standing in the MVP race, facing players like Lebron James or Blake Griffin. However, the Pelican’s forward isn’t playing in one of the NBA top teams. This may be a problem for him if he wants to become the next NBA MVP. In fact, at the past 10 NBA season, the MVP always has been playing in one of the four NBA teams in the league standings.
Written by Babacar Diassé, IEJ1B