Basketball

Llull plays his 400th Endesa League game

 

The Menorcan scored 29 points in the win against RETAbet Bilbao Basket, his point-scoring record in the competition.
 

It was yet another great game from Sergio Llull. The point guard/shooting guard has now played 400 Endesa League games for the Whites after his 25-minute display in the win over RETAbet Bilbao Basket at the WiZink Center. The man from Mahón managed to beat his scoring record in the Endesa League in the game, scoring 29 points (his previous record was 28). The Madridista sank seven of his nine attempted three-pointers and finished the game with a PIR of 32.
 
The Menorcan made his debut in the 2005-06 season with Manresa at the old arena in Bilbao, La Casilla. He played a total of 11 games that season with the Catalans, while his other 389 came whilst wearing the White jersey of Real Madrid. He has won four Endesa League titles (2007, 2013, 2015 and 2016) and was MVP in the last two finals in this competition. His best game so far was this season against ICL Manresa with 24 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and a PIR of 37.
 
Llull: “It is a special milestone and I hope to keep improving on it”
“We knew we were coming in from a tough week with two tricky Euroleague ties. The calendar is hectic and today we couldn't afford to slip up at home. It really is tight at the top of the league, with a lot of teams fighting for top spot. We needed the win and we are happy with the work we put in. We got three important wins this week”.
 
Great performance and a new record
“It comes from working hard and giving 100% in the game as well as having faith. I am in a good dynamic and it was my 400th game which is special, a round figure that I hope will keep increasing. I am happy, above all for the win. You can only achieve this by playing as a true team. When we defend well, we control the rebound and can run into space, we move the ball around well and we're all enjoying our basketball”.

Triple-double night of Westbrook, Jokic and Gasol, sure win for Cleveland and G.Stejt

In the NBA league favorites, Cleveland and Golden State with new victories remain on top of their conferences and stole attention Westbrook, Jokic, and Gasol with new triple-double achievement.

Champion Golden State before the home crowd beat Orlando 122-92 in sweeping. Matured 54th seasonal victory was Klay Thompson with 29 points, 21 of which scored only in the first quarter. Excellent monitored and Steph Curry with 25 points and 9 assists. Orlando scored the fourth consecutive defeat, in which Green and Payton stressed with 13 points. Cleveland champion was better than Utah 91-83. LeBron James was up to the task, realizing 33 points with 10 rebounds, and the key part of the season and Kevin Love returned after injury, and the match ended with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Russell Westbrook played another great match, heading to Oklahoma triumph on tour against Toronto 123-102. The masterful playmaker this season came to its 34th triple-double with 24 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.

New triple-double and scored the Serb Nikola Jokic with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the victory of his Denver against LA Clippers 129-114. But the evening was marked with Marc Gasol, who with 18 points, 10 rebounds and as many assists, reached his second triple-double season at Memphis victory over Atlanta 103-91. In the derby of New York, the host lost to Brooklyn 121-110.

6 NBA players who would benefit from a coaching change


The success level for most NBA players is determined by a combination of teammates, coaching and overall situation. An insane amount of individual talent is required just to make it this far, but maximizing that potential often comes down to whether a coach can identify his player's strengths and put him in a position to succeed.

Here are six players who would benefit greatly if they were able to play for a different head coach.


Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks

Porzingis is in only his second NBA season, but it's already clear that he's capable of doing so much more than he's allowed to in Jeff Hornacek's offense. Both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose average more field goal attempts per game, and Porzingis isn't used nearly enough in pick-and-roll situations.

Once Melo's contract is up at the conclusion of next season, New York needs to go all-in on rebuilding around Porzingis as the star — with or without Hornacek patrolling the sidelines.


Reggie Jackson, PG, Detroit Pistons

Jackson missed a chunk of games at the beginning of the season due to injury, but he's started in 41 games, and his scoring is down significantly from his production level of last year.

He didn't have a great relationship with his Oklahoma City teammates before coming to the Pistons, and it appears as though Stan Van Gundy is growing tired of Jackson, too. He's openly considered benching him in favor of Ish Smith, not an ideal scenario when we're talking about a player who's under contract for more than $52 million over the next three seasons.


Jahlil Okafor, C, Philadelphia 76ers

Okafor's numbers and minutes are down significantly from last season, and for a player who is only decent on one end of the floor, those are some huge red flags.

Part of the problem was the logjam of frontcourt players in Philadelphia at the beginning of the season when Joel Embiid was still healthy and Nerlens Noel was still on the squad. But the fact that Brett Brown has been unable to coax any noticeable defensive effort out of his young big man is a strong sign that Jah may be better off playing somewhere else.


Greg Monroe, C, Milwaukee Bucks

Monroe is averaging 22.2 minutes per game off the bench this season, which is the lowest number of his seven-year NBA career. Milwaukee is moving toward a break-neck style with Giannis Antetokounmpo running the show, and Monroe's more plodding offensive game seems to be less of a fit for these Bucks as time goes on.

The problem here is that Monroe is the highest-paid player on the Bucks this season, and that's not great for someone the team seems to be increasingly squeezing out. He has a player option for next season, however, which means he may just scrap the Milwaukee experiment entirely this summer to pursue a better fit in free agency.


Nikola Mirotic, PF, Chicago Bulls

Mirotic's shooting percentages are down across the board in his third NBA season, and the Bulls have been concerned about his struggles since early in the season.

But a 26-year-old shouldn't be regressing like this, and it's more likely than not that Fred Hoiberg isn't pressing the necessary buttons to put Mirotic in the position to succeed. Add the ever-changing roster to the equation — one that went through a significant overhaul over the summer and then lost two rotation players in Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott at the trade deadline — and it's no wonder Mirotic is having trouble finding his way in Chicago.


Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

Hear me out.

There's no question that Westbrook is on a statistical tear this season, leading the league in scoring while averaging a triple-double stat line that hasn't been seen since 1962. But the Thunder are in just seventh place in the West, with the worst record in the conference among teams that are over .500 in terms of winning percentage.

Westbrook's average of 24.2 field goal attempts per game is the most of his career, but his field goal percentage hasn't been this low since his second NBA season back in 2010. And, he's recording the highest usage rate in NBA history, which essentially means he's dominating the ball offensively in a manner that we've never seen.

The Thunder would be better as a team if Westbrook dialed it back a bit, and that falls on head coach Billy Donovan to reign in his superstar. Westbrook running wild is entertaining as hell, but Oklahoma City would be a far better team if he focused on efficiency over volume and looked more frequently to get his teammates involved.

AP Top 25: Kansas takes over No. 1 after Gonzaga loss

After securing its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title outright Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks are the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll, released Monday. 

Kansas moved up two places after previous No. 1 Gonzaga suffered its first loss Saturday against BYU. The Jayhawks received 58 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

It's the first time the Jayhawks (26-3) have been No. 1 this season, becoming the sixth team to hold the top spot. 

Villanova remained second despite losing to Butler while UCLA moved to third after defeating Pac-12 rival Arizona on the road Saturday. 

Gonzaga dropped to No. 4, marking the first time in four weeks the Bulldogs haven't been ranked as the top team in the nation. 

Ahead of a big ACC matchup against Virginia on Monday, North Carolina moved from eighth to fifth and was followed by Oregon, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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NBA: Westbrook 49 points and Oklahoma lost to Houston

Houston beat Oklahoma in the most attractive match last night played in the NBA, while Russell Westbrook won the duel with rivals James Harden.

Houston’s win over Oklahoma 118: 116, in which a duel against another found themselves candidates to win the MVP award, Harden, and Westbrook.
Harden scored 26 points and Westbrook nearly twice as many (49), who added the eight rebounds and five assists.

Last night brought several outstanding individual parties: Kyle Lowry scored 33 points in the triumph of Toronto over Utah 101: 93, Si-Jay Mekolum scored 27 points in the victory of Portland over Los Angeles Lakers 118: 109, while Eric Bledso 26 points led the Phoenix in triumph over Dallas 102: 95.

Atlanta wins over New Orleans 99:94, and Germany’s Dennis Schroeder scored 23 points. Indiana teamwork beat Brooklyn 121 109. Three Indiana players scored 20 or more points (Paul George 26 Miles Turner 23 Jeff Teague 21).

Detroit dramatic finish wins over Charlotte 115 114. In triumph shone Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic that 22 minutes had 15 points and 19 rebounds, which is a seasonal record in these two statistical categories.

This compilation should not miss: The most powerful 100 dunk in the NBA last year

It is well known that the NBA is the strongest league in the world that is particularly attractive because of the incredible and monstrous dunk and attractions.

When back to a place you have all these moves last year, then it only remains to fully relax and jumped the masterpieces of the great NBA champions.

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Butler counting to 52, a new triple double of Harden

New triple-double of James Harden, “double-double” with 52 points on Jimmy Butler, the defeat of Oklahoma and the triumph of Golden State that has marked the competition in the NBA were played during the past night.

Jimmy Butler shone in triumph over Chicago Charlotte 118 111. The winger scored 52 points, which added the 12 rebounds and six assists and completely overshadowed the performance of Camby Walker, who scored 34 for Charlotte points. Houston beat Washington 101: 91. The team led by James Harden with triple-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, and assists, and the most effective with 31 points was Eric Gorod.

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Golden State into an efficient match win over Denver 127: 119. Triple double remarked, Draymond Green (15 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds) were the most efficient and Klay Thompson with 25 Steph Curry with 22 and Kevin Durant with 21 points. Denver led Nikola Jokic with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

Cleveland with a good game defensively in the last quarter managed to break the resistance of New Orleans. LeBron James scored 26 points in the triumph of Cleveland 90:82, and the companion by Anthony Davis recorded 20 points and 17 rebounds

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Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, but Oklahoma lost to Milwaukee 94:98. Milwaukee led Yannis Adetokumbo 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Orlando beat New York 115: 103, while Utah beat Brooklyn 101: 89.

Eruption for “Staples Center”: a fan of the Lakers hit the center and its “swallowed” 95,000 dollars

Team Los Angeles Lakers ended a run of three defeats, once in the early morning win over the composition of the Memphis Grizzlies in the match which was played in “Staples Center”.

It is a 30-year-old Gerald Akiba that this goal celebrated in style the Lakers playmaker, D Angelo Russell “got ice in his veins.”

Akiba thus discovered what they will spend the money.

– I’ll buy a car for my mother – pointed lucky fan.

Blatt confirmed: Bagackis go to Maccabi

Darushafaka coach David Blatt confirmed that his first assistant Ainars Bagackis takes over Maccabi. “Israeli pride” remained without a coach last week after the debacle of Red Star Belgrade, and in the meantime, Maccabi suffered another defeat by CSKA Moscow.

“Not yet signed the contract, but something’s coming. I am happy that the people who have helped me continue to work further, I am proud of it. I know how important is for a coach to get a real career opportunity. I wish him luck in Maccabi, “said Blatt.

Interestingly, Maccabi Friday in 14.kolo Euroleague will be on tour in Darushafaka and then probably will be signed a contract. Bagackis alone through career led Zalgiris, Jenisej, Nizhny Novgorod and Budiveljnik.