Stephen Curry better be careful with his All-Star picks, or else a potential Warriors dynasty could fall apart — OK, not really.
The Thunder have rattled off seven wins in a row, and they are right behind the Timberwolves and Spurs in the Western Conference standings. OKC was coming together and showing signs it would be a tough out in the playoffs. That’s what makes Roberson’s injury so tough.
Wild card: Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks. Porzingis will benefit from the lack of talent in the East and get a spot on the team, beating out Beal, Ben Simmons and Hassan Whiteside. He is averaging 23.3 points and making 38.5 percent of his 3s, but he’s gotten worse as the season has gone on.
Snubs: Simmons is close, but his offense needs work; Whiteside has missed too many games; Beal’s Wizards have disappointed, and he is one-dimensional.
Backcourt: Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves. It was a rocky start for Minnesota, but they’ve recovered and are now on pace for 51 wins. Butler is averaging 21.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists, giving the Wolves just what they needed.
The odd thing is Windhorst was on the Warriors’ side. He wasn’t criticizing anyone, and said Durant has a target on his back from officials. So we’re not exactly sure why Green felt the need to go after him, but clearly he doesn’t want his name to be brought up.
After the Rockets-Mavericks game, ESPN went back into the studio to hype up the Celtics-Clippers game later in the night. When discussing All-Star snubs, Paul Pierce said Paul George was more deserving than Green, and Windhorst joked, “Now Draymond’s going to tweet at you.”
“It’s getting old,” coach Doug Weight said. “We should have won the game.”
“We’ve just got to find a way, a full 60 minutes to finish one out,” Tavares said. “We just haven’t seemed to finish games off. Whatever that is, whether it’s mental or just execution of a few plays, we’ve just got to find a way to do it. No one’s going to feel sorry for us or change the outcome. Obviously, this isn’t a whole lot of fun right now.”