Las Vegas bookmakers are dubious about the outlook for Kevin Durant, but even if the star forward is not back for Kyrie Irving Jerseys the playoffs, the Warriors will maintain their status as favorites to win the 2016-17 NBA championship.Golden State began the week at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as heavy 5-to-11 favorites to win the title. When oddsmaker Jeff Sherman got to his office Wednesday and read up on Durant’s injury, he made a slight upward adjustment to 1-to-2 odds. A few hours C.J. McCollum Jerseys later, the Warriors’ price was lengthened to 5/8.“The more we looked into it, the Warriors say they are pleased with the prognosis but he’s getting re-evaluated in four weeks, so he could end up being out much longer,” Sherman told Omnisport on Wednesday. “So it’s sounding more and more like into the playoffs is more probable than an end-of-the- regular-season return, Jimmy Butler Jerseys so we adjusted it a little further. It sounds later rather than sooner. … “There’s a chance he misses the rest of the season including the playoffs,” Sherman added.With the tweaks to the Warriors’ odds, the prices on other Western Conference contenders moved in the other direction. The Spurs, currently the No. 2 seed in the conference, were adjusted from San Antonio Spurs Jerseys 8/1 to 7/1. The Rockets moved from 25/1 to 20/1, the Clippers from 30/1 to 20/1, and the Jazz from 80/1 to 50/1.In the East, the Cavaliers’ odds were tightened from 5/2 to 9/4, the Celtics from 25/1 to 20/1, the Raptors from 30/1 to 25/1, and the Wizards from 40/1 to 25/1.Let’s put things in perspective: 5-to-8 odds at this Derrick Rose Jerseys point of the season are ridiculously short and mean a bettor has to wager $160 to win $100 on a Warriors title.Even without Durant, Sherman does not see Golden State relinquishing its four-game lead over San Antonio in the West.“They’re still going to be large favorites at home,” Sherman said. “They’ll still win their fair share of games even under these Otto Porter Jerseys circumstances. It’s hard to make up that many games with about 20 games to go.”
Things appeared to be trending up for Jrue Holiday around this time last week. The Pelicans had just formulated the most intimidating frontcourt duo in the NBA, had rejuvenated ambition, and all while the eight-year veteran was having arguably the best stretch of basketball in his Klay Thompson Jerseys career.Holiday was putting up elite point guard numbers in the 15 games prior to the All-Star break, averaging 20.7 points, 8.1 assists and 5 rebounds with a cool 53.9 field goal percentage and shooting over 43 percent from deep.This level of play even inspired some whispers of a Pelicans “Big 3” when they acquired DeMarcus Cousins on February 19th. You expected 2017 NBA Draft Jerseys the addition of Cousins to benefit Jrue’s efficiency and assist totals, while easing some of his offensive workload.Flash forward a week and New Orleans has lost all three games with Boogie by an average of 17 points, as Holiday has recorded more than half as many turnovers (5.3 per game) as points (10 per game), while shooting under 29 percent from Kevin Durant Jerseys the field.Cousins and Anthony Davis have gotten theirs during this three-game stretch, combining for 29.3 points and 11.5 rebounds, so it’s easy to point the blame in the direction of the team’s primary ball-handler.Game one against Houston set the ugly tone, as Holiday finished with just 6 points and 7 turnovers. He looked lost and tentative on offense, forcing passes into Stephen Curry Jerseys the hands of Rockets defenders. The Pelicans averaged a microscopic 44 points per 100 possessions while he was on the floor in this game, 24 points less than any other New Orleans player.The next two contests weren’t much prettier, but you could still dismiss this all as a rogue rough patch and chalk part of it up to assimilating a new Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys teammate.
The NBA may have some new All-Star game rules very shortly.According to ESPN, Clippers point guard Chris Paul called commissioner Adam Silver following this year's version in New Orleans, after his Western Conference side won 192-182.The report states that Silver thinks players like Paul and owners like Michael Jordan could meet like they did during collective bargaining to discuss ways Custom NBA Jerseys to improve the All-Star Game. Among the possible rules changes, captains would be allowed to pick their own starters, there could be a 4-point shot added to some spots on the floor and there could even be a 10-point half-court shot. All of these changes would be strictly for the All-Star game only. No one wants to see players chucking up Cheap NBA Jerseys half-court shots on a regular basis.
Taj Gibson chucked the ball like a quarterback, and sunk it through the net in the closing seconds of the half in the Thunder's Thursday night matchup against the Trail Blazers.That shot gave the Thunder a three-point advantage heading into the break.Gibson was acquired by Oklahoma City along with Doug McDermott in the final hours Markelle Fultz Jerseys of the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23, in a deal that sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Bulls.OKC didn't trade for him with the assumption he'd drain shots from deep, especially that deep, but teammate Russell Westbrook will take all the scoring help he can get. It was just the fourth 3-point make of Gibson's career Golden State Warriors Jerseys in 35 attempts.
Shaquille O’Neal has vowed, in the future, to lay off the antics when it comes to Warriors center JaVale McGee, whose history of on-court missteps has provided fertile ground for material on O’Neal’s ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’ television segment.The whole thing got strange when the two large men found themselves in a Twitter beef that wound up drawing in Joel Embiid Jerseys the Warriors, forward Kevin Durant and even McGee’s mother.This is not exactly new for O’Neal. He has a long history of criticizing the big men who followed in his late-90s/early-2000s wake, most notably Dwight Howard. In a 2009 interview with Sporting News, O’Neal ripped Howard — then with Orlando, the same team Shaq played for to start his career — for Paul Millsap Jerseys essentially following in his footsteps, right down to assuming his "Superman" identity. “Everything Dwight Howard is doing, I already did before him,” O’Neal said.When O’Neal was talking about those days recently, he pointed out that his goal in needling the big men who came after him was to motivate them, to get them to push themselves. “I didn’t poke fun at Carmelo Anthony Jerseys (Howard),” he told Sporting News last week. “I was just trying to ruffle his feathers. Get him upset. I did that because it was what was done to me.”So it is with McGee, one in a long succession of big men who have not lived up to their potential in O’Neal’s eyes.O’Neal told a story from his playing days to illuminate Brandon Ingram Jerseys how he was motivated by those who came before him. In March 2000, O’Neal racked up 61 points in a dominating performance against the Clippers. It was O’Neal’s fourth season with the Lakers, but the team had not yet won a championship with him aboard. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was working for the Clippers and sitting courtside, made it a point Stephen Curry Jerseys to avert his eyes every time O’Neal came down the floor. O’Neal kept looking at Abdul-Jabbar, but he could not make eye contact. The message from Abdul-Jabbar to O’Neal was clear: You have not earned my respect yet.“Every time we came down he would go like that,” O’Neal said, moving his head downward. “When I was averaging all those points in Warriors Jerseys LA, they were saying, ‘Hey Kareem, Shaq is boom-boom-boom.’ Kareem said, ‘He hasn’t won a championship yet, he’s not that good.’ Did I cry about it? No.”O’Neal and the Lakers won their first of three championships that spring.“I just figure if it worked for me, it would work for other people,” O’Neal said. “It’s just my way of testing people out. Lebron James Jerseys A lot of people know and understand, I don’t waste time taking personal shots. There is a motive to everything I do and everything I say. I am giving guys the blueprint of what it takes to be the next dominant big man, and they can either take the Gordon Hayward Jerseys information or not. If they don’t want to take the information, it’s not on me.”Howard, of course, had a much better shot at being the next O’Neal than McGee ever did. But the principle is the same. Both players could have been better than they are.“At the end of the day, if they don’t get one of these, it’s not my problem,” O’Neal said, holding up a championship ring. “It may seem like I am poking fun at these guys, but if you really look into the message, if you decrypt NBA Jerseys what I am saying, I am just giving them the answers to the test.”
Young gun Devin Booker wanted no part of veteran Vince Carter after he was dropped by the 40-year-old Grizzlies player Tuesday night in Memphis. After he was fouled by Booker on a drive to the basket in the first quarter, Carter swung his right elbow to the Dennis Smith Jr. Jerseys face of Booker, who dropped to the floor on his back.As he picked himself up, Booker didn't even bother confronting Carter, who is twice as old as Booker.Instead, Booker let big man Alex Len and Co. get into a shoving match with Carter, who was the only player ejected in the incident.
Draymond Green may have had to ice his Anthony Davis Jerseys face after the Warriors' 119-108 win over the Sixers on Monday night. As Richaun Holmes finished off a huge alley-oop, the ball found Green's face, and hit it — hard.
Kevin Garnett was a basketball weirdo, and that is absolutely a compliment.Over the course of the future Hall of Famer's two decades in the NBA, he did just about everything physically Frank Ntilikina Jerseys and mentally to have an advantage over his opponents. Don't believe it? Just listen to Clippers guard J.J. Redick.Redick says Garnett, who was hired this season by the Clippers as a consultant, told him he learned how to talk on the court without getting winded by watching Beyonce. Seriously."He's like, 'How do you think Beyonce is in such great shape?' I'm Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys like, 'Uh, I don't know.'"(Garnett says) One time I saw (Beyonce) working out. She was doing her dances, and she was singing while she was dancing. So then I’m thinking to myself, 'Maybe I should run and sing at the same time?' So in the offseasons, I would go to Malibu — I would go down to the beach — and Chris Paul Jerseys I’d run on the beach and I’d be like, 'La la la, la la la, la la la,' while I’m running. So then, when I get on the court — I’m getting back on defense; I’m talking on defense — I don’t get tired. ..."(Garnett) told me like, after the first game of a back-to-back — so in between games — Victor Oladipo Jerseys that I should go run on a treadmill for 30 minutes, and that I should lift weights. KG, if you’re listening, I’m sorry I’m giving away your secrets, but I don't know if that's for me."Yep, basketball weirdo.The Garnett stories begin around the 1:14:30 mark, but it's worth listening to the entire podcast below.