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“This is my (stuff)!”
How was Kemba Walker’s exultation to an euphoric home base after finishing Celtics on Monday, with his ridiculous 3-pointer backwards giving Hornets an insurmountable lead in the last minute on the way to a 117-112 victory.
Coup de Grace gave Walker 21
points in the fourth quarter and 43 overall a historical encore after his career- high 60 points against Sixers on Saturday. With the outbreak Walker went with five others – All Hall of Famers – to make at least 40 immediately after becoming 60-plus.
It’s rare air for a player not seen a long time, if not a bust, then a definite disappointment after his election before Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson at No. 9 in the 2011 draft.
Walker is now on the leaderboard, just before Warrior’s star Stephen Curry of 29.6 points per game, the most happy part of what is supposed to be by far the best season of his career. A third straight All-Star node seems like a deadly lock, as well as a massive freelance contract this summer.
If the Hornets can be improved on its mediocre 8-8 disc, the former UConn star may even find himself a French candidate for Kia MVP. Hold the vote, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens can only give it to him.
“You can not go under shields, you can not give him free throws, you can not waste bonus mistakes,” said Stevens, whose team was powerless to slow down Walker even though he came in with the league’s top rank defense.
“You can not lose him picking and rolling. You name it, everything must be good. He uses so many of his possessions and he does it at such an effective pace.”
Kemba Walker goes out for 43 points against Celtics.
Discontent in DC
It has been a trying season for Wizards. A playoff team in four of the last five seasons, with three of these performances resulting in rare series exercises, currently disappearing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference positions at 5-11.
It became even worse on Monday that tips on dysfunction and frustration throughout their bad start were boiled over with several reports of a new practice where franchise headstones John Wall allegedly cursed head coach Scott Brooks to intervene in his dispute with team mate Jeff Green .
ESPN reported it the wall was fine even though he apologized to Brooks just after the incident. The Washington Post also reported that Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers also got into the same training, with Be Alta taking a sharp shot to long-term secretary Ernie Grunfeld in the process.
But as the old saying goes, discretion is the better part of valor. Embiid stopped dominating the matchup, which doubled Ayton in points (33-17) and rebounds (17-9), as Sixers was just too happy to celebrate.
As Embiid was as opposed to the sun, he still had at least one moment to forget. Not that teammate Ben Simmons would let him.
Where is D?
If there has been a constant under Gregg Popovich’s employment in San Antonio, it is disturbing the defense.
It was certainly not the case in New Orleans, but the pelicans crushed them for a staggering 140 points – the most they have ever allowed in 1,754 games during Popovich.
The Pelicans shot 57.8 percent with 34 assists as four different players scored 21 or more. One of these players, Julius Randle, became the fourth player to record a triple double in 25 minutes or less.
At least Pop had a humorous feeling about it: “We kept them at 140. What do you mean they are hard to protect?”
Hawks rookie Trae Young has had his fighting and goes into Monday’s action and only shoot 24.2 percent in the 3’s while on average 3.9 turnover per game.
It has not prevented him from posting some monster individual appearances so far. Despite another hard shooting night, Young went with some rare – and elite – companies with 25 points and 17 helping Clippers.
Wait for it
This fast clip of K Yrie Irving who works on his handle may not look particularly impressive first.
Then the camera crashes back …