NBA Updates 3/7

By: Kento Kato

– Kobe Bryant’s former agent, Rob Pelinka, was officially announced as the Lakers’ new general manager today

– Andrew Bogut was looked at as a solid move for the defending-champion Cavaliers as it makes its effort to repeat in what looks to be a showdown against a reloaded Warriors team. Bogut himself seemed to be back at a good place as he went from being on a fringe playoff team in Dallas, to a sure, NBA Finals team. But things took a turn for the worse yesterday when he broke a bone in his leg less than a minute in to the his Cavs debut. He is out indefinitely.

– After missing the last 6 games with back spasms, Victor Oladipo will be back in the starting lineup for the Thunder as they face off against the Portland Trailblazers tonight.

– If Dirk Nowitzki can score 20 points tonight, he will become just the 6th player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. Even more impressive, he will become just the third, along with Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, to score 30,000 for one team.

– During his historic season, Russell Westbrook has been setting numerous records. He is in the midst of possibly setting another one. He is currently averaging 37.2ppg since the All-Star break. The only other players to average at-least 37ppg post-All-Star break are Michael Jordan, who did it once, and Wilt Chamberlain, who did it five times. While it will be hard for Russell Westbrook to keep it up, not many thought he would be able to average a triple-double for a whole season so it will be interesting to see how he fair going forward.

– Speaking of Westbrook, he currently has a 62% chance to average a triple-double according to an ESPN NBA Insider.

– After a loss to the Clipper in which the Celtics held a lead, Isaiah Thomas seemed irked and said that they, “can’t be experimenting in game 63” He didn’t go into detail on what he meant but it may be because they ended up going small and essentially using a 6ft 6 Jae Crowder as a center at some points. They were without Jonas Jerebko and Al Horford for the game but Thomas still seemed to be upset with how things went.

– By now, you may have seen Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard get into it in the 3rd quarter of yesterday’s game against the Warriors. They ended up giving up a wide open 3 and Hawks coach, Mike Budenholzer subsequently took Schroder out of the game, and he never returned. Schroder said that he did not understand coach’s decision and Budenholzer just called it a coach’s decision. Many have wondered if this was just the last straw with other incidents coming in before or if it really was just a coach’s decision. Regardless, Hawks fans should keep an eye on if this can light a fire under a struggling Hawks team.

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