There was only one game on Thursday night as we have officially reached the All-Star break. The Cavs got run over by the Bulls, and it’s becoming quite clear the Hawks are going to have their work cut out for them in the playoffs. They’re going to have to go through one, if not both of these teams, and anything can happen in a seven-game series.
The Bulls won 113-98 behind Derrick Rose’s 30 points and seven assists, while Pau Gasol chipped in with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six dimes, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer. Jimmy Butler sat this one out with a shoulder injury and pulled out of this weekend’s Skills Challenge, but hopes to play some limited minutes in the All-Star Game. Tony Snell filled in nicely for him with 22 points, three steals and four 3-pointers, and is worth keeping an eye on down the stretch, if the Bulls continue to have injury problems.
The Cavs got 31 points, five boards, four assists and two 3-pointers from LeBron James, but he hit just 2-of-9 from downtown and committed eight turnovers. Timofey Mozgov double-doubled with 13 points, 11 boards and a block, Tristan Thompson started for Kevin Love (eye) and had 19 points and eight boards, and Kyrie Irving added 17 points, six boards, seven assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer.
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Here’s the schedule for the weekend if you just can’t get enough NBA action.
Degree Shooting Stars – Saturday, 8:30 p.m. on TNT
Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook, Penny Hardaway, Tamika Catchings
I’m going with Team Bosh and my guy, Dominique Wilkins, although I think that Team Curry is probably the one to beat.
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Taco Bell Skills Challenge – Saturday, 2nd event
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest – Saturday, 3rd event
This looks like one of the most competitive fields ever, and while the Splash Brothers are going to be tough to beat, this event looks like it was custom made for Kyle Korver.
Sprite Slam Dunk – Saturday, 4th event
D-League All-Star Game - Sunday, 2:30 p.m. NBA TV
NBA All-Star Game – Sunday, 8:30 p.m. TNT
Look for this to be Carmelo Anthony’s last game of the season, as he has all but said that he will shut it down for the rest of the season after Sunday’s exhibition.
Coach Steve Kerr is said to be deciding between LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant as his fifth starter, but I’m thinking he should skip both of them and give the job to Boogie Cousins. But what do I know?
I’ll have some midseason awards in this week’s Waiver Wired column, which will run sometime this weekend, as the NBA doesn’t get back underway until Thursday night.
Enjoy your weekend!