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1) The Celtics win, but are the Warriors flipping the switch?
The Boston Celtics won their nationally televised final rematch Thursday night by doing what they’ve done all season: Play solid defense, move the ball on offense, and trust their stars to make big plays — like Jaylen Brown For 3 to tie the game and force overtime.
Jaylen Brown hooks it up pic.twitter.com/Y5cRZm3uGe
– Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (NBCSCeltics) January 20, 2023
Like this game, it wasn’t always pretty, but the Celtics have been the best team in the NBA this season. We know they can lift the Larry O’Brien trophy in June. It was no surprise that they pulled away in overtime to win 121-118.
On the one hand, we’ve been waiting for the Warriors to start taking an interest in the regular season, to play with a sense of urgency, and to start looking and looking like the defending champs.
Did the Warriors finally flip the switch? Can you say that after a loss where the Warriors finally had a chance but couldn’t make the plays they needed at either end?
“Overall, I liked the level of competition, the way the guys played together,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the game post-game, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We looked like what we are, a championship team. But we didn’t close the game. Better now than in the playoffs.”
It was a final on paper but also a sloppy game in general – Jason Tatum He had a few unsightly turnovers down the stretch. There are confirmed concerns with Golden State: The Warriors were pushed into the paint, outscored there 52-30, and the Celtics dominated the glass all night. Also, the Warriors’ defensive runs remain a slow step.
However, this was a gritty Warriors team that we’ve seen very little of this season. They had a strong defensive effort against them MVP candidate Tatum (34 points, but on 9 of 27). Kerr also treated the game like a playoff, with an eight-man rotation that leaned hard into five smaller freshmen (statistically, the starting five players with Looney have one of the best five-man units in the NBA this season, but Looney was on bench to start and Jordan Paul I got a nod when the Warriors tried to go junior.)
You could argue that this was an anomaly for the Warriors – they’re still a sub-. 500 game (with a brutal game tonight in Cleveland). They lost to the lowly Bulls on Sunday and just a week ago they had a three-game winning streak against the Pistons, Magic, and struggling Suns. All season they have looked like a championship team bored waiting for important matches. They are ranked ninth in the West because of that.
But all season we have been waiting to run. Waiting for the series of games where they flip the switch, win 12 out of 14 and jump up the rankings, looking like the Warriors we know. There have been more flashes of this team lately, even if there have been more flashes of it followed by inconsistency.
Thursday night, in a loss in Boston, we saw the Warriors can defend their title. Perhaps this is the game that makes them show up at night with a sense of urgency.
As it should be, they are running out of time.
2) Ben Simmons He is thrown out and the struggling Nets fall to the struggling Suns
Ben Simmons was disappointed. He’d been making mistakes and screwing up officials most of the night, and then when he made his fifth foul with 8:47 to go in the third quarter for a moving screen – he threw his ass out, but much worse uncalled for throughout the league on screens – Simmons crossed the line with Some magic language and he was expelled.
Ben Simmons was fired after arguing for a reference 👀 pic.twitter.com/f1JmYQwdKP
– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2023
At that point the Nets were under 16 and that game spiraled out of control as the Nets again struggled to generate a consistent offense without Kevin Durant (They are now 0-4 since he was out with a knee injury.) Brooklyn had an offensive rating of 109.8 in this game (via glass cleaning), the Rockets/the worst in the league. Back in Cleveland, where’s the difference Kyrie Irving The #1 has struggled (but if it’s the #2 next to LeBron/KD, they’re thriving).
Michael Bridges He was hot on the outside and scored 28, Deender Eaton He got everything he wanted inside on the way to the 24. Kyrie Irving scored 30 and the Nets came back late to make it a game they almost stole, but the Suns held out. It’s the kind of win Phoenix needs as she tries to keep her head above water even Devin Booker yields.
3) Zack Lavigne Scores 30, the Bulls lead the Pistons in Paris
Perhaps the best player in the building sat on the field and watched on Thursday in Paris – Victor Wimbanyama arrived at the game despite France’s transfer strike.
– The NBA January 19, 2023
Former French star Joachim Noah-Ze also attended the occasion.
Paris is the fashion capital of the world, after all. pic.twitter.com/YqRTBgvBZq
– Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) January 19, 2023
Oh, there was basketball, too, with the National Basketball Association promoting its product on the European continent. Zac Lavigne – he’s of the French surname (he said his grandfather was French after the game) – went down 30, DeMar DeRozan He added 26 points and the Bulls never trailed in a 126-108 win over the Pistons.
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine appeared on W in Paris!
– The NBA January 19, 2023
For a Bulls team fighting for a playing position in the East, they can use any win on any continent.