It's been known for days that Stephen Curry won't play in the Warriors' anticipated Christmas matchup against the Cavaliers, but now coach Steve Kerr spelled out why Curry will be on Jaylen Brown Jerseys the sidelines.Curry sustained a sprained ankle earlier in the month that will require 2-3 weeks of healing. Even though Monday's game is huge, Kerr said it would be "irresponsible" for him to put Curry in the game.“The guy hasn’t even Carmelo Anthony Jerseys had a 3-on-3 game, right?” Kerr said, via NBA.com. “So if we weren’t playing Cleveland on Christmas and I told you Steph hasn’t played in a 3-on-3 game, hasn’t had any contact at all and the game is 48 hours L.A. Clippers Jerseys from now, you’d say, ‘oh, Steph’s not going to play. But because of the magnitude of the game, everybody wants to know. But we can’t let that affect our judgment. He can’t play. That would be completely irresponsible if he Kyrie Irving Jerseys did.”The Warriors record is almost pristine without Curry — they have gone 7-1, with the only loss coming from Saturday's game against the Nuggets. Kevin Durant has stepped up mightily in Curry's absence, averaging 30.5 points per game with 9.1 Paul Millsap Jerseys rebounds and 5.9 assists in those eight games.
While James Harden rightly gets most of the praise Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys for helping the Rockets lead the Western Conference, teammate Clint Capela's emergence has made the team elite.Capela has thrived since his move to full-time starting center, highlighted by his 28 points on 13-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds and five blocks Monday in a 130-123 win over the Pelicans.Harden added 26 points with 17 assists and six steals, spearheading Houston's late charge. The Rockets outscored the Andrew Wiggins Jerseys Pelicans 34-20 in the final quarter.Rockets point guard Chris Paul did a little of everything Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. The three-headed attack of Harden, Paul and Capela looks as daunting as any Jahlil Okafor Jerseys "Big Three" in basketball.Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 37 points, and E'Twaun Moore added 36 points, but it wasn't enough to earn the win. Rajon Rondo also recorded a triple-double, which made the Pelicans the fourth team in which Custom NBA Jerseys he's accomplished the feat with. He scored 13 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists.The Rockets (21-4) have now won 10 straight games while maintaining a slender lead over the Warriors out West.
Kevin Durant has dismissed LeBron James' claims NBA Jerseys that he was fouled by the Warriors forward in the final seconds of Monday's game.With the Cavaliers down 95-92 in their Christmas Day clash, James looked to take center stage with a driving run to the hoop.Durant was an obstacle Ben Simmons Jerseys in his way, though, and was able to block his rival before James lost the ball out of bounds.After the Warriors' 99-92 win, James suggested Durant had fouled him twice in the late play despite officials reviewing the incident and Kristaps Porzingis Jerseys making no call.That decision was in line with Durant's view, as the Warriors' star insisted he had done nothing wrong."He's too big," Durant said. "He's too big, too fast for that."He's too big. That ain't no foul. It felt clean."
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The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys on Monday James Harden Jerseys at halftime of their game against the Golden State Warriors.Before the ceremony, Bryant was asked which Lakers jersey number was his favorite: the No. 8 worn by the young Kobe, or the No. 24 worn by his older self.“8 or Stephen Curry Jerseys 24?”@kobebryant gives his answer to one of the sport's toughest questions! #Ko8e24 pic.twitter.com/BewOB3KYo8 “I kind of go back and forth, but No. 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have, and that’s the ability to Joel Embiid Jerseys grow hair,” Bryant joked. “It’s really, really tough for me. I think 24 was more challenging, and I tend to gravitate to things that are harder to do. And physically for me it was really, really hard to get up, Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys night-in and night-out, man. It’s a grind. Taking on the Boston Celtics (in the Finals). Having a bone fragment in my foot during that series. Having a broken finger. Muscling through that back half of the career, some of the Stephen Curry Jerseys toughest stretches of basketball ever, man. “And so, I guess if you forced me to pick one, I’d probably go with No. 24 because of that.”
The Cavaliers are on fire after a slow start to the Chicago Bulls Jerseys season, but Wednesday's win over the lowly Kings was not a cake walk. Cleveland had to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and it was a clutch shot from LeBron James that made the difference in a Kevin Durant Jerseys 101-95 win. James knocked down a step-back 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to ensure the Cavs' franchise-record-tying 13th straight win. James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Cleveland will look for its 14th consecutive win Friday against Warriors Jerseys the Pacers. The Cavaliers' playoff nemesis Warriors didn't have any trouble against the Hornets despite playing without Stephen Curry (ankle) and Draymond Green (shoulder). Kevin Durant stepped up in a 101-87 win with his first triple-double of the season. Durant San Antonio Spurs Jerseys had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Klay Thompson scored 22 as Golden State won its fifth straight after dropping consecutive games against the hapless Kings and Lakers.
Charles Barkley entered the political arena Monday night in Houston Rockets Jerseys Alabama, speaking at a campaign rally for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones against Roy Moore.The TNT analyst and former NBA star said during his brief remarks that Moore should not be running for office."There's no way possible this guy should, Brandon Ingram Jerseys No. 1, be in an election . . . there's no way," Barkley told a cheering crowd in Birmingham. "I mean, it's unbelievable that this guy is still in the race when people in your own party say they won't Karl-Anthony Towns Jerseys vote for you or support you. That's a dead giveaway. It's amazing."Barkley, who is from Auburn, also scolded his fellow Alabamians for supporting Moore.“At some point, we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said. “I love Paul George Jerseys Alabama, but we’ve got to draw a line in the sand.”Moore, a Republican, is running against Jones, a Democrat, in a special election to succeed Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general under President Donald Trump. Boston Celtics Jerseys The election is set for Tuesday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other prominent U.S. senators withdrew or chose to withhold their support for Moore after a woman told The Washington Post that Moore touched her inappropriately when she was Derrick Rose Jerseys underage in the late 1970s. Other women came forward for the story to say Moore dated them when they were their late teens and he was in his early 30s.
Will the real Detroit Pistons please stand up?Forward Tobias Harris Golden State Warriors Jerseys scored 30 points and center Andre Drummond added 21 to lead the Pistons to an easy 107-83 win over the Pacers Tuesday night.The game caused some alarm for the Pistons, however, as guard Reggie Jackson had to be helped off Chris Paul Jerseys the floor in the third quarter, putting no weight on his right foot.The team later announced Jackson had suffered a sprained right ankle, although X-rays were negative. He'll be further evaluated Wednesday.The Pistons (19-14) have now won five of six Kevin Durant Jerseys games. They look like the same team that started the season 5-0, and nothing like the team that opened December with seven straight losses.It's been that kind of up-and-down season for coach Stan Van Gundy's squad. Near the end of Jimmy Butler Jerseys that losing streak, Van Gundy admitted he has tried to be honest with his players about their performance.“What I’m trying to do is to tell the truth,” Van Gundy said. “When everybody else is kissing their ass and telling them Gordon Hayward Jerseys they’re the greatest thing in the world, I’m trying to bring them back. When everybody else is telling them they suck, I’m trying to bring them up.”The Pistons are clearly a playoff-caliber team, yet don't have the horses to run Josh Jackson Jerseys with the NBA's elite teams in the playoffs. But after beating the Pacers (19-15), Detroit is fourth in the Eastern Conference. Making the playoffs would be a nice coup for a franchise that finished 37-45 last season and has posted Derrick Favors Jerseys losing records in eight of the past nine seasons.Now it all depends on which Pistons team shows up the rest of the season.