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OKC Thunder 112-119 LA Lakers: Twitter erupts as LeBron James’ triple-double helps the Purple and Gold win in overtime
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LeBron James was on fire again for the LA Lakers who defeated the OKC Thunder 112-119 in overtime after a back-and-forth classic. Frank Voget's unit was without the services of Anthony Davis who sat out due to Achilles soreness. Alex Caruso was amiss too.The OKC Thunder made the most of AD's absence and grabbed a whopping 15 offensive rebounds. They led the way for the majority of the game but the LA Lakers came up clutch in the closing moments of the game, including the extra period to record the win.Shorthanded OKC Thunder take LA Lakers to the limitOKC Thunder only had eight available players but still showcased more energy than the LA Lakers who had eight turnovers in the first quarter. Mark Daigneault's men weren't shooting the ball lights out but they created a ton of second-chance opportunities thanks to their hustle.8 turnovers5 offensive rebounds allowed40% shooting to OKC’s 52%Just what we were looking for...— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) February 9, 2021The LA Lakers did find their stride later in the game and LeBron James had more room to operate with Luguentz Dort going to the bench due to foul trouble in the first half. OKC Thunder still managed to hold on to a 60-56 lead at the half. Darius Bazley already had a double-double by then.Thought I’d need some coffee, but it looks like the Darius Bazley show will keep me awake. pic.twitter.com/lELeQvllyJ— 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙃𝙤𝙤𝙥𝙨 (@BoomtownHoops) February 9, 2021The Purple and Gold came out strong after the break and went on a 12-1 run to claim the lead. LeBron James was at the heart of it all yet again. But the Thunder found their rhythm again and went on a 16-2 run of their own to enter the fourth quarter with a commanding lead.World champion Lakers: 76Tanking Thunder: 84Sure, the Lakers are missing Anthony Davis, but the Thunder are missing Mike Muscala so even-steven.— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) February 9, 2021It was late in the game when the LA Lakers really upped their defensive game. OKC Thunder went 1-of-12 in the final moments of the fourth quarter and overtime as the hosts surged to eventually run away as the victors after being held in regulation. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander uplifts OKC Thunder again Shai Gllgeous-Alexander in action (right)Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has had a phenomenal run for OKC Thunder this season. He led both teams in scoring with 29 points tonight while also recording 10 assists and seven rebounds. He made three clutch free throws to take the game to overtime.SGA is clutch.SGA is an All Star./end— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) February 9, 2021 Even though he wasn't particularly accurate from the field, Gilgeous-Alexander made several clutch plays and only fatigue could slow him down at the end.Game thoughts:SGA is an All-Star, he 100% deserves a spot on the teamHami’s development has been incredibleBazley has so much potential it’s unrealDort’s still slumping offensively, but his defense has still been greatShoutout to Justin Jackson with 14I love this team— 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 (@Three_Cone) February 9, 2021LeBron James and Dennis Schroder get the job done for LA Lakers LeBron James throws down a jamLeBron James had his work cut out today with Anthony Davis out of the lineup. But like always, he rose to the occasion with a 28-point triple-double and played rugged defense towards the end. LeBron as a fast-break trailer is legitimately terrifying— Sabreena Merchant (@sabreenajm) February 9, 2021Clarification: “... these following players in their 20s”— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 9, 2021LeBron was supported by Dennis Schroder, whose feisty defense helped slow down Shai Gilgeous-Alexander towards the end as the LA Lakers eventually escaped with a win. Kyle Kuzma also had himself a double-double. He protected the rim well and had two blocks.This is a SCHRÖDER appreciation tweet....definitely a great pick up for the @Lakers and would love to see him stay longer here......THAT’S TUFF 🔥💯— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) February 9, 2021 Former Thunder player Dennis Schroder cares more about the Thunder’s 1st round draft pick more than any current Thunder player.— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) February 9, 2021Pelinka trading Danny Green for Schröder feels like highway robbery lmao— Lake Show (@LakeShowFamily) February 9, 2021This version of Kuzma that’s been playing good defense and doing the little things floor is my favorite— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) February 9, 2021Kyle Kuzma becoming a rebounding rim protector was not something I saw coming.— Colb (@___Colb___) February 9, 2021 Published 09 Feb 2021, 12:19 IST .
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Kevin Durant debacle shows NBA’s COVID policy is a disaster
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Kevin Durant had a lot to say after being pulled.Image: Getty ImagesIf you didn’t watch the Nets’ 123-117 loss to the Raptors last night, you might have woken up this morning wondering what the fuck happened with Kevin Durant.Well, you’re not alone, because everyone who saw the game is wondering what the fuck happened with Kevin Durant, too.So, let’s go through it slowly and figure out what the fuck happened with Kevin Durant, beyond the basic story that Durant didn’t start the game due to health and safety protocols, then was allowed to enter the game, put up an 8-6-5 line in 19 minutes, then was told that he had to leave the game.Durant, who had to quarantine for a week in January because of a close contact, and was one of the first athletes to contract COVID-19 last March while he was still out recovering from his torn Achilles, was understandably frustrated by his latest ensnarement in the pandemic, as he put out a simple tweet as the fourth quarter went on just down the hall from where he was sequestered: “Free me”G/O Media may get a commissionIf only it were that easy. Based on the statement laid out by the NBA, it made sense for Durant to be quarantined. That statement, however, also maps out a series of failures.Kevin Durant has tested negative three times in the last 24 hours, including two negative PCR tests today. However, someone he interacted with this afternoon subsequently had an inconclusive test result return shortly before the game. Durant was initially held out of the game while that result was being reviewed.So far, so good. This is the “abundance of caution” that we hear so much about. You have a close contact with an inconclusive test, you treat it like a positive until you know otherwise. That’s just smart when you’re dealing with a virus that’s killed more Americans than the population of Oakland. That sucks for Durant, but that’s life right now.Under the league’s health and safety protocols, we do not require a player to be quarantined until a close contact has a confirmed positive test.Well, there’s your first problem. If you, regular person, had a close contact with an inconclusive test, you’d (hopefully) stay the hell home until you got word that their test was confirmed negative. And then if it was positive, you’d stay quarantined at least until you had your own negative tests, or, to actually play it safe, two weeks. But the NBA’s policy here is, nah, stick around and see how this plays out.Exactly what process of “review” allowed Durant to enter the game, well, it didn’t work out, because…During the game, a positive result was returned for the person Durant interacted with this afternoon.Whoops! So, the “review” didn’t show a negative test, just an inconclusive one? Because when it actually came back, it was positive. Just a quick question: Did this “review” indicate that Kevin Durant is a superstar and his team was playing a game on ESPN? Would Bismack Biyombo have been allowed to enter the Hornets-Jazz game under the same circumstances?Once that test was confirmed positive, out of an abundance of caution, Durant was removed from the game, and contact tracing is underway to determine if he was in fact a close contact of the positive individual.Let’s allow Durant to react to that last part.Indeed, you can’t fool em with your Wack ass PR tactics. Not so sure about the #FREE7 part, though, because “close contact” or not, Durant was around someone in the afternoon who tested positive for coronavirus. It’s imperative to make sure that he didn’t wind up getting it — yes, you can get COVID-19 twice — and that he didn’t spread it further.James Harden recognized that “he was around all of us” and that if it was about contact tracing, “The game should have been postponed.”Not only was the game not postponed, of course, the game was played, Durant entered, Durant was pulled… and the game still wasn’t postponed. Not that he’s anywhere near the person most to blame, but if Raptors coach Nick Nurse “was told right before the game that Durant was out because of health protocols,” and then the series of events unfolded as it did, why didn’t he, Nets coach Steve Nash, or both, sensibly raise a stink about continuing to play the game? Nash, for his part, saw at least some fault in how he dealt with things.But this comes back squarely to the NBA, which pulled off such a feat last summer with the Orlando bubble, and has predictably struggled mightily with coronavirus outside of that Disney lockdown.Eleven months ago, Rudy Gobert got coronavirus and the NBA and the rest of sports shut down completely. What’s become clear is why the pre-shutdown idea of just playing games behind closed doors would’ve been a disaster. Because that’s what this is.Wait, the NBA isn’t just playing behind closed doors. We had Courtside Karen just this week. But a much more enjoyable fan was in the stands in Orlando for the Bulls’ visit, a man properly wearing a mask that nicely accented his Michael Jordan jersey — a jersey for which he was thoroughly roasted by NBC Chicago announcers Adam Amin and Stacey King.This being 2021, word quickly got to the man that his favorite team’s broadcast was highlighting him this way, and he not only got a good laugh out of it, he got some love from his favorite team online.For the record, Mack McClendon insisted that his jersey was not a knockoff, just old and well-worn. And both King and Amin dapped him up online, too.Also for the record, the “Nyquil” reference is extremely real, long live the Choncago Balls. And, it’s kind of funny that this whole thing happened in Orlando, where Jordan himself once had to wear a weird-looking jersey, number 12, because his actual jersey had been stolen and hidden in the ceiling.Jordan took it personally, and scored 49 points. McClendon did not, and got to have the night of his life even though the Bulls lost, 123-119. .
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