Week 5 of the 2021-22 NBA season saw the first coach fired and MVP chants in Brooklyn, but they weren’t for Kevin Durant.
Luke Walton – Sacked
A fan throwing up while sitting in a courtside seat couldn’t take the attention away from Luke Walton who was fired by the Sacramento Kings following a 6-11 start to the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday, sources told ESPN. Kings have lost seven of eight games and dropped to 6-11 on season – leaving them 12th in the Western Conference.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2021
The Kings are 12th in the Western Conference. It’s hardly anything new for the franchise, but that’s the problem. Historically poor and showing few signs of improvement, the Kings went 68-93 throughout Walton’s two-plus seasons in charge.
Sacramento has now burned through ten coaches in the last 15 years. Remarkably, Walton’s 42.2% win rate is the best of the lot…
“MVP! MVP! MVP!”
The MVP chants rang out for Steph Curry this week.
Curry dropped 37 points on Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets to seal a massive 117-99 win.
It’s 48 hours later against the Cleveland Cavaliers that Curry really displayed his MVP qualities, though. Down 81-68 heading into the 4th quarter, Curry took it upon himself to drag the Warriors to a win. The $2.60 MVP favourite – in from $3.60 – simply decided he would not lose.
The Warriors entered the 4Q down by 13, here are their 4Q scoring plays during the comeback victory while Steph Curry was on the floor:
Steph AST Lee 2
Steph AST JTA 2
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 19, 2021
The Warriors won the 4th quarter 36-8 to take a 104-89 victory ahead of beating the Detroit Pistons the following night – without Curry – to be 13-2 for the best record in the NBA.
Top 5 Championship Chances
Should We Be Worried About The Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics 130-108 during the week. When the Lakers lose to the Celtics, like that, and without Jaylen Brown, questions start being asked.
There is still a long way to go in the 2021-22 NBA season. LeBron James has missed time. Talen Horton-Tucker only just returned and has played exceptionally well. Kendrick Nunn and Trevor Ariza are expected to play a big part in this team and are yet to see the floor. Still, to be 8-9 with some ugly, ugly losses is a cause for concern.
“We damn sure need to play better, no matter who is in the lineup. We have our system and we need to obviously fast-track it and get better with it so we can play, no matter who is out on the floor, we can play at a high level. … There’s no level of panic, but there should be some sense of urgency any time we take the floor.” – LeBron James
James clearly isn’t happy. They have the talent to play poorly and still win games, but not without some sort of urgency and intensity. Anthony Davis, in particular, has some especially lethargic moments.
The answer is still going to be “no” for a while yet, but “should we be worried about the Lakers?” speculation is getting very, very close.
— Jason (@SportsJO13) November 20, 2021
The Lakers are out to $11 in the championship winner market. Surely, they start to put things together and drag that price down sooner rather than later.
Bad News For Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a relative flyer to start the NBA season but their quest for the playoffs may have just been grounded…
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton suffered a torn meniscus to his left knee, team says. No immediate timetable on a return, more testing to come, but expect Sexton to have an extended absence from 7-4 Cavs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 8, 2021
Collin Sexton hadn’t played well to start the season. His scoring average dropped from 24.3 points per game last season to just 16 points per game to start this one. However, his assumed improvement is what gave life to the idea that the Cavaliers could make a decent run at the playoffs. With Sexton now ruled out for the season, Cleveland’s playoff hopes might be out the window, too.
BREAKING: Klay Thompson is expected to return for the Warriors the week of Christmas, via The Athletic.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) November 21, 2021