In the same week Tom Brady won yet another Super Bowl ring, a 36-year-old LeBron James made his strongest case yet for the 2020-21 NBA MVP award.
Cavaliers Playoff Watch
This marks the end of what has become a weekly NBA segment.
Losers of three on the bounce and now 10-14 for 10th in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers are out to $7.50 to make the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs.
They’re still an interesting team to monitor. However, the dream run to an unexpected post-season appearance is all but over now.
LaMelo Ballin’ Out
- 34 Points
- 14/27 Shooting
- 4 Rebounds
- 8 Assists
- 2 Steals
- 1 Block
LaMelo Ball came into the league with plenty of doubters. His shot still needs work from a technical standpoint, but the numbers he is putting up as a 19-year-old can only be admired.
The $1.45 favourite to win Rookie of the Year took it to the Utah Jazz in a career-best performance throughout the week. While ending in defeat, Ball made a strong case to remain in the starting line up in his third NBA start.
His brother is on the block and his father recently crowbarred himself back into the news cycle. LaMelo is making a name for himself all on his own, though.
Aging Like A Fine Wine
Kobe Bryant referred to himself as ‘Vino’ late in his career, and now, in the same week 43-year-old Tom Brady won a seventh Super Bowl ring, 36-year-old LeBron James shortened into $3.75 to end this season holding the Most Valuable Player award.
King James is averaging 25.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.8 assists and shooting a career-best 41% from beyond the arc.
He’s making it look easy at times, too.
LeBron James per 36 minutes this season:
– More PPG than his Heat seasons
– More RPG than his MVP seasons
– More APG than his MVP seasons
– Higher eFG% than his first 3 MVP seasons
Absolute insanity. 👑 pic.twitter.com/s3o79pyzJm
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 5, 2021
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to cruise through the NBA season. Much to the frustration of their fans, the effort isn’t always there for the full 48 minutes every night. But when James and the Lakers flick the switch and dial in, no team looks better.
The NBA is desperately trying to recoup recent losses by forcing an All-Star Game into the schedule and the players aren’t happy.
LeBron on NBA All-Star Game: "I have zero energy and zero excitement for an All-Star Game." He said he doesn't even know what they're having an All-Star Game this year. Called it a "slap in the face."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) February 5, 2021
Antetokounmpo backed up James’ remarks later in the week:
“I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. We’ve got to all follow the big dog. The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game, and I’m the same way.”
James Harden and Kawhi Leonard have also spoken out against any ASG being played this year.
Rose Reunites With Thibs
Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau have a long and detailed history together.
Now they’re preparing to add another chapter with the New York Knicks.
Detroit has agreed to trade guard Derrick Rose to New York for Dennis Smith Jr., and a 2021 second-round pick (via Charlotte), sources tell ESPN. Rose reunites with Tom Thibodeau, who coached him in Chicago and Minnesota.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2021
It’s a strange trade given the development of Immanuel Quickley. The 21-year-old point guard is scoring 12.4 points and handing out 2.7 assists in just 19 minutes per game. He’s been one of the more surprising players after being drafted with the 25th pick. Adding Rose instantly puts Quickley in competition for more minutes.
Rose has hardly set the world on fire this season either. He shoots regularly from mid-range and isn’t the sort of scorer that is likely to lift the Knicks out of the NBA’s bottom five offences. Instead, he will stunt the growth of younger players by taking away valuable minutes in a season most have dedicated to rebuilding.
But Rose has his fans. One of his biggest being Thibodeau. The rest might be interested in New York’s $5.20 to make the playoffs.
NBA Against The Spread Standings
The Miami Heat’s standing as the most disappointing team in the league is being made stronger with their ATS record at the moment. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz continue to make waves as possible championship contenders.
After Week 1
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|Jazz (16-7)||Rockets (10-12)|
|Clippers (14-10)||Pelicans (10-12)|
|76ers (13-9-2)||Mavericks (10-14)|
|Bulls (13-9)||Cavaliers (10-14)|
|Spurs (13-10)||Magic (10-14)|
|Celtics (12-9)||Nets (10-15)|
|Suns (12-9)||Grizzlies (9-8-1)|
|Hornets (12-10-1)||Raptors (9-14)|
|Pistons (12-10-1)||Wizards (8-11)|
|Kings (12-10)||Heat (7-14-1)|