“NBA Doggy Bag: March 7th Edition”

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Jordan Clarkson and the Lakers engineered a pretty impressive upset victory yesterday. (Kelvin Kuo/AP Photo)

Here’s a few, current storylines in the Association…

The Biggest Regular Season Upset EVER

(Kelvin Kuo/AP Photo)

In case you looked on yesterday’s schedule and figured DubsLakers would be a cakewalk, you missed a true, WTF JUST HAPPENED moment. The mighty Dubs, sitting at 55-5, could not buy a bucket from downtown…and LA came out strong and built a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.

And it wasn’t even Kobe Bryant who got the job done in his final outing v. Golden State – a balanced effort led by Jordan Clarkson (25 points), D’Angelo Russell (21 points) and Marcelo Huertas (10 points, 9 dimes off the bench) made the difference.

Normally, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson won’t combine for 1-18 shooting from downtown! but all of the credit goes to LA, who locked in from the jump and played a complete game on both sides of the ball.

Though the champs are still on track to at least match Chicago‘s 72 wins, the greatest upset in regular season history (first time a team with a sub-.200 winning percentage beat one with a percentage higher than .900) threw a wrench in their plans.

Kevin Martin to San Antonio

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(Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

According to reports, Kevin Martin is scheduled to ink a deal with the Spurs for a championship push. In a case of the “rich getting richer,” San Antonio is receving a high-volume outside scorer with enough gas to spell Danny Green, play alongside Manu Ginobili off the bench, and knock down open looks via spot ups.

Martin, who averaged less than 11 points this year for the rebuilding Wolves, could be used situationally but given his shooting touch, a permanent spot in the rotation is npt out of the cards.

It’s not like San Antonio necessarily needs another scorer but more firepower will be important during a potential showdown with the Dubs.

Please Stand Up

NBA: Houston Rockets at Toronto Raptors
(Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

It’s common knowledge that Houston has been extremely disappointing all year long. In a fight for the 8th seed instead of battling for home-court advantage, the Rox don’t always play inspired.

Recently, however, it’s been encouraging and no, I’m not referring to Michael Beasley’s one-man Texas style shootout the other night in Chicago! James Harden is really stepping it up, just at the right time.

No matter what you believe about Harden’s on-court antics or lack of interest in stopping people, his elite status as a wing scorer is absolutely undeniable. Last night, in a key game at Toronto, Harden had a masterful night, scoring 40 points and dishing out 14 dimes in a close victory.

Yesterday marked the 4th time this year Harden has tallied such numbers; the rest of the league has only 4. Now, it’s not really about the moves Harden made to get it done, it’s about how he handled playmaking and scoring duties while staying efficient (11-20 FG, 15-19 FT) and getting guys like Dwight Howard (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Corey Brewer (23 points) involved.

Houston is truly must-see TV the rest of 2016 because the last time Harden was the singular ball-handler (no Ty Lawson, not Pat Beverley‘s role, Jason Terry is a fossil) and shot creator, there were plenty of fireworks.


-Jabari J.

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