The wheels on the bus goes round and round , round and round …

The wheels on the bus go round and round

We have passed the midway point of the number of games played over the course of the NBA season, but we have yet to see the events of the 2016 NBA All Star Game , which will be played at the Air Canada Centre home to the Toronto Raptors. Both conferences this season have seen their ups and downs as well as with the intra-conference match-ups between the East and the West. In the Western Conference the Golden State Warriors have led the way for much of the season , but as of late the Warriors have suffered a few slip-ups , as the San Antonio Spurs have made inroads into Golden State’s lead in the conference. Within the Eastern Conference , last season’s losing finalists the Cleveland Cavaliers are having problems of their own over the last six games. Now while many are claiming injuries have plagued the Cavaliers this season, I believe the real issues for Cleveland has been the fact players have yet to gel as a team.

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In the lead-up to the All Star Game , it will be interesting to see how the teams will fare in comparison to last season at the same point of the NBA schedule. For the most part it should not come as a surprise to see how good the Golden State Warriors continue to be. They have hardly skipped a beat since winning their title of last season. While Steve Kerr has been absent due to health issue, his assistant Luke Walton has taken over the reins as the team’s head coach. Walton has shown the uncanny acumen not often seen from a coach with such limited experience in his role , but when you take into account his experience as a former player and the success achieved with the Los Angeles Lakers , it easy to understand why he has been able lead this team with such authority in his role as the head coach.

The Warriors’ front office , headed by co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have seen the value of the franchise appreciate since their purchase of the Golden State Warriors, along with the continued press coverage given to the team and their stars such as Steph Curry , Klay Thompson , Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala . Given the Warriors’ impressive start to the season , before their recent setbacks , there was a thought the team was capable of surpassing the all-time regular season wins’ total of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10). They remain on par to exceed sixty-five wins along with the possibility of the Warriors making a successful defense of their NBA title. I certainly believe Golden State is capable enough of winning the championship , but their path to the title could be derailed by the San Antonio Spurs , who over their last fifteen games have been among the best teams in the league. San Antonio currently has the second best record in the NBA and their making inroads into the wins’ total of the Golden State Warriors.

As the reigning NBA League MVP Steph Curry is having an exceptional season with some terrific performances for the Golden State Warriors. He is the consensus leader to win the NBA League MVP Award for a second successive season following in the footsteps of some his most recent peers LeBron James and Steve Nash who have won back to back League MVP Awards. If there is more than one possible challenger to Curry’s chance to win the award , it could well be from the likes of Kawhi Leonard , Kevin Durant , Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and LeBron James. Golden State will next take to the court when they face the Chicago Bulls led by Jimmy Butler , who appears to have assumed the mantle as the leader of this team. Butler’s teammate Derrick Rose remains an integral cog to the franchise , but with his injury woes in recent years , it is hard to try and now justify the financial investment in the point guard .

I am not so sure what to now make of this idiocy with some analysts and New York Knicks’ fans regaling the world with the fact the franchise is now worth $3 billion , while also being the most profitable team in the NBA . Personally, I believe the fans of the Knicks should be more concerned they are no better than a .500 team of players, where there is very little depth to the lineup overall . Perhaps the one saving grace of the season happens to be Carmelo Anthony leads the team in scoring , while rookie , Kristaps Porzingis is having a very good season among all rookies to have played on average twenty minutes or more per game. Derek Fisher is still learning on the job , while being provided with very little aid from his coaching staff . There won’t be any calls as of yet , for Phil Jackson to make a welcome return court-side, but who can what is likely to happen should the Knicks continue to falter ?

Derek Fisher will be preparing the New York Knicks for their next encounter when they tip-off against the Los Angeles Clippers at home in Madison Square Garden , New York City, New York on 22nd January .

I think it is a pretty safe bet to suggest the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers will most certainly lose their fortieth games by no later 1st February , based on their propensity for losing over the last eighteen days ! Both of these teams are in complete disarray with neither Jim Buss as owner of the Los Angeles Lakers or Sam Hinkie of the 76ers having a clue how the resurrect the fortunes of their respective franchises. Mitch Kupchak is like a blind man without the aid of a walking stick and guide dog when it comes assessing talent for the Lakers’ roster. Philadelphia might be even a worse situation given the fact former general manager Sam Hinkie was relieved of his duties and Jerry Colangelo was brought in to become Head of Basketball Operations for the franchise. I believe the Los Angeles Lakers won’t be making any moves concerning the roster and will simply play out the rest of the season, hoping to make some sense of it all. Kobe Bryant will end his illustrious career with another losing season added to his resume’ .

Jerry Colangelo will have to completely reassess the Sixers’ organization from top to bottom , starting with the front office , moving down to the coaching staff and the entire playing roster. Certainly for Brett Brown as the head coach , his days have to be numbered and the same has to said of coaching assistants. Among the players it is hard to say where on should start and end. The drafting of players for this franchise has been a monumental bust with a number of the players taken in 2012 , 2013 , 2014 and 2015 are no longer with the Sixers. This can be best summed up by looking at the attendance levels for the Sixers and the team’s record over the past three years. Philadelphia has now become a bad franchise getting worse and unlikely to turn things around anytime soon. In their last game the Philadelphia 76ers were able to overcome the Orlando Magic defeating their conference counterparts 96-87. The Los Angeles Lakers were not so lucky, falling to the Sacramento Kings 112-93 .

Anthony Davis remains a prodigious talent and that can be seen from his impact with the New Orleans Pelicans and on the NBA. The power- forward has to be viewed as the best player in the league at the position. As the number one overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Not due to become a free agent until 2021 , he is still in his rookie deal , but will undoubtedly be looking maximize his worth as league one of the league’s premier power forwards .

Over their last eleven games the Pelicans have struggled to stay abreast of their Western Conference counterparts as well as the rest of the NBA . In their last contest the New Orleans Pelicans had a fifteen-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves , defeating their opponent 114-99 and will prepare for the next game when they face the Detroit Pistons at home , playing at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans , Louisiana on Thursday, 21st January , 2016. The Pelicans are 3 ½ games out of a playoff berth within the Western Conference based on the current standings as of 20th January. The eighth and final berth is currently held by the Sacramento Kings (18-23).

To my mind the team which has proven to be the biggest disappointment this season , has to be the Houston Rockets ! Somehow they have found a way to be lackluster , complacent and playing with no passion , while head coach JB Bickerstaff tries to make sense of his best lineup from among his twelve man roster. James Harden remains the Rockets’ best player even if he doesn’t provide a great deal of defensive presence for Houston. As a defensive unit overall the Rockets are giving up 105.7 points per game the fourth highest in the NBA , with only the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers allowing more points per game .

Harden and his teammate Dwight Howard were seen as the one-two punch likely to bring some resolve for the Houston Rockets, but since Howard’s acquisition by the franchise the Rockets have failed to deliver in numerous ways. Dwight Howard has proven to be an enigma and a conundrum all rolled into one. He is no longer the player who was once dominant defensively , having won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award on more than one occasion. The rumors continue to percolate that the Rockets might well seek to trade the center at the trade deadline, if the team isn’t in contention for a playoff berth . Where the Houston Rockets now go from here will be incumbent upon the players themselves and coaching acumen shown by the coaching staff.

The Denver Nuggets have not been a force to be reckoned with in the George Karl was head coach of the franchise and while Carmelo Anthony was the talk of the town as a player with the Nuggets. The last postseason appearance for Denver was several years ago and the makeup of the roster at the time was considerably different than it is today . The Nuggets fell to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the Western Conference postseason from 2012 . This season under the coaching acumen of Michael Malone the Denver Nuggets are struggling to compete in the Western Conference while not yet making their presence felt within the Northwest Division .

In their last game played , the Nuggets performed poorly ,suffering loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder , led by Kevin Durant who was the leading scorer in the contest. I believe this to be an inexperienced Nuggets’ team still finding their way through the season and their unlikely to be considered a contender for their division or a playoff berth this year. Denver will play host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday evening, where Danilo Gallinari will be looking to put in a another solid performance for the Nuggets.

I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face and taking my last breath , the best and most successful NBA franchise over the last two decades is and will be the San Antonio Spurs ! Fans of the league who remain oblivious to this fact, have spent too much time drinking the Kool Aid , while being enraptured with the play of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and others. During the time-frame in question , the Spurs have quietly ran off eighteen straight seasons of NBA Playoff appearances and won five NBA titles , a feat unmatched by any other franchise in NBA history , much less North American professionals sports’ franchise history. Yet, because the San Antonio Spurs are not in a top-five market among market advertisers or within the cultivated texture of the Madison Avenue executives and NBA fans in general , the Spurs are often ignored and mildly admired .

The Golden State Warriors may well have bolted out of the starting gate with an impressive start to their season reeling off victories at an amazing rate , but over the past the twelve games Golden State have played second fiddle to the San Antonio Spurs in more ways than one. Steph Curry might even have the League MVP Award all sewn up , given his performances and leadership shown with the Warriors , but if there is a serious contender to the race, then Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs would fit the bill , as he has been the primary reason San Antonio remains within a hair’s breath of Golden State’s record at this point of the season. A conference finals’ clash seems assured, if these two teams remain consistent , albeit , the Oklahoma City Thunder are close by (third best team in the West) watching things unfold.

Kawhi Leonard’s statistics might not match up favorably to Steph Curry’s , but there are intangibles being overlooked as to what he has brought to the Spurs since he was acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers . A choice I now believe Pacers’ executive Larry Bird must deeply regret ,having selected Leonard as a first round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft . by the franchise.

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San Antonio over their next few games will be hoping to keep the momentum going and they have a fairly easy test in their next game when they face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center , Los Angeles , California should prove fruitful. Yet , it will be San Antonio’s scheduled contest at Oracle Arena on Monday night which will provide them a real test , when their opponent will be the Golden State Warriors. This game should be something of a barn-burner between two highly proficient teams skilled at just about every position on the floor.

Through the first half of the NBA season what do you believe has been the most surprising story to come out of the schedule ?

Tophatal …. 01/21/2016 7:47 pm

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Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

24 thoughts on “The wheels on the bus goes round and round , round and round …”

  1. So it was never about the hype , but more about the emotions of LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly begin to falter ? How much longer are lame @ss are going to continue bite on the LBJ bull#hit and the never-ending comparisons to Michael Jordan ? Haven’t these @ssholes got anything better to do with their time ?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are not as overpowering as many believed them to be and they are certainly not as dominant in the East as some thought they might be. Against the West , well it’s still the same old tune being played for Cleveland.


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  2. Just when you thought things could not get anymore ridiculous than first thought, the Cleveland Cavaliers make the decision to fire head coach David Blatt after a mere two seasons in the job. I guess team owner Dan Gilbert and GM David Griffin didn’t want to feel the wrath of that pus$y LeBron James walking out on the franchise for a second time ?

    Dan Gilbert , left and David Griffin are seen here holding last season’s Eastern Conference Finals’ Trophy .

    Courtesy of SI (Sports Illustrated)

    Report: LeBron James not consulted on David Blatt firing, informed Friday

    By Brian Windhorst

    Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was reportedly informed of the team’s decision to fire head coach David Blatt on Friday, and was not consulted on the matter, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

    Cavaliers GM David Griffin affirmed that after announcing Blatt’s firing and the hiring of assistant coach Tyronn Lue as head coach in a press conference Friday, saying that he did not speak to James and that the narrative that the team has been “taking direction” from James and his camp is unfair to him and his staff.

    Lue signed a multi-year deal to replace Blatt, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. James and his agent Rich Paul have been strong advocates of Lue becoming head coach in the past, Wojnarowski reports.

    Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver explains why the firing of David Blatt, and subsequent promotion of Tyronn Lue may not make enough of an impact for the Cavaliers.
    by SI Wire
    Posted: Fri Jan. 22, 2016

    Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was reportedly informed of the team’s decision to fire head coach David Blatt on Friday, and was not consulted on the matter, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

    Cavaliers GM David Griffin affirmed that after announcing Blatt’s firing and the hiring of assistant coach Tyronn Lue as head coach in a press conference Friday, saying that he did not speak to James and that the narrative that the team has been “taking direction” from James and his camp is unfair to him and his staff.

    Lue signed a multi-year deal to replace Blatt, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. James and his agent Rich Paul have been strong advocates of Lue becoming head coach in the past, Wojnarowski reports.

    The Cavaliers are 30–11 and hold a 3 1/2 game lead in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland went to the Finals last season under Blatt in his first year as head coach before falling to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

    A closer look at the NBA playing and coaching career of Tyronn Lue

    Blatt was hired in June 2014, around two weeks before James decided to leave the Miami Heat and rejoin the team as a free agent. Blatt went 83–40 in 123 games as head coach of the Cavaliers. According to Elias Sports, Blatt is the first NBA head coach to be fired with his team atop its conference since the league began conference play. Blatt and Byron Scott are the only coaches since 2000 to be fired in midst of the season immediately after leading their teams to the Finals.

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    Fired Cavaliers’ head coach David Blatt is seen here with his lead assistant and former NBA player Tyronn Lue (right).

    The hiring of Blatt from the get-go was a joke to begin with and the mere fact Cleveland won the conference finals last season came about , because the Eastern Conference was so damn weak to begin with and heading into the playoffs the participants were equally abysmal . So can the @ss kissing punks who have their lips firmly pressed up against LeBron James’ testes or sphincter , please shut the fu@k up once and for all !

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  3. Whatever Scott Skiles and his coaching staff are seeking to bring to the Orlando Magic , it just doesn’t seem to be working as of late . The team hasn’t been able to score or win games consistently .

    The Orlando Magic are within striking distance of holding a playoff berth in the East Conference, but again, it all comes down to their consistency above all else in the league .

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  4. Saturday’s results in the NBA and what they have meant to the division and conferences over last ten games .

    Tyronn Lue since becoming head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been given the task of getting the team to play with a great deal of resolve on both ends of the floor. In their first game with Lue in charge the Cavaliers fell to the Chicago Bulls in an embarrassing thirteen point home loss to their divisional and conference rivals . Defensively the Cleveland Cavaliers were found wanting with no presence seen from the team on the floor in terms of team defense. Cleveland’s next game will pit them against the Minnesota Timberwolves which will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena , Cleveland , Ohio on Monday 25th January, 2016.

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  5. Sunday’s games in the NBA and the results emanating from those contests played. The Houston Rockets cracked open the Dallas Mavericks like an egg only find out the Mavericks had no yoke or much of a defense .

    Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers need to throw in the towel, concentrate on next season , rather than continue put on such putrid performances while claiming they are a professional NBA franchise.

    Adam Silver and the members of the NBA hierarchy should meeting with the Sixers’ front office and asking Josh Harris why it is he feels it necessary for the franchise to tank their seasons simply get top-five pick in the NBA Draft , only for Philadelphia to amount to nothing in the ensuing seasons . The Sixers have not won a divisional title in over ten years , have not finished higher than third in their division over the last six and their last postseason appearance came during the 2011-12 postseason .

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  6. With the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs riding high within the Western Conference , with both teams unbeaten at home , it is still refreshing to see Warriors and Spurs are not having it their own way within the conference or the league. Following both with the third best record in West as well the NBA are the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-13) under first year coach Billy Donovan. Donovan’s success at Florida now seems to be paying dividends as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook appear to be coexisting together while the team seeks to make its presence felt around the league and especially their conference rivals within the West. The Thunder also appear to have the upper hand against opponents from the East also.

    In their last ten games Oklahoma City have been among the most successful teams in keeping their opponents at bay . Durant and Westbrook are combining for over 54% of the team’s offensive scoring productivity.

    Billy Donovan’s players have shown themselves to be extremely resourceful and consistent over the course of the season . Oklahoma’s next game will see them on the court against the New York Knicks who they will face on the road at Madison Square Garden , New York City, New York on Tuesday, 26th January.

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  7. Tonight we will see the marquee match-up of this NBA season in the lead-up to the All Star Game as the two best teams in the league meet face-to-face as the San Antonio Spurs face defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors .

    These two teams are led by two consensus League MVP contenders with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs leading the five time champions , whereas Steph Curry leading the Warriors’ three-pronged attack on offense will seek to improve the Golden State’s league-leading tally of wins this season.

    For the Spurs with the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West , San Antonio now has a more well-balanced team on defense as well as offense .

    Golden State and San Antonio remain unbeaten at home during this current NBA schedule . At this point last season the two teams with the best records hadn’t yet met with the Warriors meeting the Atlanta Hawks until 6th February , 2015 , with Golden State coming away with a narrow eight-point victory , defeating the Hawks 124-116. Golden State faced the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs met both teams a total of five teams during last season playing the Atlanta Hawks twice and the San Antonio Spurs three times .

    Other games of note taking place on Monday night will provide the fans with the following contests , the Minnesota Timberwolves facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Cavaliers’ new head coach Tyronn Lue coaching his second game for the franchise . Another game of interest will be the match-up between two conference powerhouses within the East when the Miami Heat are the guests of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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  8. DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings recently came off a forty-eight point performance for the team against the Indiana Pacers in a contest and the player is gradually proving to be the best center/ power-forward in the game. Next up for the Kings will be a home game against the Charlotte Hornets to be played on Monday 25th January.

    The Kings are doing their very best to remain competitive but it very hard to do so within their division as well as the Western Conference . Based on current projections, were the regular season to end today , the Sacramento Kings would have to face the Golden State Warriors in a first-round match-up.

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  9. The franchise which has impressed me the most within the Eastern Conference this season has not been the Cleveland Cavaliers or Chicago Bulls , but the Toronto Raptors who have quietly put together a string of impressive results this season. Under head coach Dwayne Casey and his coaching staff the roster itself might well be looked upon as nothing more than average within the conference as well as the league overall.

    DeMar DeRozan perhaps might well be viewed as the best player on the Raptors’ roster.

    In the Toronto Raptors’ most recent game the Raptors fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in a game played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,. Dwayne Casey will be preparing the Toronto Raptors for their next contest when they take on fellow conference rivals the Washington Wizards .

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  10. In light of tonight’s games in the NBA obviously playing into the mid-season picture of the league and at this point last season . It will be interesting to see what measures are likely to be taken by the teams seeking to improve their cap space , while also shedding themselves of high-priced free agents.

    Balanced scoring being seen in the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.

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  11. DeMarcus Cousins has a career night as he drops fifty-plus points in a game for the Sacramento Kings in their latest victory an overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets . Cousins led all scorers with fifty-eight points in the game.

    Elsewhere, in a Battle of the Titans the Golden State Warriors proved to be too powerful for the San Antonio Spurs on their way to a lopsided double-digit victory.

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  12. How about what the Warriors did to the Spurs last night, Al?

    If I gave you the option of taking either the Warriors or the field to win this year’s NBA title, you’d have to take the Warriors, right?


  13. Chris Humpherys(SportsChump)

    The San Antonio Spurs never stood a chance in the game from the opening tip-off to the end of the fourth quarter.

    Gregg Popovich might have the best defensive team based on allowed per game but that is all they have , In order to beat the Golden State Warriors their play will have to be more uptempo and consistent over the course of a game .

    . One contributing factor in the loss also, was the fact Tim Duncan wasn’t playing and as a defensive presence he wasn’t there to be seen.

    Golden State based on last night’s performance remains the best team in the league by an ever widening margin.

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  14. Chris Humpherys

    You have to be impressed with what the Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins has been able to achieve over the last ten games played for the team even if the Kings’ are not in with a chance of winning their division . Cousins’ recent performances have been truly impressive and he is among the top-eight players in the league based on efficiency , points and rebounds.

    Sacramento currently holds down the eighth seed within the Western Conference and were the season to end today their first round match-up

    would be against the Golden State Warriors who remain the only unbeaten team at home in the NBA .

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  15. Now comes the most boring part or should I say episode of an NFL season and it is the Annual Prow Bowl . A meaningless game which the fans are disinterested in and where the players are solely there for an noncompetitive contest , which has no bearing on the NFL calendar in anyway whatsoever.

    Granted , the game (Pro Bowl) will be televised as is often the NFL's want and with the blessings of the hierarchy in particular. Yet, with the league being so money-hungry and where revenues and profits are the only concerns of interest . I now find it truly disdainful and undignified, where teams such as the San Diego Chargers and St Louis Rams now feel the fans ought to be obligated and empathized , because of their alleged existing plights to seek relocation. The NFL will not be bearing any real cost to their moves (relocation) and it will ultimately come at the expense of the taxpayers (the public) and consumer. Anyone who believes to the contrary, is simply being naive .

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  16. Tuesday night’s results in the NBA and what the contests meant in terms of the incremental moves made within the divisions . The Golden State Warriors are still riding high within the NBA and atop of the Western Conference.

    The New York Knicks (25-22) continue to flounder as they come up short in their contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Either the bow will break, but it is becoming abundantly clear , the Knicks’ front office will have a decision to make concerning their impending free agents and whether or not there should be a salary dump with regard to Carmelo Anthony , because his talents are now being wasted on a team which is heading nowhere. At sub. 500 the Knicks are barely competitive within their division , conference or the league as a whole .

    Elsewhere , the woes of the Los Angeles Lakers remain as stark as ever with the team unable to overcome their invariable flaws , lack of coaching from an inept staff and a group of players who have no synchronicity whatsoever. The Los Angeles were on the wrong side of a narrow two-point loss to conference rivals the Dallas Mavericks in a game featuring combatants from the Western Conference’s Pacific and Southwest Divisions.

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  17. Blake Griffin while being a very good player , is not the driving force behind the success of the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Now the player is becoming more synonymous for his off-court problems, than for anything he’s achieved on the court this season.

    Petulance , stupidity and lack of intelligence now seems to be credo Blake Griffin is determined to live by, while anal retentive fans continue to make excuses for this type of behavior, putting it down to an athletes’ age ? Please shut the fu#ck with your ignorance .

    Blake Griffin (right) and Doc Rivers.

    Blake Griffin out 4-6 weeks after breaking bone throwing punch

    By Mike Wells . ESPN Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Blake Griffin has apologized for a weekend incident that has left the Los Angeles Clippers without their star forward for an additional four to six weeks.

    Hours after the team confirmed that Griffin broke a bone in his right hand while throwing a punch in Toronto, Griffin expressed regret for his actions in a Twitter post Tuesday night.

    To read Griffin’s response to this incident click on this link

    Sources previously told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that Griffin hit Matias Testi, the Clippers’ assistant equipment manager, on Saturday night in Toronto.

    The Clippers were in Toronto as part of a five-game road trip. They played the Raptors the day after the incident, losing 112-94.

    Sources told Eaves that Griffin and Testi were at a restaurant when they traded insults and got into an argument. Griffin hit Testi, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again. Testi had visible injuries to his face, sources told Eaves.

    Both Griffin and Testi were sent home from the road trip after the incident. The two are good friends and had vacationed together, sources said.

    Meeting with reporters earlier Tuesday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers called the incident “frustrating” and a “distraction” for a team that has clawed its way back in the competitive Western Conference.

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    Doc Rivers as the head coach and Head of Basketball Operations has to be frustrated with the player as well as the inconsistency shown by team , albeit the Clippers have been on an impressive run as of late.

    The Clippers will be on the court for their next game when they face the Indiana Pacers at Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse Arena in Indiana, Indianapolis on Wednesday 27th January , 2016.

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  18. Tonight’s games should prove to be entertaining as the teams get underway in regular season play.

    There will be conference and divisional contests . Among those on the court will be the Phoenix Suns on the road to face the Cleveland Cavaliers , Denver Nuggets taking on the Boston Celtics , Philadelphia 76ers looking to improve upon their season while facing the Detroit Piston , Los Angeles Clippers without Blake Griffin as the Clippers will be tipping off against the Atlanta Hawks , Oklahoma City Thunder against conference rivals the Minnesota Timberwolves , with the Houston Rockets against the San Antonio Spurs in what might be the game of the night , with defending champions the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks likely to pushing each other to the limit .

    Thursday’s scheduled contests will once again have the teams back on court playing at a high level .

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  19. In last night’s embarrassing loss the Los Angeles Lakers (9-39) suffered their thirty-ninth defeat of the season and their seventeenth home loss of their schedule. The Lakers’ last victory came in their defeat of the Charlotte Hornets on 12th January , a span of nine games for the Lakers.

    I certainly do not believe Byron Scott of any member of his coaching staff can guide this team from their current path , which appears is a another seemingly disastrous season for the franchise .

    The Los Angeles Lakers’ next game will be against the Los Angeles Clippers with whom they share the Staples Center as their respective home venue . For the Los Angeles Clippers they will be without Blake Griffin who is estimated to miss the next five or six weeks after an altercation with an equipment manager , Mathias Testi , who is an employee within the team’s organization . Neither Griffin or Testi have been fined or reprimanded in any way by the Clippers or the NBA hierarchy. ..

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  20. The NBA beyond seeking to purvey their brand, they really ought to address the issue of player misconduct .

    Blake Griffin and Matias Testa are clear indicators of this fact and the real issue comes down to the lack of action by the league hierarchy or by the Los Angeles Clippers’ hierarchy and their failing to reprimand either employee. The only discernible sign of angst shown , has been the idiotic response by Doc Rivers , who insists Griffin’s absence from the team will be a disadvantage for the Clippers. It begs the question , where do the coach’s allegiances actually lay ?

    Blake Griffin (left) is seen here with Clippers’ equipment manager Matias Testa. The two were involved in an altercation which took place at a restaurant , which has since boiled over into a second incident and the team’s training facility.

    The NBA is not the only who tends to be soft on their players when it comes to player misconduct, because we continue to see the same sort of idiocy displayed by MLB , NFL , NHL , NASCAR and also at the collegiate level with the NCAA .

    As the NBA season has meandered along we have seen how teams have dealt with with their season as it unfolds .

    Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are the first team to forty wins for this season and they currently maintain a three-game margin over the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league.

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