TDR: Basketball Fridays??
* Off the bench *
* Leading off *
- Holy Lakers Celtics game. Ok, allow me to dramatically set it up. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers to win the World Series, the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl, and now the Lakers had the chance to redeem their city last night and take Boston down a peg with a victory over the Celtics. LeBron attempted to trade away his entire team before the NBA draft deadline, and he was unsuccessful. Everyone was speculating the Lakers would implode. (Ahem.) BUT THEN, they silenced the world with an incredible buzzer-beater win over the Celtics 129-128. The real insult to injury was the winning shot was made by Rajon Rondo aka a guy who won titles with the Celtics. Oh man, it’s too good. Way to flip the narrative, Lakers. That was a much needed win.
- Welp no more football previews on Fridays, so let’s ease into the transition by previewing the top college basketball matchup of the weekend. No. 2 Duke is heading to Charlottesville for a rematch against No. 3 UVA. Duke won the first game at home 72-70, so the Cavs are definitely not to be underestimated. A big factor in the Hoos getting redemption will be if star point guard Ty Jerome is able to play. He’s been having major back issues, which is ironic, because he is the backbone of this team. *finger guns* yay college basketball! So close to March!
* Halftime *
I guess we are just all basketball today. So last night the NBA All-Star teams were selected. Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo drafted their teams gym class dodgeball style going back and forth. LeBron selected Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden. His first bench selection was Anthony Davis to which Giannis threw major side eye. (LeBron really wants Davis to come play for the Lakers.) Giannis picked Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker as his starters. The game is Feb. 17 and it’s always a fun weekend with the dunk contest and what not. You can find their full teams here.
* Keep your eye on the ball *
Ok I won’t bore you with a list of all the different trades that happened at the deadline yesterday, but there is one worth talking about. The Philadelphia “trust the process” 76ers are no longer processing with Markelle Fultz. They traded him to the Magic yesterday after the poor guy just never can get it together. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017, but shoulder problems have kept him from remotely realizing his potential. The Sixers finally had to offload him to make salary room for some more impactful players in addition to strengthening their bench. Welcome to Florida, Markelle.
* Overtime *