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Slippery When Wet…Lakers Ice Warriors In San Diego

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Slippery When Wet Lakers Ice Warriors In San Diego

Watch your step Chick! This game was in the refrigerator early.

As the Californian coast kings of the champion Golden State Warriors and the storied Los Angeles Lakers met in San Diego for a clash they did more than just that, slipping and sliding like garden games thanks to the hockey ice coming up from underneath.

Puck!

So much so that all this break dancing led to the game in the Valley View Casino Arena having to be called early with two minutes and sixteen seconds left in the third quarter with the Lakers up 85-70.

“The officials said they weren’t comfortable with the slippage of players,” Lakers coach Byron Scott told press. “They said there was a possibility of players getting hurt. Luke (former Laker and current Warrior coach under Steve Kerr’s absence, Walton) and I both talked. I told him I don’t mind calling this game.”

Of course he didn’t with the Lakers losing a lot this preseason except at home, from Hawaii to Las Vegas of course they will take this one.

A wins an win…and the fans still got a refund at the point of purchase.

Still for almost as much time as an NCAA game they still got some choice highlights among a blooper reel of Calamity James style antics, including a nice slip, trip and crossover recovery three from Stephen Curry which almost broke his and Jordan Clarkson’s ankles. It was the kids fresh out of college that provided the highlights in a game that was thankfully missing Kobe Bryant…because you wouldn’t want the injured franchise face taking it to this floor.

The court wasn’t the only thing that was wet. The Lakers 46% shooting showed the splash brothers even more water from the Pacific. Jordan Clarkson’s star trek and turn was a voyager last night, making seven of nine for 17 points including a nice put back dunk off number 17 Roy Hibbert’s post miss as he went to battle with MVP best in the league Curry’s hot 19 points (7-of-13), five 3-pointers and four assists. That heat from the chef wasn’t enough to evaporate all the wetness however as rising sophomore star Julius Randle worked the middle against last years runner up to both Most Improved and Defensive Player Of The Year Draymond Green adding 14 points in only 12 minutes of play. Which led Scott to say it best about his new great, “Julius doesn’t have any fear.” Or has Randle would rather put it going in on Green: “he can’t guard me”!

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Debuting after injury and almost getting knocked again by this floor Brazilian Point God Marcelo Huertas only notched a dozen minutes but he was baking with six assists to go with four points…just imagine him with more time. Also with Lou Williams absence, Nick Young was determined to show we was still a worthy Sixth Man candidate, swagging up with 10 points, three big threes and even one four point play.

Swag Splash!

Want to tread more water? The biggest splash came when the son of the first Slam Dunk Contest champion Larry Nance Jr caught a candidate for NBA Jam of the year, running the floor, stretching the defense and strong-arming a finsh to the rim that charged the San Diego crowd, singing like Ron Burgundy’s jazz flute.

That to the NBA anchors and free game fans was worth making the trip alone.

With all these Lakers flowing against the Golden Splash Warriors and knocking down the champs, who says it doesn’t rain in Southern California?

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Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women

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Fight and win like a girl...

Great expectations.

Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.

The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.

It tells us the CBA means…

When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.

Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.

Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?

This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.

It’s about time.

Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.

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Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.

And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.

But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.

Again and again until we don’t have to.

The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?

Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.

The game changed for real today.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists joins elite NBA company

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.

Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.

Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.

Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA

Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.

Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.

RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.

The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.

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The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.

Canada NBA All-Star Drought

The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.

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