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Steph Curry Chris Paul The Crippling Of The Guard

The guard has changed again.

The small ball revolution may not be over…yet. But check out the televised NBA news…it’s finally taken a hit.

Two of the best Point Guards in the league-one traditional, the other unconventional-are out in the most critical point of the season and their careers in this make or break playoff campaign.

Reigning MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry has sprained his knee and will miss at least the next fortnight when he will be reevaluated again. His Golden State Warriors and the remaining big three of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have a chance to ground the Houston Rockets completely come Sunday…but will they have a problem without Curry’s clutch hot three ball? Especially with the inside out dynamic duo of Dwight Howard and James Harden out in Texas who are dynamite on a good day or a bad one.

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And even if they make it out of this series alive. Will they survive the bracket over the rest of this month? Can they repeat?

A situation more critical is happening out in Lob City. Los Angeles times are looking dry erase and billboard proclaiming sketchy out in Clipper kingdom with no one to throw the alley to DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin who is now definitely done for the playoffs…and that really is another thing. That’s because Point God Chris Paul has broken his hand which surely casts more than doubt on the rest of his and his teams campaign. The Clippers time is now…because before long unlike a rolling stone it won’t be on their side.

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Right now they are all tied up with a blazing Portland team in this 2 apiece series. But the former after dubs, dubbed favorites seem more on the ropes now than they do an even keel. Especially with Most Improved C.J. McCollum’s inspired play. Besides in the P.G. position whose going to stop the Dame train? Lillard could rap this up tonight for the City of Roses like one of his bars. Keeping the “weird” in this.

But now if the Clippers are clipped and the Warriors defeated…or wounded who out West has the chance to meet or dethrone the King and his Cavs? Yes we’re assuming Cleveland will beast their way out East for this Game of Thrones.

You could call the forthcoming Thunder/Spurs series what it is…or most likely will be. The Western Conference or even NBA final. With the best one two punch in the league dancing their way to the second round it’s time for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to finally be the best since Shaq and Kobe. Or how about the old hand of the Spurs. With Tim Duncan handing it over to former Portland player and prototype replica LaMarcus Aldridge like David Robinson did to the robot rookie as the Admiral finally left port.

It still may just be a big mans game after all.

If you want to look to the future…look up!

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Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win

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Marial Shayok 42 Points Helps Delaware Blue Coats Get First Win

Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa’s basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.

Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.

The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.

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Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.

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Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss

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Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell takes it to the hoop against Lakers

Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!

The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.

Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.

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Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Damian Lillard silky smooth 60-point career-high

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Damian Lillard Silky Smooth 60-point Career-high

Damian Lillard’s ascend to NBA stardom is a primary reason for anybody to cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers all-star guard. Lillard’s sharpshooting game, combined with his poignant and fierce lyrically skills are yet another glaring trend that have pushed his name towards a future hall-of-fame ballot and a potential thriving microphone ‘chin checking’ career if he so desires when his playing days are over.

On magical NBA Friday night, matched-up opposite one of the games’ best rising star — Oakland’s finest took his game to another level by dropping a career-high 60 points against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time all-star and 2017-18 All-NBA first-team guard drilled 19-of-33 (57%) field-goals, 7-of-16 (43%) three-pointers and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.

The two dynamic scoring guards have a history of finding an extra gear when facing each other. Irving dropped a career-high 55 points on Dame and the Blazers back in January 2015 when he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Although, the 60-point effort came in a tough 119-115 loss it’s hard to ignore the fact Lillard is one of a select few players that have dropped a 50-plus point game in the last five seasons — dating back to the 2015-2016 NBA season. Lillard’s previous best, was a 59-point outburst against the Utah Jazz in 2017.

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