Association Problems Continue
There have been a couple of lingering issues in the NBA this season, and they continued to rear their heads on Saturday. The first happened in the Boston Celtics’ trip to face the Charlotte Hornets. Kyrie Irving and his team had just lost, from a lead, to them by a score of 124-117 and looked like he was taking the blame and placing it squarely elsewhere. There have been signs of dissension for most of the season, so this is no real shock to say the least. Kemba Walker was the star of the game for the hosts. He scored 36 total points, but he had half of those in the fourth quarter as he led the charge to keep them from losing.
The Golden State Warriors also appear to have some issues, and a 35-point defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks will do little to quell those feelings shared by both fans and the media alike. Without Steph Curry on the floor, the rest of the team decided to have an off night in Oakland as the Mavs ran away 126-91 winners at Oracle. Kevin Durant claimed it wasn’t an issue, but for a team that is viewed as nearly flawless to most, the least bit of problem is going to cause attention. As for the Mavericks, they still earned this one. Dirk Nowitizki had his best showing all season with 21 points, while the rising legend Luka Doncic completed a triple-double with 10 assists, 11 rebounds, and 23 points. It was their first win over the Warriors since 2012, snapping a 12 game skid.