NBA Week 12 in review
A review of the key storylines happening around the NBA and how it will affect teams into the future.
James Harden hurt
Rockets star guard James Harden has been sidelined for at least 2 weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Harden sustained the injury against the Lakers in the 4th quarter of a 148-142 2OT victory. Hopefully this doesn't derail Harden's season which was on pace for MVP recognition. Harden is averaging 32.3 PPG, 5 RPG and 9.1 APG.
The Rockets were on a skid before the Lakers victory, falling in five straight. This is a great opportunity for the Rockets to evaluate how the team, led by Chris Paul will perform.
The Spurs are now certainly in the mix for an upset to take out the division crown
Tip: Southwest Division Winner: San Antonio Spurs
Cavs to win with IT
This week saw the introduction of the Cavaliers’ shiny new toy, Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, affectionately known by those in Boston as the King of the Fourth will be looking to ride shotgun to LeBron down the stretch as they likely contend for another NBA Championship.
LeBron has the physical traits to pose a problem to any line up but his shooting down the stretch in the clutch moments of games has left some room for improvement.
Having Thomas on the court will give defences a headache as to who will be the go-to guy and also give the Cavaliers another offensive weapon to use.
Tip: NBA Champions – Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah’s lucky number is 13
The rookie out of Lousiville went with the 13th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and has impressed many this season. Mitchell is firming as a genuine Rookie of the Year candidate, second behind Ben Simmons.
Mitchell’s stats are a thing of beauty and he is quickly becoming a favourite of coach Snyder.
Mitchell has already recorded a 41-point game has the wingspan of a centre and hops that rival the league’s best.
Who’s to say that Simmons doesn’t go down injured once again? If that’s the case he’ll be out of contention for the Rookie of the Year just like Embiid last year.
There’s some cracker value in Mitchell who seems to be lighting up the hardwood at the moment.
Tip: Rookie of the Year – Donovan Mitchell