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Joel Embiid Drops 22 Points In First Game Back

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Joel Embiid’s career has been off to a rocky start in Philly. Last year Embiid only played in 32 games before sustaining a meniscus tear in his left knee. The 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, spent most of the summer rehabbing from his injury.

Joel returned to action tonight and picked up right were he left off. Embiid finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, and 18 free throw attempts in 14 minutes during a preseason rout of the Brooklyn Nets.

Joell has even been working on the 3 point range, draining a 3 as time expired.

The Sixers were not concerned and offered their star big man a huge contract extension.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the deal is for five years and $148 million—with supermax language baked in that could potentially escalate the deal to as much as $178 million. The Sixers have a clause to dump the contract, if Embiid suffers career ending injury,

For Philly fans they were just happy to cheer for their two previously injured draft picks. Tonight was the first time both Embiid and Ben Simmonns were on the court at the same time.

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Kevin Durant Was The First Overall Pick

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After winning the NBA All-Star game 148-145, LeBron James revealed part of his draft order when choosing teams against Stephen Curry.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, Kevin Durant was his top choice, followed by Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Curry ended up with Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid as starters for his team.

For James, it was all business the four-time MVP put it plain and simple. “I’m trying to win,” said James.

In January KD made joked about finally being drafted number 1 overall. “Well, finally someone picked me number one. That feels pretty good” said Durant. Durant was drafted no.2 overall in the 2007 draft behind Greg Oden.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke about a possible televised draft happening after the game. “When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” Silver said. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”

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Houston Rockets Number One in The Western Conference.

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Houston Rockets are currently first in the Western Conference . Do the Rockets have what it takes , to remain in the top spot in the West ?

For the first time in three years , the Golden State Warriors are not sitting at the Number one spot at the All Star break .Now, this may only last for a moment considering it is the All-Star break, and they only have the lead by half-game in the regular season. We won’t take there shine for them, but they can take pride in this moment.

The Rockets are having a great season, this is there the second double-digit winning streak of the season. Winning 10 games straight, beating teams like the Spurs, Cavs, Nuggets, and Timberwolves by a combined 87 points.Are we witnessing one of the best Houston Rocket teams?

Old School Rockets vs New School Rockets

The Houston Rockets have two franchise NBA championships. Rockets took home back to back championships in 1994 and 1995, with some of the best NBA players TNT NBA Analyst Kenny Smith, LA Lakers Commentator Robert Horry, and Hakeem Olajuwon.

The 2017-2018 Rockets are being looked at differently, compared to the 94, and 95 squads. Kenny Smith and company may have brought the city back to back championships, but they weren’t considered a dominating force like this current Rockets team. If the Rockets can keep their current health they are on track to finish the season winning 63 games, and currently considered a dominating force.

What’s to Come?

Now, as everyone knows you can’t get overly excited when it comes to the NBA. A team may come in strong all season, and then fall when it comes to playoff time. Let’s hope the Rockets can finish out the season strong. They just have to get through the Warriors.  The Rockets, are currently 2-1 when it comes to playing the Warriors in the regular season.

When it comes to statics, according to NBA.com the Rockets are scoring half point per possession less than Golden State. Rockets also have the 9th best defense in the league and allowing less than a point more per possessions than the Warriors. The teams mirror each other when it comes to dominating their opponent, expect the Rockets are among the leagues 10 best teams when it comes to taking care of the basketball and the Warriors are the second worst.

There are 23 games left in the season after the All-Star break, and it’s crunch time for securing a spot for most teams. While others are just trying to keep all of their players healthy. Will Houston finish the regular season healthy, strong and ready to dominate in the West? Will this be the year, that we see a change in the NBA finals? We’re all curious to see.

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Klay Thompson Wants To Keep The Splash Brothers Together Past 2019

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Klay Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019, but the 28 year-old NBA All-Star has no plans on leaving the bay area.

Thompson is so hopeful of making it all work that he said last fall, in an interview with The Athletic, he would consider a hometown-discount contract from the Warriors.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine. Hopefully it all works out.” Thompson continued, “It’s so far away,” Thompson said of his pending free agency. “Anything I can do to stay with the Warriors is first and foremost. God willing, it happens. If not, I don’t even think about that.”

Klay has been instrumental building a dynasty with Golden State. The amount of money Golden State will have to pay with luxury taxes could impact if the team could afford to keep their core stars. Klay, on the other hand, views the decision a chance to make history.

“We’ve won a lot. That doesn’t happen by being an individual,” said Thompson the third-leading scorer on the Warriors with 20.1 points per game. “In the history of the NBA, all the greatest teams that ever played had great talent. It wasn’t just one or two guys. It was a complete roster. That’s what we have.”

VIA: Mercury News

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