NBA Weekly | Latest News, Stories, Advice & more – Dec. 02, 2021
Hello NBA fans, and welcome to our weekly review of the best basketball league in the world! Many things happened in the past couple of days, so we will not make this introduction long. Let’s start with the latest NBA news, stories, latest results, and rumors! If you want to watch NBA live for free, you should check the Bet365 sportsbook.
The Joker’s Performance in Miami
The conflict between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris from the beginning of November was one of the central topics in the NBA league in previous weeks. Everyone was looking forward to the new clash between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets, which happened in Florida. Although it was assumed that Jokic would not play due to injury because he had a break for ten days, the Serbian center went out on the court of the FTX Arena and performed excellently. 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists were enough for the Nuggets to break a six-game losing streak. Markieff Morris has not been on the Heat roster due to injury since the clash and the punch he received from Jokic.
Bogdan Bogdanovic Got Injured Again
After seven wins in a row, the Atlanta Hawks lost at home to the New York Knicks, but an even bigger problem for Nate McMillan is a new injury of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Serbian guard sprained his ankle and is expected to be absent for 2 to 4 weeks. With good games in November, the Hawks reached the position that leads to the playoffs, and in addition to Trae Young and John Collins, the awesome games were shown by Clint Capela, who dominates around the paint. The goal of the Hawks is to be candidates for the NBA Finals again, and for something like that, they will need all the players available. Because of all this, the information that Bogdanovic’s injury was not too serious was undoubtedly greeted with much relief.
Step by step👣 pic.twitter.com/oZH34HuxRs
— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) November 18, 2021
Phoenix Suns and Chris Paul Made History
The Phoenix Suns have won the last 16 games they have played, which is a franchise record. They suffered their last defeat on October 28 from the Sacramento Kings, and then the machine started. A great series was contributed by point guard Chris Paul who became the first player in NBA league history to collect 20,000 points, 10,000 assists, and 5,000 rebounds. The Suns lost in the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks last season, and if they reach the championship this season, it will be their first in history.
Milwaukee Bucks Signed DeMarcus Cousins
Four-time all-star Demarcus Cousins will become the new Milwaukee Bucks basketball player. The Bucks have been without starting center Brook Lopez for some time now, and a replacement was necessary. Cousins has been without a team since the end of last season when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers. During his time playing for the Sacramento Kings, Cousins was one of the best players in the entire league; however, he could not return to his former level after two serious injuries. He has signed short-term contracts with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers in the last few seasons but has never reached the NBA title.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 2, 2021
New York Knicks Removed Kemba Walker From Rotation
After defeating the Atlanta Hawks, sensational news arrived from the New York Knicks. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has decided to remove Kemba Walker from the rotation, and he will not be part of the team in the coming period. Looking at statistics on 100 possessions, the Knicks backcourt made up of Walker, and Evan Fournier recorded disastrous results. After a failed episode in the Boston Celtics, Walker was unable to make a comeback in New York either, and the impression is that the career of the former Charlotte Hornets superstar is coming to an end faster than expected.
Frank Vogel on Thr Hot Seat
After 22 games played, the Los Angeles Lakers have 11 wins and 11 losses. It’s not the performance they’ve been hoping for in this franchise, and if you know how the previous season ended, that’s not good news for head coach Frank Vogel. Well-informed journalist Marc Stein came out a few days ago with the information that Vogel is on the hot seat and that there is more and more talk that he could be fired if the team does not start playing as expected. Lebron James missed some games, Anthony Davis too, but despite that, the Lakers don’t look like a contender for the title at the moment. If Vogel is fired, assistant coach Dave Fizdale imposes himself as one of the solutions. It has long been known how good a relationship he has with LeBron James, and if the Lakers superstar would choose the next head coach, there is no doubt about who will be his favorite.
Zion Williams is Close to Return
Many were surprised when the New Orleans Pelicans fired Stan Van Gundy between the two seasons. However, the players didn’t get along best with him, and the impression was that it was Zion Williamson who was one of the loudest. In New Orleans, they expected that the team could fight for a place in the playoffs this season, but it already seems that this will be an impossible mission. They have achieved only five wins so far this season, but the game is even more worrying. Pelicans act unconnected on both sides of the floor. The good news is that Zion Williamson will be back on the court soon, which could be an extra boost. However, the former first pick from the NBA draft showed that he could not stay healthy in the long run, and it is questionable what the future of the Pelicans is with him in general.
Zion gives @FletcherWDSU the “question of the day” award:
Asked about his relationship with the city and team pic.twitter.com/yocx1lgDby
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) September 27, 2021
A Complicated Situation For James Harden
Before the start of the season, the Brooklyn Nets unexpectedly lost Kyrie Irving. The superstar of this team has decided not to get vaccinated, and due to regulations in the state of New York, until he does, he will not be able to play. The rotation of the Nets has completely changed, and James Harden is forced to play several different positions which do not suit him. After the defeat by the Phoenix Suns, Harden said the situation is complicated for him. “Beard “stated that he does not know when he should score, when he should be a playmaker, and when he should do everything a bit. Against the Suns, Harden had as many as seven turnovers which caused the crowd to complain at one point. Probably all that influenced the statement of one of the best basketball players of today.