NBA Weekly Report: March 8-16

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

It has been a month since I have completed one of these weekly reports, and you might be tired of having to go hunt on every website for the past week’s headlines. Well, I’m back, and I included an extra day on my article.

1. Detroit Pistons lose ten straight

The Detroit Pistons had a chance for a playoff spot in the lackluster NBA Eastern Conference. With a good winning run, they almost had a seed. Well, ‘had’ is now the kew word.

The Pistons have lost ten straight games. They have lost games since the 24th of February. This streak includes losses to the New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, and the Los Angeles Lakers. What is especially deflating is that the Knicks and Lakers have already been ruled out of playoff competition.

The Pistons next face the Memphis Grizzlies, which will most likely be another loss. However, the game after, the Pistons will face the Philadelphia 76ers, which could mean a victory. Another game will a good chance of winning for the Pistons is two games after that against the Boston Celtics.

The Pistons better shape up, since their playoff dreams are quickly speeding away.

2.  Tim Duncan, Kyle Korver end historic streaks

Tim Duncan and Kyle Korver are great players for their respective teams, the San Antonio Spurs and the Atlanta Hawks. And, they had their own respective streaks. Well, within the last eight days, both of those have been broken.

First, Duncan. Duncan had played 1,310 games in the regular season and 234 games in the playoffs during his 17 years in the league. And, in all these games, he made at least one field goal. Well, this streak is now over.

On March 8 against the Chicago Bulls, Duncan had no made field goals and only scored three points via free throws. He was 0-8 from the field in a Spurs win, and it was his worst performance since November 2013, when he was 1-12 in a Spurs win over the Wizards. However, even if Duncan’s streak is broken, there is good chance he might have to expand his trophy case for another NBA championship.

Then, on March 15, Kyle Korver and the Hawks took the floor against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, during that game, Korver broke his nose, and was out for the rest of the game. As an added note of disappointment for Korver, his streak of 51 games with a made three point shot was broken, as he missed both his shots from beyond the arc. Hopefully, Korver can get better and keep sinking in those threes.

3. Blake Griffin loses in return to Clippers

Blake Griffin was out for 15 games after surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. During that span, the Clippers were 9-6. Now, since they got Griffin back, they are 0-1.

James Harden scored 34 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame a first quarter deficit with a resounding 100-98 win. Harden also had seven assists and seven rebounds.

Griffin had 11 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. He started his first game back with four assists. However, near the end of the game, Griffin was whistled for a charge against Houston’s Trevor Ariza with 12 seconds left in the game. This was after Griffin got the second of his two steals.

Ariza had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets (44-22). For the Clippers (42-25), Chris Paul had 23 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds.

Even though it was a loss, it should help tremendously to get Blake Griffin, both for defense and dunking purposes.

4. Kyrie Irving gets 57 points

Again, we talk about the Spurs. On March 12, the Spurs were at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had Kyrie Irving in their arsenal. Well, Irving delivered.

Irving had 57 points, and the Cavaliers beat the Spurs 128-125 in overtime. This point total was a season best for Irving, NBA-best after Irving’s 55 point game against the Portland Trail Blazers, and a Cavaliers record, beating LeBron James’s game of 56 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2005.

Near the end of regulation, the Cavs were losing, 104-110. However, Irving hit a three point shot with 31 seconds left to get the Cavs within three points, and another three-pointer with less than five seconds left to tie the game.

Irving was 7-7 from beyond the arc, 20-32 from the field, and 10-10 from the free throw line.

Irving also had 11 of Cleveland’s 18 points in OT, including a three-pointer with just over a minute remaining to clinch a Cleveland win.

Expect more great games for Irving.