After the Clippers downed the Lakers in the battle of Los Angeles on Monday night, it looks like we now know who is NOT making the playoffs. And that would be the former. The Lakers, despite having signed LeBron James in the summer, are now 30-34 after yet another loss and have fallen six games behind the pace of their inner city rivals and a full five and a half off the back of the San Antonio Spurs. The 113-105 loss at the Staples Center is another blow to the playoff hopes of the Lakers, and it’s also a devastating blow to them in terms of trying to capture big signings later down the road as well. The Clippers, who went a long way toward securing a playoff spot of their own with the win, were led by Danillo Gallinari, 23 points, and Lou Williams, 21, on the night. James had 27 to lead all scorers, but it didn’t prove to be nearly enough.
The Golden State Warriors just keep going from strength-to-strength it seems. They got Boogie Cousins, and they now look set to re-sign center Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the season. The Aussie has just completed his season Down Under, and is now available, pending Visa clearance, to return to action for the Warriors. He has played with the team before, so although he will just be a secondary or tertiary option, he will have had experience in the system. This only makes the Oaklanders even stronger, if that’s even possible.
Somehow, someway, the Phoenix Suns have found a way to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks… again. The Suns, who now have a 14-51 record on the season, have beaten the Bucks twice this season. In fact, they are now the first team to be able to say that improbably. The fact that 1/7 of their wins is against the East’s leaders is perplexing and head-scratching. And they managed to do it after trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter. Their 114-105 win saw Kelly Oubre put up a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead them. Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker were also good again, following up a fine showing against the Lakers beforehand. The Bucks, who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, were paced by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 21 points in the loss.
It’s very early days in Philly for Bryce Harper, but he has already set one mark at his new team. The Phillies’ new outfield slugger has become the top jersey seller online ever in a 48-hour window. He has passed LeBron James, the previous leader for the Lakers, as well as the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Khalil Mack. Since this move had been so highly sought after for so long, it’s really no surprise. Philly is a big sports town, and it should come as no shock that his jersey would sell all over the world, either. Now, let’s see if the play on the field will be as impressive in a month or so.