Anthony Davis’ Friday night was an extremely interesting one to say the least. With his, for now, Pelicans playing at home in New Orleans to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Davis found himself booed for the first time in what is sure to be a few months’ worth of it. Davis was booed as soon as he touched the ball, but he still responded and paced the Pelicans on the night with a 32 point (on jut five missed shots total) performance in the 122-117 win. And he was able to do that without playing at all in the fourth quarter, something else that is sure to to make many fans and the media wonder. Pregame, the rumor had been all week that they would sit Davis for the rest of he season. But, according to sources, the NBA threatened the Pelicans with a $100K fine for every game in which they decided to sit their star man. By sitting him in the fourth, it’s about as best as they can do. Expect to see him ‘rested’ whenever it is possible so that they don’t get fined and also lessen the chances of him getting injured and losing his trade value.
The once again new-look Philadelphia 76ers took to the court on Friday night, too, as they took on the Denver Nuggets at home. And so far, so good. The Sixers, playing Tobias Harris for the first time, were able to defeat the tough Nuggets 117-110 after their new starting lineup helped engineer a late 14-7 run in their favor to pull away. Harris would debut well, scoring 14 points and picking up eight rebounds for his new team. When the aforementioned starters were all on the court, they were +14 over Denver. It’s hard to win games when your bench has to make up for that big of a deficit, so the Sixers will hope that they can apply pressure to the opposing team for the rest of the season and in the playoffs as they did here. JJ Redick paced the Sixers with a season-high 34 points, and Nikola Jokic, impressed by the Sixers new look lineup, led the Nuggets with a typically consistent 27 points.
It has now been made official. The NCAA has cleared Justin Fields to suit up and take to the field for the Ohio State Buckeyes this fall. The former Georgia Bulldog backup QB does not have to sit out a year before playing, despite that usually being the case, after showing that this was better for his health and well-being. We all know that’s a bit of a stretch. This is about playing opportunities, and dollars and cents, too. Fields, a former no. 1 ranked QB, is expected to be the starter immediately with the team this coming season as it begins a new era with a new coach after the departure of one Urban Meyer.