Rockets Win, Wizards Lose Again, Kershaw Staying Put in L.A.

Jonathan Grant | November 3rd, 2018

It’s a little bit early for season-changing moments, but the Houston Rockets might have gotten one of those on Friday night. Having won just once in their opening six games, the team that pushed the two-time defending champions to a Game 7, needed something to go right. And for once this season it did just that. It was an awful start in New York, though, with the team falling behind by as many as 14 points early on. It was in the second quarter that Chris Paul took over with his leadership. During a timeout, the players had a huddle all to themselves. And whatever was said worked. As Paul said “enough was enough,” and from there the Rockets clawed their way back into the game. After that timeout, the Nets only shot 36% from the field. That, along with 28 points from Carmelo Anthony from the bench and 32 points from their point guard Paul, were enough to give them a 119-111 victory and hopefully get their season moving in the right direction.

Houston Chronicle

Expectations aren’t nearly as high for the Washington Wizards as they are for the Rockets, but their team is still in a lot of trouble. Much like the Rockets, the Wizards have started the NBA season off very poorly, and that continued on Friday night with a 134-111 loss at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The loss sees them fall to 1-7 so far, and it also ensured that they were booed off the court by their home fans. Despite a valiant attempt in the third quarter to come back, it was just too little, too late. They had been outscored 44-20 in the second quarter, and you just can’t win NBA games with numbers like that.

And finally, Clayton Kershaw will be staying home in Los Angeles come next season, and according to his new deal, the two seasons following that as well. The veteran lefty has put pen to paper on a deal that will be worth $93 million over the course of three years. While he could have theoretically made even more money, he cited that he wanted to stick around in LA as a reason for this. He also stated that he wants to prove his critics wrong. In order to do that, he’s going to not only have to win the World Series but lead the Dodgers to it with a couple of wins in it. If anyone can do it at his age, it’s him, but he will have to continue to evolve in order to hold up against the test of time.

Next Article
  • Harden Drops 61

    It’s not even a surprise anymore. It’s come to be expected, such is the level of skill associated with James Harden, who put up 61 points on Friday night in a 111-105 win over rivals San Antonio. Coming off the back of 57 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, this was among his...

    Read More
  • Lakers Miss Playoffs

    In other NBA news, the Los Angeles Lakers’ misery was confirmed on Friday night. They will not be heading to the playoffs, marking the sixth straight year where that has been said. We’ve all known that this has been coming for a while now, but this is only confirmation of it as it has become...

    Read More
  • UVA Gets By

    Virginia came into Friday afternoon’s game with a point to prove after last year’s shocking debacle that saw them lose, as a #1 seed, to #16 seed UMBC, the first time a #1 had fallen in the very first round. On Friday, however, they looked tepid and scared. At least for a little while. But...

    Read More
  • UC Irvine Impresses

    It’s not been the most rocky of NCAA Tournaments thus far, with a lot of chalk and expected ‘upsets’ taking place, but the biggest one so far has been UC Irvine’s 70-64 win over Kansas State. The #13 seed Anteaters came into Friday’s game without a single win in a tournament ever. No NCAA wins...

    Read More
  • Morant Leads Rare Upset on Day 1 Of NCAA’s

    On a day in the NCAA Tournament that offered up very few true upsets, Ja Morant provided one. Perhaps it’s not too big of an upset, either, but it’s as close as we got to seeing a major one given that his #12 seed Murray State team went out and won 83-64 over #5 seed...

    Read More
  • Magee Breaks Threes Record

    Wofford, another unfashionable underdog that has risen to widespread popularity this season, had a record set on Thursday in the tournament. The #7 seed Terriers won 84-68 over #10 seed Seton Hall in Jacksonville, and to go one better they had sharpshooter Fletcher Magee set the NCAA Division I mark for most threes made in...

    Read More
  • Ichiro Takes Bow

    The Opening Series of the MLB season finished up on Thursday, and it saw the Seattle Mariners win 5-4 in 12 innings in Japan over the Oakland A’s. Domingo Santana once again came up clutch, despite a fielder’s choice to give the Mariners a 2-0 record to begin the season. However, the big story was...

    Read More
  • Ichiro Stars in MLB Opener

    Whether you like it or not, and whether you ever were aware of it happening or not, the MLB season began on Wednesday in Japan with the Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics. Having resigned Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners started the 45 year old legend in Tokyo, much to the approval...

    Read More