Russell Westbrook continued his streak of triple-doubles on Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans in a 131-122 loss, yet the Oklahoma City Thunder star is still looking for ways to improve. Westbrook scored 44 points, collected 14 rebounds, and he had 11 assists against the Pelicans in the loss, enough to break Wilt Chamberlain’s record of nine straight triple-doubles way back in 1968. Another notable stat is that he passed Gary Payton for the most points scored in franchise history. Westbrook attempted to get his team up to speed, but they just never quite clicked and the Pelicans were able to take the victory. That is despite some trouble of their own, yet again. During their victory, Anthony Davis ended up leaving right before halftime after trying to block a shot. Some of the most cynical viewers might have chalked it up to the team simply looking to rest the star while avoiding fines, but apparently he is indeed injured. According to sources, he has a bruised shoulder that could keep him out of the All-Star Game this weekend. This is slightly bad news, of course, but it’s not the catastrophic injury that might have been feared. Coach Alvin Gentry of the Pelicans told it like it was when he said “this whole thing has been a dumpster fire.” What a strange night, full of crazy circumstances.
Zion Williamson has been making his name all season long, and he’s drawn a couple of admirers as a result. One of them, no surprise, is LeBron James. Not only is LeBron a player, but he’s quickly becoming highly influential off the court, so this is not a major surprise to see him talk up the Duke Blue Devil after watching him in action recently. Another person to talk up Williamson was Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, who somewhat surprisingly, stated that he’d have Williamson on his football team and would play him anywhere he desired. This all despite the fact he didn’t even play the game in high school! Another player that’s made his name this season in college basketball is none other than Ja Morant. The Murray State man has come out of nowhere to become one of the most talked about and sought after players, and he showed why once again as he put up 32 points in their 73-71 win over Austin Peay last night. The win sees them remain tied for first in the Ohio Valley Conference with Belmont, each sporting a 11-2 record in conference and 20-4 overall.
It’s the biggest week of the year for NASCAR at Daytona, and so far it’s started of in underwhelming fashion. However, Fords have dominated, setting a marker for this Sunday’s Daytona 500 in the Duel races last night. In the first race, Kevin Harvick drove to victory lane, while defending series champion Joey Logano took the checkered flag in the second race. As a result, they will line up third and four respectively. Both races were marred by single-file racing and little passing until very late, leading many to fear a ‘boring’ 500 come Sunday.