Going into Saturday’s game in Houston, which could very well be a preview of the Western Conference finals, it’s hard to argue that anyone’s playing better than the two-time MVP. Golden State has won each of its past 14 games in which Curry has played, during which time he has served up one reminder after another that when dialed in he’s still the most dangerous offensive player on the planet.
But Houston’s strategy in taking down the champs rests on the simple idea that the Rockets will take and make more 3s. But with the greatest shooter the world has ever seen delivering the best shooting season we’ve ever seen, maybe that plan won’t be so simple after all.
Sunday provided Vikings-Panthers and Eagles-Rams, an early taste of the NFC’s playoff field. Both games, Wentz’s injury notwithstanding, were awesome. Cam Newton overcame a late interception with a 62-yard run that set up Carolina’s game-winning touchdown. Adam Thielen caught six passes for 106 yards and a weaving, clutch touchdown. The Eagles and Rams seesawed for four quarters, pushing passes downfield and landing haymakers until Chris Long’s strip-sack of Jared Goff tilted it in the Eagles’ favor.
The Heat are scorching as they head into Brooklyn to face the Nets. They’ve been doing it with excellent team work and defense, but if any Heat players are most likely to explode against a weak defense, it would be Hassan Whiteside and/or Goran Dragic.
Rudy Gobert is probable to make his return on Friday against the New York Knicks, after his second extended injury absence of the season. He will likely be on a minutes restriction, but his return itself will be newsworthy.
Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: Jones has a sprained medial collateral ligament and will miss at least a month. Chances are his best scenario is contributing to what has become the dreaded running-back-by-committee upon his return.