There are few people out there that think Drake is a sports jinx, but the rapper's presence at the Toronto Raptors game may have done away with that train of thought. As a huge sports fan, Drake enjoys his up-close-and-personal seats at games as well as snapping photos with players, but over the years he has developed a reputation as being a symbol of bad luck.
Recently, Drake took a picture with a member of the soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, and later the team lost 5-1 in their worst defeat in 10 years. Last week the Toronto Maple Leafs went head-to-head with the Boston Bruins. While watching the game, Drizzy was wearing a Maple Leafs jersey and the team lost by two points. He's been teased and ridiculed on social media as being a dark cloud over a sports team's head, but that hasn't stopped him from showing his dedication by attending games.
Last night, Drake was sitting courtside when the Raptors took out the Orlando Magic and knocked them out of the playoffs, shouting from the sidelines and celebrating his team's victory. Josh Lewenberg, a Raptors NBA beat reporter, tweeted that Drake had one question as he left the arena. "Drake to the media on his way out of the building. 'You want me to talk about the curse or you guys good?'"
Markelle Fultz Claims His Shoulder Is "Getting Better Each And Every Day"
Fultz is in harmful territory of being labeled as a bust.
Ever since being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the primary total decide, Markelle Fultz hasn't been capable of stay as much as expectations. A shoulder harm has plagued his potential to shoot over the past two seasons and with a plethora of expertise round him, the 76ers rapidly grew to become fed up. At the commerce deadline, the 76ers despatched Fultz packing to the Orlando Magic the place he's now persevering with his restoration. While Fultz was beforehand rehabbing his shoulder in California, he's now spending his time nearer to his teammates.
"I feel it is what's finest for me and the staff," Fultz instructed The Athletic. "(It's helpful) simply being round these guys, so that they see my face and I see their face. I will study as a lot as I can. As we make this push for the playoffs, I wish to be right here with my guys and simply assist them."
While there is no such thing as a timetable for Fultz' return, the 20-year-old is adamant that he'll be again on the courtroom quickly.
"I am undoubtedly getting higher each day," Fultz stated. "That's what lots of people did not find out about TOS: It's very difficult, and the ache is totally different for various individuals. But that is what I am engaged on now in rehab: simply getting higher each day. And the development that I am making is excellent."
The Orlando Magic are at present battling for a playoff spot as they're ranked ninth within the Eastern Conference simply 1.5 video games again of a playoff spot.
Markelle Fultz Unlikely To Play With The Magic This Season: Report
Fultz is in search of a second probability in Orlando.
After being chosen first general by the Philadelphia 76ers, there have been some fairly excessive expectations bestowed upon Markelle Fultz. Sharing the courtroom with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, many thought Fultz may very well be the piece that will assist propel the 76ers to an NBA Finals look. Fultz wasn’t capable of meet these expectations whereas in Philly as a shoulder harm stored him out of the lineup for almost all of his time there. At the commerce deadline this yr, Fultz was traded off to the Orlando Magic which he was grateful for on the time, saying he was glad to get a contemporary begin some other place.
Since being traded, Fultz has continued to rehab his shoulder and based on head coach Steve Clifford, Fultz will most definitely be sitting out the remainder of the season to verify he is wholesome for subsequent yr.
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“[Fultz is] nonetheless rehabbing his shoulder and he’s not even capable of actually do a lot on the ground but. It’s a reasonably important shoulder harm,” Clifford defined to SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I might say he’s beginning to perform a little bit, however it might be very troublesome for him to get again this yr.”
The Magic are presently preventing for one of many ultimate playoff spots within the East as they’re ranked 10th within the Conference with a file of 30-36.
Markelle Fultz Is Happy To Be In Orlando With A Coach Who Will Push Him
Fultz was riddled with accidents whereas in
Markelle Fultz had a tumultuous time whereas with the Philadelphia 76ers. The former primary general decide was constantly riddled with accidents and by no means appeared to search out his recreation in Philly. The Sixers lastly felt as if Fultz wanted a change of surroundings and traded him on the deadline to the Orlando Magic. The newly acquired Magic participant spoke to reporters and defined why he is glad to be in a brand new metropolis.
"It simply excites me to know that I've a coach that is going to push you to be higher and never simply going to inform you what you wish to hear," Fultz stated to reporters.
Fultz additionally defined that being in Orlando will train him not simply to be a greater NBA participant, but in addition as a younger man.
"I feel the most important factor that we have talked about is simply doing stuff the best means, simply constructing me up as a person and on the court docket," Fultz stated. "I feel that is music to my ears. Two issues that I actually wish to do is be one of the best participant I might be and be one of the best younger man I might be. They do an incredible job of doing that."
The younger participant is becoming a member of a Magic squad that's ranked 10th within the Eastern Conference with a file of 27-32.
Anthony Davis Upset After Blowout Loss To The Magic: "We Sucked"
Davis appears fed up of his workforce at this level.
It's been a tumultuous final couple of weeks for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. News leaked that Davis needed a commerce out of New Orleans, with the Los Angeles Lakers being his primary commerce vacation spot. No commerce was made ultimately and now Davis has to complete out the season with the Pelicans. Unfortunately for Davis, issues haven't been going effectively because the workforce was blown out by the Orlando Magic final evening by a rating of 118-88. Afterward, Davis had some harsh phrases for a way his workforce performed.
"We sucked," Davis stated in keeping with ESPN. "Nobody was fascinated by taking part in, is what it appeared like."
Davis performed 24 minutes as a result of ever since his commerce demand, the workforce has been limiting minutes in order that he does not get injured and in the end smash his worth come the summer time. The celebrity solely picked up three factors and hit solely considered one of his 9 photographs. While he wasn't proud of the workforce, he wasn't proud of himself both.
"Obviously I missed lots of photographs, lots of simple photographs -- layups and stuff that I usually make -- early within the sport," Davis defined. "But they got here out extra determined. They performed like they have been taking part in for one thing, they usually confirmed it."
The Pelicans are 13th within the Western Conference with a file of 25-33.
Philadelphia 76ers Trade Markelle Fultz: Details
Sixers ship Fultz to Orlando at commerce deadline.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to commerce former #1 general decide Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in alternate for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first spherical decide in 2020 ( OKC) and a second-round decide ( Cleveland).
Fultz was identified with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, aka TOS, again in December and has not appeared in a recreation since November 19, after which he was evaluated by a number of specialists.
According to reports, TOS is a bodily harm that impacts nerves between the neck and shoulder, leading to irregular useful motion and vary of movement. Therefore, severely limiting Fultz's means to shoot a basketball.
The 20-year previous level guard missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder harm and his struggles taking pictures the ball have been effectively documented over the course of his younger NBA profession. In 19 video games this season, he's averaging eight.2 factors, three.7 rebounds and three.1 assists.
He has appeared in simply 33 whole video games since being drafted #1 general in 2017.
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Meanwhile, the Sixers will obtain a primary spherical decide, a second rounder, and 6'6 wing Jonathon Simmons. In 41 video games this season, Simmons is averaging 6.four factors, 2.four rebounds and a pair of.three assists in just a little over 20 minutes of motion per recreation.
The Sixers additionally acquired Tobias Harris earlier within the week as they appear to enhance upon their 34-20 file, which is presently ok for fifth place within the Eastern Conference.
Dennis Smith Jr. Trade Rumors: Mavs' "Plan A" Is To Keep Smith In Dallas
"Plan A continues to be to repair this."
The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly hoping to maintain Dennis Smith Jr. on the roster, regardless of latest rumors that the group was trying to commerce him earlier than the February 7 deadline.
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Smith, who was chosen ninth general within the 2017 NBA Draft, averaged 15.2 factors and 5.2 assists throughout his rookie marketing campaign however his numbers have dropped to 12.6 and three.9 to this point this season.
The 21-year outdated level guard has missed 4 straight video games, three of which have been as a consequence of what the group introduced as again soreness. The most up-to-date got here after his agent name in sick for him forward of Tuesday's follow and Wednesday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Another essential piece of the Smith commerce rumors is the truth that Dallas' rookie sensation Luka Doncic has thrived, averaging 20.three factors, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per evening.
Dennis Smith Jr. Trade Rumors: Magic, Suns Among Teams Interested
Mavs trying to transfer DSJ based on report.
Kyrie Irving Shades His Younger Teammates For Lacking "Championship Pedigree"
"The younger guys do not know what it takes to be a championship degree crew."
Kyrie Irving is not too happy with the "compete degree" of his youthful Celtics' teammates n their loss to the Orlando Magic final evening. The 105-103 they suffered as a crew, speaks volumes to their coalescent points this season. A scarcity of unity attributable to a management battle from inside is translating in poor outcomes on the sphere of play. Kyrie Irving, who's been inconsistent for a lot of 2018-2019, feels entitled to a outstanding management position on this younger roster, after coming away with an NBA championship earlier in his profession.
Now that he is totally built-in because the face of the Celtics, Irving now faces the prospect of balancing the ability that comes with nice accountability like by no means earlier than. Especially final evening, the place Kyrie did not mince his phrases as he was met with members of the press. Nor did he mitigate any of his frustration - for his youthful teammates. I will allow you to choose his dealing with of the scenario. Thankfully, journalist Keith Smith annotated the necessary bits of data in subsequent Tweets.
Some will view Kyrie's commentary as a problem to the youthful gamers; others will sense a little bit of narcissism in his tone. But till the Celtics determine their locker room dynamic, and the dispersal of the management roles, they WILL proceed to sail under expectations. It all began nicely earlier than Kyrie questioned his crew's "Championship Pedigree," with infighting on the bench in Thursday evening's contest with the Miami Heat.
As you may see within the (above), Jaylen Brown clashed with teammate Marcus Morris after the veteran tried to supply him constructive criticism. NBA gamers take to criticism in another way relying on their stature, and a few do not in any respect. But one thing concerning the Celtics' crew dynamic is clearly off. Hopefully, Kyrie's criticism may have sparked a Celtics' turnaround, as a result of the NBA is a greater league when the Eastern Conference holds its weight from the highest down.
James Harden Makes NBA History With First Ever 60 Point Triple-Double
With Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza both out for Tuesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, the Houston Rockets would look to lean heavily on its star point guard James Harden, and boy did he deliver. In fact, James Harden answered his team's call by recording the best game his life Tuesday night, statistically.
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Harden absolutely destroyed the Magic and went 19-for-30 from the floor, ending with 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in what is a new NBA record for highest point in a triple double. He also threw in 4 steals and a block shot to pack the stat sheet as well.
Harden’s previous career high entering Tuesday was 56 points which he got a few years ago against the Utah Jazz, but he didn't get a triple double in the process.
The 60 points from Harden Tuesday night also serves as a new franchise high for the Rockets, surpassing the 57 that Houston legend Calvin Murphy had owned for the past 40 years.
Having finished second twice in the MVP race in his career, Harden is looking to change that this year as he’s arguably the top leader for this year’s prestigious award. Whether he continues to stay this hot and avoid injury will remained to be seen, but there’s no denying the fact that he’s in the race for MVP this season.
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Check out highlights from Harden’s insane 60-point night (below).