March 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul: James Harden Is Still MVP Despite Loss To Bucks

Mar 27, 2019 1:40 AM

Chris Paul said that the Houston Rockets' 108-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks should have no impact on MVP voting between James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"James went on a historic run. Know what I mean? Obviously I'm biased about the MVP and whoever or whatnot, but those of you that decide it on head-to-head games with a few games left in the season, good luck with that," said Paul.

Harden finished with 23 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds. Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Eric Bledsoe and George Hill guarded Harden on his left hip throughout the game, forcing him to drive right. But Harden dismissed their defensive impact.

"I still got my shots up. I still was aggressive. I still did what I was supposed to do. Obviously, some shots didn't go in like every other game, but as a team we had our shots that we got. Tonight, they didn't go in. If they go in, it's a different ballgame," said Harden.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

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Rudy Gobert Breaks Single Season Dunk Record

Mar 26, 2019 11:40 AM

Rudy Gobert has set a record for the most dunks in an NBA season with 270. Gobert is averaging 3.68 dunks per game.

The previous record was 269 by Dwight Howard.

”It’s a mix of many things, but I think my teammates have done a great job of finding me,” Gobert said when asked Monday about his spike in dunks. “Compared to last year … I have way more lobs, way more high passes this year, and it puts me in a great position to finish. It’s a great offensive play. It’s hard to guard, it puts a lot of pressure on the defense."

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks entering Monday.

Dunks first start being recorded in 2000.

Aaron Falk/UtahJazz.com

Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Award

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Giannis Antetokounmpo 'Definitely Trying To Avoid' MVP Debate

Mar 25, 2019 11:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he is trying not to think about the MVP race between him and James Harden in the buildup to the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

“I’m definitely trying to avoid it, I don’t want to think about it. I just want to do my job. We’ve got eight games left. Trying to get better, trying to improve and trying to play basketball at a high level and everything’s going to take care of itself," said Antetokounmpo.

He added that his only goal was to keep improving.

"My thought process on all of that is just to get better. That’s never going to change; I don’t care if we’re playing in the Finals or me being the MVP or whatever. It’s never going to change. It’s always about getting better. It’s worked so far, so I know it’s going to work.”

Matt Velazquez/Journal Sentinel

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

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Trae Young, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Mar 25, 2019 4:12 PM

Trae Young and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Young averaged 25.3 points, 11.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds as the Hawks went 2-1.

Harden averaged 44.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists as the Rockets went 3-1.

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Tags: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Award

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Rudy Gobert, Bradley Beal Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 18, 2019 3:34 PM

Rudy Gobert and Bradley Beal have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between March 11th and March 17th.

Gobert averaged 16.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks as the Jazz went 3-1.

Beal averaged 32.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as the Wizards went 3-1.

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Andre Drummond, Mike Conley Named Players Of The Week

Mar 11, 2019 4:41 PM

Andre Drummond and Mike Conley have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Drummond averaged 22.3 points and 18.0 rebounds per game in Detroit's 3-0 week.

Conley averaged 31.3 points and 7.7 assists as the Grizzlies also went 3-0.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Award

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Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 4, 2019 3:14 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game as the Philadelphia 76ers went 2-1.

Mitchell averaged 34.0 points and 5.0 assists last week as the Utah Jazz went 3-0.

Simmons and Mitchell finished first and second in Rookie of the Year voting last season.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia Sixers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Award

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Trae Young, Luka Doncic Named Rookies Of The Month For February

Mar 1, 2019 6:10 PM

Trae Young and Luka Doncic have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for February.

In 12 February games (all starts), Young averaged 23.3 points, 9.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest on .410 FG%, .437 3FG% and .840 FT%. 

Doncic averaged team highs of 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game in eight games (all starts) in February.

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Tags: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Award

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George Named Players Of The Month For February

Mar 1, 2019 6:06 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Antetokounmpo averaged 30.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists as the Bucks went 10-1. 

George averaged 35.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists during Oklahoma City's 6-5 month.

Antetokounmpo had the highest PER in the NBA in February with a mark of 35.9. George ranked 10th at 27.0.

Other nominees for Eastern Conference Player of the Month were Washington’s Bradley Beal, Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen, Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell, Orlando’s Nikola Vučević and Atlanta’s Trae Young.

Other nominees for Western Conference Player of the Month were Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.

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Tags: Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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