The coach: Becky Hammon takes over from Popovich
A great moment of history in San Antonio last night. While Gregg Popovich, furious, was ejected by the referees in the first period, his assistant Becky Hammon took over. Becoming the first woman to coach a regular season game in the NBA. She would probably have preferred to start with a victory but the Spurs lost against the Lakers (107-121) of LeBron James.
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Former WNBA star Hammon has been on the staff of Popovich for seven years. She rose in rank over time, to the point of being considered the favorite to take over from Pop after he retired. “It was beautiful to see her yelling to the side, bitching against the refs, announcing the systems… she is really passionate. Well done to her and well done to our leagueJames commented.It is truly deserved. I’ve spoken to her before and she really knows her field. It is not there by chance. She will become a great coach“added Frank Vogel.
For her part, the person confided that she did not want to think too much about what had just happened in the grounds of the AT&T Center. But Becky Hammon has certainly made history.
The player: Career record for Jaylen Brown
The progress of Jayson Tatum, a superstar who would almost serve as a candidate for the MVP, is often highlighted. But it should not make forget that of Jaylen Brown. The other very talented young winger of the Celtics showed the extent of his talent by scoring 42 points in Boston’s victory against Memphis (126-107). A new career record for the 24-year-old.
“Since I have been here, Jaylen has not stopped growing. He got hot putting five or six shots in a row so we kept giving him balloons“, confided his teammate Daniel Theis. Indeed, Brown was particularly successful. 15 of 21 shots and 7 of 10 three-pointers. 42 points in full efficiency.
And in its wake, the Celtics sank the Grizzlies in the second quarter, including a 19-4 to take a 27-point lead (57-30). A gap too heavy for the franchise of Tennessee, deprived of its best player Ja Morant (ankle sprain, three to five weeks of absence.)
The performance: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant bring down the Hawks
Still undefeated after three consecutive wins, the Hawks did not resist Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and lost against the Nets in a very offensive game (141-145). KD kept up the momentum posting 33 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Without doubt his best game since his comeback. Irving, he was first dominated by Trae Young (30 pts, 11 pds) before gaining the upper hand in the last quarter time.
Very clumsy throughout the game, he scored 17 of his 25 points in the money time. Brooklyn is back on the road to success after two straight losses.
The match: the Heat take revenge on the Bucks
Twenty-four hours ago, Milwaukee celebrated a phenomenal victory over Miami (144-97) after breaking an NBA three-point record (29 baskets). The return to earth was quite brutal with a defeat against the Floridians last night (108-119). Despite a triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 pts, 13 rebounds, 10 pds).
The Bucks even led another 11 points (84-73) three minutes from the end of the third quarter time. Then the Heat revolted, led by Goran Dragic (26 pts) and Bam Adebayo (22 pts, 8 rebounds, 10 pds). The players of Erik Spoelstra came back to the score before passing in front and even widening the gap to win. It’s already the third loss in five games for Milwaukee.
The rookie: LaMelo Ball stronger than Luka Doncic
Finally stronger … just in this game. Not always successful with his shot for his debut in the NBA, LaMelo Ball released a very good performance to lead Charlotte to victory against Dallas tonight (118-99). The third pick in the 2020 draft compiled 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 7 of 10 on shots in 29 minutes. Doncic was limited to 12 points and 5 assists. An interesting victory for the Hornets.
Celtics – Grizzlies : 126-107
Nets – Hawks : 145-141
Heat – Bucks : 119-108
Mavericks – Hornets : 99-118
Spurs – Lakers : 107-121
Clippers – Trail Blazers : 128-105
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