When Tobias Harris was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA world moved previous the shock of the newly established “Large four” with questions shifting instantly to how they’d match:
How would Harris modify to now not being choice No. 1, as he typically was for the Clippers? How would Philly’s incorporate No. four, once they’d already been coping with “Large three” points? Might they really pull it collectively in time for the playoffs with out aggravating everybody?
Harris, nevertheless, is making all of it simple. He is been extremely environment friendly — taking between 12 and 15 pictures in every of his first six video games earlier than 16 on Monday, sinking a ridiculous 54.5 p.c of his pictures (37.2 3P%). With Joel Embiid out on Thursday in opposition to the Thunder, Harris merely upped the makes an attempt.
Harris shot 11-of-19, sinking 5-of-7 triples, to complete with a game-high 32 factors in a 108-104 victory.
Tobias Harris has easily built-in into the Sixers lineup.
That marked the Sixers first win in Oklahoma Metropolis, and likewise the tip of a 19-game slide to the Thunder.
What Harris has confirmed to date is that he might be the rapid outlet — taking the open pictures, or creating the house for others to get theirs — and likewise the cavalry charging in at any time when the second calls. He is had expertise in any respect this stuff in a well-traveled early profession, and will lock in a monster payday with (greater than) just a few clutch playoff performances. Going to be fascinating to see what roles groups envision him becoming. This one in Philly would possibly simply show excellent.
Dis/respect for Russ
In the meantime, on the OKC aspect, with Paul George out attributable to shoulder soreness (that was exhibiting in his latest capturing), we obtained the 2017 utilization fee out of Russell Westbrook, who took up 35.6 p.c of Thunder possessions, up from 30.5 on the season. And, as he has all season, Westbrook struggled to shoot, flattening solely Eight-of-24 FGs and 1-of-9 3FG.
Halfway by the third, Ben Simmons formally gave Russ the complete sag:
With the missed triple, Simmons did it once more on the subsequent possession:
After which once more one after that … besides – as Westbrook has finished all season – he adjusted, making a clear search for Steven Adams to push one by:
Westbrook finally tallied 24 factors, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to notch one more triple-double, making him the primary participant to hit three straight seasons with not less than 25. He almost introduced the Thunder all the best way again, although they in the end dropped their fourth determination in 5 video games.
Consistency points like these (the Thunder have been 11-1 previous to the latest droop) have Oklahoma Metropolis feeling a rung under the highest tier. However with Paul George producing at Kia MVP ranges – Kevin Durant gained the award with the same line again in 2014 – and Westbrook enabling it by ceding simply sufficient of the highlight, they’re more likely to be a troublesome out for whoever finally ends up on their aspect of the bracket.
Harden heating up once more
Hey – do not forget that time James Harden missed 22 straight 3s?
Me neither. Harden completed with 58 factors, connecting on Eight-of-18 (44.four p.c) behind the arc. His season output is formally increasing the boundaries of our basketball universe – he is carving out an unprecedented area of interest as a scoring playmaker, having put up his seventh profession 50-point, 10-assist efficiency. Nobody else has topped three.
Additionally of observe: Harden’s not the one Rocket coming into rarified NBA air. With a third-quarter steal, Chris Paul entrenched himself because the fourth participant to broach the league’s all-time prime 10 in each assists and steals, becoming a member of Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and John Stockton.
Making #NBA historical past: @CP3 is now 10th on the all-time steal checklist! pic.twitter.com/alSwRzM60d
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 1, 2019
Additionally additionally: Dwyane Wade, nonetheless obtained it. And this was a pleasant second:
Pacers keep within the race
The Pacers. Simply. Maintain. Hanging. Round.
Everybody thought they have been cooked when Victor Oladipo went down, however they’ve pulled collectively and nobody’s picked up extra scoring slack than Bojan Bogdanovic, who’s been averaging 21.2 factors since.
The fifth-year swingman dropped 37 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists on the Timberwolves, serving to to beat a 42-17 from Karl-Anthony Cities in a 122-115 victory. He additionally was apparently able to take heart stage from the soar.
.@44Bojan introduced his A-game to his wardrobe tonight too. He joked that “I assumed we have been on TNT, I didn’t know they canceled the sport!” pic.twitter.com/FnQJ1DdFGY
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 1, 2019
Magic within the air
On an evening the Orlando Magic dispelled the Warriors’ strengths and took dwelling a 103-96 victory over the defending NBA champions, the great vibes prolonged to the viewers as a household of followers took dwelling a $5K prize in a capturing contest.
M💰NEY IN THE BANK pic.twitter.com/KQ5X6Okwhb
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 1, 2019
Spida bites paralyze Nuggets
Donovan Mitchell, who struggled by the season’s first 29 video games (20.2 ppg whereas capturing simply 29.zero p.c from three and 40.6 p.c general) has resumed wrecking the league. Since December 21, he is averaging 25.Eight factors, capturing 36.four p.c from three and 43.four p.c general.
On Thursday, he served discover on the Nuggets’ dwelling courtroom. Simply as Denver was climbing again into the Western Convention showdown, Mitchell hit three straight buckets to quell the rebellion and restore the victor their spoils.
Watch Donovan Mitchell singlehandedly flip again the Nuggets’ rally
If these groups meet within the playoffs, I might, ah … count on the Denver followers to recollect this efficiency.
Nothing like a bit of Nets first-round choose throwdown to place a stamp on the night. Derrick Favors (No. three, 2012; despatched to Utah for Deron Williams et al.) yammed on Mason Plumlee (No. 22, 2013; despatched to Portland for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson & Co.)