Newsday columnist Greg Logan, who took part in the official vote to determine the NBA awards, included Dallas Mavericks quarterback Luka Doncic in the top symbolic five for playing defense, according to Reddit.
Logan explained his choice after outrage from one of his followers on the social network. As you know, the game in defense is considered one of the weakest sides of Doncic.
“Luka is a defender who collects 9.4 rebounds per game and 1.0 steals. 9.4 rebounds from a “small” player. This is protection. Doncic is also incredibly athletic, ” Logan said.
Logan’s strange decisions also include the inclusion of Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond and New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram in the second symbolic five of the season.
Two NBA teams dropped out of the “bubble” in Orlando
The new Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento kings lost their chances to reach the Western conference playoffs.
The pelicans and kings were the new teams that flew out of the “bubble” in Orlando. Earlier, the Washington wizards lost their chances of reaching the playoffs. The remaining matches of the regular championship of NBA for these clubs will not have tournament value.
New Orleans lost the last game to the San Antonio spurs (113: 122), and Sacramento lost to the Houston rockets (112:129). In a parallel match, the Portland trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia Sixers (124: 121) thanks to 51 points from point guard Damien Lillard. After this success, the blazers became unattainable in the standings for the kings and Pelicans.
Carmelo Anthony surpassed the performance of two Boston legends
Forward” Portland trail Blazers “Carmelo Anthony, who scored 20 points in the regular season match with the” Philadelphia Sixers “(124:121), came out on the 15th place in the history of the League, according to the official” Twitter ” of the League.
Now, on account of Anthony 26 of 411 points. Thanks to this, he bypassed Boston Celtics legends John Havlicek and Paul Pierce. In 14th place is five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan of the San Antonio spurs, who scored a career-high 26,496 points.
Anthony, 36, has been playing for Portland since 2019. Previously, Carmelo also played for the Denver nuggets, new York Knicks, Oklahoma city thunder, and Houston rockets. He participated in the NBA all-star Game 10 times, and was a three-time Olympic champion with the U.S. national team.