Sport NBA wrap: Cavs soar into All-Star break; Rockets down Timberwolves

08:35  14 february  2018
08:35  14 february  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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It’s a dangerous time of year to be an NBA fan. You can talk yourself into any number of far-fetched scenarios. Timberwolves ? By Nate Silver. Filed under NBA . And as I mentioned, RPM and CARMELO view Butler as a borderline-superstar player and not “merely” an All - Star ; that’s another

The Minnesota Timberwolves , who host the Rockets on Tuesday, are looking for their own momentum heading into the break and have not lost on their home floor since Dec. "We wouldn't be anywhere without our defense," Rockets All - Star guard James Harden told reporters.

LeBron James' attitude, along with the Cavaliers' play has done a 180 in the last week.

After Cleveland blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Magic last Wednesday, James was downtrodden and discouraged, but after a trade deadline which saw the Cavs completely alter their roster, the four-time MVP has new hope.

With the Cavaliers' 120-112 win over the Thunder Tuesday, Cleveland has now won four games in a row and the only thing James is worried about now is losing momentum.

“We’re still figuring it out on the fly," James, who finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, told TNT after the game. "I think the worst thing right now is us going into this break.”

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The late timing of this year's All - Star break likely has most teams looking forward The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves are two of the top-four teams in the Western "I don't think it's even in their DNA to (coast into the break )." The Timberwolves (35-24) are in the

He shot extremely well and helped bury the Rockets down the stretch with timely 3-point shooting. NBA All - Star Celebrity Game to feature 4-Point line. NBA . Video: Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler annoyingly answers question about being blocked by LeBron James.

Studs of the Night

The Rockets dropped the Timberwolves 126-108 Tuesday, but the story of the game wasn't the outcome, but the duel between James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns. Harden was great with 34 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, but Towns posted a game-high 35 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Heat guard Goran Dragic bounced back from an abysmal 1-for-11 shooting night Friday with a 10-of-19 effort with 28 points and four assists in Miami's 115-112 loss to the Raptors.

Newly acquired Bucks center Tyler Zeller may be finding his niche in Milwaukee as he scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds in his team's 97-92 win over the Hawks.

Dud of the Night

Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting in 41 minutes of play. This was the first time this season Wiggins failed to score in double digits when playing at least 40 minutes (11 games).

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With the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets , San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors missing All - Stars , this week offered a prime chance for an upstart to vault into the top five in our NBA power rankings. The Minnesota Timberwolves stalked and devoured the opportunity.

The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves are two of the top-four teams in the Western MINNEAPOLIS -- The late timing of this year's All - Star break likely has most teams looking forward to a few days off to relax and recuperate. Houston leads the NBA with 15.6 3-pointers made per game.

Highlight

Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe may be small but he can throw it down.

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What's Next

Warriors (44-13) vs. Trail Blazers (31-26) 10:30 p.m. ET — The Warriors have one more game before they head into the break and it's a matchup with one of the best backcourts in the league. Damian Lillard has scored 89 points in his last two games while CJ McCollum is averaging 23.1 over his last seven. Both have 50-point games in that span.

Why didn’t Jimmy Butler play in NBA All-Star Game? .
Jimmy Butler is listed as “DNP-Coach’s Decision” in the box score for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, but it was his own decision not to play. After watching Team LeBron beat his Team Stephen 148-145 in an untypically competitive All-Star Game on Sunday, Butler explained that he asked coach Mike D’Antoni to keep him on the bench for all 48 minutes because he wanted to save himself for the Timberwolves’ push toward the playoffs. © Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Jimmy Butler “Just rest, man,” Butler said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I got to rest. I got to rest my body up.

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