If you haven’t been paying attention to Nikola Jokic, start now. With 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nuggets’ 110-98 win at Milwaukee, the 22-year-old Serbian center registered his second triple-double in as many nights. It was his fourth career triple-double, all of which have come in his last 13 games.
Not exactly a surprise but still dud of the night worthy, Andre Drummond made just 1 of 10 free throw attempts in the Pistons’ 109-86 loss at home to New Orleans. Tonight’s honor of infamy, though, is really a team one, as Detroit shot a woeful 3 of 17 from the foul line, setting a new NBA all-time low of 17.6 percent for a single game.
Warriors (50-10) at Bulls (30-30), 8 p.m. ET TNT: The Warriors’ trek sans Kevin Durant begins Thursday in Chicago. Durant went down with a left knee injury early in the first quarter of Golden State’s loss at Washington on Tuesday night and was diagnosed Wednesday with an MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise. Even with Durant sidelined, the Dubs still may be the best team in the NBA and are listed as 7-point road favorites vs. the Bulls.
If that’s the case, it makes sense why newly-minted Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson didn’t make a strong push for George. Los Angeles can win in the long run if it can can get George to come back home next summer and join a young nucleus that includes Julius Randle (12.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg), D’Angelo Russell (14. 2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.8 rpg) and Jordan Clarkson (13.7 ppg). The Pacers have a season and half to try and change his mind. With a roster that drops off tremendously after Jeff Teague, the Pacers third-leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, George needs help to maximize his prime and remain competitive in Cheap Fan Jerseys an Eastern Conference dominated by the Cavaliers, Celtics, Raptors and Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl the surging Wizards.