Tiago Splitter Announces Retirement From NBA – Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter has officially announced his retirement from the NBA.
After battling a chronic hip injury the last two years, the 33-year-old from Brazil said in a post on his Twitter account that “the time to say goodbye” has come after a seven-year NBA career. Splitter, a member of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs championship team, suffered a hip injury in 2016 while with the Atlanta Hawks. He was limited to 44 games in almost two years, playing his last game in April 2017. Despite retirement, Splitter said he believes he won’t be away from the NBA for a long time. In the same interview, he admitted he’s talking with his former coach Gregg Popovich about the possibility to take a position within the Spurs.
67th NBA All-Star Game
NBA Eastern Conference All-Stars NBA Western Conference All-Stars
Team LeBron – 148 Team Stephen – 145
Highlights: LeBron James scored 29 points, and made the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night. For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters. LeBron’s team even won an All-Star Game with defense: On the final possession, James and Kevin Durant blanketed Curry, preventing the three-point-shooting superstar from getting off a potential trying shot. Both teams played defense for long stretches and contested many shots. Each member of the winning team made a cool $100,000, a distinct raise from previous seasons. For Team Stephen, Curry, 11 points, DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard led with 21 points apiece. Karl Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds. For Team LeBron, Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Paul George added 16. Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Goran Dragic had two and Victor Oladipo got seven.
State Farm All-Star Saturday is a three-event showcase on All-Star Saturday featuring the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk.
Highlights: Participants – Lou Williams (Clippers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets), Buddy Hield (Kings), Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Lauri Markkanen, Joel Embiid (76ers), Al Horford (Celtics). Once again the NBA is going with big men vs. guards battle for the Skills Challenge which definitely adds a bit more competition to this. Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who has burst onto the scene this season, took home the Skills title, bringing the trophy back to the guards with a victory over Lauri Markkanen.
Highlights: Participants – Eric Gordon (Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Paul George (Thunder), Devin Booker (Suns), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Tobias Harris (Clippers), Wayne Ellington (Heat). The 3-point contest is always one of the most fun, competitive events of the weekend and this field is once again packed with outstanding shooters. Devin Booker is your Three-Point Contest winner, and he’s the new record holder, too. Twenty-eight! Granted, he was helped by the contest’s new format, but it was a lights out showing all the same.
Highlights: Participants – Larry Nance Jr. (Cavaliers), Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavericks), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Victor Oladipo (Pacers). The showcase everyone waits for every year, this Slam Dunk field may not have the star names, but the potential for a classic is there. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell emerged as the latest Dunk Contest champion Saturday at the Staples Center, besting Cleveland’s Larry Nance Jr. in a tight final round after Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Dallas’s Dennis Smith Jr. were eliminated in the first round. The event was marked by an old-school feel: Nance was assisted by his father, the 1984 Dunk Contest champion, and Mitchell paid homage to his mentor, Darrell Griffith, a former Dunk Contest competitor, and 2000 champion Vince Carter.
Team Lakers 66 – Team Clippers 75
Highlights: Thanks to 19 points and five rebounds from Quavo, Team Clippers beat Team Lakers 75-66 in the 2018 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. Quavo, who is one-third of the rap group Migos, scored 19 points (on 7-of-10 shooting) and amassed five boards, three assists and two steals en route to winning the MVP trophy in his first-ever Celebrity Game appearance. Canadian sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist Andre DeGrasse supplemented Quavo’s night with 17 points, six rebounds and four steals. NBA2K TV host, actress and model Rachel DeMita, who once played Division I college basketball at Old Dominion University, led the Lakers with 17 points to keep her team in the game. Former NBA pro Nate Robinson pitched in 14. Other notable performances included 16 points and 11 rebounds from professional basketball player and NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong, nine points and 12 boards from boxer Terence Crawford and seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists via Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who is now 4-0 in this competition and won the 2016 Celebrity Game MVP.
World 155 – USA 124
Highlights: One-hundred and eight international players, from a record 42 countries and territories, were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 NBA season. Ten of those players lit up Staples Center on Friday night for Team World in the league’s annual Rising Stars Challenge, routing Team USA 155-124. They sank 64 of their 109 shot attempts (58.7%) and hit 23 three-pointers, a Rising Stars record. Sacramento Kings wing Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 25-year-old rookie from Serbia and the game’s oldest player, won MVP with 26 points and seven threes (on 13 attempts). Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, the best player on the floor and the only one from this group of first, and second-year players who will suit up in Sunday’s All-Star Game, saw just nine minutes and scored five points. And it didn’t matter in the slightest. The defense was limited, as is so often the case during showcases like this. But the depth of Team World’s roster was on full display, a testament to the role international players will have in the NBA for years to come. In addition to Embiid, a handful of Team World, Ben Simmons (11 points, 13 assists), Dario Saric (18 points), Lauri Markkanen (15 points) and Jamal Murray (21 points), have the potential to be stars, if not superstars, as their games continue to grow. Their average age? 21.4 years old. Team USA was littered with future stars of its own. Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 35 points and capped off the night with a between-the-legs dunk. Kyle Kuzma, playing in his home arena, added 20, and Brown’s teammate, Jayson Tatum, scored 15.
- Denver Nuggets 134 – Milwaukee Bucks 123
- Los Angeles Lakers 111 – Minnesota Timberwolves 119
Thomas, Rondo Clash Over Celts’ Tribute, Tossed – On Valentine’s Day, there was no love lost between Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas. The two former Boston Celtics point guards got tangled up, exchanged words and were handed double technical fouls before being ejected in the first quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans’ 139-117 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rondo aggressively hounded Thomas’ every move, even during stoppage in play late in the first quarter, before the two had to be separated and were tossed with 33.3 seconds left. Thomas said Rondo hit him in the face three times and brought up the video tribute the Celtics had planned for him earlier this season. That video became a source of controversy because the Celtics had planned it on the same day as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony, which took place in Boston this past Sunday.
- Atlanta Hawks 98 – Detroit Pistons 104
- Charlotte Hornets 104 – Orlando Magic 102
- Miami Heat 102 – Philadelphia 76ers 104
- Indiana Pacers 108 – Brooklyn Nets 103
- Washington Wizards 118 – New York Knicks 113
- Los Angeles Clippers 129 – Boston Celtics 119
- Toronto Raptors 122 – Chicago Bulls 98 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Sacramento Kings 91 – Houston Rockets 100
- Oklahoma City Thunder 121 – Memphis Grizzlies 114
- Los Angeles Lakers 117 – New Orleans Pelicans 139
- Phoenix Suns 97 – Utah Jazz 107
- Golden State Warriors 117 – Portland Trail Blazers 123