The Spurs are competing for home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs despite a rash of injuries, to Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay, Danny Green and Kyle Anderson as well as Leonard.
On the day the Australian became the second National Basketball Association player to reach 1200 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in a rookie season, the legendary Julius Erving delivered high praise.
"We have 20,000 fans, who are going to be rowdy fans for that game", Sixers reserve center Amir Johnson said. In the most recent game between the sides, which the 76ers won by 36 points, he was similarly efficient. The Sixers have four games remaining, while Cleveland is down to three games left. Philadelphia pulled even with Cleveland for third place in the East.
Andre Drummond double-doubled with 13 points and 15 rebounds, but this wasn't a strong showing from him. He shot 9-for-13 for 19 points, and also contributed four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks. Oh, by the way, the Sixers have won 12 straight. LeBron James (surprise) scored 32 points in that one.
Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 21 off the bench to lead Chicago to a 120-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. Guys like Oladipo, Turner, and Glenn Robinson III have all played in the playoffs in their careers as well.
During Simmons' one-and-done season at LSU in 2015-16, he shot 56 percent from the floor but a awful 31 percent on jump shots, ranking him 5,054th out of 6,873 college players taking at least as many jump shot attempts that season per Synergy Sports. Perhaps they will look to finish the season on a high note, but it's tough to imagine their motivation will rival the 76ers, who are jostling for playoff positions. I've said from day one, it's the only reason that I'm here is I want to try to bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia. "It's a new season, and we'll see what happens".
Reggie Jackson vs Ben Simmons - This could potentially be a one-sided matchup, with Simmons a significantly more talented player than his counterpart in Jackson. Their offense has taken off too, with their offensive rating sitting at 112.2 in the past 11 games, giving them an overall net rating of 16.1 during the win streak.