Warriors vs Hornets : Stephen Curry’s homecomings have generally been fruitful affairs for the Golden State Warriors (39-7) over the past few seasons, and Wednesday night was no exception. Two nights after suffering a surprising defeat in Miami, the Golden State Warriors (38-7) visit the Charlotte Hornets (23-22) at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. As one would expect Steve Kerr’s team is favored
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Since his college days at Texas, Tucker has been relentlessly searching for sneakers. As he told The Undefeated over All-Star Weekend, he got his start on eBay and never looked back.
“I actually went to the bank and got a debit card so I could get an eBay account and buy shoes,” Tucker said. “My first debit card … was because of eBay, so I could buy shoes.”
Though he laughs now, the passion still hasn’t faded. While most assume the reigning sneaker champ has every last model he has ever wanted, they would be almost right. He recently and finally tracked down a near-mythical pair of the “Tokyo” Air Jordan 5 that have long evaded him, and Tucker excitedly wore them in the very first Houston Rockets game after the All-Star break.
Made in 2011 in limited quantities for the launch of Jordan Brand’s T23 boutique in Tokyo, the yellow nubuck shoes were originally thought to only have released in up to a size 13. The unique negative space “23” logo along the heel, designed by Nike’s Mark Smith, only added to the appeal.
“I’ve been looking for those for years!” texted Tucker. “They said no [size] 14s were made, but they made a couple samples and these were Ray Allen’s.”
Since debuting his second Jordan signature sneaker in early January, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook has been hijacking the main stage that is the arena entryway to unveil his latest themed editions on a nightly basis. He has coordinated a construction worker outfit with a neon and orange colorway, hauled in Super Soaker-inspired packaging for a linking colorway and even had a special “Bear Jordan” edition drafting off of a teddy bear and a Valentine’s chocolate box.
His latest stunt featured unkempt flowing orange hair along the box lid and a design inspired by the shorts of none other than Chuckie Finster, the lovable cartoon character from the 1990s show “Rugrats.” Westbrook later took the floor in a colorway bringing the theme full circle, with hits of orange, blue and purple throughout, and Chuckie’s shorts pattern along the collar.
Fellow Jordan signature athlete Chris Paul also has been ramping up his themed colorways this season, unveiling a new pair of his eleventh model inspired by Fred Flintstone. Worn during Houston’s impressive short-handed victory over the Golden State Warriors, Paul poured in 23 points with 17 assists in the black-and-orange tunic-inspired printed pair. Fred’s trademark light blue tie came to life along the shoe’s forefoot strap, and according to CP3, “The Flintstones” edition is just a taste of what’s to come.
“I got some fun ones coming out around the playoffs and through the summer,” Paul said. “A few shoes paying homage to some of my favorite TV shows and stuff like that. I probably can’t tell you everything, but we got some fun stuff coming.”
Elsewhere in the league, players got into the school spirit. Golden State All-Star Kevin Durant donned a burnt-orange pair of his KD 11s made for his beloved Texas Longhorns, while Philadelphia 76ers small forward Jimmy Butler honored Tomball High School atop the heel of his latest team Jordan sneakers. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. broke out a rare LeBron 6 originally made for New York’s Christ The King in 2008; while the Pennsylvania native didn’t attend the Queens-based private school, the decade-old pair remains one of the more exclusive and rare LeBron school editions of the era.
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NEW YORK — The New York Knicks beat the San Antonio Spurs at home Sunday night to avoid the wrong kind of NBA history.
The Knicks’ 130-118 victory snapped an 18-game home losing streak. Had New York lost Sunday, the club would have tied the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks for the longest home losing streak in NBA history.
Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 27 points, hitting eight 3-pointers. Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 points and 13 assists and Mitchell Robinson added 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks off the bench.
New York (12-48) last won at home Dec. 1.
Earlier in the season, the Knicks lost a franchise-record 18 consecutive games.
The club hopes to use a top draft pick in June to further its rebuild. Per the new lottery odds this season, the three teams with the worst records will share a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick. The Knicks enter play Monday with the second-worst record in the NBA, two games behind Cleveland (14-46). The Phoenix Suns (11-50) have the league’s worst mark.
In addition to having a top draft pick, New York also projects to have $70 million in cap space this summer — enough to sign two max free agents.
The San Antonio Spurs play the seventh game of their monumental eight-game Rodeo Road Trip on Sunday when they visit the struggling New York Knicks. Tipoff from Madison Square Garden is at 7:30 p.m. ET. San Antonio is 1-5 on the trip and has slid to seventh place in the Western Conference, while the Knicks are in dire straits after losing their franchise-record 18th straight home game on Friday to Minnesota. Bookmakers list San Antonio as an 8.5-point favorite. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 224 in the latest Spurs vs. Knicks odds, up from an open of 221.5. Before you make any Spurs vs. Knicks picks and NBA predictions, see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 19 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 217-164 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 19 on a blistering 44-30 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Spurs vs. Knicks. We can tell you it is leaning under, but its much stronger pick is against the spread, saying one side cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine.
The model is well aware of the Spurs’ incredible offensive efficiency. They rank third in the NBA in that category, with DeMar DeRozan (21.4 points per game, 6.2 assists per game) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20.7, 9.0 rebounds per game) leading six players who average double-figures in scoring. San Antonio, which is tied with Utah at 33-27 but holds the tiebreaker for the No. 7 seed, has everything to play for, while the Knicks appear to be tanking. The Spurs have circled this game as a must-win, knowing they visit a much better Brooklyn team on Monday to conclude the trip.
But just because the Spurs are loaded offensively doesn’t mean they’ll cover a huge number on the road Sunday.
The model also knows New York has played respectably in its last two games, beating the Hawks by 15 and falling to Minnesota by 11. The Knicks are facing a Spurs team that’s covered only one of its last nine outings.
Rookie guard Allonzo Trier continues to improve, having scored at least 19 points in two of his last three outings. Dunk contest participant Dennis Smith Jr. has dished out seven assists in each of his last two games. The Knicks are determined not to make dubious NBA history with another home loss.