Utah in the hard, Miami in turmoil in the NBA


The perf: Tyler Herro wears the Heat

The Miami Heat is in turmoil and Wednesday signed its eighth victory in ten games, on the floor of the Atlanta Hawks (115-91). The Floridians may be deprived of Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Bam Adebayo (inch), they were boosted by the performance of Tyler Herro, close to the triple-double (21 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds). Add to that the contributions of Caleb Martin (18 points) and Duncan Robinson (14 points) and an aggressive defense which limited Atlanta to 39% of skill (29% to 3 points) and here is the Heat on the 3rd step of the podium. of the Eastern Conference, on the basques of the Brooklyn Nets. On the Atlanta side, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot has been more discreet than on other occasions in recent weeks (13 minutes, 4 points and 3 assists).

The bad spiral: Utah suffers without Gobert

Since Rudy Gobert was sidelined for a Covid protocol, the Jazz are sticking their tongue out, with only one victory for four straight losses, the last of which was against Cleveland (91-111) last night. The Cavaliers built their success in the 3rd quarter, when they muzzled the Jazz for eight minutes to inflict a 21-0. Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points, but like his entire team, his hand trembled on the shot (only 6/16). Utah, which must deal with eight players absent in all, is now 4th in the Western Conference (28 v.-14 D.), overtaken by molten Memphis Grizzlies (10 wins in a row).

The Very Bad Spiral: Russell Westbrook and the Ghostly Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers were overtaken on the floor of the Sacramento Kings (116-125), who notably pressed on the accelerator in the 3rd quarter (won 40-23) and were particularly incisive in the racket, where they scored 70% of their points. LeBron James struggled again (34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), but his current good stats (over 34 points on average over the last 12 games) fail to keep his team’s lead out of the water (7 losses in the same time frame). In the absence of Anthony Davies, the spotlight is on Russell Westbrook, in difficulty lately and still below his standards on Wednesday (12 rebounds and 6 assists, of course, but only 8 points and 2/14 shooting) .

The very, very bad spiral: ten falls for Orlando

Always dead last in the East, Orlando experienced Wednesday its tenth consecutive defeat, on the floor of the Washington Wizards (106-112). In the series, the New York Knicks stopped the march of the Dallas Mavericks who remained on six successes – Frank Ntilikina only played one minute (2 points, 1 rebound) -, on their floor at Madison Square Garden (108 -85), thanks in particular to Evan Fournier (13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Julius Randle (17 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists), but especially to the young RJ Barrett, author of 32 points and who became the most young player of the franchise (21 years) to line up five matches beyond the mark of 30 points. End of the series also for Philadelphia, who aimed for a 7th victory, against the Charlotte Hornets (98-109), despite an eighth game in a row with more than 30 points (31) for Joel Embiid, who joined Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson, the only Phillies players to have achieved such a performance before him.

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