NBA Superstar Luka Doncic is rumored to be battling an illness between Games 1 and 2 of the Dallas Mavericks matcup against the Golden State Warriors. Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd then debunked the rumor before Game 2, while Luka had a night out with 42 points.
Meanwhile, Bob Cousy hit back at JJ Redick for his “plumbers and firefighters” comments a while back. Redick was in a heated argument with an ESPN analyst over whether Cousy was a better point guard than Chris Paul. Cousy is an NBA legend who played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963.
Now, let’s take a look at the latest NBA news roundup for May 21, 2022 brought to you by Sportskeeda.
NBA legend Bob Cousy has responded to JJ Redick for comments about him playing “plumbers and firefighters” for most of his career. Redick was in a heated argument with ESPN’s Chris “Mad Dog” Russo when the former player reacted after the analyst said Cousy was a better point guard than Chris Paul.
In an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio, the 93-year-old Boston Celtics legend fired back at Redick for his comments. Cousy went on to name a handful of other NBA legends he played with and against during his career, including Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.
Luka Doncic was rumored to be under bad weather and suffered a minor illness between Games 1 and 2. Kevin Harlan told KNBR’s Greg Papa and John Lund last Thursday that he heard from two different sources that Doncic was up all night dealing with illness after Game 1.
However, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd told reporters before Game 2 that Doncic was fine and ready to play. Luka was more than ready to play as he exploded for 42 points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Mavericks’ 126-117 loss.
The Golden State Warriors are just two wins away from their first NBA Finals berth since 2019. The Warriors overcame a 19-point lead to secure the 126-117 win and a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference. Finals.
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Jordan Poole scored 23 points off the bench. Kevon Looney had a career-best playoff game with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Draymond Green was not a factor for most of the match due to foul issues.
Meanwhile, Luka Doncic had a game-high 42 points with five rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Jalen Brunson had 31 points and Reggie Bullock added 21, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Golden State’s third quarter playoff. Games 3 and 4 will take place in Dallas at the American Airlines Center.
The Miami Heat will look to reclaim home-court advantage when they visit the Boston Celtics for Games 3 and 4. The Heat were blown out by the Celtics in Game 2 and the series is now tied at 1-1. Two key contributors for Miami are listed as questionable for Game 3, according to Hoops Rumors.
PJ Tucker left Game 2 with a knee injury, while Kyle Lowry struggled with a hamstring injury throughout the playoffs. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Tucker’s knee swelling subsided and an MRI was not required. Tucker should test his knee and play in Game 3.
Meanwhile, Lowry has only played five postseason games for the Heat. He battled a hamstring injury late in the regular season and carried over to the playoffs. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel also listed Max Strus and Gabe Vincent as questionable.
The NBA has announced the All-Defensive First and Second teams on its official website. NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2022, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics leads the first team. Joining Smart are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo is the main star of the second team. Adeboyo is joined by Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks, Draymond Green of the Boston Celtics, Robert Williams III of the Boston Celtics and Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Adebayo was beaten by Jackson Jr. by one point for the final first-team spot despite having the most first-place votes. Smart received all 99 possible votes for first place, while Draymond Green was in last place with a total of just 34 points.