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The Lakers hit rock bottom, Maledon is better


Deprived of Russell Westbrook, the Lakers suffered another defeat on Wednesday night on the Portland floor. Golden State, which remained on nine victories, fell to Utah, yet still deprived of Rudy Gobert, and which has a fourth success. Toronto also continues its momentum (seven straight wins) despite Theo Maledon’s best game this season with OKC (18 points).

Very criticized since the start of the season and often associated with the disappointing results of the Californians, Russell Westbrook will not be able to serve as a scapegoat this time. Wednesday evening, the former teammate of James Harden in Houston was not there, and that did not prevent the Lakers from recording their 26th defeat of the season, on the floor of Portland (107-105). Beaten for the third time in their last four games, LeBron James, author of 30 points in this part, and his teammates thus see the Top 6 move a little further away.

And it’s deserved, insofar as the 2020 champions in the Orlando bubble hit rock bottom again on Wednesday in Oregon against the Blazers who had nevertheless presented themselves without Damian Lillard, injured, and who had just come to lose CJ McCollum, traded to the Pelicans. That didn’t stop the Lakers and Anthony Davis (17 points), who surprisingly didn’t attempt a shot in the entire final quarter as he spent nine minutes on the floor, from once again paying the their clumsiness and lack of seriousness in the game (21 balls lost), while in the opposite camp, Keljin Blevins, cousin of Lillard, and the winner of the last dunk contest of the All Star Game Anfernee Simons of take advantage of the absence of the leaders to express themselves and allow their team to stop the bleeding after seven defeats in a row.

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Utah takes down Golden State, Maledon wasn’t enough

Golden State, for its part, remained on nine consecutive victories before moving to Utah. Without Rudy Gobert, still injured, the Jazz put an end to this very good series of Warriors by inflicting even in passing a small spanking (111-85) to Stephen Curry (16 points) and his franchise, which had left Klay Thompson to rest. Utah thus aligns a fourth success. Toronto, also in great shape, is now seven in a row, after its clear domination Wednesday evening (117-98) on the floor of OKC, where Théo Maledon made his best copy of the season but for nothing. The former ASVEL leader, who had not yet scored more than fifteen points this season, must nevertheless have enjoyed breaking his points record for the current year, with 18 units against the Raptors. The beautiful stat sheets, DeMar DeRozan no longer counts them. Currently unstoppable, the rear of the Bulls selected for the next All Star Game was the great craftsman, with 36 points scored (13 of 19 on shots) of the success of Chicago (121-109) on the floor of Charlotte, where LaMelo Ball (33 points) also shone.

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Monday, February 7, 2022
Cleveland Cavaliers – San Antonio Spurs: 105 – 92
Charlotte Hornets- Chicago Bulls : 109 – 121
Oklahoma City Thunder- Toronto Raptors : 98 – 117
>>> Stats of Théo Maledon (OKC): 31 minutes, 18 points (7 out of 16, including 3 out of 7 three-pointers), 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 interception, 1 block, 3 fouls, 1 lost ball
utah jazz – Golden State Warriors: 111 – 85
>>> Rudy Gobert (UTA), injured, was absent
Portland Trail Blazers – Los Angeles Lakers: 107 – 105
Sacramento Kings – Minnesota Timberwolves: 132 – 119

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