The Bulls pulled off a curious trade before Thursday’s deadline: They sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for three OKC reserves — Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne.
Forget the fact Chicago traded away two solid players with skill sets well-suited for the receiving end of many Russell Westbrook assists. Let’s focus on the package the Eastern Conference’s No. 7 seed received in this deal.
It will show up in the box score that Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio finished Saturday’s 123-117 loss to the Kings with a double-double, but that is misleading. Rubio, who had 11 points and 13 assists, shot just 1 of 10 from the field and 0 for 3 from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins poured in 32 points on 13 of 20 shooting to lead Minnesota, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Rubio’s inability to stretch the floor on a consistent basis is part of the reason why Minnesota (30-45) has such a disappointing record.
Wizards (46-30) at Warriors (62-14) 8:00 p.m. ET — A few months ago this would not have been a very intriguing matchup. Now, however, it looks like a possible Finals preview with the Cavaliers sputtering, thus opening the door for Washington and other Eastern Conference challengers. Golden State Cheap Football Practice Jerseys has won 10 straight games, even with Kevin Durant out of the lineup.
Leonard, who added six rebounds and five assists, now has scored double figures in 91 straight games, tying the longest streak of Tim Duncan’s career set in 2002-03.
The Nets picked up their biggest win of the season, a 122-109 triumph over Cheap Fishing Jerseys the Grizzlies in Memphis. Brooklyn outscored the Grizz 34-18 in the fourth quarter and was led by Sean Kilpatrick, who made just three field goals but knocked down 16 of 17 from the free-throw line.