April 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 2 comments

I assume it's just random chance that the last few days have seen some absolutely outrageously lopsided scores in the NBA for this season.

Every 40+ point differential in the NBA this season, and four of them have been in the last two days:

Rk              Date                    Team               Opponent +/-    Final
1     Fri Apr 2 2021         Toronto Raptors  Golden State Warriors +53 W 130-77
2    Sun Dec 27 2020        Dallas Mavericks   Los Angeles Clippers +51 W 124-73
3    Sun Feb 28 2021       Memphis Grizzlies        Houston Rockets +49 W 133-84
4     Sat Apr 3 2021  Portland Trail Blazers  Oklahoma City Thunder +48 W 133-85
5    Tue Dec 29 2020         Milwaukee Bucks             Miami Heat +47 W 144-97
6     Sat Apr 3 2021               Utah Jazz          Orlando Magic +46 W 137-91
7     Sat Apr 3 2021         New York Knicks        Detroit Pistons +44 W 125-81
8     Fri Jan 8 2021         Houston Rockets          Orlando Magic +42 W 132-90
9    Sun Mar 21 2021        Dallas Mavericks Portland Trail Blazers +40 W 132-92

posted by grum@work at 08:45 AM on April 04, 2021

When you look at the rosters of the Lakers, Clippers, USC and UCLA, has there ever been a time when a city had as rich an assemblage of basketball talent as Los Angeles does at this moment?

The closest I can think of is the greater NYC area in 1973 with the Knicks, Nets, St. John's and Seton Hall (in nearby NJ), but that doesn't really come close.

Maybe there have been other times when LA had as much talent as it does now.

posted by beaverboard at 09:29 AM on April 04, 2021

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