With the trade deadline set for Feb. 20, John Gonzalez and Nick Menta will be spending the All-Star break evaluating potential trades for the Sixers. Sixers send: Spencer Hawes to the Rockets Houston sends: Omer Asik to the Clippers Sixers receive: Jared Dudley, Reggie Bullock, Ryan Hollins (expiring), a future first-rounder from the Clippers and another future first from the Rockets
Tiago Splitter had a season-high 22 points before he was hurt, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-92 Saturday night in their first game without injured All-Star Chris Paul. Tony Parker had 17 points, Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Kawhi Leonard had 10 points for San Antonio (26-8). Splitter left with 9:37 remaining, injuring his right shoulder after charging into Ryan Hollins' chest. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, Blake Griffin had 19 points and Darren Collison added 14 points and six assists starting in place of Paul, who separated his right shoulder Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
COMMENTARY | The funny thing about having no expectations for a NBA team going into a season is that it can play as bad as possible and nobody really cares -- the team is basically given a yearlong mulligan during which losing almost becomes an art form. Want to put Ryan Hollins on the payroll and actually give him minutes -- well, there are still a few things that are beyond what a sane fanbase can put up with, even in a down year. This is the kind of stance most Cleveland Cavaliers fans have adopted since the team was gutted after the 2010 season. Because they haven't had a legitimate chance to win since then -- first, because of a simple lack of talent, and then because of youth and injuries -- fans have turned a blind eye to the Cavaliers' three consecutive losing seasons.