The NBA season is moving along as we approach the Holidays, the happiest time of the year. In today's rumors roundup, there is one player who would agree that it's the happiest time of the year based on his MVP-like performance on Thursday night. Here are all the latest NBA news & rumors you need to know:
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Michael Beasley gets MVP chants
Knicks forward Michael Beasley had a night to remember as MVP chants came from the fans at Madison Square Garden after a 32-point performance off the bench. He hit 13-of-20 shots and 5-of-6 free throws for a season-high 32 points in New York's 102-93 win over the Boston Celtics.
YOU AINT DREAMIN THOSE ARE INDEED MICHAEL BEASLEY MVP CHANTS pic.twitter.com/gA7on4CgTQ— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) December 22, 2017
Beasley has been on fire of late, averaging 22.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, on 53 percent shooting over his last five games.
Porzingis Leaves Early
Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis played Thursday after missing two games a sore knee, but missed all 11 of his shots and finished with just one point and five rebounds in 23 minutes. He didn't play the entire fourth quarter and went into the tunnel briefly in the third quarter, but that was apparently just to clear his head.
Kristaps Porzingis just left for the tunnel, he took a moment to pace. Walked back and forth slowly as he collected himself. Then returned to bench and rejoined team.— Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) December 22, 2017
Porzingis will have time to gather his thoughts and bounce back against the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Will Miss More Games
Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss a Dec. 31 game vs. the Houston Rockets and a Jan. 1 game vs. Minnesota Timberwolves after violating his probation.
He violated his probation because he failed to comply with an order that required him to submit to mandatory drug and alcohol testing as part of his probation for a DUI-related offense in March. He previously missed two games on Dec. 14 vs. Cleveland Cavilers and Dec. 20 game vs the Rockets for the same reason.
He's now serving a 25-day jail sentence for violating probation and confined to games and practice in California on a work release, which means he will miss more road games. He'll also have to wear a GPS monitor outside of the detention facility.
KCP is averaging, 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game this season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed