Update on the latest in sports:
Giannis versus Zion highlights 4-game NBA schedule
UNDATED (AP) – With Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and Zion Williamson, there might not be this much athleticism again in one place until the Olympics. They’ll be on the court tonight in New Orleans, when the Pelicans get a visit from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Portland’s difficult four-game week includes games at Denver and Utah, two of the best in the West. Tonight they take on the Nuggets. Good thing for theTrail Blazers they have basketball’s hottest player to lead them there. Damian Lillard has averaged 45 points and 10 assists the last six games. Lillard has made at least six 3-pointers in six straight games, setting an NBA record, and has been the Western Conference player of the week the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the Blazers have won four straight to pull within a couple games of the final playoff spot in the West.
James Harden snapped out of his shooting slump Sunday, pouring in 40 points and finishing an assist shy of a triple-double to lead the Rockets to a win over New Orleans. Harden and the Rockets get a visit from Charlotte tonight. The Hornets are coming off a loss at home last night to Orlando.
And the late game has the Lakers hosting the Spurs. Los Angeles has won both games against San Antonio this season.
Eyes on Russell, Iguodala, more as NBA trade deadline nears
UNDATED (AP) – It is the time of year in the NBA when every injury report causes eyebrows to raise. The trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST, and teams need to be careful with the health of players they might be trying to deal.
D’Angelo Russell was not in Golden State’s lineup at Washington last night, and the Cleveland Cavaliers scratched Tristan Thompson for their game against the Knicks.
A former Warriors player could be another trade candidate. Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, is still on the roster of the Memphis Grizzlies. They haven’t played him this season.
It’s unclear if any big moves are left for February after nearly half the players in the league changed teams in the summer. But, without a clear-cut favorite like the Warriors of recent years, more teams who believe they are contenders could be enticed to swing a deal.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Six Top-25 teams in five games
UNDATED (AP) – Duke has climbed up to No. 7 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Blue Devils have been in the top 10 for 37 consecutive weeks. They are on the road tonight to play Boston College.
Maryland has reeled off four straight wins and leaped six spots to No. 9 in the AP poll. They host Rutgers.
Auburn, like the Terps, made a six-spot jump to No. 11 after a weekend win against Kentucky. The Tigers travel to Arkansas tonight.
Kentucky dropped to No. 15 after that loss in Auburn. They’ll try to get back on a winning track when they host Mississippi State tonight.
And two ranked teams meet in East Lansing, Michigan, where No. 16 Michigan State hosts No. 22 Penn State.
Big, 13-game slate in the NHL
UNDATED (AP) – A pair of division leaders face-off in Boston tonight. The Atlantic-leading Bruins host a young, surprisingly successful Vancouver team. The Canucks sit atop the Pacific Division.
In another tough cross-conference matchup, the Islanders host the Dallas Stars.
Meanwhile, Florida gets straight back to work after beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto last night. The Panthers travel on to Columbus to face a Blue Jackets team that’s been on a roll themselves. Both teams have won eight of their last 10 games.
Another team that’s gotten its game together of late is Tampa Bay. The Lightning host the Vegas Golden Knights this evening. Vegas has had its struggles but is coming off back-to-back wins.
The rest of the schedule has Colorado at Buffalo, the Capitals host the Kings and the Canadiens are in New Jersey to play the Devils.
The Anaheim Ducks are in Canada’s capital to play the Ottawa Senators, while Carolina has a tough assignment as it battles for points in the Eastern Conference wildcard race. The Hurricanes are in St. Louis to face the West-best Blues.
Chicago is at Minnesota, Nashville in Winnipeg, Edmonton visits Arizona, and Calgary hosts San Jose.