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The games that are considered for National Players of the Week range from Jan. 15 - Jan. 21. Tesia Thompson - Southeast Missouri State - Senior - Guard
The games that are considered for National Players of the Week range from Jan. 8 - Jan. 14. Anastasia Hayes - Middle Tennessee State - Senior - Guard
The beginning of the NBA 2021 season has been tough on the Toronto Raptors. The team is facing issues such as a lack of production coming from within their core, a lack of depth on the bench compared to previous years, and mismanagement in the lockdown that took place during off-season. With the departure of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, a gaping hole is left in positions such as center and power forward. However, there’s one bright spot – the new kid, Chris Boucher. At 11 games into the season, he has already demonstrated his ability to be a reliable starter who’s also a shooter. Plus, Boucher has proven to be a consistent defender for the Raptors. Here are Boucher’s stats:
During the postgame press conference of a Friday night matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers on January 9, 2021, Warriors forward Draymond Green was asked this question, “Do you wish defense was seen, like, in a sexier way? That like, being in good position, or staying vertical...that’s just as good as, potentially, hitting a splashy 3, but it’s the 3 that ends up on the highlight reel?”
Some big-name allstars have come off the list of available players to trade for, for the Raptors. Recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a 4-year deal to stay in Milwaukee. Yesterday, former Rockets allstar James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, a team in which he wanted to go to. There were rumours that the Raptors showed interest in bringing one, if not both players to Toronto. Getting any of the two players and putting solid players around them would have likely put the Raptors back in title contention. So what now for the Raptors?
National Scoring Leaders as of Jan. 11, 2021 Anastasia Hayes, Middle Tennessee, Senior, 28.6 Anastasia Hayes is averaging the most points in the country. She has played 34 minutes or more in every game this year including two games where she has played a full 40. She has scored 28 or more points at least six times. Hayes also is averaging five assists per game.
Jan. 10, 2021 North Carolina A&T 97 - South Carolina State 54 North Carolina A&T came three points short of 100 points as it defeated host South Carolina State for the second time in as many days.
The games that are considered for National Players of the Week range from Jan. 1 - Dec. 7. Natasha Mack - Oklahoma State - Senior - Forward
The sport of basketball has always fascinated me; it’s a fast-paced, high energy game that demands incredible athleticism and endurance. The skill required to be among the best at the sport is staggering, and as such, I always have respected basketball players for their physical and mental prowess and the amount of effort they pour into honing their craft. However, I cannot say that I was a major basketball fan for most of my life, despite growing up in the United States; instead, tennis was my preferred sport, and once I moved to India, it became cricket. With the NBA airing at odd timings in India due to the stark time difference, I never got invested in basketball. Still, I did shoot hoops in school now and then, and if I happened to stumble upon highlights randomly while flipping through channels on TV, I would watch them for 5 minutes or so before moving on.
Basketball is one of the greatest sports as it helps players work on both skills while improving the ability of the team. The best team should flow like a flock of birds. Their actions appear staged but they are improvised. As a bird can predict the movements of the group, being a basketball player you should also have this skill says Joe Boylan. You and the team need to learn to work as a unit.
Coppin State 56 - Delaware 54 Host Coppin State overcame a 33-25 deficit during a 17-8 third quarter run to defeat Delaware.
Jan. 3, 2021 Kentucky 92 - Mississippi State 86 (OT) Below: Rhyne Howard After a slow start, Kentucky (9-1) guard Rhyne Howard is back to prime form. The 6-2, Cleveland native scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists in an overtime win against fellow SEC opponent Mississippi State.