The Spanish-Montenegrin power forward Serge Ibaka It shone early in the morning Toronto Raptors victory before some Memphis Grizzlies without Marc Gasol (119-90), which could leave in the next few hours the team, in an NBA day in which Willy Hernangómez was on the verge of 'double-double' in the triumph of Charlotte Hornets over Phoenix Suns (135-115) and in which José Manuel Calderón He fell with the Detroit Pistons against Sacramento Kings (101-103).
In the Scotiabank Arena, the Tennessee (19-27), who linked their fifth straight loss and are penultimate of the Western Conference, could not count this time with the medium of the Gasol, absent due to back problems and waiting for the resolution while your future is decided; the Grizzlies could choose to sell him, since at the end of the course he would be a free agent.
While, Ibaka led the attack of the Canadians (35-13), second from the East, along with guard Danny Green (24). Thus, the Spanish international signed 18 points -9 of 13 field goals-, in almost 26 minutes of participation, to which he added 5 rebounds and one stopper.
Things also went well for the pivot Willy Hernangómez in the resounding triumph over the Suns, with which the Michael Jordan franchise achieves a three-game winning streak to close the East playoff spots. The Madrilenian, who had 17 minutes of play, contributed 9 points and 13 rebounds.
However, his brother Juancho could not enjoy the duel in which Denver Nuggets won the Cleveland Cavaliers (124-102) to settle in second place in the West (31-14). The little one of the Hernangómez suffers an abdominal distension.
While, the base Jose Manuel Calderón yielded in house before the Kings, a result of leaves to those of Michigan (20-25) outside the noble zone of the East. On this occasion, the Extremadura scored 5 points, gave 4 assists and captured 2 rebounds.
Finally, Oklahoma City Thunder won with a Paul George's basket at the home of the Philadelphia Sixers (115-117), in a duel in which was not the Spaniard Alex Abrines, who has not appeared since December 23rd. "personal reasons".
Statistics of Spanish players
- SERGE IBAKA: 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 stopper.
- WILLY HERNANGÓMEZ: 9 points and 13 rebounds.
- JOSÉ MANUEL CALDERÓN: 5 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
- MARC GASOL: Injured.
- JUANCHO HERNANGÓMEZ: Injured.
- ALEX ABRINES: Did not play.