Paul Millsap just went to locker room after leaving the court holding his right wrist.
He left the game in a lot of pain, but was able to return. Millsap is a fantasy stud by averaging 17.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game this season.ANALYST: Mark Kaplan
Karl-Anthony Towns won the NBA Skills Challenge.
Score one for the big men of the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns not only was the first big man to win the Skills Challenge, he is the tallest ever. This was the first year that the contest was not solely for the guards. Towns joins Damian Lillard as the second rookie to win the contest. In the first round, Towns upset Draymond Green, then beat DeMarcus Cousins prior to defeating the Celtic guard Isaiah Thomas in the final. This contest was much better with the big men involved and Towns athleticism was on full display. He did take four three-pointers to win but arrived at the line before Thomas to cement his win and spite his teammate Ricky Rubio who doubted Towns being in the Challenge. More important for fantasy owners is that Towns has averaged 22.3 points, 12 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 blocks in his last ten games for Minnesota. He will look to finish strong in the NBA's second half. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Isaiah Thomas said he was approached by a player inquiring about Boston and it’s believed to have been Atlanta’s Al Horford.
Rumors at the All Star Game for the NBA? It is no secret that the NBA trade deadline is fast approaching. Teams will have to decide to be buyers or sellers this week. First time Celtic All Star Isaiah Thomas said a player asked him about Boston. There have been rumors linking the Celtics to Al Horford who is in the last year of a five-year contract with Atlanta. It is believed the Hawks will not give him a max contract, so Horford could be on the block. Thomas has made no qualms about wanting more talent to be in Boston, so four time All Star Horford wold be an improvement. There is much to speculate on with no games, but monitor the trade market for Horford this week. Analysis: Greg Jewett
ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the Heat are gauging trade interest in Hassan Whiteside, and Miami appears open to considering a Whiteside trade.
With the trade deadline looming and the Heat looking to shake things up with the roster, could they trade their valuable young center? Hassan Whiteside has upset his coach with on the court issues, like his one-game suspension for an elbow which will keep him out of the first game following the All Star Weekend. But the problems run deeper for Miami who do not have the cap space to re-sign Whiteside this summer. While Whiteside does have value on the open market, will a team be willing to give up much for a player who is likely to explore free agency? Rumors have the Heat trying to gauge interest in their center who is averaging 12.2 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game and is only 26. But it remains to be seen if they can get full market value for Whiteside. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical with the Redskins paving the way for his release.
In the ever changing landscape of the NFL, a quarterback who was thought to be a building block for the Redskins, is nearing his release. Robert Griffin III emerged from his physical unscathed which paves the way for his release. Many teams are rumored to be interested in Griffin, but the early front runners include the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. Although his future destination is unknown, one thing is certain, Griffin will not be the quarterback for Washington in 2016. Analysis: Greg Jewett
C.J. Anderson said he believes Peyton Manning "should ride off into the sunset" after Denver's Super Bowl victory.
It would appear teammate C.J. Anderson agrees with the overwhelming narrative at the end of Super Bowl 50. His quotes about QB Peyton Manning "riding off into the sunset" would be appropriate especially in light of the recent USA Today article accusing Manning of covering up an incident while in college. As to his statistics, Manning had his lowest quarterback rating since his rookie year with a 67.9 for the 2015 season. He had 17 interceptions against nine touchdowns in the regular season and was reduced to a game manager in the Super Bowl. Perception would tell you going out on top is the best, Manning could be wise to do so. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Coach Adam Gase could give quarterback Ryan Tannehill more freedom and control of the offense.
If Adam Gase can help turn around Jay Cutler, he may be able to teach Ryan Tannehill some new tricks as well. Tannehill did surpass 4,000 yards for the second consecutive season in 2015, but since entering the league in 2012, no quarterback has been sacked more times. When Gase arrived in Chicago, he cut down Cutler's sacks to 29 last year from 38 the season prior. For perspective, Tannehill was sacked 45 times last year. In an effort to keep Tannehill upright, Gase will try to provide his young quarterback with more freedom and to make quicker reads. Gase has extensive background with offensive sets and should make the Dolphins attack more fluid. Tannehill was ranked 21st of 32 quarterbacks in both completion percentage (61.9) and quarterback rating (88.7) in 2015. With a new coach and opportunity, here is hoping that Tannehill can take a step forward in his development. Analysis: Greg Jewett