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 5 New York K. 10-34 
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 3 Detroit P. 20-25 
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 4 Orlando M. 19-27 
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 5 Phoenix Suns 11-36 
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 2 Houston R. 26-19 
 3 N.Orleans P. 21-25 
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Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 35.7
 1. Harden, Houston R.35.7 
 2. Curry, Golden S.29.8 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.29.3 
 4. Durant, Golden S.28.1 
 5. Leonard, Toronto R.27.6 
 6. James, LA Lakers27.3 
 7. Embiid, Philadel.27.0 
 8. George, Oklah.Ci.26.7 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.26.4 
 10. Lillard, Portland.26.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detro.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Drummond, Detro.14.9 
 2. Jordan, Dallas M.13.9 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.13.3 
 4. Embiid, Philadel.13.2 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz13.0 
 6. Capela, Houston R.12.5 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.12.5 
 8. Whiteside, Miami Heat12.3 
 9. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 10. Vucevic, Orlan.11.9 
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 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.5 
 2. Lowry, Toronto R.9.4 
 3. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 4. Harden, Houston R.8.5 
 5. Holiday, N.Orlean.8.2 
 6. Simmons, Philadel.8.2 
 7. Teague, Minnesot.8.1 
 8. Paul, Houston R.8.0 
 9. Jokic, Denver N.7.7 
 10. Green, Golden S.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 2. George, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 3. Covington, Minnesot.2.3 
 4. Harden, Houston R.2.1 
 5. Paul, Houston R.2.1 
 6. Butler, Philadel.1.9 
 7. Leonard, Toronto R.1.9 
 8. Fox, Sacramento K.1.8 
 9. Smart, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Bazemore, Atlan.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Myles TURNER
  Indiana P.
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Indiana P.2.8 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.6 
 3. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.4 
 4. McGee, LA Lakers2.3 
 5. Lopez, Milwauke.2.1 
 6. Embiid, Philadel.2.0 
 7. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.0 
 8. Towns, Minnesot.1.9 
 9. Capela, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Robinson, New Y.1.8 
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Interview with Orlando Johnson - newcomer in Al Riyadi! - Apr 8, 2017


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Eurobasket.com had a chance to chat with Orlando Johnson (196-G/F-89, college: UCSB), new player of Al Riyadi club. A versatile swingman, ex-NBA and Euroleague player talks about his career and new goals in the upcoming months.

Orlando, thanks for sitting with us. You have started this season with Unics Kazan, on of the best European clubs. You played solid in Euroleague, including 16 points against great Fenerbahce. Your numbers were even better in VTB League. What went wrong there?

Nothing went wrong in Kazan it was an opportunity for me to get my feet wet in Europe/Euroleague. Also get my name out there as a player who could play over here and be a big contributor. I wanted to use this experience as a stepping stool in my career I loved my time in Russia especially with my team the good and bad. Hopefully one day I can return.

Then you joined Austin Spurs in D-League. I guess you wanted to get back to the NBA. Was there any chance to get back to the NBA?

I did want to get back to the NBA that's always the goal it didn't happen this year but I always want to try and play against the best of the best. I was happy with the decision to test it out again.

And now you are in Lebanon? How it happened? There were still some top European leagues where you could find your spot.

I feel at this point in my career I want to go where I'm wanted and Al Riyadi showed significant interest and that's where I want to be, where the love is!

Al Riyadi, one of the most sucessful clubs in Middle-East. What are your expectations of your new club?

Coming to one of the top teams in the Middle East first off is an honor and blessing that they chose me and second I want to go all the way I want to come home a champion!

You are still not old player, what are your goals for the upcoming seasons? Going back to the NBA? Establish your position in top European clubs?

Not old at all definitely feel as YOUNG as ever! This upcoming season is all about going where I am wanted and needed whether that's the NBA or overseas. I'm trying to be a piece of a winning culture.

You have played few different leagues outside the USA. How do you see the differences? In and off the court?

I think more so the style of the games are different from the NBA to Europe to Asia. Each one of the continents have plenty of talent it's just a preferred style that each country uses. Almost everywhere I have played I have enjoyed very easy going and open to new things!

You grew up in CA, went to Loyola Marymount and UCSB. Was basketball your no1 sport since day one?

I grew up in Seaside, CA and growing up football was my main sport. Until I got to high school and I wanted to try the more challenging one which was basketball, because many people believed I wouldn't make it this far. So I chose the path less traveled and wanted to prove them wrong.

Now, few quick questions... your best game so far?

Best game so far when I had 50 over in the Philippines started off slow but then got hot and that's was a lot of fun!

Best player you played against?

Best player I played against would be Lebron James!

Best player you played with in one team?

Best player I played with would have to be Paul George!

Funniest fact from playing basketball overseas?

I think the funniest thing is from growing up over here in America not much is really that different over there, except the language barrier at times.

How would you describe yourself as a basketball player?

Myself as a player a good teammate first, combo guard who can make others better. Very strong and athletic and someone who does what it takes to win!

OK, that's it Orlando. Thanks again and good luck in new club!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me.   




Paul George
Thunder edges 76ers by two points - 11 hours ago
Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most exciting game of round 94 in the NBA took place in Oklahoma City. This game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent 76ers (30-17) to third ranked Thunder (27-18) 117-115 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of 76ers. Thunder made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Swingman Paul George (206-90, college: Fresno St.) fired 31 points, 6 rebounds a...   [read more]

Blake
Griffin
Heat lose to Pistons, Warriors and Celtics pick up wins - 1 day ago
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of the Heat (21-22) in Miami on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Pistons (20-24) 98-93. Pistons forced 19 Heat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Blake Griffin (208-89, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with a double-double by scor...   [read more]

Kenneth
Faried
Report: Faried set to join Rockets after buyout - 1 day ago
Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) has agreed to a buyout, which will allow him to join the Houston Rockets as a free agent after clearing waivers, ESPN reported on Friday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Faried is expected to be waived on Saturday, and should be ready to join the injury-plagued Rockets after clearing on Monday. Faried, selected No. 22 overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 Draft, has seen his playing time dwindle considera...   [read more]


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