Sunday night's NBA action capped off a weird, wild weekend of round ball, and it included a stellar performance by Tim Duncan, an actual win by the Los Angeles Lakers, and some big fourth-quarter basketball. With the Lakers finally getting a win under their belts after a long layoff, a strange admission from Carmelo Anthony, the return of a much-needed piece for the Denver Nuggets, and a bum foot from an important piece in Indiana, there's a lot to talk about.
I could go on and on about the individual games and what made most of them as exciting as they were, but what seems most important is to tease out exactly what mattered, and what each of those important pieces from the day will mean. There's a lot to get to, so there's no reason for any more delay. Let's go ahead and take a look at what made the cut for the most important happenings over the long day of basketball on Sunday.
Who Needs Food?
In what was perhaps the strangest admission we've heard from an NBA player in quite a while, Carmelo Anthony told reporters after New York's 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets that he has fasted for the past two weeks.
"I haven’t had a good meal in about two and a half weeks. No meats, no carbs, anything like that. So I don’t know how I was out there competing at high level. It’s been some games this past week where your body just feels depleted out there and you’re trying to find a way to get some energy."
Anthony has done this during the course of the season before, and he's explained in the past that he's not abstaining from sustenance altogether. Rather, he's on what's called a "Daniel Fast"—abstaining from meat, fish, breads and sweets. It's crazy to think about an athlete playing at a high level without proteins and carbs, but Anthony kept up his scoring over the 15-day period. Carmelo averaged 32 points per game over the stretch (six games), but shot a relatively low 42 percent.