Daily Gossip, Sunday 28/12/14

Someone pulled off what is now commonly known as the ‘Lance Stephenson’ in Brooklyn on Saturday night. The definition is blowing in the ear of an opponent. Who pulled off the Lance Stephenson though?

KG DID..

Brooklyn Nets’ own ‘Big Ticket’ Kevin Garnett blew in David West’s ear in the early stages of the first quarter of the Nets-Pacers game on Saturday night.

West reacted and wound up getting a technical for his troubles. The Pacers forward though would have the last laugh as he netted 17 points, en route to his side’s easy 110-85 win.

Via ESPN:

“I didn’t like that. I didn’t like it,” West said after the Pacers’ 110-85 rout of the Nets. “I just know it was too close and I didn’t like it. It was just too much. I don’t really play them games. We’re out there to play basketball, so let’s play basketball.

“Everybody was kinda looking at me trying to figure out what made me push him or whatever, but he blew in my face, an aggressive blow at that. I think Lance’s was more sensual, you know? That was an aggressive one.”

Garnett did not address the media after the game.

KOBE TO RETURN AGAINST THE SUNS TONIGHT

Kobe Bryant will return to the Los Angeles Lakers line-up tonight as they face the Phoenix Suns.

Via ESPN:

“[Bryant] came in and he got some shots up [Saturday], got some shots up this morning, says he feels a whole lot better,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said after a morning shootaround, according to the team’s official website. “[He’s] ready to go. He’s gonna get more shots up this evening when we get to the arena. So he’ll be ready to go.”

Scott said he’d like to limit Bryant to around 30 or so minutes of playing time after the 36-year-old had been complaining of fatigue and soreness in recent weeks. Bryant, in his 19th NBA season, is averaging a team-high 35.4 minutes per game.

The Lakers went 1-2 without the future Hall of Famer, with the one win a surprise victory over the NBA-best Golden State Warriors.

HORNETS LOSE, KEMBA HITS A CAREER HIGH

The Charlotte Hornets might have lost to the visiting Orlando Magic on Saturday, 102-94. But guard Kemba Walker put on a show, shooting 15/30 from the field and finishing with a career-high 42 points, including 35 in the first half alone.

PATTY MILLS RETURNS TONIGHT

San Antonio Spurs will welcome Australian Patty Mills to their line-up as Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard remain out.

Via Spurs Official Release:

Spurs guard Patty Mills (right shoulder surgery) will be available to play in tonight’s game vs. Houston.  Mills has missed the first 31 games of the season after having shoulder surgery on July 2.  Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hand) and Tony Parker (mild strain; left hamstring) remain out.