Joe's Morning Sports-Wed, Jan 16, 2019

LeBron James will miss at least the next two games for the Lakers as he continues to rehabilitate a strained left groin according to ESPN.  James has missed the past eleven games since suffering the injury on Christmas Day at the Golden State Warriors, and the Lakers have gone 4-7 in his absence, including last night’s 107-100 win against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.  James will have his groin injury re-evaluated in Los Angeles today, the three-week mark since the injury occurred, and will not accompany the team on its two-game trip to Oklahoma City and Houston.

The Golden State Warriors put together an NBA-record first quarter performance before winning a matchup of the top teams in the Western Conference.  The Warriors set a league mark by scoring 51 points in the first quarter of a 142-111 trouncing of the Nuggets in Denver.  Golden State shot a blistering 60% from the field overall, had 38 assists and hit 21 three-pointers in leading wire-to-wire.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points to help the Warriors take over the conference lead by a half-game over the Nuggets.  Kevin Durant finished with 27 points in Golden State's fifth consecutive victory.

 

Three Wayne State College football players were named to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team.  Junior linebacker Tyler Thomsen received First Team Defense honors, senior wide receiver Nate Rogers was named Third Team Offense and junior defensive end Jacob Protzman was a Third Team Defense selection.  The First and Second Team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be selected in March.  Wayne State finished the 2018 season with records of 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC South Division.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team has landed another Stanton recruit.  Liz Christensen, a two-year starter for the Mustangs, recorded 164 kills and 112 digs as a senior.  She was named East Husker Conference Third Team and Norfolk Daily News Class ‘C’ All-Area Third Team for her efforts on the court.  Christensen recently help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the state tournament last fall.  She also holds the record for most ace-serves in a season with 72.  Christensen joins soon-to-be-sophomore Hannah Heppner, a former standout for the Mustangs on the court next fall.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, in a game that can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com, the Northeast Hawks men host Southeastern Community College of Iowa at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at 6:40.  Elsewhere, the Creighton men are in Queens, New York to play St. John’s at 5:30, and the Nebraska-Omaha women visit Macomb, Illinois to play Western Illinois at 7:00.

Local Schedule:  Southeastern CC, IA at NECC (MBB-7:00); Creighton at St. John’s at Queens, NY (MBB-5:30); Nebraska-Omaha at Western Illinois at Macomb, IL (WBB-7:00).

This Evening: The Northeast Hawks men’s basketball team hosts Southeastern Community College of Iowa at 7:00.  Pregame coverage at approximately 6:40 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

Local Scores:  LHNE 77 Walthill 38 (BBB); LHNE 68 Walthill 51 (GBB); NC 55 Gretna 43 (GBB); NECC 74 Concordia JV 60 (WBB).

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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Indiana              131    Phoenix                  97

      Final    Philadelphia    149    Minnesota            107

      Final    Atlanta              142    Oklahoma  City    126

      Final    Milwaukee          124    Miami                      86

      Final    Golden  State    142    Denver                  111

      Final    L.A.  Lakers      107    Chicago                100

    

    

          ---

          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Columbus                4    New  Jersey      1

      Final  OT    N-Y  Islanders      2    St.  Louis        1

      Final    N-Y  Rangers          6    Carolina          2

      Final    Montreal                5    Florida            1

      Final    Detroit                  3    Anaheim            1

      Final    Nashville              7    Washington      2

      Final  SO    Minnesota              3    L.A.  Kings      2

      Final    Winnipeg                4    Vegas                1

      Final    Tampa  Bay              2    Dallas              0

      Final    San  Jose                5    Pittsburgh      2

    

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          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL

    

      Final    (3)  Tennessee                  106    Arkansas                        87

      Final    (4)  Virginia                      81    (9)  Virginia  Tech      59

      Final    (10)  Nevada                        72    Boise  St.                      71

      Final    (12)  Kentucky                    69    Georgia                          49

      Final    (13)  North  Carolina        75    Notre  Dame                    69

      Final    (15)  Marquette                  74    Georgetown                    71

      Final    (16)  Buffalo                      88    W.  Michigan                  79

      Final    Wake  Forest                        71    (17)  NC  State              67

      Final    LSU                                        83    (18)  Mississippi        69

      Final    (24)  Mississippi  St.      71    Florida                          68

In other news

A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Maurice Washington, clearing the way for the Nebraska running back to return to his home state to face charges accusing him of distributing a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016. 

There could be a roster opening for Sunday's NBA All-Star game.  Forward Anthony Davis suffered a shoulder injury during the first half of the Pelicans' 131-122 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Davis was in the game when the first half ended, but kept his left arm still as he walked …