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Horns in the NBA: 3/3 -3/9

Kevin Durant left Sunday’s game against the Suns with an ankle injury which kept him sidelined along with Tristan Thompson and Mo Bamba

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Golden State Warriors Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cory Joseph’s scoring struggles leaked their way into this week while D.J. Augustin caught fire shooting and passing the ball.

Here’s what the Horns in the NBA contributed last week.

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs

  • Sun, 3/10 - Home win over the Milwaukee Bucks: 29 points (14-26), 15 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Tue, 3/12 - Road win over the Dallas Mavericks: 28 points (11-19), 7 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Fri, 3/15 - Home win over the New York Knicks: 18 points (8-14), 11 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Sat, 3/16 - Home win over the Portland Trail Blazers: 12 points (5-13), 8 rebounds, 2 assists

His scoring tear waned towards the end of the week, but the Spurs’ win streak didn’t follow suit, as they went 4-0 this week and have won eight consecutive.

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant went down with an ankle injury against Phoenix. He’ll likely return to action against the Spurs on Monday.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

  • Sun, 3/10 - Road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers: 6 points (2-7), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Tue, 3/12 - Home win over the New York Knicks: 15 points (5-15), 9 rebounds, 2 assist
  • Thu, 3/14 - Home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder: 10 points (4-10), 6 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Sat, 3/16 - Road loss to the Denver Nuggets: 15 points (3-9), 5 rebounds, 2 assists

This week was average from a statistical viewpoint. He did struggle from the stripe against the Knicks, though, making only 3-of-8 attempts. But, Turner bounced back against Denver, making 9-of-11.

Cory Joseph, Indiana Pacers

  • Sun, 3/10 - Road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers: 4 points (2-6), 4 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Tue, 3/12 - Home win over the New York Knicks: 2 points (0-5), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Thu, 3/14 - Home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder: 3 points (1-5), 3 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Sat, 3/16 - Road loss to the Denver Nuggets: 1 point (0-3), 1 rebound, 1 assist

It doesn’t matter how you choose to rationalize the struggles of a typically consistent guard, just that you know he’s stumbling through the finish line of the season. Joseph has scored in double-figures once in the past 10 games, and he’s shot at an unattractive 33.8 percent clip over that span.

Avery Bradley, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Sun, 3/10 - Home win over the Orlando Magic: 21 points (8-17), 2 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Wed, 3/13 - Road loss to the Atlanta Hawks: 5 points (2-8), 1 rebound, 1 assist
  • Sat, 3/16 - Road loss to the Washington Wizards: 21 points (9-17), 2 assists, 5 rebounds

Bradley couldn’t stop Washington’s Bradley Beal, who went for 40 points when pitted against the former Horn on Saturday. But offensively, the guard mustered up two 20-point games.

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

No status change, as Thompson is sidelined with an injury.

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets

  • Mon, 3/11 - Home win over the Detroit Pistons: 11 points (5-6), 8 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Wed, 3/13 - Road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder: 8 points (3-4), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Sat, 3/16 - Road loss to the Utah Jazz: 4 points (0-1), 5 rebounds, 1 assist

Shot blocking and Allen are a proverbial pair. That fact was reinforced on Saturday, as he bolstered his shot-blocking status by sending back four shots against Utah, which came just two games after tallying two blocks versus the Pistons.

Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic

No status change here, as Bamba is still out indefinitely.

D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic

  • Sun, 3/10 - Home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies: 6 points (2-10), 4 rebounds, 6 assist
  • Wed, 3/13 - Road loss to the Washington Wizards: 16 points (6-15), 1 rebound, 7 assists
  • Thu, 3/14 - Home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers: 20 points (7-11), 3 rebounds, 7 assists

Augustin impressed with his passing and scoring this week. Look for him to have weeks like these consistently as the Magic begin scrambling for wins.

P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets

  • Sun, 3/10 - Road win over the Dallas Mavericks: 9 points (3-4), 7 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Mon, 3/11 - Home win over the Charlotte Hornets: 3 points (1-4), 6 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Wed, 3/13 - Home loss to the Golden State Warriors: 3 points (1-7), 2 rebounds, 1 assist
  • Fri, 3/15 - Home win over the Phoenix Suns: 0 points (0-4), 5 rebounds, 0 assists

Let’s forget about a sub-par week — or month — of offense and shift the focus onto Tucker’s defensive efforts. Tucker stole the ball five times against Phoenix on Friday, adding one in every other game this week (2 steals per game this week). He and Oklahoma City’s Paul George are two of the best small forward options on the DPOY ladder, while fellow Horns Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen have also breached the conversation.