Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, the TDC’s Morning Announcements gives you the brief rundown of the standout stat lines, exciting finishes and some rarities that went down on the hardwood last night. On a busy evening where you miss the live action and/or the scintillating thrill of NBA Twitter scrolling, we have done the work for you and compiled notable lines and events.
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B-ball Date: 10/22/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
Aced the Evening
- Double the Trouble! With all the talk of the new duos in the league, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet seemed to make statements on ring night, as the former dropped 34 PTS, 18 REBS, and 5 ASTS while the latter had 34 PTS, 5 REBS, and 7 ASTS
- Danny Green led the Lakers with 28 PTS, hitting 7/9 from deep and 10/14 overall. Hats off to the 3 people on the planet who (accidentally) bet that Green would finish as the Lakers’ top scorer on an Opening Night largely dominated by the narrative of the AD & LeBron duo
- The Terminator: Kawhi Leonard certainly dispelled any notion that he might not actually be the Terminator, pouring out 30 PTS, 6 REBS, and 5 ASTS to bring the Clippers their first W of the season
- Bench-Warmers? The Clippers’ bench brought the heat from the bench to the court all game, as all 4 players off the bench scored in double figures (JaMychal Green: 12 PTS, Montrezl Harrell: 17 PTS, Maurice Harkless: 10 PTS, Lou Williams: 21 PTS) for a total of 60 PTS
Quirks of the Night
- Lethal-When-Going-To-His-Left Lou Williams outscored the ENTIRE Lakers’ bench 21-19, reminding everyone that 1 on 5 is indeed possible – it’s not too late to change your Sixth Man of the Year prediction…
- Patrick Beverley had just 2 PTS, but chipped in with a team-high 10 REBS (No, he didn’t play the 5) and 6 ASTS for the 2nd highest +/- on the Clippers (+13), playing some feisty defense throughout the game.
- With his team-leading 28 PTS, Danny Green broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for most points scored in a Laker debut (27 PTS). Danny, enjoy the record for a few years until Bronny’s here…
- Nick Nurse’s ATO plays – For all those wondering who would take the last shot in a tie game for the Toronto Raptors during the post-Kawhi era, the answer is apparently Norman Powell. After a timeout called by Nurse with about 9 seconds left on the game clock, the Raptors inbounded the ball and had Powell dribble down the clock, only to take a contested pull-up 28 footer without seemingly even trying to run a play. The NBA may need to investigate to see if Nurse had any bets on the game going into overtime.
- Kentavi0us Caldwell-P0pe: Not sure if he thought this was still preseason, so we’ll give him a one-game pass for now. KCP finished with 0 PTS, 3 REBS, 3 ASTS, and 5 PF.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- LeBron turned back the clock with a chasedown block on Landry Shamet in the 3rd quarter. It’s mind-boggling that Shamet looked back and saw LeBron coming, but went for the layup anyway. Sources have told us that Shamet simply wanted to join the “I’ve been a victim of the LeBron chasedown block” club.
- Making his debut with the Zion-less Pelicans, Lonzo Ball had a gorgeous one-handed bounce pass to Jrue Holiday, who muscled through some contact to finish a tough layup. Here’s our bold prediction: that backcourt will be a handful. You heard it here first.