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Morning Announcements – October 30, 2019 Recap

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.

Spend three minutes reading this every day to keep up with the Association and have enough knowledge and nuggets to be in the loop with casual fans as well as the ability to toss out a few specific stats and oddities an avid fan may have missed.

B-ball Date: 10/30/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Aced the Evening

  • The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards had an offensive onslaught, both teams shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from deep, with the Rockets coming out victorious by a 2K score of 159-158. James Harden led all scorers with 59 PTS (18/32 FG, 17/18 FT), while the Wizards did their best to match with Bradley Beal, who finished with 46 PTS (14/20 FG, 11/12 FT). Rumor has it that investigations are taking place for a juiced ball
  • Kemba > Kyrie? Celtics fans will certainly be running this question through their minds all season, as Kemba Walker gave them the first taste of what he provides in a 116-105 comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Walker ended the night with 32 PTS (7/19 FG, 14/15 FT), 6 REBS, and 6 ASTS. Boston, Cardiac Kemba is real
  • Pascal Siakam helped continue the strong play of the defending champion Toronto Raptors, as he poured in 30 PTS (13/21 FG), 5 REBS, 5 ASTS, and 2 STLS in a win against the Detroit Pistons
  • Birthday Buckets! On his 23rd birthday (only 23? Wow), Devin Booker torched the Warriors for 31 PTS (10/21 FG, 6/10 3PT, 5/5 FT), 4 REBS, and 5 ASTS. How nice of him to include the Warriors in his birthday celebration, I’m sure the rest of the NBA would like to be invited next time 

Quirk of the Night

  • Like Mother like Son – After getting so fed up watching the Phoenix Suns pummel her own son’s team, Draymond Green’s mom went to Twitter to voice her frustrations with a slightly-passive-aggressive-and-half-joking-but-not-really tweet. I think we can finally and confidently say that we might’ve figured out where Draymond learned to talk
  • Though the Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors by a score or 121-110, the game in reality was never as tight as the score may have suggested. Here are some of the strangest aspects from the game: The Suns outscored the Warriors 43-14 IN THE FIRST QUARTER, Aron Baynes was the Suns’ second-leading scorer with 24 PTS (and a near triple-double with 13 REBS and 7 ASTS), the Warriors’ leading scorer was Eric Paschall with 20 PTS, and the Suns had 33 ASTS as a team (they averaged about 24 assists per game last year, which ranked 20th in the league last year) against the team that led the league in assists per game LAST season. That’s all, folks

Needs Improvement

  • The Hearts of Warriors’ fans – In a game where they already looked lost against the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors lost Stephen Curry for the game on a scary-looking fall. It would later be reported that he had broken his left hand, a crushing blow to a team that was already going to be in a dogfight for one of the final playoff spots in the crowded Western Conference. Our thoughts are certainly with Steph, but while he’s gone, our staff promises to keep the shimmying alive
  • Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns brought the WWE Smackdown (or AEW Dynamite??) to the NBA, as the two got “tangled up” (the NBA terminology for a mild brawl) and would both be ejected for getting a little too friendly with one another. The entertainment didn’t stop there, as the two exchanged some more “friendly” trash-talk after on social media
  • Make your Marc – Through the first 5 games of the season, Marc Gasol continues to struggle; Two staggering numbers over those first 5 games? 28 PTS (9/29) TOTAL and 16 PF

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • President of the Nasty Pullback Dribble Foundation, Kemba Walker, sent reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo back to Greece on an absolutely filthy pullback move
  • “Welcome to your Kodak moment!” Collin Sexton destroyed Wendell Carter Jr. on a jaw-dropping poster dunk, bringing the home fans to their feet. Sources have confirmed that part of Wendell’s soul was taken away during the play
  • Not in my House! Thomas Bryant of the Washington Wizards stuffed Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. at the basket, one of four denials by Bryant during the game. Wizards’ team staff have reported that Bryant is indeed a territorial player

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