Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, the TDC’s The Tip Off 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: 11/3/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
Aced the Evening
- Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz had 36 PTS (11/21 FG, 10/14 FT), 4 REBS, 6 ASTS, and 2 STLS in a 105-94 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Guess you could say his Spida senses were certainly tingling this game
- Déjà vu? Luka Doncic posted his second straight triple-double in a row, finishing with 29 PTS (9/17 FG, 5/10 3PT, 6/6 FT), 14 REBS, and 15 ASTS in a 131-111 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers. We would just like to take a moment here to thank Doncic for bringing back legitimate triple-doubles #StatPlatterNotStatPadder
- Turn the Heat on!! The Miami Heat continue to stomp right through their competition, the latest victim being the Houston Rockets in a 129-100 blowout. The Heat shot 52.8% from the field and 43.9% from deep, dishing out 38 assists along the way as SIX players scored in double figures. At one point, the Heat were up by 41 points…in the first half
Quirk of the Night
- Snoop Dogg hopped in as part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ broadcast team for a few minutes during the 3rd quarter in what would eventually turn out to be a 103-96 win over the Spurs. He definitely made his presence felt on the headsets, at one point saying “We call that cake mix”
- Take THIS for data! Through the first 6 games of the regular season, James Harden is averaging 35.3 PPG while only shooting…wait for it…37.1% from the field and 21.5% from 3PT range! How is that possible, you ask? Well, he shoots about 16 free throws a game…Rumor has it that the next player to breathe on him may be charged a flagrant foul
- For a man who once said, “Memphis is all I know,” it seems like underperforming and underachieving are all Mike Conley knows right now. He ended the night with 8 PTS (2/10 FG) and 5 TO, forcing his teammate Donovan Mitchell to often pick up the slack throughout the night. Conley’s per-game numbers through his first 7 games with the Jazz? 12.4 PTS (31.8% FG, 28.2% 3PT), 3.9 ASTS, and 3.1 TO.
- Houston Rockets, James Haren, Russell Westbrook, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela, Eric Goron, Mike Antoni – What do these names all have in common? There is no “D”! The Rockets continue to struggle on the defensive end, ranking 2nd to last in defensive rating (116.2). Though their record sits at an even 3-3, their lack of defense has spurred on the Rockets’ critics. The Rockets through their first 6 games have given up 117 points to the Bucks, 126 to the Pelicans (without Zion), 116 to the Thunder (without Westbr–oh wait, never mind), 158 to the Wizards, 123 to the Nets, and now 129 to the Heat
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- “Ellington, back to Trier, up for the layup, OH! Blocked by Fox!” – Okay, this wasn’t an actual call. Just thoughts on what it would sound like if we dubbed over the commentary from LeBron’s block on Iguodala because De’Aaron Fox absolutely stuffed Allonzo Trier on a layup attempt. On another noteworthy play, Fox put Julius Randle on the floor, leaving many to wonder if there should be an official name change to “Swiper” so we can say “Swiper, no swiping (ankles)!”
- The bank is open!! In his second game back from injury, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma only registered 5 points on the night, with 3 of them coming on a running 35-foot bank shot. As long as he called “bank,” right?