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The Tip Off – November 6, 2019 Recap

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.

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: 11/6/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • What was supposed to be one of the marquee games of the year turned into a national shouting contest about either resting star players or how millennials are weak and ruining the world. It was kind of hard to tell which. One superstar did suit up, however, and that was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who put up a cool 38 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists as the Bucks beat the Kawhi-less Clippers 129-124. Also, a shout out to Montrezl Harrell, who propped up the Clips in Kawhi’s absence with 34 points and 14 boards on 13/25 shooting.
  • Tomas Satoransky did what I’m sure many point guards will do against the Hawks this year and that’s set a career high in points. Satoranksy had 27 points on 13 shots, 8 assists and 7 boards for the Bulls in a 113-93 win.     
  • When nobody plays any defense, there will be some impressive stat lines. As good as Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke were, it was Dillon Brooks that led the way in a Memphis 137-121 win over Minnesota. Brooks had 31 points on 9/16 shooting, including 5/8 from behind the arc.    
  • The Warriors are bad and even bad teams are going to have guys that rack up counting stats.  That said, Alec Burks was genuinely good while the Warriors got beat up by the Rockets.  Burks had 28 points and 8 rebounds while shooting 10/18 from the floor.  Additionally he was +2 in the 16 point loss. There are going to be, as Dan LeBatard likes to say, looters in a riot on the Warriors this year. Last night’s performance by Burks though, was not that. 
  • Michael Jordan. Grant Hill. Vince Carter. Tim Duncan. Chris Paul. JJ Redick. Cole Anthony bested them all last night. Greg’s son set the ACC record for points by a freshman in his debut by pouring in 34 and adding 11 rebounds and 5 assists as North Carolina beat Notre Dame by 11 in a rare opening night conference game, scheduled to celebrate the kick-off of the ACC Network (in an equally celebratory fashion, Syracuse’s entire team equaled Anthony’s 34 points in the late game while getting blown out by reigning champion Virginia).  
  • The Mavericks welcomed back J.J. Barea, who made his season debut having been out since last January with an Achilles injury. Barea had 11 points and 3 assists in Dallas’s 107-106 win over the Magic. 

Quirks of the Night

  • With Elfrid Payton struggling with a hamstring injury and Dennis Smith Jr. away from the team with a personal issue, this was supposed to be a chance for Frank Ntilikina to be France Frank and show some of the skills that helped the French National Team beat the Boston Celtics Team USA at the World Cup this summer.  Well, it’s not going quite as planned (he ranks in the bottom percentile among point guards in both usage and eFG% right now). On a positive note, he did shoot his first free throws of the season tonight in the Knicks blowout loss to the Pistons. 
  • I may have watched too much of Pistons/Knicks, but I’m a Nets fan, so I watch as much Knicks as possible. The game not only had Ntilikina’s first free throws of the year, but also a perfect night from the field. Tony Snell went 9/9, including 6/6 from three on his way to 24 points. 
  • It looked for a half like Aaron Gordon might be on his way to a career night. He had 21 points on 9/11 shooting in the first half. The second half . . . didn’t go as well.  Gordon had as many offensive fouls in the final minute of the game as he had points in the second half – two.  

Needs Improvement

  • With John Collins suspended, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish are going to have to step up if the Hawks are going to stay afloat and in the East playoff race. They took care of business against the Spurs in the first game post-Collins, but night two was a different story. The rookie duo combined for only 9 points on 2/15 shooting in the blowout loss at home against the Bulls. Reddish currently has his eFG% sitting at a disturbing 31.2% and a net rating of almost negative 20 per 100 possessions.
  • The Timberwolves haven’t ranked better than 23rd in the league in defense since 2013-14. They’re actually off to a decent start this year at 106.1 points per 100 possessions, which is good for 14th in the league. However, if last night is any indication, they’ll be back among the bottom group in no time.  The Wolves allowed the Grizzlies, ranked 29th in offense, to go off for 137 points in 106 possessions, good for a 129.2 offensive rating. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Atlanta assistant Melvin Hunt did some rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic.
  • When Zach LaVine leaks out, we all win (shoutout to Lauri Markkanen for the sweet tip pass as well). 
  • Can anybody explain what Eric Bledsoe was thinking here?
  • The Lakers had a night off, but Lakers’ Twitter spent the night celebrating their spot at the top of the Western Conference.

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