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The Tip Off – November 8, 2019 Recap

Miss your NBA fix last night? In three minutes or less, 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: 11/8/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Did you know that the end of Daylight Savings = beginning of Dame Time? Damian Lillard went absolutely nuts on Friday night, dropping a career-high 60 PTS (19/33 FG, 7/16 3PT, 15/15 FT)! Unfortunately for the Trail Blazers, Kyrie Irving (33 PTS) & Spencer Dinwiddie (34 PTS) abided by a different clock as the pair combined for 67 PTS to lead the Nets to a 119-115 victory.
  • Minnesota Mayhem!! The Minnesota Timberwolves took a 125-119 thriller over the Golden State Warriors as Andrew Wiggins took over late with 40 PTS (17/33 FG) to spoil an offensive onslaught from D’Angelo Russell, who finished with 52 PTS (19/37 FG, 7/17 3PT, 7/8 FT). It’s not too late to come out of hiding, Wiggins believers…
  • Luka Doncic racked up yet another triple-double with a stat line of 38 PTS (13/26 FG, 9/9 FT), 14 REBS, and 10 ASTS in a disappointing 106-102 loss for the Mavericks (against the Knicks!). I think it’s fair to say at this point that the term “Sophomore Slump” doesn’t exist in Luka’s dictionary.
  • In a 122-104 win over the #WillBowDown Pelicans, Pascal Siakam absolutely dominated with 44 PTS (17/28 FG, 5/10 3PT, 5/5 FT), 10 REBS, and 4 ASTS. The Raptors’ trainers may have to check on Siakam’s back after the game, as it probably aches from having to carry the team (*I may be speaking from experience*).

Quirks of the Night

  • Grit and Gone – In a game where the Orlando Magic trounced the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 118-86, the Grizzlies posted a measly 8 points in the fourth-quarter while allowing the Magic to run up 34 points. The last time a team gave up at least 34 points while only scoring 8 themselves in a second-half quarter? Nearly 13 years ago on December 20, 2006 when the Lakers outscored the Timberwolves 34-7 in the fourth-quarter of a 111-94 comeback win.
  • #QuirkyQuote Alert: LeBron James had the best response when asked about the notion of being “washed”
  • The conservative, old-school, “Make America Defense Great Again” basketball scholars flocked optimistically to catch some defense in a matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, better specified as the matchup between the two bottom-ranking teams in 3-point shots attempted. While the Pacers stuck to their refusal to shoot 3-pointers, the Pistons abandoned their core values and jacked up 33 of them, which is about the league average. In fact, Tony Snell (3/8 3PT) & Luke Kennard (4/9) combined for more makes AND attempts from behind the arc than the ENTIRE Pacers team. 

Needs Improvement

  • In what became the Denver Nuggets’ largest fourth-quarter comeback in their team’s history, the Philadelphia 76ers crumbled during the fourth quarter. The 76ers were outscored 35-13, shot 23% from the field (5/21), 12% from deep (1/8), and had more turnovers (6) and fouls (5) than they did assists (4). 
  • On a night that was filled with star performances, someone had to take the hit with a meme-worthy moment. Our man Meyers Leonard volunteered as tribute, as he had maybe one of the biggest flops of the year that was compounded with a priceless reaction. Shaq, we know this one’s on your radar…
  • Dion Waiters just added another segment to his never-ending 2019-2020 chapter with the Miami Heat. Some things you just can’t make up…

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Bojan Bogdanovic made sure the Jazz remained undefeated at home (5-0), draining a corner three as the clock expired. Bogdanovic would finish the game with a game-high 33 points and a hero’s cape (only one of those two may be true).
  • 3 J’s > 1 J: Despite totaling 16 blocks over his last 4 games, Jonathan Isaac was on the wrong end of the play as Jaren Jackson Jr. went straight up over Isaac and absolutely clobbered one. It’s safe to say that Isaac may have an alert on his phone now for when he would next see Jackson Jr.
  • You know we can’t recap the night without bringing the #CaruShow into this! Alex Caruso violated all air safety protocols in Staples Center as he slammed home a thunderous dunk, of which James Johnson wanted no part. We’ve been told Johnson was a smart player, and that was proven tonight…get out of the way or get ready to pay #CarusoCrew.
  • Nikola Jokic aka “The Joker” left the 76ers’ jaws dropping, as he drilled a go-ahead jumper with 1.2 seconds remaining on the game clock to complete the Nuggets’ comeback over the 76ers. Sources from the Philly locker room have told us that several of the players were experiencing flashbacks to last year’s playoffs against a certain “Leonard”…

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