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The Tip Off – November 13, 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: 11/13/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Eric Gordon and Gerald Green are hurt. Clint Capela got hurt during the game. Russell Westbrook tried to foul out in the first quarter. None of it mattered as there was no stopping James Harden last night. Harden had 47 points, 7 assists, and 6 boards. He made 7 of 13 threes and 16 of 17 free throws while dragging Ben McLemore, Tyson Chandler, and Chris Clemons to a 103-92 win over the Clippers. 
  • With Joel Embiid sitting out the second night of a back-to-back, Nikola Vucevic was ready to take full advantage.  Vooch beat up Philly’s bigs by putting up 28 points with 12 coming in the 4th quarter as the Magic outscored the Sixers 32-15 en route to a 112-97 win.
  • Ja Morant had an Honor Roll worthy night even before the last second of the game. Through 47:59 of game time, he had 21 points on 9/14 shooting and 11 assists and numerous highlight plays.  Then he took on three Hornets at the rim and did this.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins were supposed to revitalize basketball in Minnesota and take the Wolves where even Kevin Garnett couldn’t. Wiggins hasn’t lived up to his potential, but that may be changing this year. The duo combined for 59 points and 19 rebounds with solid efficiency in a 129-114 win over the Spurs last night. So far this year ,Wiggins is using almost 28% of Minnesota’s possessions with an eFG% in the 63rd percentile among wings per Cleaning The Glass.
  • It’s a little backwards to see the Lakers being the championship contender and the Warriors putting a lineup that’s half G-League guys. However, that was the case in L.A. last night as the Lakers won by 26.  JaVale McGee may have gone south a year too early, but he was a standout with 18 points and 17 rebounds. 

Quirks of the Night

  • Markelle Fultz had his first game against the 76ers since they traded him for a highly protected first round pick last year. He didn’t exactly get his revenge. Fultz came out with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter with the Magic down 8.  D.J. Augustin played the final 17 minutes as Orlando flipped that deficit into a 15 point win. 
  • Russell Westbrook had 4 fouls in the first quarter last night versus the Clippers. This is either impossible to look up on the Basketball Reference play index or I am not skilled enough with the play index to look it up. Either way, it seemed quirky. 
  • It’s slightly unusual to have a game finish with 273 combined points and not be mentioned prominently in the Honor Roll, but nothing about it really stood out to me. The #2 offense (Celtics) faced the #29 defense (Wizards), Bradley Beal went off (maybe I should have put him in the Honor Roll, but I feel weird doing that for a guy when his team lost a game that wasn’t really ever in doubt) and so a ton of points were scored. Watch the Wizards, their games are fun. That’s really all I got on this one. 

Needs Improvement

  • A big reason the 76ers signed Al Horford was their problems playing without Joel Embiid. Every year of his career, Philly has been a plus team with Embiid on the floor and a negative team with him off.  The difference has never been under 12.7 points per 100 possessions (per Cleaning the Glass). After last night’s loss to the Magic, that number is in very familiar territory at 12.8. Philly is +10.1 points per 100 possessions with Embiid on the court and -2.7 with him off.  That number has to have to improve if they’re going to compete for a championship.   
  • Trey Lyles has started every Spurs game and is averaging a career high in minutes.   Trey Lyles is using under 10% of possessions. He has taken more than five shots in a game 0 times this year. Last night in the Spurs 129-114 loss to the Timberwolves, Lyles took 2 shots, missed them both, and scored 0 points. He did have 11 boards though. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • The first time you beat your dad in a game of one-on-one in the backyard is a moment to remember. Getting your dad t’d up in game is probably a similar feeling.
  • Miles Bridges can jump.
  • PJ Tucker can’t.

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