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.
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B-ball Date: 11/14/2019 as reported by Jerin Varghese
- Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading contender for the MVP. The Greek Freak had a monster 38/16/4 line as the Middleton-less Bucks easily handled the Bulls, 124-115. Playing second fiddle to Giannis was Mr. “I don’t want to be here”, Eric Bledsoe, who scored 31 points on 12-14 shooting, and also chipped in 8 assists.
- Pumpkin wreaths on the front door? Mariah Carey on the radio? It can only mean one thing- Holiday Season has arrived. Jrue Holiday, who prior to this game had failed to deliver even a 20 point performance, exploded for 36 PTS and 7 ASTS. Jrue also swiped 6 STLS as the Pelicans spoiled Paul George’s debut with the Clippers with a 132-127 victory. PG13 did not look rusty at all as he delivered a smooth 33 PTS in only 24 minutes of action. Unfortunately, he couldn’t deliver a W as the Clippers fall to 7-5.
- Who needs a 7’ 3” Latvian power forward forward with a silky smooth jumper? Certainly not the New York Knicks, at least not when Marcus Morris is in town. Morris hit a dagger step back 3 to give the Knicks the win over the Mavs in Kristaps Porzingis’ return to Manhattan. The Unicorn had a ho-hum 20 PTS, 11 REBS, and 3 BLKS in an unfriendly return to MSG (he was welcomed to a chorus of boos).
Quirks of the Night
- Lonzo Ball, Brandan Ingram, Josh Hart: These were the key Lakers making the trek to New Orleans in the Anthony Davis trade and also key players who were missing in action when the Pelicans picked up their second win last night. You didn’t hear it from me, but is a culture of losing contagious?
- A trip to the bench is good for the soul? Well, it is certainly good for Alex Len. After the offseason departure of Dewayne Dedemon, Len started the first 9 games for the Hawks and put up an “impressive” 4 PTS and 4.4 REBS on 33.3% shooting. These performances earned him a trip to the bench for the last 2 games. The result? 19 PTS and 8.5 REBS a game.
- The Nets cannot put together two good halves of basketball. The Nets scored 35 points in the first quarter. They scored 32 total points in the 2nd half and did not score in the final 3:31 of the game as they fell, 101-93.
- Injuries suck. That’s it. Kevin Huerter and Caris Levert are two rising stars (at least, in my eyes) on young teams that cannot seem to stay healthy.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- He’s baaaack. In a shock that sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy, the Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony. Let’s hope that Melo Mania can turn around the 4-8 Blazers.
- Can Joe Harris charge Jerami Grant with attempted murder?
- Devin Booker did not appreciate being double-teamed during one of his summer runs. He had no problem with it during Thursday’s game.