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The Tip Off – November 19, 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: 11/19/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • I grew up a Syracuse fan.  April 7, 2003 remains the best day in my sports fandom.  There was no way I wasn’t putting Carmelo Anthony in the Honor Roll in his return. I don’t care that he was -20 in 24 minutes or the 5 fouls or the 5 turnovers. The three for the Blazers first basket of the game followed by the three finger to the head celebration and then a hard dribble into a pull-up jumper a few possessions later are my happy place.  Welcome back, Melo. 
  • This is the third Tip Off I’ve written. This is the second time I’ve put Alec Burks in the Honor Roll. This time though, the Warriors won easily 114-95 over the Grizzlies while Burks scored 29 points on 9/15 shooting, 9/9 from the line, and added 8 boards. 
  • After getting off to a horrendous start to the year, the Kings have quietly crept back into the west playoff chase. Last night they beat the Suns, who are, at the moment, one of their top rivals for the 8th seed, 120-116 (man, what a weird sentence that is to write).  Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way with 31 points, including seven 3’s.  Richaun Holmes also had a big night with a 20 points, 15 rebounds double-double. 

Quirks of the Night

  • It’s a slow night with only four games, so let’s go with a season-long quirk. Jordan Poole is on pace to make history. Through the Warriors first 14 games, Poole was playing over 25 minutes a game, using over 19% of Golden State’s possessions, and had a 38.3% true shooting. That’s the lowest true shooting ever for somebody playing that much and using that many possessions (almost as amazing is having a TS% that low while shooting 92.6% on ft’s). Only two other guys have even been under 40%, Kendall Gill in 00-01 and Justice Winslow in 16-17.  The deployment of usage rate as a qualifier eliminates some early NBA data, but if you change that to taking at least 13 shots per 36 minutes, Poole jumps all the way up to 9th worst and the worst since 1960. 
  • LeBron James also made some history last night.  James had a 25/11/10 triple double against the Thunder, making him the first player to have recorded a triple double against all 30 teams in the league. 

Needs Improvement

  • Before last night Rodney Hood’s assist percentage was sitting at 3.5%, per Cleaning the Glass. That’s bad. Passes like this probably won’t help.
  • Opposing bigs should probably be pretty excited to play against the Warriors. They’re 29th in the league in opponents shooting percentage at the rim and below average in frequency of the same shots given up. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas didn’t get the memo. The pair combined to go 6/14 for 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 11 fouls.

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Melo, duh.
  • NBA Twitter star and writer for The Late Late Show with James Corden lead writer, Ian Karmel, joined up with the Laker Girls to put on a show. Oh, yea, Corden, Gronk, and Venus Williams were there too.

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