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The Tip Off – December 2, 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: 12/2/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • With 1:11 left, down 7, it looked like another disappointing Suns loss as the luster from their hot start continued to wear off. Kelly Oubre would not be denied though. Starting with a possession down 5 with a minute left, Oubre went three, block/rebound, three, forced turnover over the next four possessions. Oubre finished with 23 points (and a team high +11) as Phoenix closed the game scoring 12 straight points to beat Charlotte 109-104. 
  • If a college student was taking high school classes, would they be eligible to make the Honor Roll? I’ll leave that for another day and include Giannis Antetokounmpo, despite him playing the Knicks. Giannis only had to play 22 minutes, but he still had 29 points and 15 boards on 10/14 shooting in Milwaukee’s 700 point blowout of New York. 
  • The game wasn’t as close as the 103-94 final score indicated (it was a 20 point game headed into the 4th quarter), but Rudy Gobert deserves a lot of credit for his effort last night in the Jazz’s loss to the Sixers. Gobert played 36 minutes, and went 11/15 from the field on his way to 27 points and 12 rebounds. He also held Joel Embiid to 16 points (Embiid was the only Sixer starter with a negative +/-).   
  • Over his previous five games, Lauri Markanen was shooting 25% from three and under 27% overall. His numbers for the year aren’t really much better, with an effective field goal percentage of just 41.6, which is in the second percentile among bigs per Cleaning the Glass. Last night though, Markanen had 20 points and 7 boards on 6/12 shooting and 4/8 from downtown. Zach Lavine also had a big night, going for 27 points on just 13 shots from the field, including 5/7 from three, in the Bulls 113-106 win in Sacramento. 

Quirks of the Night

  • This was more relevant when it looked like the Hornets would win, but I had already done the research so it’s staying. Charlotte entered last night’s game 23rd in the league in offensive rebound rate, while Phoenix was 8th in defensive rebound rate per Cleaning the Glass. So, of course the Hornets rebounded almost 32% of their own misses, good for an 83rd percentile offensive rebounding game. 
  • The Hawks decision not to have a backup point guard is not going well. They’re currently -15.8 per 100 possessions for the season with Trae Young off the floor per Cleaning the Glass. Relatedly, they’re -22 per 100 possessions with Evan Turner on the floor. Playing the Warriors solves all your problems though. The Hawks were +24 without Young last night and Turner was +32. Also, Damian Jones set a career high in points with 16 (Go ‘Dores). 
  • Trevor Ariza took his first two pointer outside 14 feet last night. He’s only played 239 minutes on the season so far, but that’s still impressive. His shooting is significantly less impressive. Ariza’s effective field goal percentage is under 48 and was in the 28th percentile for forwards per Cleaning the Glass before last night’s 0/4 effort. 

Needs Improvement

  • The Knicks. All of them. The best starter was -25. Their three young “building block” starters (Dennis Smith Jr., RJ Barrett, and Kevin Knox III) combined to go 2/25 for 11. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who had never played more than 6:30 or scored more than 4 points, played the entire 4th quarter and scored 10. The only thing left after this one is a Scott Perry press conference with Steve Mills looking very complicit in the background. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Giannis putting Julius Randle on a poster was probably the most predictable play of the night.

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