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: 12/6/2019 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese
- The Brooklyn Nets improved to 7-3 without Kyrie Irving in the lineup as they defeated the Hornets on the road last night. The Nets have a much more balanced attack as their field goal attempts have flattened out without their star point guard- seven players taking between 9 and 13 shot attempts.
- Like many before him, Jimmy Butler had a magical evening against the Wizards’ league-worst defense as he posted a 28-11-11 line, while chipping in a pair of steals and a +13 as the Heat grabbed another victory.
- In a potential Finals preview, Milwaukee’s non superhuman lineups (minutes without Giannis) were +21 against the Clippers in an impressive rout. For a man with Giannis’ paycheck, I’m thinking this was the perfect present his teammates could give him for his 25th birthday. The Bucks have now won 14 straight and play their next 4 games against teams .500 or below.
Quirks of the Night
- All five Chicago Bulls starters finished with exactly 3 PF’s. It might be irrelevant, but it looks kinda cool in a box score. Ryan Arcidiacono got in on the fun off the bench as well.
- Anthony Davis and Javale McGee began the game 9/9 and had 22 of the Lakers first 24 points as the Lakers cruised to an easy road victory at Portland.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves late game execution was one of the toughest scenes I have seen in awhile on a basketball court. Leading by two with 3.9 seconds left, they missed a pair of free throws, got the offensive rebound, and got fouled again. The Wolves then missed a third straight free throw, and then made a crucial error while substituting prior to the second free throw. They (Jordan Bell) drew a delay of game technical (for an untucked shirt? – more to come) to give OKC a free throw to draw within one. Now leading by one and OKC having no timeouts remaining with 1.1 seconds left, the Wolves only needed to miss the free throw to have the clock expire with the rebound or OKC at worst, would have to settle for a 70 foot heave. KAT stepped up the line and had the free throw rattle in. The Thunder then way too easily heave an 85 foot pass directly to a streaking Schroeder who ties the game with a simple uncontested layup at the buzzer. Unsurprisingly, MN was lifeless in OT and ended up losing by 12 after that disastrous finish.
- Derrick White went 0/7 for 0 PTS, 1 AST and was a -12 in the Spurs 1 point victory. Luckily for San Antonio, Dejounte Murray was there to pick up the slack.
- Buddy Hield went 10/27 with a pair of turnovers and 0 assists in the Kings narrow one point defeat. Not that he is much of a playmaker, but 29 possessions without a single helper is a bit concerning. Only three players in all of 2018, per Basketball Reference, managed those feats without logging an assist.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- As touched upon earlier, Scott Foster delivered a game altering delay of game penalty, which resulted in a free throw, to Jordan Bell for an untucked jersey. The ball was not in play yet, nor was OKC lined up, but Scott Foster was what all the fans paid to see and he did not disappoint. If only they had stopped and penalized Kyrie in game seven before his epic shot, we would have had a much cleaner game…
- A very familiar look ended up being the game-winning bucket for the Warriors as their PG (Russell) drew a double, hit Draymond at the top of the key who lobbed it to the baseline cutter (Glenn Robinson) for a jam. Many of the main characters have changed but the result was all too familiar, especially for Bulls’ fans.
- The Cavaliers appear to be “willing to listen” to trade offers for Kevin Love and expect offers to heat up around December 15th when more of the league becomes available for trade.