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The Tip Off – December 7, 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: 12/7/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Devin Booker did his best James Harden impersonation, dropping 35 points on 11/19 shooting from the field while also going 11/16 from the line. However, only one Harden can win, and unfortunately for Booker, it was the real Harden who prevailed in a 115-109 victory for the Rockets.
  • Splash Simmons is back! Ben Simmons hit just his 2nd three-point shot of the season en route to a 34 point performance (12/14 FG, 9/12 FT) in the Sixers’ 141-94 demolition of the Cavs. Which was more impressive: The three-pointer or the 9/12 mark from the charity stripe?
  • “Swaggy L” or Luka Doncic (nickname pulled from Basketball Reference) had another magnificent game, posting 26 PTS (8/15 FG, 8/10 FT), 6 REBS, and 9 ASTS in just 26 minutes of action, as the Mavs absolutely obliterated the constantly-bowing-down Pelicans by a 2K-Amateur-Mode score of 130-84.
  • When they talk about the altitude’s effect in Utah, they’re talking about Rudy Gobert. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had himself a monster offensive game, putting up 19 PTS on 8/9 shooting to go along with 11 REBS and 5 ASTS as the Jazz improved to 9-2 at home by defeating the Grizzlies 126-112.

Quirks of the Night

  • According to Rachel Nichols, the Sixers’ 41-point halftime lead over the Cavs was the sixth-largest halftime lead in the past 65 years of NBA basketball. She also did not fail to mention that both Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid weren’t playing for the Sixers, a fact that I’m sure the Cavs PR appreciated being reminded of.
  • “Cool Hand” (also Luka Doncic according to Basketball Reference) tied THE Michael Jordan for most consecutive games (since the NBA merger in 1976) with at least 20/5/5 at 18 games. I guess there’s a reason people call him “Wonder Boy”…
  • In every game that Ben Simmons has made a three-pointer this season, the Philadelphia 76ers have won (okay we know, it’s only two games). However, after the game, Sixers head coach Brett Brown mentioned that he wanted Simmons to attempt at least one three-point shot per game. My question to you then: Is he on to something?

Needs Improvement

  • “LoNzO iS tHe NeXt MaGiC jOhNsOn” — let’s hold that thought for a second. Those of you who have been vouching for Lonzo Ball since he decided to enter the NBA Draft from UCLA may be running out of patience. Ball put in another lackluster performance, totaling more turnovers (3) than points (2) while going 1/9 overall and 0/7 from downtown. Translation: I had the exact same number of three-pointers made as Lonzo did tonight.
  • No, he’s not on here because the Knicks need improvement (though they really do). Julius Randle is in this section because not only did he shoot an abysmal 6/18 from the field, but he also missed the game-tying free throw with 0.1 seconds left; The Knicks are beginning to enter Phase 2 of the NBA Season: moral victories.
  • It was reported recently that the Cavs would be engaging trade offers for their star, Kevin Love, but the report seems to have had an effect on some of the other players as well. Collin Sexton certainly seems to be one of them, as he was a terrifying 3/13 from the field for 10 points. Can someone let Sexton know that playing his trade value down isn’t a professional move?

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • The man who gets double-teamed in the game vs. The man who gets double-teamed in pickup
  • Down 46, Kevin Porter Jr. decided to hammer one down on Norvel Pelle before celebrating the massive dunk by flexing on Pelle. The call on his celebration may have been the best part of the play:

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