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The Tip Off – December 8, 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: 12/8/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • The first spot on this edition of The Tip Off belongs to Anthony Davis, who put in one of the most effortless 50-point games of the season, shooting 20/29 from the field and a perfect 10/10 from the line. Davis also chipped in 7 REBS, 6 ASTS, 4 STLS, and 1 BLK for good measure. Our expert analysis on this performance: KAT has never looked more helpless.
  • Speaking of efficiency, “The Klaw” himself wasn’t so bad in Washington on Sunday night. Kawhi Leonard dropped 34 PTS (12/18 FG, 3/6 3PT, 7/8 FT), 11 REBS, and 5 ASTS as the Clippers cruised to a 135-119 victory over the Wizards.
  • Sometimes, a player doesn’t have the greatest performance, but then you look up and he still ends up with 30 points. Case in point: Trae Young. Trae finished with a steady 30 PTS, 6 REBS, and 9 ASTS as he led the Hawks to a 122-107 win over the Hornets.
  • Nemanja Bjelica (who?) had a season-high 30 points on a highly-efficient 13/18 from the floor and 4/7 behind the arc, as the Kings narrowly escaped Dallas with a 110-106 win. His name may look like a bunch of letters thrown together, but his game is certainly a lot more consistent (bet you still can’t pronounce his name right though).
  • Though his team lost, Nikola Jokic looked a lot more like his old-self, coming close to a triple-double with 24 PTS (10/21 FG), 11 REBS, and 6 ASTS. Shoutout to all the out-of-shape dads playing recreational basketball at the park. If Jokic can do it so can you! #TripleDoubles #ButAtInNOut

Quirks of the Night

  • As you already read, Anthony Davis had a 50-spot on the Timberwolves (get used to the Laker talk). However, he did it without hitting a single three-point shot. The last two times an NBA player dropped 50+ without hitting a three-pointer in a 48-minute regulation match? Anthony Davis with 53 points on 2/26/18, and Anthony Davis with 50 points on 10/26/16.
  • The Toronto Raptors had a little bit to celebrate on Sunday night despite their loss to the Sixers, as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson nailed his first three-point shot of the 2019-2020 NBA season. Too bad he was playing against Ben Simmons, who still has one more three-pointer made this season than does Hollis-Jefferson.
  • Is it just me, or do you love big men that know how to pass? Bam Adebayo continues his development as the Heat’s version of Jokic, racking up 6 assists in the Heat’s 110-105 overtime victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls. Including tonight’s game, Bam has totaled 6 or more assists in SIX games already this season; before this season, he only totaled 6 or more assists in FOUR games in his entire career.

Needs Improvement

  • With the season-ending injury for Rodney Hood, the Trail Blazers were already playing with marginal room for error. There certainly weren’t any solutions shown during the Blazers’ 108-96 loss to the Thunder, as the trio of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony combined to shoot 20/63 from the field. Shooters…shoot?
  • Luka Doncic usually doesn’t belong in this section, but even the best players have their off-nights…no, we’re not talking about his performance (which, he was great once again), but we are talking about his tirade against the referees lately, resulting in him picking a technical foul in both the Mavs’ last game as well as tonight’s game. Well, at least he apologized right? If only everyone could be like Luka, the world would be a better place.
  • Where was Zach LaVine on Sunday night? LaVine shot 5/19 from the floor with 7 turnovers and 5 fouls in 41 terrible minutes. Hey Zach, that Miami nightlife is real huh?

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Spencer Dinwiddie has reached elite level. After nailing what turned out to be the game-winning layup, Dinwiddie left Kevin Durant, one of the greatest NBA players of this generation, hanging as KD reached out for a high-five:
  • Vince Carter is slowly turning into Luka Doncic and we’re all here for it:
  • We were all sitting here and saying “DANG!” but not because that’s how you pronounce Gorgui Dieng’s last name, but because LeBron James absolutely destroyed and sent Dieng to the shadow realm on a gravity-defying dunk. He’s now in his 17th season apparently?
  • The Banana Boat Crew may now be in jeopardy, as Chris Paul continued his snitching spree by getting the referee to call a technical foul on his buddy Carmelo Anthony. An undisclosed source mentioned that Melo responded after the play with a snarky “Snitches get stitches” comment that was directed towards Paul.

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