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The Tip Off – December 9, 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: 12/9/2019 as reported by Aram Hanessian, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • The game of the night was undoubtedly in Houston where an absolutely wild last 67 seconds ended with a Nemanja Bjelica 33 footer buzzer beater for the win. Before Professor Big Shots (an actual nickname from his time in Turkey) closed it out, the last minute also included a Russ 27 footer to tie the game, a Ben McLemore three to take the lead, a Hield three to tie it back up, and a Russ driving layup to set up the game winner.  
  • Paul George revenge game! Ok, he probably is not out for revenge against Indiana and he has gone back a few times before, but George was still dominant last night in the Clippers 110-99 win against the Pacers. PG picked up the slack in Kawhi’s absence with 36 points, including 7 threes, 9 boards and 5 assists. 
  • Gordon Hayward hasn’t played in a month, so it was good for the Celtics to get him some seasoning against G League competition to ease him back – over the last two weeks, the Cavaliers are last in the league in point differential and 29th in both offense and defense per Cleaning the Glass. Hayward had 14/5/4 in just 26 minutes as Boston beat Cleveland by 22. 
  • The good news for the Magic is they made Giannis Antetokounmpo play in the fourth quarter. The bad news is he had 32 points on 12/22 shooting, 15 boards, and 8 assists as the Bucks beat Orlando 110-101. 
  • Bjelica didn’t deliver the only game winner of the night as Derrick Rose made a 14 footer with .8 seconds left to lift the Pistons to a 105-103 win over the Pelicans. Rose had 21 points and 7 assists off the bench to lead Detroit in both stats. Rose’s minutes are obviously way down from his peak, but he currently has the highest usage, the highest assist percentage, and the second highest effective field goal percentage of his career. 

Quirks of the Night

  • It had to have been the night of the year for the trillion. So far in my time writing the Tip Off, I’ve only encountered one. Last night there were 4(ish). Goga Bitadze, Amile Jefferson, and Devon Hall all played at least 52 seconds and multiple possessions without recording a stat. Goga played over two minutes, the Pacers went from down 3 to down 12, and he never saw the floor again. Shaq Harrison also technically had a trillion, but he only played 6 seconds, so that probably doesn’t count.  

Needs Improvement

  • Kris Dunn almost fouled out in 15 minutes. It probably would have been better for the Bulls if he had fouled out in less than 15 minutes. Dunn was 1/8 from the field, 1/6 from three and only had 1 assist. That’s about on par for Dunn this year as he’s in the 31st percentile in eFG % and the 26th percentile in assist % among point guards per Cleaning the Glass. 
  • Last week on the Tip Off, I mentioned how the Jazz were falling out of the race for home court and into the race just to make the playoffs. That collapse has continued. Last night, the Jazz got blown out at home by the Thunder who were on the second night of a back-to-back and without their second best player, Danilo Galinari. Over the last two weeks, Utah has a -6.9 point differential, 23rd in the league. The playoff race for the last few spots in the West is decidedly Eastern Conference-y this year, but the Jazz need to step it up to stay out of it. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Take that turnover young fella.
  • I agree, they deserved the win.
  • Best in-game dunker in the league right now? Has to be Aaron Gordon
  • Chris Paul shows the Jazz that snitchin isn’t the only trick up his sleeve.
  • KAT did not get the ball and the Wolves did not get the win.

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