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The Tip Off – December 14, 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: 12/14/2019 as reported by Jerin Varghese 

Honor Roll

  • The Spurs and Suns played in Mexico, but the crowd was (allegedly) chanting “Aussie Aussie Aussie” on behalf of Patty Mills and his overtime game winner. Mills came off the bench to deliver 26 points in the Spurs 121-119 OT victory. 
  • Well, well, well. How the turntables” for Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls. On Friday night, the Bulls displayed a putrid 73-point performance and equally terrible singular 12-point effort from LaVine. However, on Saturday night, some better competition came into town in the form of the Clippers (sans Kawhi Leonard courtesy of load management) and the Bulls raised their level. LaVine put up 31 points and made multiple clutch buckets in the 4th as the Bulls came back from down 5 with a minute and a half left to defeat the Clippers, 109-106.
  • You know who does not get enough love? Giannis Antetokounmpo and the “Not 1, Not 2, Not 3…” but 18-STRAIGHT winning Milwaukee Bucks. Victim number 18: the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were no match for Giannis’ 29 points in 24 minutes in the 125-108 blowout. 
  • It took a minute, but the minivan is fully revved up and ready to go. The minivan I refer to? The one and only Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets have been racking up early season victories, but Jokic’s numbers have for the most part lagged behind his prior-season production. Stat stuffing was no issue for Jokic against the Thunder on Saturday night as he put up 28 PTS, 14 REBS, and 12 ASTS in a 110-102 win for the Nuggets. 

Quirks of the Night

  • The streak continues! The Spurs have now played 4 straight OT games and are 3-1 in the extra period matchups. 

Needs Improvement

  • Maybe the Spurs could have avoided playing more than the requisite 48 minutes if Bryn Forbes could have made a single shot. Forbes started, but only played 16 minutes as his shot was ice cold (0/8 from the field for zero points).
  • Why must the injury gods do this to us? Luka Doncic went down a couple minutes into the Mavs – Heat game with an apparent right ankle injury. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Derrick Jones Jr. does it on both ends of the court!
  • 1 on 3 is no problem for Jamal Murray.
  • No mercy from Brandon Clarke

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