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The Tip Off – December 17, 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: 12/17/2019 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • Malik Monk supporters unite! Monk shot 9/12 and led the team with 23 points off the bench to help Charlotte surge past the Kings. He also chipped in 10 REBS, 4 ASTS and was a team high +11 in his 26 minutes.
  • The New York Knicks scored a season-high 143 points and as they smothered the Hawks behind a very balanced attack. Nobody was needed for more than 29 minutes of work, but rookie RJ Barrett poured in 27 points on just 13 shots. Don’t look now but the plucky(?) Knicks have won 3 of their past 4 games.
  • NBA fans are winners tonight as De’Aaron Fox returned to action after a 17 game absence. The Kings were defeated by Charlotte, but he provided a spark off the bench with 19 PTS, 8 ASTS and 2 STLS in just 29 minutes.                                                                                             
  • Donovan Mitchell took over late in Utah spurring on a closing 19-5 run with a monster dunk as Vucevic helplessly watched him soar for the right handed slam. Mitchell had 10 fourth quarter points and 30 on the night as well as a game high +19 while on the court.

Quirks of the Night

  • The top seeds in each conference have identical records (24-4) and bottom playoff seeds do as well (12-15). Also, the head to head battle could not be any closer as the East holds the narrowest of margins (75-74) after Tuesday’s games.
  • Dwight Howard has now been perfect from the field in 9 games already this season, perhaps none as impressive as going 10/10(!) in Tuesday’s Lakers road loss. 

Needs Improvement

  • The referees in the Brooklyn-New Orleans game missed an obvious shot clock violation at the end of the fourth quarter, which would have allowed the Pelicans to set up a final play, instead of a halfcourt heave that wasn’t even shot in time. Spencer Dinwiddie launched a deep three at the end of the shot clock, but caught nothing but air when there was about a 2 second differential that should have stopped the clock. 
  • In related news, the Pelicans dropped their 13th straight game and are about to go on a four-game Western road trip. David Griffin also said that Zion is fully weight bearing on his injured knee but not close to returning. Yesterday marked the 8 week mark since his “6-8 week injury”. Grim.

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  • Rajon Rondo connected with LeBron James on a nasty alley-oop that James finished in style with a reverse. Laker fans probably wish Rondo gave up the rock on the final play as well.
  • The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly made it known that Jrue Holiday is available via trade – albeit at a steep price (Per Marc Stein).
  • Kelly Oubre Jr rose up and smashed a dunk right in Paul George’s grill. They exchanged a brief little friendly staring contest afterwards.

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