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The Tip Off – December 21, 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: 12/21/2019 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Joe Tevelowitz

Honor Roll

  • With NBA legend Kobe Bryant in attendance, Trae Young did his best to put on a show, putting up 47 PTS (14/30 FG, 16/19 FT), 8 REBS, and 6 ASTS as the Atlanta Hawks fell short, 122-112, to the Brooklyn Nets. Instead, Spencer Dinwiddie stole the show with some #MambaMentality of his own, scorching the Hawks for 39 PTS (13/27 FG, 11/12 FT), 6 REBS, and 6 ASTS.
  • All those who claimed the Westbrook-Harden pairing wouldn’t work out were a bit quieter on Saturday night, as the pair absolutely lit up the Phoenix Suns en route to a 139-125 victory for the Houston Rockets. James Harden had a routine 47 PTS (15/27 FG, 9/19 3PT, 8/9 FT), 6 REBS, and 7 ASTS, while his partner-in-crime Russell Westbrook posted 30 PTS (11/21 FG, 7/9 FT), 4 REBS, 10 ASTS, and 2 STLS. Should we start calling them Team Rocket?
  • Anyone feeling bad for Bradley Beal yet? His strong season continued in another losing effort, in what’s starting to become a common trend (as usual in Washington), as Beal put up a monster 36 PTS (13/24 FG, 7/7 FT), 8 REBS, 6 ASTS, and 2 STLS.
  • The only thing rollin’ in Motor City was Zach LaVine, who continues to make an All-Star case this season. LaVine dropped a team-high 33 points on 9/15 shooting from the floor, hitting 5 threes and 10 free throws along the way as the Bulls cruised to a 119-107 win over the struggling Detroit Pistons.
  • Andrew Wiggins continued his #RevivalSeason against the Portland Trail Blazers, putting up a game-high 33 PTS (13/24 FG, 4/6 3PT), 6 REBS, and 3 BLKS. If the #WigginsBelievers end up taking over #NBATwitter, I’m all for it.

Quirks of the Night

  • The best big man on the floor in the Trail Blazers-Timberwolves matchup Saturday night was Hassan Whiteside, though some of that had to do with the fact that KAT was out. Whiteside certainly took full advantage of Towns’ absence, recording a ridiculous 16 PTS, 22 REBS, and 7 BLKS. Per Basketball Reference, the most recent performance of at least 15 PTS, 20 REBS, and 7 BLKS was also Whiteside in 2018, when he recorded a stat line of 29 PTS, 20 REBS, and 9 BLKS as a member of the Miami Heat.
  • The Houston Rockets drilled 19 threes on Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns, making that the 16th game this season in which they’ve hit 15 or more threes collectively in a game. That means they’ve accomplished such a feat in over half their games (16/29)! Two-point shots are most definitely overrated in Houston.

Needs Improvement

  • This specific fan in Philly; is a frosty really worth cussing a player out?
  • Buddy Hield had a night to forget in Memphis, finishing with only 8 points while shooting a horrid 3/18 overall and 2/11 from deep. I wonder if this warrants one of the Kings’ broadcast staples: “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball!”
  • The only person hurt by this performance was Kevin Huerter himself, who recorded a lowly 9 points while shooting 3/13 from the floor and only 1/8 from deep. Rumor has it that Huerter was absolutely shook from seeing Kobe and his daughter courtside all night, leading to his abysmal performance.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                   

  • Imagine having two Giannis clones in the league.
  • Tyus Jones put Marvin Bagley in a nasty blender:
  • Kawhi Leonard is just unfair:

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