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The Tip Off – December 26, 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: 12/26/2019 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles provided the fire power for the Jazz against the struggling Portland Trail Blazers in a game that finished 121-115. Mitchell scored 35 points (28 in the second half) to lead all scorers on the night and Ingles added in 26 points and 6 threes. 
  • The aforementioned Jazz- Blazers matchup was largely a blowout for three quarters before Damian Lillard stepped in to lead a furious fourth quarter comeback. Lillard put up 34 points (7 threes!) and 8 assists and the Blazers had multiple chances to tie or take the lead in the closing minutes (more to come on that later) before falling to the Jazz. 
  • The NBA schedulers tried to spice up the day after Christmas by setting it up as a Battle for New York between the Nets and the Knicks. Unfortunately, it was more of a brickfest than a battle. One of the few bright spots on the night was Julius Randle who put up 34 points and 8 boards in the Knicks 94-82 victory. 
  • Alert, alert: The Timberwolves have finally won a game in December! The Wolves staged a second half comeback to defeat the Kings 105-104 in double OT. One bright spot for Kings in the game and the season as a whole has been Richuan Holmes. Holmes has proven to be a capable replacement for Marvin Bagley and continues to receive the lion’s share of minutes at the power forward/ center positions even after Bagley’s return. The trend continued on Thursday as Holmes played 45 minutes to Bagley’s 20. Holmes turned those minutes into 20 points and 18 rebounds, pretty impressive for a former product of the The Process. 

Quirks of the Night

  • How bad were the Nets on offense on Thursday? HISTORICALLY BAD- They set a new NBA record low with only 8 two point field goals made. 
  • A glimmer of hope defense has been seen in Memphis. The Grizzlies held the NBA’s longest streak of consecutive games allowing an opponent to score 100+ points at 45 games before holding the Thunder to 97 points on Thursday. 

Needs Improvement

  • The Kings lost twice last night. First, they lost De’Aaron Fox two minutes into the game with back spasms. Then, they failed to hold an 8 point fourth quarter lead by only scoring 11 points in the quarter. If you don’t like that, guess you don’t like Kings Basketball (I dont like it.)
  • The Blazers Identity: Why in the world is a team with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum allowing the ghost of Carmelo Anthony to dictate late game possessions and shoot contested 3 pointers? 

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Sports Science vs Inside the NBA (The Crew is mocking the press release stating that Zion is relearning how to “walk and run” as a part of his rehab)
  • Rick Carlisle vs TNT Broadcast (Note: The Mavericks currently hold the best offensive rating in the league).
  • We miss Steph Curry (He would’ve let this fly)

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