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The Tip Off – January 4, 2020 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: 1/4/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • When a 22-13 team goes up against a 7-28 team, you would think the former would pull out a victory easily against the latter. Enter Trae Young, who finished the game with a sizzling 41 PTS (12/23 FG, 12/14 FT), 4 REBS, 8 ASTS, and 2 STLS as the Atlanta Hawks closed out an unexpected 116-111 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers.
  • If we mention the Denver Nuggets, your automatic thought now is “The Minivan.” However, on Saturday night, Jamal Murray was the best player in a Nuggets uniform with an impressive 39-point performance on an efficient 13/19 shooting from the field as well as a perfect 10/10 from the line.
  • There must seriously be some “wizards” in Washington because the Washington Wizards just continue to pump out the most unexpected performances, the latest coming from Ish Smith against the aforementioned Denver Nuggets. In the Wizards’ 128-114 victory over the Nuggets, Smith posted 32 PTS (15/24 FG), 8 ASTS, and 3 STLS, as he was a huge spark plug off the bench. I would say that was a pretty good-ish performance.
  • The All-Star push continues for Zach LaVine, who recorded 35 PTS (11/21 FG, 5/9 3PT), 3 ASTS, and 4 STLS in a 111-104 loss to the Celtics. Not much else to say here other than that the #ZachAttack continues, and the rest of that Bulls team is so, so, so sorry.
  • If you’re the Utah Jazz, what do you do? Since Mike Conley started sitting out with an injury, they’ve only looked better and better and that certainly includes Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell was incredible again on Saturday night, finishing with 32 PTS (14/21 FG, 4/7 3PT) and 6 ASTS as he continues to flourish in Conley’s absence.

Quirks of the Night

  • You thought we forgot Luka Doncic? Pretty hard to forget a guy who just recorded his 10th triple-double of the season, finishing with 39 PTS (14/32 FG, 6/6 FT), 12 REBS, 10 ASTS, and 2 STLS on Saturday night. By recording his 10th triple-double of the season for the Mavs, Doncic passed Jason Kidd (9 in 1995-96) for the most triple-doubles in a single season in a Mavs uniform (per Mavs PR).
  • “Age is just a number,” right? Vince Carter became the first player in NBA history to play in four separate decades (1990’s, 2000’s, 2010’s, and 2020’s), per ESPN Stats & Information. They don’t call him “Vinsanity” for no reason.

Needs Improvement

  • Did anyone else other than Domantas Sabonis in the Pacers’ starting lineup show up to play on Saturday? Just take a look at the rest of the lineup’s shooting numbers: T.J. Warren (5/14 FG), Myles Turner (2/8 FG),  Aaron Holiday (5/19 FG), Jeremy Lamb (3/10 FG). Sabonis was 11/15 (73%), the rest of the lineup was 15/51 (29%). Y i k e s.
  • When you give up 140 points to the Memphis Grizzlies and take the “L”, who’s to blame? The microscope today falls on Kawhi Leonard, who shot a terrifying 8/24 from the floor with 5 turnovers, while recording the 2nd-worst plus/minus rating on the team with -22. “L.A. [your] way,” right Kawhi?

NBA Twitter Table Talk

  • Haters will say it was a push-off!
  • Thon Maker, meet Eric Paschall.
  • DeAndre Jordan still thinks he’s in Lob City.

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