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The Tip Off – January 9, 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: 1/9/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Tristan Thompson enjoyed a career night as he set a new career-high in points with 35. He also added 14 boards and 3 blocks while playing a game-high 45 minutes and helped the Cavs secure a rare road victory over the Pistons in overtime by a score of 115-112. 
  • Josh Richardson picked up the scoring slack in a big way for the 76ers without Joe Embiid. Richardson poured in 29 points, including a perfect 10/10 from the foul line, to propel the 76ers past the Celtics. Philly has now won all three meetings against Boston this season as they continue to have their number this season.
  • Danilo Gallinari made sure to spoil the Westbrook return ‘home’ by scoring 23 points on 14 shots. He also had 11 boards and 4 assists in only 27 minutes of play, as he was not needed in the final 14 minutes of the Thunder’s drubbing of the Rockets.
  • Marcus Smart had 24 PTS (5 threes) and 3 STLS off the bench, and was also +4 in a game Boston lost by 11. He finished just two points off of his career-high in the losing effort.

Quirks of the Night

  • Someone who was not pumping up Boston’s bench points was Semi Ojeleye, who came oh-so-close to registering a very impressive modified Club Trillion (fouls removed). He logged a 0-0-1-0-0 in 20 minutes of action. Ojeleye romped around the hardwood for 1200 seconds and compiled just one lonely assist across the five traditional box score stats.
  • The Cavaliers and Pistons combined for just 11 three-pointers and only 40 combined attempts from long range — in a game that went to overtime. To put that in perspective, the Warriors are dead last in the league with just under 10 makes a game and per Cleaning the Glass, the Cavs and Pistons 3-point attempt rate was in the 1st and 2nd percentile, respectively. If you long for the olden days or have a distaste for the 3-point boom, go back and give this game a look.
  • We’ve seen people signal to their benches to get a breather, but I can’t recall a player defiantly declaring ‘game over’ and asking to be pulled. After this nutmeg on Hartenstein, Chris Paul seemed to be rather disgusted by the Rockets’ efforts against him and couldn’t fathom playing any longer. He immediately took a foul so that he could check out and watch the blowout come to a conclusion.

Needs Improvement

  • Sometimes you just get in a groove and feel like every shot is going in. This did not happen to Kent Bazemore last night as he finished the night 0/8, and had more turnovers (3) than points (2) in the Blazers’ loss at Minnesota.
  • NBA’s scoring leader James Harden had a rough go of it in Oklahoma City, as he had only 17 PTS, 3 ASTS, and 3 REBS on the heels of a rough 5/17 shooting night.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                            

  • Jarrett Culver introduced himself to Kent Bazemore with a big right-handed smash that got KAT up to celebrate.
  • Joel Embiid will be sidelined indefinitely as he will undergo surgery on his left hand after he tore a ligament in the game against OKC on Monday. 
  • Russell Westbrook received a very warm welcome from his old hometown crowd in his first return to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. This video tribute gives me all the feels.
  • Darius Bazley’s fashion game is either leaps and bounds ahead of or behind mine. I’m not sure which.
  • Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins sparred a bit over the Twitterverse last night. In case anyone had forgotten Perk reminded us that he joined a 73-win team. Note: nobody has forgotten.

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