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.
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B-ball Date: 1/12/2020 as reported by Sam Shin, video by Jerin Varghese
- Is D’Angelo Russell a good player on a (really) bad team? Or a great player in general? While those questions are up for debate this year, what wasn’t up for debate was Russell’s offensive skillset put on display against the hometown Grizzlies. Russell finished with 34 PTS (12/24 FG, 5/9 3PT, 5/6 FT), 7 REBS, and 4 ASTS in a losing effort.
- “Move aside, young guns. The old guys can hoop too” — is probably something along the lines of what Jonas Valanciunas said. Valanciunas had a monster night, posting 31 PTS (13/17 FG), 19 REBS, and 2 BLKS as the Grizzlies dismantled the visiting Warriors by a score of 122-102.
- Kawhi Leonard had the #MileHigh scoring output of the night, putting up 30 PTS (12/25 FG), 5 REBS, 4 ASTS, and 3 STLS as the Clippers fell to the even higher (that sounded better in my head) Denver Nuggets.
Quirk of the Night
- Welcome back, Kyrie Irving. Despite playing only 20 minutes in a blowout 108-86 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks, Irving scored 21 points on a crazy-efficient 10/11 shooting from the floor in his return from a shoulder injury. By doing so, Irving became the first Nets player since Andray Blatche to shoot at least 90% from the field on 10 or more attempts in 20 or less minutes. I guess the Nets are better with Kyrie on the team…
- Does Terry Rozier really have a nickname of “Scary Terry”? Can I be honest here? The only person he’s scaring is Michael Jordan and the rest of the Hornets ownership who wanted to offer him that fat contract during the summer. Here’s his line from Sunday night: 5 PTS (1/10 FG, 0/5 3PT), 2 REBS, 2 ASTS. *whispers to Michael Jordan* “You made a mistake.”
- Devin Booker, aren’t you trying to make the All-Star team? Booker should definitely be ashamed of his performance against the aforementioned Hornets, posting 12 PTS (3/12 FG, 1/6 3PT), 7 TO, and 4 PF. You trying to copy Terry Rozier?
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Rudy Gay still exacting some of that revenge on his former team.
- DeMar DeRozan doesn’t shoot threes for a reason.
- No such thing as garbage time points to Jarrett Allen.