B-ball Date: 1/17/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Sam Shin
- TJ Warren filled it up last night with 28 points on just 19 FGA’s. He spoiled Karl-Anthony Towns’ return to the lineup in a victory over Minnesota. Warren has now dropped 20+ points in a game 19 times already this year. Not bad for basically a donation from the Suns (Warren and the 32nd pick for cash and cap space).
- The Toronto Raptors went total scorched-Earth last night, landing themselves in the 99th percentile in effective field goal percentage per Cleaning the Glass. They were 22/43 from downtown on their way to nearly a 50/50/90 (FG%/3PT%/FT%) shooting performance as a team. Predictably, they dropped a season-high 140 points in their 29-point victory over – you guessed it – the Wizards.
- Cam Reddish may have had the best night of his young career as he had 22 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 4 3PTM and 4 STL, helping the Hawks overcome a late 8-point deficit in San Antonio. Kevin Huerter buried the eventual game-winning shot with seven seconds left as the Hawks won their first game in San Antonio since 1997 (22 years)! SVP alerted me on SportsCenter that none of the five Hawks who started on Friday were even born yet when Atlanta last won at San Antonio.
- Damian Lillard and Luka Doncic put on a show in the ESPN nightcap in Dallas. They had 48 points at halftime and were trading blows like heavyweight fighters early on. They cooled a bit in the second half, but Luka had a beautiful dagger with a stepback 27-foot three-pointer that had Mark Cuban chest-bumping and high-fiving the Mavericks as they came to the bench. Luka had a career-high 8 triples in the winning effort and finished with 35-8-7, which amazingly is barely noteworthy given his outrageous season thus far.
Quirks of the Night
- Kyle Lowry made one of the wilder three-pointers you will, see as he was trying to draw a foul and catapult-heaved a 30-footer that somehow found the bottom of the net.
- Aram will love this – a truly impressive Club Trillion by Terrance Ferguson, and not even in bench scrub minutes. Ferguson drew the start, logged 7 minutes, and didn’t record a single statistic in the box score. 0-0-0-0-0. Gorgeous.
- Tristan Thompson must have been watching too much Odel Beckham footage recently. With two minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, Thompson decides to smack Jae Crowder’s behind as Crowder walked through the lane in between free throws. Not surprisingly, Crowder took exception, and the refs jumped in and ejected Thompson from the game.
NBA Twitter Table Talk
- Dejounte Murray put Trae Young down for a nap with this crossover:
- Fans across the globe rejoiced when the NBA announced that the much anticipated Zion Williamson debut will now be on national TV next Wednesday. The Rockets-Nuggets game was flexed off of ESPN and replaced by Zion’s first game at 9:30ET on ESPN.
- Ja Morant’s highlight reels speak for themselves, although I will say taunting the ball after smashing down an alley-oop was next level trash talk.
- The Philadelphia 76ers tried out a very bold strategy of deploying six players on offense, quickly resulting in a wide-open three. The refs didn’t even catch it live, but it was later overturned via review.