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The Tip Off – January 30, 2020 NBA Basketball 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: 1/30/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Who doesn’t deserve to be starting in the All-Star Game? It certainly can’t be Trae Young, who had a first quarter double-double and finished the game with 39 points and 18 assists as the Hawks upset the Sixers, 127-117.  
  • Keeping to the All-Star theme, Bradley Beal let the world know he was snubbed with his performance Thursday. Shortly after finding out he inexplicably didn’t make the All Star team, Beal dropped a near triple-double with 34 PTS, 9 ASTS, and 9 REBS in leading the Wiz to a 121-107 win over the Hornets.
  • Swipa, no Swiping! De’Aaron Fox went bonkers Thursday night with 34 PTS and 8 ASTS in the Kings 124-103 upset over the Clips; the most impressive part of his performance might have been his defensive stats: 4 STLS and 2 BLKS. 

Quirks of the Night

  • We’re going streaking! The Raptors‘ win over the Cavs marked 9 straight W’s for the fighting Drake’s.
  • Trae Young now has 33 career 30 point games – good for 5th most for any player before reaching the age of 22.

Needs Improvement

  • Donavan Mitchell had a career dud against the Nuggets. Mitchell, in 35 minutes of game action, shot 1/12 from the field and amassed 4 points and 4 turnovers. 
  • Someone needs to talk to Devonte’ Graham about his shooting. Graham shot 4/13 from the field against the Wiz, good for an ice-cold 30.8 FG%. That figure is only a tiny bit worse than his season long FG% of 37.4%. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                            

  • Kobe. 
  • New All-Star game format is quite divisive.
  • LeBron James prepping us for his inevitable post-NBA career as an NFL tight end:

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