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The Tip Off – February 5, 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: 2/5/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson, video by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • The Raptors had a feverish comeback last night as they trailed by 10 with just over two minutes to go. Serge Ibaka delivered the game-winning three to complete his excellent evening, as he had 30 points and 7 rebounds to go along with the dagger three. The Raptors have now won a franchise-record 12 games in a row and have their franchise best record through 51 games (37-14).
  • Jayson Tatum stuffed the stat sheet to the brim in their victory over Orlando: 33 PTS, 8 REBS, 5 ASTS, 5 3PTM, 3 STLS and 2 BLKS. Sources believe he saw Wednesday’s game as an audition to be selected first among reserves in the All-Star Draft.
  • Dennis Schroder continues to set the court ablaze off the bench, scoring 30 points and chipping in 5 boards and 6 assists along with being a game high +13 for the Thunder in their win over the Cavs. Once thought to be an albatross contract, Schroder is proving himself over and over again this year, and has now scored 20+ points in 8 straight games.
  • Nikola Jokic had no issues overcoming reigning two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert. Per ESPN Stats and Info, he was 13/14 with Rudy as the primary defender. In total, “The Joker” finished with 30 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming just the third player in the last 30 years to have a 30-20-10 game.

Quirks of the Night

  • Phoenix played four starters exactly 41 minutes – they were a bit shorthanded, but still surprising to see them press that far with almost their entire starting lineup.
  • As a result of the four-team blockbuster trade on Tuesday, Denver was only able to dress 7 players in their game against Utah, which just so happened to be a road back-to-back. They didn’t let it bother them though, defeating Utah 98-95. 

Needs Improvement

  • D’Angelo Russell did not exactly improve his trade value as he went 7/20 from the floor, 0/8 from downtown, and was an astounding -48 in his 32 minutes of action. Per Basketball Reference, this ties the 2nd worst +/- in the last decade (only Manny Harris -57 was worse).
  • Gary Harris0/13 shooting performance was tied for the most shot attempts without a make in an NBA game since 1993.
  • Golden State gets two notches in this section. They were in the 1st (!) percentile for eFG with a dreadful 39% (5/39 from 3-point land) and lost by 42 to a Kyrie-less Nets team.

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  • Andre Iguodala was able to lounge in California, promote his book, take 50 or so games off and still pull off being traded to South Beach where he was promptly extended (before the trade was even official?) an additional 2 seasons for 30M. Some people live right.
  • Patrick Beverley was not shy about poking Jimmy Butler after the Clippers defeated the Heat. Beverley took to Twitter to point out how Jimmy has been rather quiet against Kawhi in their two meetings this season.

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