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The Tip Off – February 9, 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: 2/9/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • When describing Trae Young’s game, one word immediately comes to mind: audacious. He attempts shots from so deep and passes so intricately that you almost feel as if he’s consistently disrespecting the other team. What’s my point in all of this? Trae had quite the game with 48 points and 13 assists and was instrumental in the Hawks beating the Knicks, 140-135, in double OT. But the reason he makes the Honor Roll today is the audacity of this sequence in transition where he assesses the defense, sees that the Hawks don’t have a man advantage, and proceeds to shoot from the logo. You have to love it.
  • Five out, Russell Westbrook in. The Rockets’ decision to extinguish the center position has opened up eons of space in the lane and Russ has taken full advantage. Westbrook went for 39 points on 18/33 shooting with a considerable number of the buckets coming when guarded by DPOY Rudy Gobert. Unfortunately for Russ, Bojan Bogdanovic became the second individual hailing from the Balkans to deliver a buzzer-beating trey on the Rockets (the first of course was Nemanja Bjelica), as the Jazz emerged victorious, 114-113.
  • Dropping rap albums, dropping 50 on your favorite team, and beefing with NBA officials while letting them know he’s got more than enough to cover the fine? Yes, Damian Lillard truly does it all. Last night, he kept it fairly light (by his recent standards) as he went for 33 points and 8 assists in the Blazers 115-109 win over a shorthanded Heat team. 

Quirks of the Night

  • Neither the Hawks nor the Knicks wanted to win last night. The Hawks led 99-83 with 11:16 to go in the 4th quarter and their win probability stood at 98 percent. They proceeded to blow that lead and head to OT with the score locked at 116-116. The Knicks came out on fire in overtime and led 126-118 with 1:37 remaining. Their win probability? 98.5 percent. Did they win? Nope. The Knickerbockers choked that 8-point lead away and then crumbled in the second OT. Let’s hope the NBA does the right thing and gives both teams a loss for last night. 
  • Triple-doubles sometimes feel like Oprah giving away cars: everyone gets one. However, that’s not the reality, so congrats to Ja Morant on his first career triple-double (27/10/10). 

Needs Improvement

  • The Grizz won but Dillon Brooks was throwing up brick after brick. Brooks was 4/17 from the field and had nearly as many turnovers (3’s) as field goals made.

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