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The Tip Off – February 25, 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, exiting 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 the 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: 2/25/2020 as reported by James Garcia

Honor Roll 

  • After an important victory over the Raptors last night, the Milwaukee Bucks are now 50-8 giving the Bucks a commanding 8 game lead for the top spot in the East. Giannis gets and deserves a lot of the credit, but against the Raptors it was all about the other guys. Middleton, Lopez, and Bledsoe combined for 54 of the teams 108 points. Lopez’s defensive efforts won’t go unnoticed here, he provided 5 blocks for the Bucks.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder keep winning. They’ve now won 4 in a row and don’t look now but are only 2.5 games out of the 3rd seed in the West. No one could have seen this coming. A balanced scoring effort again for the Thunder having 6 different players in double figures. It was a close game against the lowly Bulls, but at 36-22 are they too far down in the standings for Billy Donovan to get Coach of the year mentions?
  • Entering the night, the Pacers were 2-7 in the month of feburary. All-Star Domantas Sabonis was determined to not let that record get any worse. Sabonis put up 21 points on 8/10 shooting and 4 of 5 from the line. But he wasn’t just scoring. He had a game high in both rebounds and assists with 15 boards and 9 dimes. Not surprising to see him adding up assists when you remember who his father is. 

Quirks of the Night 

  • After losing by 46 to the Raptors on Sunday, the Indiana Pacers took the loss personally and beat up on the Charlotte Hornets for a 39 point victory. That makes Indiana the second team in NBA History to lose a game by 35+ and then win its very next game by 35+ per the Pacers telecast.
  • Coby White became the first rookie in NBA History to score 30+ points in three consecutive games while coming off the bench. 

Needs Improvement 

  • The Hornets have lost their last two games by 29 and 39 points respectively, failing to reach the 90 point mark in both games. Luckily for Hornets fans they play the Knicks on Wednesday. If there’s anyone who can end the Hornets terrible two-game skid, it’s the Knicks. 
  • Jim Boylen. That’s it. Although no more words are needed, I’ll still add some. On a team that doesn’t have playoff hopes the next best thing you can do is to develop young talent. But with Kris Dunn hurt, Boylen decides to start Ryan Arcidiacono as opposed to his top 10 1st rd pick. At least this time he rode the hot hand in Coby White.

NBA Twitter Table Talk 

“You heard of the up and under right? What about the down and under?” -Kyle Lowry probably

Caruso going 5 hole on the fast break!

It’s been about 84 years since Jayson “The Problem” Tatum has missed. 

Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on Sunday March 1st. He looks ready to us 

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