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The Tip Off – February 27, 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: 2/27/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson

Honor Roll

  • Tobias Harris stepped up in a big way with the 76ers missing their top two options in Embiid and Simmons. Harris pumped in an uber efficient 34 points on 14/21 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The 76ers rebounded nicely off of an ugly Cavs loss on Wednesday with a home victory over the Knicks.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from down 19 to defeat the Kings 112-108. OKC closed the gap on the strength of a 15-0 late third quarter run. The Thunder had a balanced attack lead their second half flurry, with five players scoring between 13 and 24 points and have now won 9 consecutive road games and moved into the 5 seed in the West.
  • Julius Randle came to play on Thursday, contributing 30 PTS, 10 REBS and 5 ASTS in the Knicks road loss against the 76ers. Randle was also a team-high +10 in his 38 minutes. Unfortunately in his brief stints on the bench the Knicks were outscored by 19 points. Maybe he can play all 48 on Sunday.
  • Shake Milton filled into the starting lineup rather admirably once again on Thursday, as he scored 19 points on just 8 shooting possessions. He chipped in 4 assists, 3 boards and 2 blocks as well, making for his second consecutive solid fill-in start. He has gone 9/11 from deep in those two games and might just be earning himself some additional minutes even when everyone is healthy.

Quirks of the Night

  • The Lakers had every player who entered the game finish the game with a positive +/- in their 30 point victory over the Warriors. I suppose that’s what happens when Curry, Klay, Draymond (9 minutes, ejected) and Wiggins all effectively sit out.
  • Terrance Ferguson tallied his second imperfect goose-egg night of the year with the 0-0-0-0-0 line across traditional box score stats in games with at least 7 minutes played. He now moves into a tie for the season lead with Vince Carter, Chris Clemons, Thon Maker, Matisse Thybulle and Semi Ojeleye. This is the race nobody is talking about.

Needs Improvement

  • Wenyen Gabriel racked up 3 fouls and 3 turnovers in just 6 minutes. A “feat” last accomplished in 2015 per basketball reference.
  • The Warriors finished in the 0th percentile per Cleaning the Glass for Turnover Rate last night as they committed 26 turnovers. Only two teams have committed more than 26 turnovers in a game this season – the Cavs twice (27 & 28) and Kings (27).

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                                      

  • Kyle Kuzma made this fast break look way too easy.
  • Joel Embiid has no structural damage to his shoulder, MRI reveals. Sixers can breathe a small sigh of relief as he will be reevaluated in just a week.
  • Myles Turner iced the game with a dagger triple late against the Blazers. He was pumped.
  • It was fun to learn that JR Smith is still a Top 50 NBA player
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