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The Tip Off – March 2, 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: 3/2/2020 as reported by Aram Hanessian

Honor Roll

  • Nobody really had a standout night individually for Miami last night, but when somebody holds a team that was 51-9 to their lowest point total of the season, they wind up on the Honor Roll. So the Miami Heat defense gets a mention tonight as the Bucks offense, which is at 113.9 points per 100 possessions on the season, could muster only a 91.9 offensive rating in Miami last night. That’s a 5th percentile offensive night for any offense per Cleaning the Glass. The Heat offense didn’t have a great night either, but they did plenty considering how amazing the defense was in their 105-89 win. 
  • This year obviously hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the Knicks (even though it has gone according to expectations), especially for RJ Barrett. Last night against Houston though, Barrett did show there’s a real player in there somewhere. Barrett had 27 points, including a huge late bucket to put the Knicks up three, on 10/18 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists as the Knicks beat the Rockets 125-123. 
  • CJ McCollum has been really ballin’ out recently in a mostly failed attempt to keep Portland afloat while Damian Lillard is out. Last night in Orlando, his efforts were not in vain. CJ went for 41 points on 14/24 shooting, including 6/12 from three and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in Portland’s 130-107 victory over the Magic. Also a shout out for Gary Trent Jr., who has started 6 straight games and is shooting almost 45% from three in that stretch after last night’s 24 point effort which included 9/16 shooting and 4/6 behind the arc. 
  • The Memphis Grizzlies won by so much that nobody really played enough for there to be one individual standout so instead I’ll highlight the fact that of the 10 guys that played more than 5 minutes, 9 scored in double digits. Get it together Kyle Anderson. I guess if there’s one guy to highlight it would be Tyus Jones who had 15 points, 9 assists, 4 steals and was a mere +36 in 19 minutes in Memphis’ 127-88 win in Atlanta, which was the second largest road win in the NBA this season. 

Quirks of the Night

  • Last night was the UConn women’s basketball team’s last regular season game in the American Athletic Conference. After 7 years they’ll be heading back to the Big East next season. They beat USF 80-39 and will finish up undefeated. Not just for this year though, for their entire time in the conference. The Huskies finished up AAC play 118-0 in regular season games, with only 2 of the wins coming by single digits per ESPN Stats and Info. 

Needs Improvement

  • Maybe playing at least 3 power forwards or centers at all times is the Rockets kryptonite? Obviously after the trade deadline decision to play 5 guys small forward sized or smaller, defensive rebounding was going to be an issue for the Rockets. They had managed just OK before last night, with a defensive rebound rate of just over 70% since the trade, good for a tie for 27th in the league. Well, after last night that number fell almost 2% and is now last in the league. Houston let the Knicks snag almost 45% of their misses, an offensive rebound rate in the 100th percentile of games per Cleaning the Glass. 
  • When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signed with the Mavs in the buyout market, there was some thought he could be a roll man while Porzingis spread the floor on offense and then guard some of the bigger wings in the West on defense. Well, he’s going to need to show a little more on offense to make good on that. Dallas’ 109-107 loss in Chicago last night was MKG’s third straight game without a shot from the field. In 7 games with Dallas, he’s played 55 minutes and taken 4 shots. That guy is not somebody you can put on the floor in a playoff game.

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  • Russell Westbrook can still throw it down on anybody
  • Josh Jackson, on the other hand, apparently can’t throw it down on nobody 

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