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The Tip Off – March 4, 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 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: 3/4/2020 as reported by James Garcia

Honor Roll

  • In a game without Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward, someone had to score besides Jayson Tatum. Tatum did his part with 32 points and 9 boards, but the person who stepped up the most was Semi Ojeleye. The third-year forward had 22 points on an efficient 8-11 shooting and 5-8 from deep. “The Swoljeleye factory” delivered big for Boston 
  • Duncan Robinson can shoot the damn ball, and I think everyone reading this knows that. But apparently the Orlando Magic didn’t get the memo; every shot Robinson took against the Magic was from downtown, drilling 9-12 from deep, meaning he finished with 27 points (if you’re not great with math). He also became the only player in NBA history to record multiple games of 9+ made threes without taking a two point shot per StatMuse. Robinson led the Heat to a 116-113 win on Wednesday night. 
  • Does everybody remember Josh Jackson? 2017 4th overall pick by the Suns Josh Jackson? Well yeah, he plays for the Grizzlies and lately has been rather solid – Wednesday night was a real showing of that for any of the doubters. He had 19 points on 6-12 shooting to go along with his 2 steals. If Memphis does indeed hold onto the 8th spot, he could be a key rotation player. Jackson, Ja, JJJ, Dilly Brooks, and don’t forget Justise Winslow. Memphis has a good young core moving forward. 

Quirk of the Night 

  • Rudy Gobert had a five game streak of single digit rebounds, which was his longest streak since his rookie year. Gobert had 14 on Wednesday, snapping the streak in a 112-104 victory over the Knicks.

Needs Improvement 

  • What if I told you that the Bulls’ best player since the All-Star break still hasn’t started a single game? Well I think I have already but I’ll say it again: Coby White still hasn’t started. What makes it worse is that a starter (Zach LaVine) was out with injury and White still didn’t get the nod. Jim Boylen needs improvement. 

NBA Twitter Table Talk 

Joel Embiid has 3 nicknames, “The Process”, “Hulu has live sports”, and now this:

Not even Zion can stop Luka’s stepback:

When you’re a young team and in the playoff race:

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