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The Tip Off – March 5, 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.

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B-ball Date: 3/5/2020 as reported by Aram Hanessian

Honor Roll

  • Obviously only one place to start. Steph Curry made his return after missing 58 games with a broken left hand. Curry was a little rusty, as evidenced by his 3/12 performance from three, but not a bad night overall. He was boosted by going 8/8 from the line on his way to 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Warriors 121-113 loss to Toronto. 
  • Overshadowed is probably the wrong word, but Norman Powell definitely stole the show a little bit in Golden State last night. Powell doesn’t really pass much and he doesn’t really rebound much, but he has had an incredibly efficient year. His 60.3 effective field goal percent is in the 97th percentile for wings per Cleaning the Glass. That efficiency showed up last night as Powell went 13/20 from the field and 7/7 from the line in a career-high 37-point performance. 
  • Obviously there are a bunch of extra shots to go around in Philly with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons out. Last night a bunch of guys stepped up in the Sixers 125-108 win over the sort of surging towards the 8th seed Kings (they had won 6 of 7 before last night). Tobias Harris had 28 points and 14 boards, 20 points for Shake Milton, and even Raul Neto chipped in with 16 off the bench. 

Quirks of the Night

  • The Clippers have always seemed best equipped to deal with the Rockets’ super small lineups and some people will use last night’s 120-105 win in Houston as evidence of that. However, the real story was that the Rockets went just 7/42 from three. That is their worst shooting percentage from behind the line since March 28, 2017. So, last night is probably not the best indicator of what a Rockets/Clippers series would be like. 

Needs Improvement

  • I didn’t see much in the four games last night that stood out to me in a hugely negative fashion (except obviously Houston’s three point shooting, which is highlighted above). So instead, I’ll focus on a guy that, like me, also sat around and watched basketball last night. Jabari Parker picked up his 7th straight DNP-CD for the King’s last night. I want to highlight that Parker has a $6.5 million player-option for next year on the contract he signed with the Hawks last summer. If he can’t get off bench for a team that’s probably missing it’s starting PF and C, he should probably pick up that option and cash what might be his last real NBA paychecks. 

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  • Splash.
  • Maybe having two guys face-guard Jokic on an under the basket inbounds play is overkill. 

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