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The Tip Off – March 8, 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: 3/8/2020 as reported by Jerin Varghese

Honor Roll

  • Battle of LA: round 3 went to the Lakers with a final score of 112-103. The game was a preview of a (hopeful) conference finals for many, but also served as continuing evidence in Lebron’s MVP case. Bron had 28 PTS/9 ASTS/7 REBS and was masterful in controlling the flow in this one. His biggest obstacle to the MVP (other than Giannis Antetokounmpo’s otherworldly season) might be his own teammate, Anthony Davis. AD had 30 PTS and 8 REBS in this matchup and is currently the leader in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks per game for the Lakers. 
  • The Norman Powell/Raptors player development show continued in Sacramento. Powell shot an efficient 11/21 and piled in 31 PTS and 5 ASTS in the Raptors 118-113 win over the Kings. The game was tied in the final 30 seconds at 111-111 before a clutch Pascal Siakam layup broke the deadlock. The Kings were unable to respond, and will be sick knowing how small the margins are for the 8th seed in the West. 
  • Defense is optional in Minnesota, and Jrue Holiday is the beneficiary. Holiday had a near triple double with 37 PTS/9REBS/8ASTS in the Pelicans 120-107 victory over the Wolves. The Pelicans are now 4 games back of the 8 seed with 18 games left to play. 

Quirks of the Night

  • Less related to the night and more to the season but the race for the Northwest Division is tight after the Thunder’s 1 point win over the Celtics. Only 2.5 games separate the Nuggets, Jazz, and Thunder.
  • Where’s Buddy? The 3-point champion was curiously left off the floor with the Kings down 3 late against the Raptors. 

Needs Improvement

  • The Houston Rockets’ science experiment looked beautiful for a couple weeks, but has crashed to the ground. The Rockets have now lost 4 straight (Knicks, Clips, Hornets, Magic) and have fallen to the 6 seed.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                            

  • What goes on in the Raptors locker room?
  • Dennis Schroder with the game winning swipe and score:
  • Pat Bev in denial after losing to the Lakers:

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