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The Tip Off – March 9, 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: 3/9/2020 as reported by Aram Hanessian

Honor Roll

  • When a game goes into double overtime and finishes 143-138, some guys are going to put up big stat lines. Last night in Atlanta, John Collins had 28 points and 11 rebounds on 12/13 shooting and Trae Young poured in 31 points with 16 assists, but the guy I want to focus on is Cam Reddish. Reddish was a disaster early in the season, but has been steadily improving all year and since coming back from a concussion right after the trade deadline, he has really put it together. Over the last month, Reddish is averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 42% from three with a 59.2% effective field goal percentage, good for the 71st percentile amongst wings per Cleaning the Glass. Last night he had 22 points off the bench on 8/14 shooting to go with 7 boards in the Hawks win over the Hornets.  
  • Overcoming injuries is nothing new for the Raptors this year, so when reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Norman Powell went down just two minutes into last night’s game in Utah, Toronto knew they could compensate. Pascal Siakam led the way with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists while Serge Ibaka also had 27 points to go with 13 boards and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 21 points and 7 assists. 

Quirks of the Night

  • I can’t really fault Milwaukee too much for losing last night in Denver. Giannis and, less importantly, George Hill are hurt and Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, and Donte DiVincenzo were rested on the second night of an all-altitude back-to-back. Still, it was the first time in over two years the Bucks lost three games in a row in the regular season. The last stretch like this was a four game slide in 2018 from February 25th through March 2nd. 

Needs Improvement

  • With Powell getting injured so early on and Fred VanVleet already out, that meant a lot of time for Pat McCaw. McCaw was forced into 43 minutes last night and I would have hoped that Utah’s perimeter players could have taken advantage. Instead, Donovan Mitchell went 4/16, Mike Conley 4/12 and Bojan Boganovich 2/8. 

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  • Thank god for Trae on these slow NBA nights. 
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