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The Tip Off – March 11, 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: 3/11/2020 as reported by Sam Johnson

I think 3/11/20 is a day most NBA fans will remember, as it was announced mid-evening that the NBA will be suspending the season indefinitely due to the coronavirus stemming from Rudy Gobert’s positive test results. Below is a snapshot of some of the games that did play along with some of the craziness mixed in on a night we will not soon forget.

Honor Roll

  • Joel Embiid returned after a five-game hiatus from injury, and looked back to his old self. Embiid had 30 PTS 14 REBS 3 ASTS and 2 3PTM in just a 27-minute stint. The 76ers continue to roll at home as they moved to 29-2 in the Wells Fargo Center with a victory over the Pistons.
  • Despite his squad catching one on the chin, Christian Wood put up a massive line as he set a new career high with 32 points. Wood also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 threes and 5 stocks. Hopefully you picked him up a few weeks back after the Drummond trade in all your fantasy leagues. Wood will be an unrestricted free agent in the upcoming offseason and keeps bumping that projected salary up a little bit each game.
  • Trae Young put another incredible scoring display on the board in Atlanta as he compiled 42 points – 27 of which were in the fourth quarter – to valiantly spur a comeback against the Knicks that ultimately came up short in overtime. The Hawks trailed by as many as 17 in the 4th quarter until Trae supercharged a furious comeback. Young had 9 points in the final 1:45 of the game but ran out of gas in overtime.
  • Boban. BOBAN! Overshadowed in all of the wild events of last night (ESPN was often cutting to breaking news and coronavirus updates) was Boban Marjanovic setting a career high with 31 points (12/20 FG). He also had 17 rebounds and two steals in a dominant performance against the visiting Nuggets. It will never cease to amaze me the ease of which he places the ball over the rim and into the hoop by barely even leaving the ground.

Quirks of the Night

  • Two different games saw everyone (fans, media, players etc) prepare for action and then be called off at the last moment. The Jazz-Thunder game being the first, was just seconds from tip off as players were on the court ready to roll. The Kings and Pelicans were scheduled to play a game at 10:30ET, which was well after the announcement of the suspended season, but oddly was on track to play until the Pelicans reportedly told the league they did not want to play. Twitter (the internet) seemed to circulate quickly that a referee had worked a Jazz game recently, and the NBA ultimately decided to postpone due to this reason.
  • The Nuggets had just 3 offensive rebounds, which put them in the 0th percentile for OREB rate (per Cleaning the Glass).

Needs Improvement

  • The Nuggets and Heat (who both lost) each made exactly 5 free throws last night. There have only been 9 teams who have made less than 5 free throws in a game this year. Those teams are 2-7. Per Cleaning the Glass both teams finished in the 1st percentile in free throw attempt rate.
  • Health. Safety. Stay safe everyone.

NBA Twitter Table Talk                                                                                                     

  • The Woj bomb we never wanted.
  • One cool moment from this marred evening was Vince Carter checking in for *maybe* his final time in an NBA game – and immediately burying a three.
  • Mark Cuban’s reaction to the NBA being suspended happened to be captured live as he was attending the Mavericks’ game. He appears to be stunned by it all like most of us.
  • Luka Doncic with the sweet drive and powerful finish.

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