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Anthony Davis is an All-Star Game Starter

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For the fourth time in in five years, Anthony Davis is an NBA All-Star.

The NBA announced Davis will be a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars when the game is played on his home court February 19.  His second All-Star game as a starter, Davis averages 28.8 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game this season.

No other former Wildcats will start for the East or the West.  One name missing from the Western Conference’s starting lineup is Russell Westbrook, failing to make the cut even though he averages a triple-double.

The all-star reserves will be announced a week from today.  John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will likely be on the list.  Karl-Anthony Towns, Julius Randle and Eric Bledsoe also could potentially play in New Orleans.


BBNBA: Big game for Big Cuz

 

Photo via USAToday.com

Photo via USAToday.com

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his fifth career triple-double in against the Indiana Pacers last night. Of course, in typical Kings’ fashion, they gave up a 19-point halftime lead and lost the game. It is a shame for a couple UK guys that Russell Westbrook is having one of the best season’s ever, because Cousins, John Wall, and Anthony Davis are all having MVP caliber seasons. Regardless, it is so amazing watching all of these former Cats have huge games night in and night out.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (106-100 loss to Pacers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 38  7-19  1-2  10-14  1  11  12  10  1  3  9  3  +4  25

The block on one end and the nice reverse finish on the other.

How does someone that big make a move that requires that much athleticism?

Another one of Cousins’ blocks was highlight worthy.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (104-101 win over Grizzlies)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
37  7-18  1-5  10-10 1  1  2  13  2  1  4  2 +0  25

Great move to ice the game from Wall.

You remember when I mentioned the MVP caliber seasons up at the top of this post? I think Wizards fans heard me. Listen to those chants while Wall is at the line.

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (104-101 loss to Wizards)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 9  0-1  0-1  0-0 0  1  1  1  0  0  1  1  -9  0

 

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (118-98 win over Magic)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
29  9-17  0-0  3-4  2  12 14  4  0  1  2  1  +11  21

Love the effort from the Pelicans’ social media team.

He just does what he does.

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (118-98 win over Magic)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 18 3-6  1-2  0-0  0  5  5  3  1  1  0  1  +18  7

Pretty spinning hook from the real T-Jones.

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Jodie Meeks, Orlando Magic (118-98 loss to Pelicans)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 16  2-6  0-2  1-1  0  4  4  0  2  0  2 2  +3  5

Meeks left the game early after dislocating his right thumb. Hope for a speedy recovery for the former Cat.

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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (121-100 loss to Warriors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 30  11-18 0-0  0-0  5  4  9  1  1  0  3  4  -8  22

Even a double-team can’t stop Enes from scoring lately.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (107-85 win over Trail Blazers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
31  3-7  0-0  3-4  1  4  5  4  1  3  1  1  +17  9

 

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (94-89 win over Raptors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 21  2-6  0-0  1-2  1  2  3  0  0  0  3  4  -15  5

 

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (94-89 loss to 76ers)

DNP – Sore Left Knee

 


Here’s a look at tonight’s NBA lineup:

  • Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat, 7:30pm ET
  • Washington Wizards at New York Knicks, 8pm ET on TNT
  • Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm ET on TNT

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BBNBA: Towns’ 27 not enough in Timberwolves loss to Spurs

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (122-114 loss to Spurs)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 43 10-18 2-2 5-5 4 12 16 0 0 1 5 4 -7 27

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (99-98 loss to Mavs)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 23  0-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 0 +3 0

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (127-121 win over Lakers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 13  2-5  1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 2 -15 5

This looks familiar.

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (127-121 loss to Nuggets)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
25 2-8 0-0 3-3 3 4 7 7 1 0 5 4 -10 7

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (119-109 win over Nets)

DNP: Coaches Decision 

 


John Wall was on Disney XD dunking a basketball in a wig and I don’t know what’s happening

John Wall was on Disney XD dunking a basketball in a wig and I don’t know what’s happening

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John Wall has always had a flair for the dramatic, dating back to his famous dance at Big Blue Madness in 2009. Judging by this bizarre clip, it turns out Wall’s been bitten by the acting bug. Wall recently appeared on Disney XD’s “Kirby Buckets: Warped,” guest starring as himself to discover why Lord Mitchell is obsessed with dunking. Honestly, I have no idea about this show or what’s happening, but Wall puts on a wig and plays basketball with a kid, which is worth seeing:

Props to Wall for trying something new. At the very least, it gave us this GIF:

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BBNBA: Anthony Davis leaves game early against Pacers

Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (98-95 loss over Pacers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 23 6-11 0-0 4-5 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 1 -6 16

Anthony Davis left the game with an injury following this tough fall:

Before the injury, Davis did have this:

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (98-95 loss over Pacers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 26 6-13 1-1 2-5 4 4 8 3 0 2 1 3 -3 15

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (120-101 win over Trail Blazers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
28 10-17 2-3 2-2 1 3 4 7 2 0 4 0 +16 24

Dunk by Wall!

Wall Star for sure:

John Wall breaking ankles:

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Late Night Notes, Dedicated to the Best Car in Kentucky

Late Night Notes, Dedicated to the Best Car in Kentucky

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From time-to-time I’ll see a ridiculous car on Kentucky’s wonderful roadways — maybe a Cadillac with 40 inch rims or a truck with a six-pack of giant smoke stacks — and think to myself, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen somebody do to a car.”  Wrong.

This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen anybody do to a car.  It’s so spectacularly stupid, it’s fantastic.

Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do justice to what I saw yesterday on Hurstbourne Lane in Louisville: a Ford Taurus monster truck.  It rumbled like something you’d see at Monster Jam, but it was a Ford Taurus, eight feet into the air.  I don’t know how this person gets into their car.  I don’t know how it’s street legal.  I don’t know how this this concoction was created, but I’m glad the Monster Taurus exists on the roads of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Now, back to UK sports.  After all, that’s why you’re here.

Anthony Davis got Beat Up

The kid can’t catch a break.  He missed a few days last week with an injured hip.  He re-injured that hip and his left thumb after taking a hard fall in the third quarter of today’s loss to the Pacers.

Luckily, x-rays produced negative results, but these injuries must stop.

Rondo Can’t Last Much Longer

We always knew Rondo was a jerk.  It’s not helping him in the latter stages of his career.  Benched by the Bulls, he’s trying to earn more time in the NBA by using his words…poorly.

“Last year, you couldn’t name three people on my team…and I led the league in assists,” Rondo told David Aldridge.

Last year Rondo was one of three former Cats on the Sacramento Kings, joining DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein.

A KY Wildcats TV Recap of Auburn Game

Instead of simply giving you highlights, the fine folks at KY Wildcats TV stepped it up a notch for the Auburn game.  Give it a look, you will not be disappointed.

Bad News for UofL

Louisville will be without their starting point guard, Quentin Snider, for 2-3 weeks, but that’s not the real bad news.

Tomorrow the university will submit its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations regarding the parties thrown at Minardi Hall by Andre McGee and Katina Powell.  The response will not be public, but Tom Jurich previously stated they will argue Rick Pitino should not be charged with “failure to monitor.”  The NCAA has 60 days to counter before the case heads to the Committee on Infractions.  The Committee on Infractions will decide if UofL’s self-inflicted postseason ban was enough punishment.

For many Louisivlle fans, this is actually good news.  The end is near for the “Breaking Cardinal Rules” scandal.  By the start of the NCAA Tournament, they might be able to put this behind them for good…until a friendly Kentucky fan reminds them.

Willie Taggart Doesn’t Play

Oregon players rejoiced when Willie Taggart was hired as their next head coach.  Many have probably changed their tune after he put them to work.  Taggart’s first order of business: use the first workout to crush their souls by sending three players to the hospital.  This commenter’s take is the only one you need.

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BBNBA: Boogie goes for 31, Enes for 29

The NFL ruled the day yesterday, but several former Cats also had a big day in the NBA, led by DeMarcus Cousins, who had 31 points and 11 rebounds in Sacramento’s loss to Oklahoma City. That’s where we’ll start today’s BBNBA roundup…

 

bbnba-cousinsDeMarcus Cousins, Kings (122-118 loss to the Thunder)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

34

8-20

1-6

14-17

6

5

11

7

3

1

6

2

-3

31

Boogie did a little bit of everything last night, including almost taking down the rim on this dunk:


bbnba-cauley-stein-wcsWillie Cauley-Stein, Kings (122-118 loss to the Thunder)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

5

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

-5

2

Willie only had two points, but they were pretty:

Skal Labissiere was recalled from the D-League yesterday, so he’ll join the team this week.


bbnba-kanterEnes Kanter, Thunder (122-118 win over the Kings)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

32

10-18

0-1

9-11

7

5

12

2

1

1

4

5

+19

29

On the other side of the ball, Kanter had a huge night, putting up 29 points and 12 rebounds. He got the best of Boogie on this play:


bbnba-townsKarl Towns, Timberwolves (98-87 loss to the Mavericks)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

38

8-17

1-4

1-2

2

7

9

3

1

1

3

2

+5

18

After a 29-point, 17-rebound showing on Saturday, Karl Towns just missed out on a double-double last night. Regardless, he would not be denied in the lane on this play:

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Report: Aaron Harrison to the D-League

Courtesy: CleatGeeks

Courtesy: CleatGeeks

Rick Bonnell, the beat writer for the Charlotte Hornets, is reporting that Aaron Harrison will be reassigned to the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA D-League.

He was released from the team on January 3rd. Harrison has played in 26 career NBA games, averaging 0.7 ppg in those contests. Here is to hoping that the former Cat will be able to get back to the NBA really soon.


BBNBA: Wall, Booker and Davis all have Big Games

BBNBA: Wall, Booker and Davis all have Big Games

Booker, Wall, Davis

The former Kentucky stars all had massive games last night. Here are their stats:

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (109-93 win over 76ers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 30 9-17 3-4 4-5 2 5 7 7 2 0 3 1 +16 25

Wall helped lead the Wizards to a win which stopped a 3-game winning streak for Nerlens Noel’s Philadelphia 76ers.

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (108-105 win over Spurs)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 37  12-22 3-5 12-12 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 4 +10 39

Booker’s 39 points tied a new career high for the second year Sun. He was coming off a game in which he scored 39 as well, with 29 of those coming in the 4th quarter. Booker joins LeBron James as the only player with 4 or more 38 point games at the age of Booker (20 years, 76 days)

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (107-99 loss to Bulls)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 39 14-23 0-0 8-10 3 11 14 2 1 3 3 3 -1 36

Davis returned after missing the previous game with a hip injury.

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Former Players under Cal have made $1.2 billion

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This was an interesting graphic that was displayed during yesterday’s win over Auburn. In Calipari’s career, his players have made $1.2 billion. His current Kentucky players on NBA rosters are making $172 million combined just this season. As the graphic mentions, his $1.2 billion combined is worth more than the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. ESPN continues to give the Cats more recruiting tools to use. We are looking at you Mo Bamba.


A Crazy Stat About Karl Towns in Today’s New BBNBA Recap

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Karl-Anthony Towns is in good company.

In last night’s ten-point win over the Thunder, Towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds, his tenth consecutive double-double.  It’s the eleventh time in his career he’s gone for 25 and 15.  The only other players under 22 with more 25/15 games are Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard and Shaq.  Not too shabby.

Towns’ best highlights of the night:

Today I’m going to change things up.  Let me know in the comments section if you prefer this format or the one we’ve been using this season.  We’ll gladly accommodate.

Numbers

PlayerResult Mins.FG (3FG)FTReb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOsPlus/MinusPoints
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist103-92 L vs. Sixers352-6 (0-0)8-8124111+712
DeMarcus Cousins120-108 L vs. Cavs399-16 (1-5)7-9811106-226
Willie Cauley-Stein120-108 L vs. Cavs10-00-000000-20
DeAndre Liggins120-108 W vs. Kings130-1 (0-0)0-031001+10
Enes Kanter96-86 L vs. T'Wolves308-10 (1-1)4-582003-521
Jodie Meeks115-109 W vs. Blazers193-6 (2-2)4-411104-812
Trey Lyles 110-77 W vs. Pistons172-5 (0-3)0-052010+14

News

  • Playing through pain in his hand and wrist, John Wall received an x-ray and MRI on his right pinkie finger, revealing no structural damage.  Wall missed practice yesterday but is expected to play tonight vs. the 76ers.
  • Fake news found Anthony Davis when one blog relayed the information that Davis had been traded to the Bulls.  Sidelined earlier this week with a hip injury, AD is expected to play in his hometown of Chicago today.
  • Patrick Patterson did not play against the Nets last night due to a sore left knee and Andrew Harrison did not get off the bench in the Grizzlies’ game against the Rockets.

Highlights

Schedule

  • 3:30: Lakers (Randle) vs. Clippers
  • 5:00: NOLA (AD) at Bulls (Rondo)
  • 6:00: Suns (Ulis, Bledsoe, Booker, Knight) at Spurs on ESPN
  • 8:00: Sixers (Noel) at Wizards (Wall)
  • 9:00: Magic (Meeks) at Jazz (Lyles)

BBNBA: Terrence Jones shines and Devin Booker takes over

BBNBA: Terrence Jones shines and Devin Booker takes over

 

NBA.com

NBA.com

Anthony Davis sat out last night with a sore hip after being tackled on a fast break earlier this week. But his absence opened up a hole in the starting lineup that was filled by Terrence Jones. And the real T-Jones taught em bout Kentucky out there, having a really solid game for the Pelicans. Meanwhile for Phoenix, Devin Booker scored 28 of his team’s 32 fourth quarter points. Oh. My. God.

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (104-95 win over Nets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 38  10-17  1-2  3-9  2  10 12  1  1  0  2  2  +8  24

Terrence Jones had the play of the night in this game. Slick move.

T-Jones runs the floor for the easy slam.

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (134-94 loss to Spurs)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 34  8-13  0-0  6-7  0  6  6  5  1 0  0  3  -30 22

Julius forces the turnover, then up high and down hard at the other end.

Pretty pass from D’Angelo Russell to Randle for the dunk.

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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (113-108 loss to Mavericks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  2-4  0-0  7-7  1  5  6  5  1  1 4  5  -11  11

What a block from Eric Bledsoe!

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (113-108 loss to Mavericks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 37  14-20  6-7  5-7  0  1  1  3  1  0  7  4  -4  39

Booker had a relatively normal game until the 4th quarter when he led the Suns’ comeback effort with quick buckets like these. Devin absolutely took the offensive side of the ball over for the Suns, scoring 28 points in the final quarter. Incredible to watch him catch fire like that.

These are the types of shots you take when you’re reallllllyyyy feeling yourself. Booker was on fire.

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Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (113-108 loss to Mavericks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 19  2-9  0-1  1-1  0  1  1  1  0 0 1  1  +3  5

 

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Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (113-108 loss to Mavericks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 6  0-3  0-0  0-0  1 0 1  0  0  0  0  1  +4  0

 

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (140-112 win over Pacers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 11  3-6  0-3  2-2  1  0  1  2  1  0 2 0  +3  8

Float game strong for Jamal Murray in the London game.

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (104-89 loss to Knicks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
23  2-9 0-2  0-0  0  2  2  8  0  0  1  2  -6  4

Rondo hits the stop and pop at the horn!


And here’s a look at tonight’s NBA action:

  • Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers, 7pm ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks, 8pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET
  • Oklahoma City Thunder at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8pm ET
  • Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers, 10pm ET
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings, 10:30pm ET
  • Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm ET on ESPN

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Checking in on NBA All-Star voting

We have a Thursday afternoon update from the NBA All-Star polling office where four of your favorite former Kentucky Wildcats are in contention for a spot in this year’s game.

Anthony Davis is currently the leading vote-getter among Cats with 576,201 votes to his name, good enough for fourth in the Western Conference’s frontcourt race. DeMarcus Cousins isn’t far behind him at sixth with 379,225 votes, followed by Karl-Anthony Towns in seventh with 223,979.

John Wall has the seventh-most votes in the Eastern Conference’s backcourt race with 173,148.

A complete look at the current vote totals:

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (CLE) 1,066,147
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 963,110
3. Kevin Love (CLE) 473,328
4. Joel Embiid (PHI) 457,300
5. Jimmy Butler (CHI) 400,448
6. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 327,716
7. Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 324,106
8. Paul George (IND) 249,484
9. Jabari Parker (MIL) 120,022
10. Tristan Thompson (CLE) 114,759

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (CLE) 971,362
2. Dwyane Wade (CHI) 514,866
3. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 453,538
4. Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 401,671
5. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 256,668
6. Derrick Rose (NY) 223,804
7. John Wall (WAS) 173,148
8. Jeremy Lin (BKN) 109,088
9. Kemba Walker (CHA) 105,637
10. Avery Bradley (BOS) 64,157

Western Conference

Frontcourt
1. Kevin Durant (GS) 987,479
2. Zaza Pachulia (GS) 823,376
3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 630,766
4. Anthony Davis (NO) 567,201
5. Draymond Green (GS) 464,319
6. DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 379,225
7. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 223,979
8. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 192,784
9. Blake Griffin (LAC) 172,393
10. Marc Gasol (MEM) 172,146

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GS) 990,390
2. James Harden (HOU) 961,685
3. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 899,024
4. Klay Thompson (GS) 555,430
5. Chris Paul (LAC) 379,076
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 208,171
7. Eric Gordon (HOU) 191,407
8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 130,224
9. Manu Ginobili (SA) 122,333
10. Zach LaVine (MIN) 94,867

I’m giving away some Cousins gear on Twitter and in Rupp Arena on Saturday so help me get Boogie more votes. It’s a crime that Zaza Pachulia has more than double the votes than Boogie has right now.

DeMarcus Cousins #NBAVote
Anthony Davis #NBAVote
Karl-Anthony Towns #NBAVote
John Wall #NBAVote


Was it OK for John Wall to slap Jae Crowder?

We here at KSR are very anti-violence and super anti-slapping, but we’re also against touching another grown man in the face. So with all those strong beliefs and morals, we are torn over John Wall’s gentle slap to the Celtics’ Jae Crowder last night, which we shared with you earlier this morning.

It’s never a good look for a former Cat to be tussling after games in the Association, but let me ask you: was Wall’s slap warranted?

See it again one more time:

In my opinion, hell yes. Crowder asked for it when he poked Wall’s nose. That’s a fightin’ move. Touch another man’s face like that and you get whatever you get, whether it be a limp-handed slap or a broken jaw. But others may not feel the same, so lend your opinion in the poll below:

Now tell us who would win the fight if they weren’t separated by coaches and teammates (and actually wanted to fight)?

 


BBNBA: KAT should be an All-Star

 

All star game

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So here’s the deal everyone. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best rising stars in the NBA and he deserves to be an All-Star this season. His numbers, against the far more talented Western Conference, show that he should be an All-Star. And to that point, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are probably the two best bigs in the league and there’s a chance that neither of them will be All-Stars. Not to mention John Wall playing incredible for the Wizards as of late. Fan voting is a stupid way of choosing these teams because of stuff like Zaza Pachulia having the most votes out of all Western Conference big men while averaging only 5 points and 5 rebounds per game. However, if fan voting is how these deserving former Cats are going to make the All-Star game, then the power of BBN needs to take over. Start tweeting y’all.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (119-105 win over Rockets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 38  10-17  0-3  3-4  2  16  18  5  1  3  6  3 +9  23

Towns getting some love from the @NBA Twitter account for the nice dunk and then the fantastic outlet pass a few plays later.

And couldn’t resist putting the and-1 highlight over top of Former Card Montrezl Harrell.

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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (103-95 win over Grizzlies)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 30  8-18  0-2  3-3  4  9  13  3  2  0  4  3  +10  19

How strong is Enes? Too strong!

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (103-95 loss to Thunder)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 11  2-5 0-1  2-2  0  0  0 0  1 0  0 0  -1  6

Strong drive to the bucket for Andrew.

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (98-97 win over Knicks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 21 5-8  0-0  3-4 4  4  8  1  2  0  2  1  -8  13

Did anyone ever expect to see Nerlens hitting this shot with regularity? If you answered yes, then you’re a liar.

One more to prove that they aren’t flukes.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (117-108 loss to Celtics)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 39  4-21  0-5  1-2  3  4  7  10  3  1  1  2  -3  9

Wall had one of this worst shooting games of the season. Only story from his game was the scuffle after the buzzer sounded between him and Jae Crowder. Looked like it started light-hearted and then got serious quickly. Crowder made it escalate by putting a finger against Wall’s face and Wall took exception.

Jae Crowder put a finger in John Wall's face postgame and an argument ensued.

A video posted by CSN MID-ATLANTIC (@csnma) on

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Jodie Meeks, Orlando Magic (105-96 loss to Clippers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  6-11  2-5  0-0  0  5  5  2  5  0  0  2  -6  14

Who says Meeks is only a spot up shooter?

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DeAndre Liggins, Cleveland Cavaliers (102-86 loss to Trail Blazers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 18  1-5  0-4  0-0  0  1  1  0  1  1  0  2  -1  2

If the Cavs go back to back with another championship this season, I’m convinced it will be because of the defensive help that Liggins is providing every night.


Here’s the NBA schedule for tonight’s games:

  • Indiana Pacers at Denver Nuggets, 3pm ET on NBATV
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
  • Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, 8pm ET on TNT
  • Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm
  • Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns, 10pm ET on ESPN
  • Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET on TNT

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