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BBNBA: Davis, Rondo lead Pelicans to win over Dallas

Anthony Davis throws down a vicious dunk against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony Davis continued his hot streak with a 37 point effort in a win over Dallas. Also in the game, Rajon Rondo came up a rebound shy of a triple-double as he had 19 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds in the win. Also in the NBA, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Timberwolves defeat the Clippers.

In other BBNBA news, Devin Booker did not play in the Suns loss to Detroit. They held him out with a right hand injury, but they do not expect him to miss any additional time.

Full Stats

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Patrick Patterson100-99 L vs. Bos20-101110-715
Dakari Johnson100-99 L vs. Bos
DNP - Coach's Decision
Karl-Anthony Davis123-109 W vs. LAC3010-19 (3-7)103210+2241
Anthony Davis115-105 W vs. Dal3715-21 (2-3)82921+1435
Rajon Rondo115-105 W vs. Dal198-14 (1-4)914304+830
Darius Miller115-105 W vs. Dal00-5 (0-3)22000-819
DeAndre Liggins115-105 W vs. Dal00-010000-44
Devin Booker115-88 L vs. Det
DNP - Right Hand
Tyler Ulis115-88 L vs. Det20-3 (0-2)45001-815

Anthony Davis is the MVP

Rondo goes underneath

Cat to Cat

KAT down the lane

Aaron Harrison to Sign 10-Day Contract with Dallas Mavericks

Aaron Harrison to Sign 10-Day Contract with Dallas Mavericks

Aaron Harrison is reportedly returning to the NBA.  According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Andrew’s younger brother will sign a 10-day deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Harrison has not appeared in an NBA game since he was held scoreless in three minutes for the Charlotte Hornets in November of 2016.  This season he is averaging 18.7 points and shooting 42.5 percent from three for the Reno Big Horns.  On St. Patrick’s Day he knocked down eight three-pointers against Oklahoma City to finish with 45 points.

It’s impossible to say Aaron Harrison’s name in March and not watch this:

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets are on a losing skid at the worst possible time. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

BBNBA: Murray, Lyles Lose A Heartbreaker in Miami

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets are on a losing skid at the worst possible time. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)


The Denver Nuggets continue to shoot themselves in the foot over and over again. A team once poised to make some noise in the playoffs has all but fallen apart during the most important stretch of the season. After losing a double-overtime matchup against the Miami Heat, the Nuggets are now losers of five of their last 10 games. If you haven’t been keeping up with the Western Conference playoff picture, just know that is the easiest way to drop from a five seed to the 10 seed, which is where the Nuggets now stand. Trey Lyles continues to play fewer minutes ever since the return of Paul Millsap to the rotation (playing zero minutes Monday night) while Jamal Murray has been playing to his season standards. The problem doesn’t lie within the two former Wildcats, but the whole team. The Nuggets appear to fall apart and lose interest in games they should win handily. Recent losses to the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, and allowing the Miami Heat to score a franchise record 149 points in one game have turned into season-killing results. Unless something drastic changes within the next 10 games, the young Nuggets will have to wait another year for their shot at the playoffs.

But enough about the Nuggets. Bam Adebayo had one of the most athletic dunks you’ll ever see from someone his size in the win over Denver, which can be viewed in the highlights section below.

Andrew Harrison scored 19 points to go along with eight assists in his return from a nagging wrist injury that sidelined him for seven games. His future in the NBA looks brighter and brighter as every game passes.

Julius Randle continues to prove doubters wrong, posting 21 points and nine rebounds in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. If there was ever any doubt that Randle wasn’t the Lakers best player, it has long been wiped from our memories.

De’Aaron Fox had one of his best games in his young NBA career as he scored 16 points on 8-11 shooting.

In some slightly depressing news, Micahel Kidd-Gilchrist posted a -40 plus/minus as the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 108-94. The season of misery is only getting worse for the Hornets, who need the offseason to get here as soon as possible.

Check out the rest of the stats below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)141-149 2OT L @ MIA235-16 (4-8)55001-1043
Julius Randle (LAL)100-110 L @ IND219-19 (0-0)93101-1234
Andrew Harrison (MEM)115-118 L @ BKN197-16 (1-5)18010+2130
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET168-11 (0-0)34003-1431
Malik Monk (CHA)94-108 L @ PHI134-11 (3-4)43000-516
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)117-124 L @ CLE135-15 (1-8)38225-134
Enes Kanter (NYK)110-92 W vs. CHI105-9 (0-0)131001+1017
Skal Labissiere (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET104-10 (0-1)51122-225
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)90-106 L vs. DET94-8 (0-0)65001-1130
Bam Adebayo (MIA)149-141 2OT W vs. DEN73-9 (0-0)83002-1727
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)94-108 L @ PHI52-8 (0-0)30001-4028
Trey Lyles (DEN)141-149 2OT L @ MIADNP-CD----------------
Alex Poythress (IND)110-100 W vs. LALDNP-CD----------------


Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Raptors @ Magic

8:00 (TNT): Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Celtics

8:00: Clippers @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Mavericks (Noel) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

9:00: Hawks @ Jazz

10:00: Pistons @ Suns (Booker, Ulis)

10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Blazers

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Darius Miller of the New Orleans Pelicans. Miller is in the midst of his most successful year as an NBA player, justified by his 42.6 percent three-point percentage which is tied for tenth best in the league (coincidentally with Karl-Anthony Towns). Miller has played in all 70 games for the Pelicans this season as the lead role of knockdown shooter. He’s made at least four threes in nine games this season and put up 20 points in early March against the Washington Wizards. The Pelicans need to win every game they can if they want to secure a playoff position and they have no room to lose to the Dallas Mavericks, a team completely out of the playoff picture. Look for Miller to have a big game from the perimeter as NOLA will hope to put this game to bed as early as possible.


BBNBA: Davis leads Pelicans to win over Celtics

Anthony Davis leads his New Orleans Pelicans team to a much-needed victory over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony Davis is the MVP of the NBA. Go ahead and disagree with me, but the former Cat continues to add to his impressive resume. Davis finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a double-digit win over the second place team in the East. In that same game, Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists to only 1 turnover to continue his solid season in New Orleans.

In other BBNBA news, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and pulled 18 rebounds in the Timberwolves loss to the Rockets.

Full Stats

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Patrick Patterson132-125 W vs. Tor31-4 (1-2)23011-1414
Dakari JohnsonDNP- Coach's Decision---------
Anthony Davis108-89 W vs. Bos3414-24 (0-3)113111+1733
Rajon Rondo108-89 W vs. Bos42-5311101+2032
Darius Miller108-89 W vs. Bos31-1 (1-1)11001+39
DeAndre Liggins108-89 W vs. Bos00-100000-23
Karl-Anthony Towns129-120 L vs. Hou209-15181113+235

Just watch this video and tell me how AD isn’t a solid candidate for MVP

Rondo with the wrap around pass


KAT says NO

The Charlotte Observer: (The Hornets GM needs to) Draft Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has taken the college basketball world by storm. He has scored 14 or more points in 13 of Kentucky’s last 15 games, scored 20 or more points in six games on the year, and single-handedly willed the Cats to several victories this year.

Not only has he been one of the top point guards in the SEC, he has established himself as one of the best in all of college basketball.

And no one expected any of it.

Gilgeous-Alexander came to Kentucky as a four-star prospect that many Kentucky fans expected to be here two or three seasons. We heard positive news about him this summer, and many NBA scouts listed him as a sleeper player to watch out for this season, but it was all expected as a role player.

Now, the 6-foot-6 point guard has established himself as a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and several beat writers are begging their teams to take a chance on him in June.

One of the main teams? The Charlotte Hornets.

With star guard Kemba Walker being placed on the trading block this past season, there’s a great chance he isn’t part of the franchise’s long-term plans. And the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell is looking for Gilgeous-Alexander to replace him.

There is nothing the Charlotte Hornets need more than a reliable backup/eventual replacement for Kemba Walker at point guard.

That guy is a Canadian, by way of a Chattanooga, Tenn., high school. He has Walker’s ability to get to the rim with ease, and he has something Walker emphatically lacks: Exceptional height and length.

If Kentucky freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is around for the Hornets’ lottery pick in June, grab him.

He’s 6-6 and has a 7-foot wingspan. And the best thing he does is play defense. What’s not to like?

John Calipari has compared SGA to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for his off-court habits and tireless drive to better himself, something the Charlotte franchise would welcome with open arms. If MKG had a jump shot, he’d easily be one of the top players in the NBA right now. Gilgeous-Alexander has a pretty smooth one, among countless other desirable traits.

Calipari has compared Gilgeous-Alexander to one of his all-time favorites, Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, for Gilgeous-Alexander’s work habits. When Kidd-Gilchrist was at Kentucky, he started the “Breakfast Club,” rousting teammates up early to scrimmage and lift weights at sun-up.

“This kid goes at 7 a.m. (And) he also watches tape. He’ll go up and show me turnovers. What he was missing was any kind of skip (pass, finding a teammate beyond the nearest option). He couldn’t see it,” Calipari recalled.

He’s coming to the NBA Draft. If he’s there when the Hornets select, don’t let him slip by.

Could we see a Gilgeous-Alexander, Malik Monk, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist trio in Charlotte next season?

Anthony Davis goes at Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker as the New Orleans Pelicans fall 107-101 on Saturday night. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

BBNBA: Pelicans Head Coach Defends Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis goes at Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker as the New Orleans Pelicans fall 107-101 on Saturday night. (Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)


Anthony Davis’ head coach, Alvin Gentry, had some choice words about the officiating following the New Orleans Pelicans loss to the Houston Rockets Saturday night. Most of them were in defense of his star player. Gentry was arguing that Davis is constantly fouled but the officials were swallowing their whistles. Take a listen to what he had to say.

There has been a ton of tension between players/coaches and officials this season and Gentry’s words will definitely earn him an expensive fine from the league office, but there is truth in those words. Now, Davis does complain about calls (literally everyone does), although he’s one of the least vocal about it, which is respectable. Gentry is really just trying to protect his All-Star and the passion in his words is evident in that. Davis still finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds because he’s Anthony freaking Davis.

Aside from Davis, eight other Wildcats scored in double-figures Saturday night. Most notably, Karl-Anthony Towns dropped in 23 points along with nine rebounds for Minnesota and Darius Miller added 13 points on four made threes for New Orleans.

We’re also at that point in the season where teams with no chance of reaching the playoffs are experimenting with younger players. If you want to get a taste of what Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are doing for Charlotte and Sacramento, now would be the time to do so. Monk scored 12 points in a loss, shooting 3-12 from deep (get those shots up, young fella) while Fox scored 11 points in addition to four steals.

Check out the rest of the stats below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU2611-18 (0-2)131012-1236
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)101-117 L @ SAS238-15 (2-2)92015-839
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)122-117 W vs. ATL195-10 (1-2)39215+230
Jamal Murray (DEN)94-101 L @ MEM165-18 (1-8)33202-835
Darius Miller (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU134-7 (4-6)11000-430
Malik Monk (CHA)101-124 L @ NYK124-16 (3-12)50111-1023
Trey Lyles (DEN)94-101 L @ MEM125-10 (2-5)42000+219
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA114-13 (0-1)42404-1827
Enes Kanter (NYK)124-101 W vs. CHA94-990201014
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA93-9 (0-0)43221-1529
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)101-124 L @ NYK82-5 (0-0)41120-1323
Skal Labissiere (SAC)97-103 L @ UTA72-6 (1-1)32102-1421
Jodie Meeks (WAS)109-102 W vs. IND41-4 (0-2)34101-1320
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOU31-4 (1-3)30111-1519
Alex Poythress (IND)102-109 L @ WAS00-1 (0-1)10000+75
Tyler Ulis (PHX)109-124 L vs. GSW00-000001-23
Andrew Harrison (MEM)101-94 W vs. DENDNP-Wrist----------------
Rajon Rondo (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOUDNP-Rest----------------
John Wall (WAS)122-117 W vs. ATLDNP-Knee----------------
Devin Booker (PHX)109-124 L vs. GSWDNP-Hand----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)101-107 L vs. HOUDNP-Achillies----------------
Nerlens Noel (DAL)106-113 L @ BKNDNP----------------


Today in the NBA

1:00: Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Raptors

6:00: Celtics @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins)

7:00 (NBATV): Rockets @ Timberwolves (Towns)

10:30 (NBATV): Trail Blazers @ Clippers

Player to watch

Today’s player to watch is none other than Mr. Anthony Davis. The Western Conference continues to be a confusing cluster of absolute nonsense and the New Orleans Pelicans currently sit at the number eight spot. They’re a game and a half ahead of the Denver Nuggets (who are either tanking or just love losing to bad teams) and the Los Angeles Clippers, but if this season has shown us anything, it’s that even the most unlikely teams can go on big winning streaks (or losing streaks). A matchup against the injured riddled Boston Celtics shouldn’t be as tough of a matchup as the team records might indicate, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens always brings a team prepared to win no matter who they put on the court. The Pelicans have lost four of their last five after their 10 game winning streak and a win tonight would be huge going forward. Look for Davis to have another big game for NOLA and also keep an eye out on Darius Miller, who is shooting 50 percent from three over his last five games.