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By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 15th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
A few years ago, DeMarcus Cousins joined heads with some local businessmen in Sacramento to come up with a new idea for entertainment in the area.
Eventually, the former Wildcat became one of the biggest investors of “Punch Bowl Social,” a 565-seat restaurant designed for adults loaded with eight bowling lanes, two private Karaoke rooms, classic arcade games and virtual reality gaming.
Tonight, Punch Bowl Social opens in Sacramento, but because Cousins was traded to New Orleans last season, he will not be able to attend.
Though he’ll still be considered part-owner of the facility, he likely won’t be a major part of it at all.
“He was going to be here five nights a week,” said founder Robert Thompson. “He was pretty excited about this location. We were pretty sad to see him get traded.”
Even though he won’t be as involved as before, Cousins says he’s going to need some size-16 bowling shoes for his next time in Sacramento:
Now all I need is some custom sz 16 jointz…🤔 🎳 https://t.co/KxmN0lH0cc
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) December 15, 2017
Millionaire? NBA superstar? Part-owner of a business in Sacramento? Not too shabby for a young kid out of Mobile, Alabama.
On another note, Cousins says he doesn’t believe he’ll be traded from New Orleans this season, and believes he’ll stick around when he hits free agency this offseason.
“I am confident in my team,” Cousins said. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can kind of tell when things are about to come about. We’re a very competitive team. A talented team. I don’t think that will be the case at all.”
If another business opportunity opens up in the Big Easy, it looks like Cousins doesn’t have much to worry about.
Keep making us proud, Boogie!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 15th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Back in the 2010-11 season, Enes Kanter was declared ineligible by the NCAA to play for the Kentucky Wildcats for accepting money while playing in Turkey.
The Cats still managed to make it to the Final Four in some epic games led by Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, and Terrence Jones, but many UK fans still wonder if Kanter’s presence down low could have been enough to bring another banner home to Kentucky.
In an interview with Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Kanter said it was tough to sit out that season, but still did his part to help as a student-assistant coach.
“I didn’t leave,” he reiterated Tuesday. “I couldn’t just leave. Coach Cal said, ‘You’re still part of our family,’ so I said ‘OK, I’ll stay’” to work as a student-assistant coach.
Now with the New York Knicks, Kanter has been a perfect one-two punch with star forward Kristaps Porzingis. This summer, the former Wildcat played pickup basketball with current UK big man Nick Richards, and said he knew from those games alone Richards would be a stud for UK.
“I played with him, he’s an athletic guy,” Kanter said. “I think he’s gonna be good for them.”
So what does he think about this year’s Kentucky team as a whole? Kanter says the Elite Eight is extremely likely, with a shot at the Final Four.
“I think they’re going to be Elite Eight, hopefully they’re going to make the Final Four,” he said. “Would be nice to watch them.”
I think the Big Blue Nation agrees with Coach Cal on this one: Kanter is still part of “La Familia.”
Keep putting in work, UnderKanter.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past two plus seasons, you’ve missed Karl-Anthony Towns becoming the next breakout star in the NBA. Alongside, Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis, the trio have taken the league by storm as the next generation of All-Star big men. Include Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and Kentucky has three of the top four big men in the league.
Last night, Towns went to work against fellow former Cats, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and De’Aaron Fox. Towns had a field day against the Kings, finishing with 30 points on 11-16 shooting, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocks. Towns is only the second Timberwolves player to record a line of at least 30, 10, 5, and 5, with the first being Kevin Garnett.
Take a look as Towns bullies Cauley-Stein and Labissiere on his way to a big game.
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2017
In other news from that game, Kings’ guard De’Aaron Fox left the game after only 7 minutes in the first quarter with a quad injury. This will be something to keep an eye on, as the Kings are a mess of a team even with Fox. Just for reference, the Kings started Skal Labissiere for more than half of the games to star the season, then randomly sent him down to the G-League, and now brought him back up to the active roster to start again last night. I’ve never seen a more clueless organization in my life, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve been a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.
|Karl-Anthony Towns||119-96 win over Kings||30||11-16 (2-4)||14||5||1||5||0||+22||35|
|Willie Cauley-Stein||119-96 loss to Timberwolves||9||3-10 (0-0)||3||2||0||1||1||-16||20|
|Skal Labissiere||119-96 loss to Timberwolves||6||3-5 (0-0)||1||1||0||1||0||-6||13|
|De'Aaron Fox||119-96 loss to Timberwolves||2||0-1 (0-1)||0||2||0||0||2||-4||7|
|Enes Kanter||111-104 win over Nets||13||5-9 (0-0)||9||2||1||0||2||-3||27|
|Julius Randle||121-112 loss to Cavaliers||13||6-9 (0-0)||4||3||0||1||2||-1||22|
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 15, 2017
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 15, 2017
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 15, 2017
- Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) at Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 7pm ET
- Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress), 7pm ET
- Portland Trail Blazers at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
- Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson) at Philadelphia 76ers, 7pm ET on ESPN
- Los Angeles Clippers at Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks), 7pm ET
- Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm ET
- Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
- Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
- Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Liggins), 8pm ET
- New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller, Rajon Rondo) at Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles), 9pm ET
- San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets, 9:30pm ET on ESPN
DeMarcus Cousins continued his holiday tradition of playing “Santa Cuz” for underprivileged children in need of Christmas gifts in his community. This year marked Cousins’ seventh annual “Santa Cuz” event as he picked up the tab on shopping sprees in two cities: New Orleans (for the first time) and his hometown of Mobile, Al.
See Boogie take care of the kids in this video recap:
7th Annual Santa Cuz
NOLA -> Mobile pic.twitter.com/coccWalm5K
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) December 15, 2017
Next time you’re talking about his technical fouls, be sure to talk about what really matters too.
Terrence Jones is headed back to the NBA. Or, the G-League at least.
After playing in China for a few months, Jones is back in the States and will sign with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G-League affiliate, according to USA Today. Jones, the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, played for Houston, New Orleans, and Milwaukee before signing a one-year, $2 million deal with Qingdao in the Chinese Basketball Association. Late last month, he was released by Qingdao following a confrontation in practice with the head coach. In nine games, he averaged 22.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.3 blocks.
Here’s hoping he makes the best of this new opportunity.
Jamal Murray has been heating up as of late. Last night, he posted a double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 4 assists and 3 steals. This marks his second straight 28-point performance and his third in the month of December.
This month, through 7 games, he’s scoring 19.4 points per game and shooting 52% from 3-point land. Compare those numbers to the entire regular season, and they are both huge improvements, with his season averages tallying at 14.4 and 32% respectively. Also seeing improvements, albeit smaller ones, are his rebounds, assists, steals, and free throw shooting.
The Jamal Murray we saw night in and night out at Kentucky is starting to take form for the Denver Nuggets, alongside an emerging Trey Lyles.
28 pts (9-17 FG) (4-8 3pt FG)
36 minutes pic.twitter.com/vkkTQEbgnM
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 14, 2017
|Jamal Murray||124-118 loss to Celtics||28||9-17 (4-8)||10||4||3||0||5||+8||36|
|Trey Lyles||124-118 loss to Celtics||9||4-6 (1-2)||6||2||1||0||1||+8||33|
|DeMarcus Cousins||115-108 win over Bucks||26||10-16 (2-4)||13||7||0||1||9||+4||37|
|Anthony Davis||115-108 win over Bucks||25||10-16 (0-1)||10||2||0||4||2||+11||36|
|Darius Miller||115-108 win over Bucks||9||3-6 (3-5)||1||4||0||1||0||+4||23|
|Rajon Rondo||115-108 win over Bucks||5||2-5 (1-2)||3||3||2||1||3||-3||18|
|Eric Bledsoe||115-108 loss to Pelicans||14||5-14 (3-8)||3||5||4||0||5||+3||32|
|DeAndre Liggins||115-108 loss to Pelicans||7||3-4 (1-1)||0||0||0||0||0||-12||18|
|Andrew Harrison||93-87 loss to Wizards||20||6-9 (1-2)||3||7||1||0||2||-3||30|
|John Wall||93-87 win over Grizzlies||13||6-15 (1-3)||1||4||2||1||2||+11||28|
|Jodie Meeks||93-87 win over Grizzlies||5||2-7 (1-4)||7||1||1||0||0||+10||19|
|Tyler Ulis||115-109 loss to Raptors||16||6-8 (0-1)||5||8||0||0||0||-17||29|
|Bam Adebayo||102-95 loss to Trail Blazers||12||3-3 (0-0)||7||2||0||0||3||-10||30|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||108-96 loss to Rockets||18||8-12 (0-0)||11||2||1||0||0||+0||29|
|Malik Monk||108-96 loss to Rockets||6||2-2 (2-2)||0||0||0||0||0||-5||5|
|Patrick Patterson||100-95 win over Pacers||8||2-4 (2-3)||1||1||0||0||0||+4||13|
|Dakari Johnson||100-95 win over Pacers||0||0-0 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
silky smooth pic.twitter.com/INDMR0dHgf
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 14, 2017
TREY LYLES 😱
Take notice. pic.twitter.com/0dVvmWbKhW
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 14, 2017
JOHN WALL IS BACK THROWING DOWN LEFTY DUNKS, Y'ALL.
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) December 14, 2017
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 14, 2017
Bam! 💥 pic.twitter.com/WlHf4l6RCw
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 14, 2017
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 14, 2017
Full highlights of Eric Bledsoe in tonight's matchup against the Pelicans:
14 pts | 5 asts | 4 stls pic.twitter.com/pAXSg0W4M8
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 14, 2017
- Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET
- New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
- Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein) at Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns), 8pm ET
- Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle) at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8pm ET on TNT
- Dallas Mavericks (Nerlens Noel) at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET on TNT
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 12th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
How about a feel-good story for the holiday season? Today, Anthony Davis surprised a family in New Orleans with some toys and — allow me to cue up my best “Price is Right” voice — a NEW CAR! Watch below as the mom absolutely loses it when she realizes Anthony Davis just handed her keys to a new SUV:
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 12, 2017
Clearly, that little boy is not happy with his mother’s outburst.
Last week in New Orleans, fellow “Pelicat” DeMarcus Cousins took some lucky children on his annual “Santa Cuz” shopping spree:
Here comes Santa Cuz, Here comes Santa Cuz 🎅
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 8, 2017
Boogie will do the same thing in Mobile, Alabama tonight.
It’s no coincidence that Cousins and Davis are spending their holiday season giving back; both have won the NBA Cares Community Assist monthly award several times. Cousins won the offseason version of the award a few months ago, and in 2016, Davis was up for the season-long award, but came in second to…John Wall.
John Calipari’s not joking when he says servant leadership is a cornerstone of his program; it’s nice to see his biggest stars continuing to make it a priority once they have the means to really make a difference.
We start our daily rundown of Kentucky players in the NBA with Andrew Harrison, who had a career-high 16 points in Memphis’ 107-82 loss to Miami last night. Harrison was 5-6 from the floor, 2-2 from three, and 4-4 from the free-throw line, and also chipped in four assists and two steals. Check out how tough he was on this play:
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 12, 2017
On the other side of the ball, Bam Adebayo came off the bench to score 14 points, along with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 12, 2017
Rajon Rondo had a triple double for the Pelicans — the 30th of his career — with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists:
DeMarcus Cousins got close to a triple double himself, with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists:
Darius Miller chipped in ten points, three rebounds, and four assists. Unfortunately, the Pelicans — who are still without Anthony Davis (left abductor) — still lost, falling 130-123 to the Rockets.
The Charlotte Hornets upset the Thunder thanks to 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who unfortunately was on the wrong side of this dunk by Russell Westbrook:
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@rex_rexchapman) December 12, 2017
I can’t end this with MKG getting dunked on, so here’s him dunking on Alex Abrines:
— FOX Sports: Hornets (@HornetsOnFSSE) December 12, 2017
- 7:00 PM: Nuggets (Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray) vs. Pistons
- 7:00 PM: Lakers (Julius Randle) vs. Knicks (Enes Kanter), ESPN
- 7:30 PM: Wizards (John Wall [injured], Jodie Meeks) vs. Nets
- 9:30 PM: 76ers vs. Timberwolves (Karl Towns), ESPN
- 10:00 PM: Suns (Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight [injured]) vs. Kings (Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein [injured])
Word is John Wall (knee) could return to action tomorrow night vs. the Grizzlies.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 11th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
We’ve written several articles on the site over the last few weeks about Darius Miller’s resurgence in the NBA and how important he has been for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.
Last week, Miller led the entire NBA in three-point percentage for players with over 75 attempts from the field. With no minimum criteria, Miller was No. 2 in the league behind Boston’s Jayson Tatum
On tonight’s John Calipari call-in show, Coach Cal talked about Darius Miller’s dominant three-point shooting in the league and how proud of him he was for leading the NBA.
Jerry Tipton (being Jerry Tipton) released a tweet immediately afterward with a stat-correction for Calipari, saying Tatum is the NBA leader in 3P%, not Miller.
https://t.co/LZIQJuYonn: Jayson Tatum of Celtics leading NBA in 3-point percent (52.3%). Ex-Cat Darius Miller is 7th best (46.4 percent). Tatum has made 46 of 88. Miller 51 of 110.
— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) December 11, 2017
After seeing Tipton’s tweet, Calipari then (obviously) joked the show was pre-recorded in the first week of December to make the statistic still relevant. Tipton, not understanding what sarcasm is, then released this tweet.
Cal correction? His Darius Miller stat was from early December. Show was taped earlier. Yeah, right.
— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) December 11, 2017
After busting some numbers, Miller is actually sixth in the league for players with at least 80 attempts at 46.4%.
For players with 100 three-point attempts, Miller is third in the NBA behind just Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield. Higher efficiency on more shot attempts for the former Wildcat.
And if you want to be super nitpicky, we can just go to the very top of the list and see who owns the No. 1 spot with no minimum shot attempts.
Take that, Jerry.
Coach Cal went into detail about how proud he was of Miller for grinding it out and making a name for himself after his brief stint overseas.
“Every kid you have has a different path. Some kids are having to play through the D-League, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to go down there and be hungry and humble and not think it’s beneath me because this is my launching pad. Darius did it.
“He’s doing great. Even when he was here he was in the D-League and stayed. It shows the character of Darius Miller,” said Cal.
Caught in the middle of the three-point statistics and Miller’s journey in the NBA was how exactly he ended up back in New Orleans. Calipari told Tom Leach that one former Wildcat was instrumental in bringing Miller back from Germany and giving him a big role on the Pelicans.
“You know who wanted him on that team? And I called him and thanked him. Anthony Davis,” he said. “Anthony Davis had a lot to do with that. He also gave Terrence Jones a chance. At the end of the day, when you’re as good as Anthony Davis, you have to sign off on some of that stuff. Anthony is one of those great guys.”
Another day, another story of former Wildcats putting in work in the NBA.
By Nick Roush on ©December 11th, 2017 @ 11:00am
Enes Kanter has quickly become a fan favorite in New York City. What Kanter did yesterday is exactly why Knick fans have learned to love him.
Kanter showed up to Madison Square Garden in crutches. He needed the crutches after he took a knee to the hip in a loss to the Bulls on Saturday. It was difficult for Kanter to walk and stand, but when doctors said he could play if he wanted to, he pushed through the pain.
“If we’re going to make the playoffs it makes sense to sacrifice,” Kanter said before the game.
Kanter started, played 18 minutes, scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a 111-107 win over the Hawks. The Knicks are now .500 and are tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
The Best from other Cats in the NBA
— The Denver Nuggets fell to the Indiana Pacers in overtime, but Trey Lyles earned the right to celebrate in his hometown. Lyles made five threes and scored a career-high 25 points in 26 minutes of action. He chipped in 5 rebounds and a steal in the best performance of his young career.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 11, 2017
The Nuggets’ other Cat, Jamal Murray, scored 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
— Karl-Anthony Towns did Karl-Anthony Towns things last night. The Big KAT had 28 points (10-15 FG) and 12 rebounds to carry the T’Wolves to a 97-92 victory over the Mavericks.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 11, 2017
— The Kings got torn apart by Dwane Casey’s Raptors 102-87, but there is a bit of good news to share: Skal Labissiere returned from the G-League to start for Sacramento. Skal had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. His point guard, De’Aaron Fox, did not fare much better. Fox finished with more turnovers (7) than points (6).
— The Pelicans took out the 76ers 131-124 to move over .500. The playoffs are a long way away, but the Pelicans would be the seven seed if the season ended today.
Anthony Davis led all scorers with 29 points, Boogie scored 23 and Rajon Rondo posted 13 points and 18(!) assists in the victory. This beautiful lob to Davis might have been Rondo’s most impressive assist.
— NBA France (@NBAFRANCE) December 11, 2017
Darius Miller pitched in 5 points in the Pelicats’ win.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©December 10th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Las Angeles Lakers 110 Charlotte Hornets 99
— Julius Randle: 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes
The Clarkson-Randle pick-and-roll scored 12 points during the Lakers' 26-8 run in the fourth quarter.
The idea was to go right at Dwight Howard and "make him move his feet," per Kuzma.
— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) December 10, 2017
— Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:9 points and 6 rebounds in the Hornets’ loss
— Malik Monk: 2 points in 20 minutes of play
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 10, 2017
Las Angeles Clippers 113 Washington Wizards 112
— Jodie Meeks: 0 points and 2 assists in eight minutes of play
— The Wizards are still without John Wall who has been sidelined with a left knee injury. There is no definite timetable for his return, but reports say he’ll return sometime this week.
As expected, John Wall is out today vs #Clippers and will miss his eighth straight game.
Team has a practice Monday in NYC, and he'll likely participate in his second full team session at that point.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) December 9, 2017
Chicago Bulls 104 New York Knicks 102
— Enes Kanter: Records a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds
Oklahoma City Thunder 102 Memphis Grizzlies 101
— Patrick Patterson: 6 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes of play
— Andrew Harrison: 3 points and 4 assists in 26 minutes of play
San Antonio Spurs 104 Phoenix Suns 101
—Tyler Ulis 4 points and 2 assists in 19 minutes of play
Miami Heat 101 Brooklyn Nets 89
— Bam Adebayo: 2 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes of play
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 10, 2017
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©December 10th, 2017 @ 11:00am
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Andrew Harrison and the Memphis Grizzlies 102-101 in overtime on Saturday.
Harrison was given the task of guarding Russell Westbrook. Westbrook shot 7-of-29 (24%) from the field, but still finished with a triple-double (20/11/14).
Harrison blocked Westbrook’s game winning shot attempt and then had some words for the OKC guard.
Andrew Harrison talking spicy to Russell Westbrook after blocking his game winning shot attempt. pic.twitter.com/t6jhvZVJRS
— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) December 10, 2017
Overtime in Memphis. Andrew Harrison and Russell Westbrook had some words for each other after Westbrook's last attempt. Harrison stared down Westbrook hard after the block, was getting shielded/pushed back into the Grizzlies huddle by teammates. Was calling Westbrook a p****.
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 10, 2017
After the conclusion of the game, Westbrook and Harrison continued to have some words. Westbrook told Harrison to “Go home!”
Russell Westbrook to Andrew Harrison…
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) December 10, 2017
First Drew Franklin, now Andrew Harrison. What does Westbrook have against Kentucky people?
By Nick Roush on ©December 09th, 2017 @ 10:30am
DeMarcus Cousins got a chance to take down his former team, the Sacramento Kings. He did not leave the arena with a win, but he did just about everything else.
Boogie had 38 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, but the Pelicans still fell to the Kings 116-109. Cousins didn’t get a ton of help from his banged up Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis, who chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Darius Miller added 7 points and made just one-of-four three-point attempts.
Cousins did everything he could to will the Pels to victory. It didn’t happen, but it did create some spectacular highlights.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 9, 2017
Cousins’ vengeance vs. the Kings wasn’t the most entertaining part of the matchup. Cousins and Zach Randolph went back and forth the entire game. Cut from the same cloth, there was a respectable amount of trash-talk exchanged.
“Where we from, bullies get bullied.”
This is the Spiderman meme come to life pic.twitter.com/4ZGnz2UXmr
— #Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) December 9, 2017
Love this so much. Z-Bo and Boogie get into it, but nah, quickly realize just speakin’ the same language. pic.twitter.com/CuCbIe2EM4
— BenchMobology, M.D. (@World_Wide_Wob) December 9, 2017
On a roster normally filled with Kentucky players, De’Aaron Fox was the only one who played for the Kings. Willie Cauley-Stein is nursing a back injury and Skal Labissiere was recently demoted to the G-League. Fox finished with 14 points and 4 assists vs. the Kings.
More Highlights from UK in the NBA…
— It was a long slow grind for the Milwaukee Bucks, but they found a way to take down the Dallas Mavericks 109-102 with a little help form Eric Bledsoe. The former Kentucky point guard finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 9, 2017
— The Hornets lost an overtime thriller 119-111 to the Chicago Bulls. Dwight Howard stole the show on his birthday with 25 points, 20 boards and 5 blocks, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist managed to make some noise too. MKG scored 15 points, grabbed 7 boards and threw down one ferocious dunk.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 9, 2017
In 11 minutes off the bench, Malik Monk made one of his three three-point attempts and finished the game with just three points.
— Jamal Murray could not find his shot in the Nuggets’ 103-89 win over the Magic. The former arrow-flinging shooting guard hit just one-of-six shots for two points. Trey Lyles didn’t score much either, but did spread the wealth around the stat sheet: 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.
— Andrew Harrison got the start for the Grizzlies last night. He only scored 6 points, but he had 7 assists and zero turnovers in a loss to the Raptors.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 08th, 2017 @ 4:15pm
Is Nerlens Noel’s weird behavior in Dallas part of a plot to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles? According to DallasBasketball.com’s Mike Fisher, it could be.
After news that Noel will undergo surgery for a thumb injury many players play through, leaving him out for 4-6 weeks, Fisher speculates that the former Cat is just biding his time until he can head to the Lakers with LeBron:
Where is Noel going to have the surgery? In Cleveland, hometown of LeBron James and a headquarters for agent Rich Paul, who reps both LeBron and Noel and yeah, it’s kind of an open secret now that the fellas are plotting ways to end up together, maybe next July 1 via free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers.
From turning down the Mavericks’ $17.5 million qualifying offer this summer to last week’s “Hot Dog Gate,” it’s clear Nerlens ain’t happy, and I fully believe he’s counting down the seconds until he can get out of Dallas; however, do we really think Nerlens is the first pending free agent LeBron would approach about going to LA? I love the big guy, but come on.
Last night was a slow night for former Cats in the NBA, as only five ex-Kentucky players took the court. Julius Randle and the Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Philadelphia to take on “The Process” and the 76ers. Despite the Lakers’ struggles this season, they put together a really well-rounded game in Philly, with seven different players scoring in double-digits. In contrast, the 76ers only had six players score at all.
Fortunately for Philadelphia, Joel Embiid had another huge game, scoring 33 points, to go along with 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks. The game came down to the wire, with Embiid taking on Randle in the post with the game on the line. Randle’s solid defense forced a miss, and the Lakers raced back up the floor to set up a Brandon Ingram buzzer-beating three for the win.
Take a look:
Mayhem finish in Philly.
Embiid FTW no good.
Lonzo coast-to-coast to set up Ingram … BANG!
Kevin Harlan on the call: pic.twitter.com/QBgThfTcTV
— 🚁Sky Wob🚁 (@World_Wide_Wob) December 8, 2017
|Julius Randle||107-104 win over 76ers||16||7-15 (0-3)||3||4||1||1||2||-5||30|
|Tyler Ulis||109-99 loss to Wizards||13||5-9 (2-3)||4||6||0||0||5||+6||34|
|Jodie Meeks||109-99 win over Suns||7||2-5 (1-3)||2||0||0||0||1||+7||14|
|Patrick Patterson||100-95 loss to Nets||7||3-3 (1-1)||2||1||2||0||1||+2||20|
|Dakari Johnson||100-95 loss to Nets||0||0-0 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
Watch Julius throw the hammer down around Embiid, as well as the rest of his highlights.
🎥 Julius Randle scores 16 points in the Lakers win in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/aZTWrSuJeX
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 8, 2017
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