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BBNBA: Booker and Ulis can’t contain Splash Brothers

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Despite it being a busy night in the NBA with a lot of former Kentucky Wildcats suiting up, there weren’t any huge games in the BBNBA. The backcourt of Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker allowed for Steph Curry to go for 42, while Klay Thompson went for 22. A rough night defensively for the Suns. Take a look below to see how all of the former Cats did in last night’s action.

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Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (120-111 loss to Warriors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
37  8-21  2-7  2-4  3  2  5  6  0  0  4  2  -18  20

Nice pass here from Ulis for the slam.

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (120-111 loss to Warriors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
42  7-24  2-7  5-7  1 2  3  5  3  0 2  3  -10  21

Booker knocks down a three from way downtown.

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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (120-111 loss to Warriors)

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Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (120-111 loss to Warriors)

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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (103-100 win over Grizzlies)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 21  4-10  0-1  2-2 2  3  5  0  0  0  2  2  +8  10

Kanter two hand flushes it home on the fast break.

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (103-100 loss to Thunder)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 37  3-7 1-2  5-6  1  2  3  3  0  0  2  1  -6  12

 

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (102-95 win over Spurs)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 29  4-10  0-1  3-3  1  7  8  3  0  1  3  3  +2  11

 

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (105-102 win over Pistons)

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

 

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (110-104 loss to Rockets)

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

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (112-99 loss to Heat)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  3-5  0-0  2-2  0  5  5  1  1  2  1  3  -13  8

Beautiful dish from Kemba Walker to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the dunk.

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BBNBA: Alex Poythress impresses again in second game with the Sixers

BBNBA: Alex Poythress impresses again in second game with the Sixers

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Last night was Alex Poythress’ second game with the Philadelphia 76ers, and for the second game in a row, he finished in double figures. Alex had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal in 28 minutes last night for the Sixers, who lost to the Nets 141-118. That’s where we’ll start today’s BBNBA roundup, because what a feel good story, right?

alex-poythressAlex Poythress, Sixers (141-118 loss to the Nets)

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FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

28

4-10

1-2

1-3

5

2

7

3

1

0

0

4

-5

10

After yesterday’s shootaround, Alex told reporters that he’s been preparing for this opportunity all season in the D-League.

“I’m prepared for this. I grinded all year. It’s what I’ve been dreaming of, it’s what I’ve been working hard for,” Alex said. “There’s no weight on my shoulders, or anything. Just trying to go out there and have fun, and play basketball.”


bbnba-goodwinArchie Goodwin, Nets (141-118 win over the 76ers)

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3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

22

5-6

0-1

4-4

0

2

2

2

1

0

1

0

-5

14

After signing a two-year contract with the Nets, Goodwin was feeling good, attacking the rim as only Archie can:


bbnba-davisAnthony Davis, Pelicans (134-131 loss to the Nuggets)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

41

18-31

2-5

3-3

2

3

5

0

1

4

0

3

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41

Davis had 41 points in 41 minutes last night, his 15th game this season with 40+ points. Sadly, the loss to the Nuggets eliminated their playoff hopes (which were slim at best), but man, Davis is fun to watch. Here’s him getting it done on both ends with the help of DeMarcus Cousins:

Two more blocks:


bbnba-cousinsDeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans (134-131 loss to the Nuggets)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

36

10-22

3-8

7-8

5

9

14

9

1

2

2

6

-6

30

Boogie finished with 30 points, which included three threes and nine assists:


bbnba-murrayJamal Murray, Nuggets (134-131 win over the Pelicans)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

33

7-15

2-7

0-0

0

5

5

5

1

0

3

1

+16

16

Jamal Murray got the start vs. the Pelicans and showed out, finishing with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, including two threes.

But Murray also showed how skilled he’s become at attacking the rim:


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Devin Booker’s 70-point game jersey placed in Hall of Fame

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While the Kentucky Wildcats were busy knocking Lonzo Ball and the UCLA Bruins out of the NCAA Tournament, Devin Booker dropped 70-points in a single game for the Phoenix Suns.

Booker’s scoring display was just the 7th 70-point game in the history of the NBA, and the first since Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a game in 2006.

The former Cat is the only active NBA player with 70 points in a game.

This afternoon, the Basketball Hall of Fame decided it was necessary to place Booker’s historic game-worn jersey on display for the world to see:

Karl-Anthony Towns also commented on his former teammate’s major accomplishment:

Once again, congratulations to Devin Booker on the historic feat.


Patrick Patterson reminds teammates not to mess with Kentucky with elaborate April Fools’ Day prank

Patrick Patterson reminds teammates not to mess with Kentucky with elaborate April Fools’ Day prank

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Normally, April Fool’s Day pranks are lame, but I have to hand it to Patrick Patterson, who pulled off one of the best I’ve seen. Patterson hazed his younger Toronto Raptors teammates Norman Powell (a UCLA alum), Delon Wright and Fred Van Vleet (a Wichita State alum) by covering their cars in Post-It notes on Saturday:

#PatsPranks strikes again. #AprilFools @pdpatt victims: @normanpowell4, @delonwright, @fredvanvleet

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On Snapchat, P-Patt said he pulled the prank to remind his teammates not to mess with Kentucky.

“First and foremost, I want to say I love all my teammates,” Patterson said. “We’re family, we’re brothers, but to Fred: Don’t mess with me, dawg. Don’t mess with me. And to Norm: Don’t mess with me, dawg. Don’t mess with Kentucky.”

(Some language NSFW or kids)

Well done, Patrick.

 


Archie Goodwin nearing deal to stay in Brooklyn

After signing him to back-to-back 10-day contracts, the Brooklyn Nets have decided to keep Archie Goodwin around for good — or, at least, two years. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Goodwin is finalizing a two-year contract to stay with the Nets. In his seven games with Brooklyn, he’s averaging 6.6 points and 1.9 assists, and seems to have found a niche after leaving New Orleans earlier this season.

Brrr on ’em, Archie.


BBNBA Roundup: Big nights for Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis

BBNBA Roundup: Big nights for Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis

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Last night was a big one for several former Cats, namely Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis. Yesterday, Poythress signed with the Philadelphia 76ers and turned some heads in his debut, putting up 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 24 minutes of play. That’s where we’ll start today’s BBNBA roundup…

alex-poythressAlex Poythress, 76ers (113-105 loss to the Raptors)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

24

4-8

0-3

3-3

1

2

3

1

0

1

0

1

-10

11

Alex Poythress got his first NBA points in style off this classic Alex slam:

76ers coach Brett Brown raved about Alex’s debut after the game.

“I loved him. He had a bounce, he had a toughness — when you talk about those three cornerstones of the program: can you run, can you shoot threes, can you guard? I think he checks boxes,” Brown said. “How well? We’ll learn more about [him], but on first observation, looking at him come on the floor — and it wasn’t like he played four minutes, he played 24 minutes — it was enough body of work for me to say he had a tremendous bounce and certainly took advantage of his first time in a 76ers uniform.”

Well done, Alex. Here are complete highlights:


bbnba-ulisTyler Ulis, Suns (123-116 loss to the Rockets)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

45

15-22

3-7

1-1

2

7

9

9

1

0

4

4

-3

34

With Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight sitting out, Tyler Ulis got the start last night for the Suns and delivered, putting up a career-high 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Do yourself a favor and check out the complete highlight reel below:

Over the past 11 games, Ulis is averaging 14.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds, which doesn’t surprise Suns coach Earl Watson.

“I knew Tyler could be special quickly,” Watson said. “If you watched his play in summer league, he showed flashes. An amazing game at his size and as a rookie point guard, that’s great numbers.”

As you would expect, Devin Booker was thrilled for his best friend.

“It was unbelievable,” Devin Booker said. “It was good to see. He’s getting a chance to play, getting an opportunity to play and taking full advantage of it. With that being one of my closest friends and teammates, I’m just happy to see him succeeding out there.”

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bbnba-bookDevin Booker, Suns (123-116 loss to the Rockets)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

39

7-22

1-6

12-12

0

5

5

9

1

0

8

4

-3

27

Booker had a big night himself, finishing with 27 points, including a perfect 12-12 mark from the free throw line. Check out this ridiculous assists, one of nine on the night for Devin:


bbnba-rondoRajon Rondo, Bulls (117-110 win over the Pelicans)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

34

5-14

0-3

0-0

1

8

9

9

3

0

3

4

-1

10

Rondo almost had a triple double for the Bulls last night, but all anyone can talk about from that game is this flop after a taking a shoulder from Boogie:

A few seconds later, Rondo’s teammate helped bring him back to life:


bbnba-cousinsDeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans (117-110 loss to the Bulls)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

42

8-16

2-6

8-8

1

17

18

3

0

1

7

5

+4

26

Meanwhile, Boogie makes this look so easy:


bbnba-davisAnthony Davis, Pelicans (117-110 loss to the Bulls)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

40

8-19

1-4

13-14

2

9

11

2

3

1

3

2

-6

30

Davis left the game with an ankle injury, but returned and felt good enough to hit this three from behind the arc:

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via The Washington Post

John Wall grants 13-year-old’s wish

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via The Washington Post

Former Wildcat and current Wizards’ point guard, John Wall, helped grant a 13-year-old’s dream through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Niyear, who played basketball prior to his illness, looks up to Wall and considers him his idol.

“I chose him for my wish because when I get older I want to be like him,” Niyear said.

Niyear was able to hang out with his idol for a day and even got to feel like part of the team. Kudos to Wall for being a great role model and making this young man’s day.

Wall said, “Hopefully his wish came true and he had a great day.”

Check out the full video below:

We’re wishing Wall good luck on the rest of the season with the Wizards as the NBA Playoffs are growing near. Good luck!

Also, congrats to the former ‘Cat who continues to break records for the franchise.


Alex Poythress’ D-League highlights resemble his freshman year highlights

Alex Poythress’ D-League highlights resemble his freshman year highlights

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You may have heard by now, but just in case you haven’t, former Kentucky Wildcat Alex Poythress has been called up to the big show. Poythress has signed a 10-day deal with Philadelphia, as the 76ers are using the NBA-approved injury hardship roster exception to allow them to add a 16th player to their roster.

Poythress spent this season with the Indiana Pacers’ D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he averaged a team leading 18.5 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and a team leading 1.4 blocks per game.

Watching Poythress play in some D-League games this season, you see the potential he has as an elite level athlete. The Alex Poythress we saw in his freshman year at Kentucky was an absolute monster, but he regressed some over the next few years and an untimely ACL tear was a major set back in his path to the NBA.

Take a look at these two highlight videos of Poythress. The first from his second game ever at Kentucky, as the Cats took on Duke in a top 10 matchup in the State Farm Champions Classic in Atlanta. The second video is from this season with the Mad Ants. The two videos show what Poythress used to do on a nightly basis at Kentucky and what he has done on a nightly basis for Fort Wayne.

With it being near the end of the season and the 76ers having a ton of injuries on their roster, we could see Poythress get some major playing time right off the bat. The 76ers have 6 games remaining this season, over the next 10 days, so hopefully we’ll get to see Poythress show enough that an NBA will take a chance on him for a contract next year as well.

Congratulations to Alex for being yet another member of the BBNBA!

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Derrick Rose out for season with torn meniscus

Derrick Rose out for season with torn meniscus

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Coach Cal product Derrick Rose has sustained yet another knee injury that will end his season. The New York Knicks announced that Rose tore the meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. This is the former Memphis Tiger’s third major knee injury since 2012 which does not bode well for Rose’s future.

In the 2012 playoffs, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee, causing him to miss the entire 2012-13 season. Ten games into the 2013-14 season, Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee causing him the sit out for the rest of that season as well. A major knee injury to each knee is a lot for any player to overcome, but now Rose has torn the meniscus in the same knee that had a torn ACL back in 2012.

The 28-year old is scheduled to be a free agent this summer, and I’d imagine he will struggle to find a new contract for the 2017-18 season coming off a third knee issue. Coming out of Memphis and being under the instruction of Coach Cal, Derrick Rose was one of the best young players in the game and on his way to being a top 5 player in the league on a yearly basis. Rose won the NBA Rookie of the year award in 2009, was the youngest Most Valuable Player in NBA history in 2011, and was voted as an NBA All-Star three years in a row from 2010-2012.

Major injuries have derailed Rose’s career for years now, and it really makes you wonder what could have been for the guard from Chicago. Take a look at these highlights from Rose’s early NBA career before he was injured. He was absolutely incredible.

Hope for the best for the former Coach Cal point guard, but his time to be a huge contributor in the league is running slim.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


NBA Mock Draft Update

NBA Mock Draft Update

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We are 88 days away from adding at least three new members to the Cats in the NBA family. Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo are all expected to declare for the NBA Draft at some point in the near future. Monk and Fox have consistently been predicted to go in the top-10, while Bam is predicted to go in the latter part of the first round.

Here is one of the more up-to-date Mock Drafts.

NBADraft.net Mock Draft 3-31

The only three Kentucky players that this draft has getting drafted are projected to go in the first 21 picks. How do these players fit that respective team?

De’Aaron Fox to Orlando

Current Cats in Orlando: Jodie Meeks

Fox to Orlando would help the Magic with the point guard spot. Currently, the Magic turn to Louisiana-Lafayette alum Elfird Payton. Payton has a consistent body of work, but a guard like Fox would help transform the Magic team.

Malik Monk to Dallas

Current Cats in Dallas: Nerlens Noel

Monk will obviously bring elite scoring to the Mavs. The Mavs need his shooting and explosive ability to play as a nice compliment to point guard Yogi Ferrell.

Bam Adebayo to Oklahoma City

Current Cats in OKC: Enes Kanter

Adebayo will most likely be best suited to play the four in the NBA. On a team littered with guards and centers, Adebayo could be a perfect fit for the Thunder. I would also love to see him under Billy Donovan, who I still say is one of my favorite all-time coaches.

Note: Why would Phoenix take Ball over Fox? Why not have a team with Knight, Bledsoe, Ulis, Booker and Fox?

If you’d like to check out the Mock Draft in its’ entirety. Click HERE and after that follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR


Terrence Jones is Waived by the Bucks

Terrence Jones’ short time in Milwaukee has come to an end.  The former Kentucky National Champion was released on waiver wires by the Bucks earlier today.

Jones was picked up by the Bucks in late-February, following his release from the Pelicans who needed salary cap space after adding DeMarcus Cousins.  His time in Milwaukee could be best described as a disaster.  He logged six total minutes and appeared in just three games.

It was a tough year for Jones, but he should have no trouble finding a new home for next season.  After all, he proved he’s still got it, dropping 36 points on LeBron James’ Cavs earlier this season.

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Alex Poythress will be a Philadelphia 76er

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Alex Poythress will be called up from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants to join the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.  In his first professional season, Poythress averaged 18.5 points and 7.09 rebounds per game for Ft. Wayne and made a couple posters in the process.

I’m shocked Poythress didn’t get arrested for the following brutality, the definition of cruel and unusual punishment.

The 76ers have six regular season games left for Poythress to show the NBA what he can do with the opportunity.  Congrats, good luck and godspeed.


BBNBA: Cousins Dominates His Former Team

Aaron Afflalo is regretting his decision to go to UCLA, via @PelicansNBA.

Aaron Afflalo is regretting his decision to go to UCLA, via @PelicansNBA.

In his first game against his former team, DeMarcus Cousins destroyed the Sacramento Kings, leading the Pelicans to a 117-89 victory behind 37 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.  Anthony Davis added 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Cousins did not want to make the game about himself, but his teammates did.  “Of course it meant a lot,” Davis told reporters after the game. “We just wanted to get him the ball and help him have a great game. We were feeding him early in the game, late in the game.”  It worked.

Kentucky’s two Kings — Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein — both started against Cousins and Davis, but had little luck slowing them down.  Willie was efficient (11 points, 5/8, 14 rebounds) but Skal could not find his shot against the superior Kentucky duo.  Labissiere was 5/16 from the floor to finish with 13 points and 8 rebounds.  Skal still found time to put one in Boogie’s eye.

WCS with a tip drill.

John Wall was not happy with the officials after the Wizards fell to the Jazz by seven.  He was awarded a technical for this Rudy Gobert flop, putting him one away from an automatic suspension.

Showing no remorse, Wall told reporters in the locker room, “The refs made us lose this game.” The quote that will be overlooked from the video below: “I’m bleeding, and the ref tells me it’s not a foul.”

Highlights from the Other Cats

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in an 8-point win over Jamal Murray‘s Nuggets.  Murray had 8 points (3/9 FG), 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes.
  • Patrick Patterson had 3 points and 2 steals in 21 minutes of the Raptors’ 111-100 win over the Pacers.
  • DeAndre Liggins had 6 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals in 18 minutes of the Cavs 15-point win over the 76ers.
  • Nerlens Noel had 10 points and 6 boards in 24 minutes of the Mavericks’ loss to the Grizzlies.

Meanwhile in the D-League, Aaron Harrison is killing it.

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Calipari visited the Suns locker room last night

Calipari visited the Suns locker room last night

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John Calipari is out in Phoenix for the Final Four — although he doesn’t know if he’ll watch the games — and the trip out west included a stop by Talking Stick Resort Arena last night for the Suns’ game. (He saw Devin Booker go for 33 points and nine assists; Tyler Ulis had 16 and 13.)

The night before, Calipari took his four “sons” out to dinner, and according to this story on his visit from AZCentral.com, he was left with the tab.

“You won’t believe this, but I had to pick up the bill,” Cal said in an interview. “But it’s a bunch of great kids. They get along with each other. They like each other. They’re just good people. Eric and Brandon, who are a little bit older, are laughing and doing stuff. And they’re letting Devin do his thing and not worrying about it, and letting Tyler do his thing, because they’re comfortable in their own skin. They know how to share because they shared when they were with us.”

Cal also made an appearance in the Suns’ locker room before the game and was told by NBA veteran Tyson Chandler that he still has his college eligibility left.

Read about that and more in the story from Phoenix here.