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Devin Booker scored 70 points tonight

I know you’re all caught up in this Sweet 16 game right now but let’s take a moment to celebrate Devin Booker’s big night in the league.

The former Kentucky Wildcat set a new career-high mark with 70 points in a losing effort against the Celtics. He went 21-for-40 from the field in setting a new all-time high for the Suns.

He also had eight rebounds and six assists, if that kind of stuff matters to you.

Go Cats.

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BBNBA: Booker’s big night ends in a loss

BBNBA: Booker’s big night ends in a loss

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It was a relatively slow night in the NBA last night for former Kentucky Wildcats with only 8 guys suiting up for their respective teams. Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis were the only Cats to make a major mark on their game, but let’s take a look at how all the former Cats stacked up last night.

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (126-98 loss to Nets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 40  9-26  3-9  7-8  0  2  2  0  3  0  3  6  -21  28

Bucket through contact for Booker.

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Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (126-98 loss to Nets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
45  5-19  0-2  0-0  1  4  5  12  2  0  4  1  -21  10

That’s a no look pass for the oop.

Ulis with the long lob for the slam.

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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (126-98 loss to Nets)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (126-98 loss to Nets)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Archie Goodwin, Brooklyn Nets (126-98 win over Suns)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 8  4-4  1-1  3-4  0  3  3  3  0  0  0  0  +2  12

Hesitation dribble through the lane and the finger roll finish.

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Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks (97-95 win over Clippers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
33  4-8  0-0  0-3  4  8  12  3  2  2  1  2  -3  8

Noel on the receiving end of the lob.

Dirk to Nerlens for the jam.

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (101-84 win over Heat)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 22  2-8 0-4  1-2  3  7  10  0  0  0  0  1  +16  5

 

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (97-90 loss to Spurs)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 16  3-7  1-2  1-2  0  3  3  3  1  0  1  2  +2  8

 


Tonight’s schedule in the NBA looks like this:

  • Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards, 7pm ET
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets, 7pm ET
  • Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers, 7pm ET
  • Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm ET
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls, 8pm ET
  • Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8pm ET on NBATV
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm ET
  • Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET

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BBNBA: Multiple double-doubles for former Cats

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Another night full of NBA games, and another set of double-doubles for former Kentucky Wildcats. Last night, it was John Wall and Enes Kanter racking up the stats to represent the Bluegrass State. Let’s see how these two stacked up last night, as well as all of the other former Cats in the NBA.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (104-100 win over Hawks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 34  6-21  1-6  9-12  0  2  2  10  4  2  4  3  -5 22

The huge slam on the run out by Wall.

Wall with the lob to Bradley Beal for the oop.

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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (122-97 win over 76ers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  8-9  0-0  8-9  4  7  11  0  1  1  0  1  +23  24

Kanter with the slam in the post.

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Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings (116-98 loss to Bucks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
27  5-10 0-0  0-1 1  6  7  2  0  4  2 2  -14  10

Love watching WCS fly through the air for a slam.

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Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings (116-98 loss to Bucks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
31  4-8  0-1  0-0  3  5  8  1  2  0  0  3  -8  8

Skal had his first career NBA start last night, but unfortunately the only time he was in a highlight was when the Greek Freak denied him at the rim.

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (126-113 win over Cavaliers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  5-11  3-7  2-2  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  2  +13  15

Take a look at all three of these treys from “the blue arrow”.

And don’t forget, the kid can take it to the rack as well.

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DeAndre Liggins, Cleveland Cavaliers (126-113 loss to Nuggets)

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

 

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (109-102 win over Magic)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 27 4-5  0-0  1-1  2  2  4  0  2  1  0  0  +0  9

It was a milestone type of night for MKG, reaching two big marks for his hustle stats.

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Jodie Meeks, Orlando Magic (109-102 loss to Hornets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 15  3-6  3-4  1-2  0  2  2  0  0  0  0  1 -15  10

 

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (117-95 win over Pistons)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  2-5  1-2  0-0  0  2  2  9 1  0  2  3  +16  5

 

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Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz (108-101 win over Knicks)

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

 


Here is tonight’s NBA schedule to tune in to watch your favorite former Wildcats:

  • Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
  • Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat, 7:30pm ET on NBATV
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm ET
  • New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10pm ET

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Willie Cauley-Stein is Bringing Art to Kids in Sacramento

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Willie Cauley-Stein is professional basketball player with a passion for art.  The former Kentucky All-American center is bringing his passion to kids in Sacramento.

He spent this afternoon painting with children at the Art Beast in Sacramento.  He brought t-shirts and autographed hats, but more importantly, he showed his artistic abilities to a younger generation.  Art has been a way for Willie to express himself outside of basketball, something he wants to give to kids in the area by establishing a scholarship fund for youngsters who are intrigued by the arts.

Check out the story from Sacramento’s CBS-13.


Anthony Davis was a proud Wildcat last night

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Things have been so crazy around here today we haven’t had time to do your daily BBNBA roundup, but I will share this very cool picture from the New Orleans Pelicans’ Twitter account, which shows Anthony Davis sitting in front of his locker, where his 2012 Kentucky jersey hangs. Davis reportedly wore his Kentucky jersey into the Pelicans’ arena before leading his team past Karl Towns and the Timberwolves, 123-109. Karl had 33 points and 6 rebounds in the game, while Anthony had 28 points and 12 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Check out full highlights of Karl and Anthony’s duel below:

Hopefully we’ll see more former Cats break out their old jerseys as the week goes on.


Rebuilding or Tanking? Former Cats in the Middle of NBA Messes

It’s wonderful to see former Kentucky stars selected in the lottery on Draft night, until you see their lifelong dream turn into an NBA nightmare on a terrible team.

After DeMarcus Cousins’ Sacramento departure, the Kings entered full rebuild mode, opting for cheap, young talent over maxing DeMarcus’ deal.  Even though Cousins believed he would stay in Sacramento, it makes the most sense in the long term, considering the Kings’ large stockpile of drafted centers.

Two of those centers who were waiting behind Boogie are former Cats, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.  Now with more minutes and a longer leash, Vice Sports breaks down their recent success.

In an admittedly small sample size, (Skal) he’s shot .557 from the field. More importantly, he’s developed a nice mid-range game, shooting .588 on shots between ten and 16 feet, and an eye-popping (if likely unsustainable) .692 on shots between 16 and 22 feet. We have yet to see him do much from beyond the arc, but he’s young, and the fact that he can already drain long twos suggests that we might see him start hitting from downtown soon. Labissiere was an extremely raw prospect going into the NBA, but his strong work over the past month suggests he’s also a rather quick learner.

As for Cauley-Stein, after starting 39 games as a rookie, he became something of an afterthought within the Kings rotation, struggling to get minutes behind Cousins and Koufos. But WCS is also making the most of Boogie’s departure, scoring in double figures seven times over the last ten games. In a valiant OT loss to the Wizards, he put up 20 points and 13 rebounds, and was a big reason the Kings nearly pulled off the upset. Just as he was at Kentucky, WCS is a dominant player near the basket, and while his offense is still limited, the fact that he’s even been willing to attempt jump shots is an encouraging development.

Rebuild mode is an optimistic way to describe tanking.  The Kings are bad, but not technically tanking.  that’s what the Suns are doing.  To keep the third-worst record in the NBA, the Suns have deactivated Eric Bledsoe for the season.  Hear’s how Suns’ coach Earl Watson described the decision:

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If there’s still a glass half full for the Kentucky Phoenix Suns, Tyler Ulis will receive most of Bledsoe’s minutes.

Even the team we thought would get it together is on shaky ground.  After acquiring DeMarcus Cousins, the New Orleans Pelicans have yet to take flight.  Without any formidable guards, they’ve struggled, and their chances of becoming the eight-seed in the playoffs are dwindling.  According to The Sporting News, Alvin Gentry is now on the hot seat.

 A league source told Sporting News that though no definite decision has been made on the future of the tandem of Gentry and general manager Dell Demps with the Pelicans, failure to secure that playoff spot (which has been all but lost) or at least to show “significant progress with this roster as it stands” likely will move the Pelicans to oust Gentry. Demps is more likely to stay, but that’s not a certainty, either.

“There’s some feeling in the front office the record being what it is, the writing is on the wall,” the source said. “Might as well make a change in April and start searching. But is that really fair? Can’t you give Dell an offseason to get some shooters, give Alvin some time to remake the offense? They’ve at least got to give this playoff spot a run and that might buy more time. That’s sort of where it stands.”

Everywhere you look around the NBA, former Cats are in troubling situations.  At least John Wall’s Washington Wizards are bound for the playoffs *knock on wood*.


Get Weird with Willie Cauley-Stein

Get Weird with Willie Cauley-Stein

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“Weird.”  That’s the one word former Kentucky All-American Willie Cauley-Stein has to describe himself.

Willie got weird for a little while with CSN.  In the seven-minute painting session, Cauley-Stein discussed his game, his art, and how the two work together to make him uniquely whole.  As expected, Willie got deep.

“People fear what they don’t understand, and that’s me.”  That statement started a spectacular tangent that also included: “You either get it or you don’t get it.  And if you get it, it’s powerful.”


WATCH: John Wall says NCAA always gives Duke the easiest bracket

WATCH: John Wall says NCAA always gives Duke the easiest bracket

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How do I know John Wall is a true Wildcat? Even he knows Duke routinely gets a pass from the Selection Committee. During an interview with CSN’s Chris Miller and Tony Massenburg, Wall voiced a complaint we’ve all had for years: even in years in which Duke’s not the best team in the country, they seem to get the easiest path to the national championship.

“NCAA got their favoritism where they hide teams,” Wall said. “Go look at Duke’s bracket and tell me how easy their coaching’s gonna be until they play whoever they play, who do they play, Villanova maybe?”

“Coach K wins his championships, I give him all that, he’s a great coach. Heck of a coach. But why does Duke always end up with the easiest bracket when they’re not the overall number one seed?”

Did Wall then take a shot at Coach K’s famous hair?

“They don’t believe in S-Curves,” Miller said of the Selection Committee.

“Nah,” Wall said. “They believe in — what’s that called? Toupees and all that.”

SHOTS FIRED!


This Video from Enes Kanter is the Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

This Video from Enes Kanter is the Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

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I’m paid to use my words to describe things.  After seeing this video from Enes Kanter, I have (almost) no words.

Kanter teamed up with his Stash Brother, Steven Adams, to create this strange one-minute video, promoting MVP candidate and “King of the Prairie” Russell Westbrook.  It’s odd, but their foreign accents make it too intriguing to pass up.


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BBNBA: Tyler Ulis is an NBA starter, Skal goes for 32

BBNBA: Tyler Ulis is an NBA starter, Skal goes for 32

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I’m not sure there’s ever been an NBA player that I’ve been so emotionally invested in, before Tyler Ulis. Tyler Ulis was a fan-favorite for so many reasons, and watching him develop in the NBA is something that would make any Kentucky fan proud. Last night, Ulis was granted his first career NBA start, and earned his first NBA double-double as well. Glad the kid could take advantage of the opportunity given to him. Can’t wait to see what he continues to do towards the end of this season. On the other hand, Skal Labissiere was the victim of a lot of hate from the fans during his time at UK; however, since Boogie was traded to NOLA, Skal has been given more minutes. Labissiere has been a monster as of late, and his first 30+ point game last night is just another example.

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Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (107-101 loss to Kings)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 39  6-18  1-5  0-0 0  1  1  13  2  1  1  2  -3  13

Here’s the assist that gave Ulis his first career double-double.

We all know he can pass, but he did add a few big buckets for the Suns last night as well.

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (107-101 loss to Kings)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 40  6-26  3-9  4-4  1  2 3  2  0  0  1  2  -7  19

Booker got it going early from deep.

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Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (107-101 loss to Kings)

DNP – Back Spasms

 

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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (107-101 loss to Kings)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings (107-101 win over Suns)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 30  11-15  1-1  9-11  2  9 11  0  2  0  3  2  +8  32

Skal with the emphatic dunk off the pass from Willie Cauley-Stein.

Skal also hit his first NBA three to go along with a career high in points and a first career double-double.

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Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings (107-101 win over Suns)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 33  6-11  0-0  2-6  4  7  11  5  4  4  3  1  +4  14

The Suns might want to ask Montrezl Harrell how he defended this for Willie. Oh wait, he couldn’t handle it either.

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (139-100 loss to Rockets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 29  13-17  0-1  6-9  3  5  8  2  0  0  2  4  -20  32

Julius Randle also set a career high in points last night, hitting 13 of 17 shots.

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (120-112 loss to Heat)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
35  7-17  0-1  13-18 2  6  8  1  3  3  2  2  -9  27

Davis is trying to make it work with Boogie, but they really have no help. Another big game for the both of them squandered.

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DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans (120-112 loss to Heat)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 30  8-17  2-3  1-3  1  8 9  1  2  0  4  5  -15  19

Nice finish here for Boogie off the pass from AD.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (112-107 loss to Mavericks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 36  10-20  2-5  4-6  0  1  1  11  3  0  3  1  +5  26

Nice run out after the steal from Wall.

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Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks (112-107 win over Wizards)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 23  4-8  0-0  4-4  1  2  3  1  0  1  1  2  +7  12

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (117-104 loss to Celtics)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
40  7-14 1-5  2-2  4  10  14  4  0  0  2  3  -13 17

 

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James Young, Boston Celtics (117-104 win over Timberwolves)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (98-91 loss to Grizzlies)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 35  7-16 3-4  0-0  3  3  6  8  2  0  0  4  -3  17

What an incredible pass from Rondo to Jimmy Butler for the oop. Those green jerseys have me feeling like Rondo’s back in Boston.

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (98-91 win over Bulls)

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

 

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (98-77 loss to Pacers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 25  5-8 0-0  0-0  0  1  1 1  0  1  0  3  -16  10

 


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

  • Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm ET on NBATV
  • Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors, 7pm ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks, 7:30pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets, 9pm ET
  • Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET

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Archie Goodwin signs with the Nets

After getting waived by the Suns and the Pelicans, Archie Goodwin has been biding his time in the D-League with the Greensboro Swarm. Now, he’s headed to Brooklyn. According to The Vertical, the Brooklyn Nets will sign Archie to a 10-day contract.

Brrr on ’em, Archie. We know you can:

 


BBNBA: Karl Towns and John Wall turn in another impressive night

Last night, John Wall and Karl Towns, the NBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, faced off and Karl’s Timberwolves came out on top 119-104. Both players turned in impressive performances, so that’s where we’ll start today’s BBNBA Roundup.

bbnba-townsKarl Towns, Timberwolves (119-104 win over the Wizards)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

35

17-26

2-4

3-3

3

10

13

2

1

0

0

2

+4

39

Another day, another double-double for Karl Towns, his 50th of the season. Check out the highlights below:


bbnba-wallJohn Wall, Wizards (119-104 loss to the Timberwolves)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

38

6-16

1-3

14-19

0

2

2

5

1

0

4

5

-20

27

Meanwhile, Wall had 27 points and 5 assists, and pulled off this ridiculous shot:


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MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

36

9-16

0-0

0-0

0

7

7

1

0

0

1

0

+9

18

Both Willie and Skal started last night for the Kings, and Willie threw down a very Willie dunk off this pick-and-roll:


bbnba-labissiereSkal Labissiere, Kings (120-115 win over the Magic)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

20

5-9

0-0

1-3

1

6

7

0

0

4

0

2

-4

11

Skal continues to look like a different player after the All-Star break/DeMarcus Cousins’ departure. He’s asserting himself on both ends of the floor:

A nice highlight reel of Skal’s recent success:


bbnba-rondoRajon Rondo, Bulls (115-109 win over the Hornets)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

36

8-15

3-6

1-1

3

4

7

6

1

0

3

3

+7

20

Rajon Rondo was back in the starting lineup for the first time since December 31 last night, but he’s still causing problems for the Bulls’ front office, basically accusing them of tanking the season:

Never a dull day with Rondo on your team.

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More Proof UK Owns the NBA

The best players in the NBA last week were former Wildcats.  John Wall was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week and Karl-Anthony Towns was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

“I bet you that’s the first time that’s happened,” John Calipari said rather smugly on tonight’s call-in show. You can’t blame him; he’s probably correct.  I doubt any other school has had two former players win the NBA weekly awards in the same week.

Wall’s Wizards won four road games, led the conference in scoring (29.8 ppg) and assists (11.3 apg) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals.  His most impressive game was a 39-point, 9-assist performance that led his team from down 21 to an overtime win over the Blazers.  Towns averaged 29 points and 12.3 rebounds through three games, including a 35-point performance against the Bucks.


UPDATE: Big Nights for Former Wildcats

UPDATE: Big Nights for Former Wildcats

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As we look forward to today’s SEC Championship game, we have to highlight some of our former Wildcats for an awesome night in the NBA.

Let’s start off in New Orleans with Anthony Davis, who celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday. Not only did Davis celebrate with a birthday cake, but he also put up a huge performance against the Charlotte Hornets. Davis finished the night with 46 points and 21 rebounds, leading the Pelicans to a 125-122 victory over the Hornets.

According to NOLA.com, Davis joins only Chris Webber & Shaquille O’Neal as players to record 46 points & 21 rebounds in an NBA game. Shaq was able to do it twice.

John Wall had an impressive game for the Washington Wizards. Playing on the road, Wall led the Wizards to an overtime win in Portland with 39 points & 9 assists. With 16 seconds left in overtime, the Wizards down by one, Wall came up with a huge block on Damian Lillard. This allowed Washington to rebound and score the game-winning basket. Wall’s Wizards defeated the Trailblazers 125-124.

In Minnesota, Karl Anthony Towns put up some impressive numbers as well. KAT would end his night with a double-double, recording 35 points & 14 rebounds. Unfortunately for his Timberwolves, they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95.

Heading out west to Phoenix, Devin Booker also had a huge performance, as he hit yet another game-winning buzzer beater. Last night, it was the Dallas Mavericks who fell victim to Booker’s late game heroics. Not only did Booker hit the game-winner, but he also led the Suns with 36 points and 5 rebounds. In case you missed it, here’s his buzzer-beater:

You can’t cap off a 36 point performance any better than that. Devin Booker continues to hit these clutch shots.

Great games from members of the #BBN. Go Cats!


BBNBA: Karl Towns records career double-double number 100

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Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Basically everyone knew that Karl Towns was going to be a star in the NBA once they saw his abilities at the University of Kentucky. However, I for one, wasn’t sure he’d be an immediate superstar just a year and a half into his career. Towns has legitimately already become one of the top 5 big men in the league, if not higher than that. And to think, he’s still so young, only 21 years old. Incredibly bright future for KAT in Minnesota. Congrats to Karl for recording his 100th career double-double in last night’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s the second-youngest player in history to reach this milestone, behind only Dwight Howard.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (107-91 win over Clippers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
27  14-21  1-5  0-0  4  10  14  2  0  0  1  3  +15  29

Put back jam with authority for KAT.

Karl talks after the game.

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DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans (94-87 loss to Raptors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 29  8-23  3-8  6-7  2  8  10  3  1  2  5  5  -4  25

If Boogie is going to give you anything, it is going to be hustle in the paint.

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (94-87 loss to Raptors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 17  2-4  0-0  3-5  0  4  4  1  0  0  1  1  +2  7

Davis checked out of this one early with a wrist injury. Initial x-rays were negative but more to come in the next few days.

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (94-87 win over Pelicans)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 18  3-4  2-3  1-2  0  1  1  0  0  0  1  1  +7  9

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (123-113 win over Nuggets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 35  12-19  2-6  4-5  1  2  3  10  1  0  4  1  +7  30

30 and 10? A normal night for The Great Wall of Kentucky

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (123-113 loss to Wizards)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 24  7-15 3-5  0-0  0  3  3  5  0  0 1  3  +4  17

Love that this stayed with Jamal into the NBA.

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Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings (114-104 loss to Spurs)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 15 7-10  0-0  1-1  2  4  6  1  0  1  3  3  -4  15

Skal played the best game of his career. A career high in points to go along with four or five real highlight worthy plays. See below for evidence.

Number 1:

Number 2:

Number 3:

Number 4, the buzzer beater:

 

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