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Anthony Davis scores 38 for the New Orleans Pelicans in their win over the Detroit Pistons. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)

BBNBA: Anthony Davis Continues to do Anthony Davis Things

Anthony Davis scores 38 for the New Orleans Pelicans in their win over the Detroit Pistons. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)


I’m not sure what else there is to say at this point. Anthony Davis is officially the destroyer of worlds. Davis displayed *another* high scoring performance Monday night against the Detroit Pistons of 38 points to go along with 10 rebounds on 58.3 percent shooting from the field. Since the heart-breaking injury to DeMarcus Cousins in late January, Davis is averaging 30 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Essentially, he is the New Orleans Pelicans entire source of winning. Granted, they’re 3-5 since Boogie went down, but what Davis is doing with a less-than-ideal roster is mind-boggling. Here is your friendly reminder that, yes, Davis is still only 24 years old, and while the talking heads will continue to mention players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid as the future faces of the NBA (and deservedly so), just remember who the real future is.

*Interesting fact of the day* Anthony Davis holds the scoring record in both the Palace at Auburn Hills (59) and the Little Caesars Arena (38), the Pistons home arenas of past and present. Just name the next arena the Palace at Anthony Davis. Little Davis Arena?

It was a slow Monday in the NBA and Davis was no doubt the high point, but Enes Kanter also had a solid game for the New York Knicks. Kanter recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis have now both missed their last two games (Booker has missed four straight), including the Phoenix Suns’ Monday night blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, due to hip and back injuries, respectively.

In a bit of unrelated yet kinda related news. Emeka Okafor started for the Pelicans on Monday for the first time in FIVE YEARS. Terrence Jones was originally supposed to join the Pelicans and it was reported that a deal was close to being done, only for the team to change course not even an hour later after the report and sign Okafor instead, who had been out of the league since 2013.

Check out the rest of the stats below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)118-103 W @ DET3814-24 (3-6)101122+1836
Enes Kanter (NYK)92-108 L @ PHI175-10133101-1033
Darius Miller (NOP)
118-103 W @ DET124-8 (4-7)11002+929
Rajon Rondo (NOP)118-103 W @ DET83-8 (2-5)58013-730
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)118-103 W @ DET21-1 (0-0)01100+95
Devin Booker (PHX)83-129 L @ GSWDNP-Hip Pointer----------------
Tyler Ulis (PHX)83-129 L @ GSWDNP-Back Spasms----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)118-103 W @ DETDNP-Achilles----------------


Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Raptors

8:00: Hawks @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

8:00: Rockets @ Timberwolves (Towns)

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

8:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Mavericks

10:30 (TNT): Spurs @ Nuggets (Murray, Lyles)

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch will actually be a duo. Jamal MurrayTrey Lyles, and the Denver Nuggets will take on the San Antonio Spurs on TNT. Murray is quickly becoming one of my overall favorite players to watch in the NBA. Not many guys have as much fun as him while also raining down buckets with the swiftness that he can. His unorthodox shot attempts and passion to be great make for fantastic entertainment every night. Lyles isn’t nearly as exciting, but he’s still damn good and the Nuggets are a better team because of him. A matchup with the Spurs is always tough (even if LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t play) and it should be a good test for an improving Nuggets team.

Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

DeMarcus Cousins’ Jersey Hangs in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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DeMarcus Cousins won’t suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans for the rest of the season, but his jersey will be put to good use at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The week prior to Cousins’ season-ending Achilles injury, Cousins was selected to start in the NBA All-Star Game, in part thanks to an historic performance.  Against the Chicago Bulls he had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists.  That stat line has only been produced in ten NBA games and it was the first time since 1972. The historic performance is now being commemorated with a display of his jersey and shoes from the game at the Basketball Hall of Fame.


Check out the highlights from his historic game and dream of a world with a healthy Boogie.

WATCH: John Calipari is mic’d up at UK Alumni Weekend

Photo by Dr. Michael Huang

The UK Alumni Charity game may have been held back in August, but footage of John Calipari getting mic’d up for the event just released, and it’s brilliant.

On this week’s “This Is Kentucky Basketball,” we saw Coach Cal talk to former players and coaches at the event, including appearances from Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Eric Bledsoe, Jack “Goose” Givens, Joe B. Hall, and many more.

Take a look:

Regardless of how this season has gone and your latest thoughts on the one and done system, there’s no denying the Kentucky job was made for John Calipari. His ability to bring everyone in and create a family atmosphere with some of the most talented basketball players in the NBA year after year is simply unmatched.

In the entire “This Is Kentucky Basketball” episode, we also heard from Coach Cal during his weekly mailbag segment, where he talked about coaching his players during a slump and how he has dealt with it in the past. We also got an update from the NBA Cats.

Watch the episode here:

That John Wall speech gets me every single time.

Go Cats!

Andrew Harrison has taken a significant steps towards becoming a valuable NBA player. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Harrison Coming Into His Own in 2018

Andrew Harrison has taken significant steps towards becoming a valuable NBA player. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Harrison is probably the most polarizing player that Kentucky has ever seen under John Calipari. No one player took more criticism – mostly unnecessary – while also being placed under the largest microscope in Lexington. Every move, dribble, shot, pregame snack was judged as if he were a politician. Harrison led Kentucky to back-to-back Final Fours, and there is no doubt in my mind that Kentucky doesn’t get there without him. Despite his many accolades, he’ll be remembered for what he didn’t do, which was win a National Championship.

Harrison’s career in the NBA got off to a less-than-ideal beginning. He spent his first season in the D-League after being drafted 44th overall by the Phoenix Suns (imagine the Suns’ backcourt with another former Kentucky guard). His expectations in the league were much more limited than they were when he came into college. You’d have a hard time finding someone who was surprised that Andrew was in the D-League while his twin brother Aaron was playing for the Charlotte Hornets. Fast forward one year later and the twins have swapped places (which I guess is actually possible if they wanted to pull a Parent Trap-type escapade).

Aaron is now struggling to make the jump from the G-League to the NBA while Andrew is having the most efficient and effective stretch of not only his NBA career, but this stretch is better than any he had during his two years at Kentucky. The Memphis Grizzlies signed Harrison (Andrew, that is) to a three-year deal in 2016 with the expectation that he could be the backup to All-Star guard Mike Conley while the Grizzlies try to string together a few more years of playoff contention before their best player, Marc Gasol, begins to play like his age.

Things haven’t exactly gone as planned for the Grizz, who currently sit at an abysmal 18-36 on the season, miles away from the playoffs and with Conley being sidelined for the remainder of the season due to injury. The Grizzlies also blundered the trade deadline, deciding to not trade guard Tyreke Evans (a Calipari product from his time at Memphis) despite purposefully benching him before the deadline in order to ship him off for other assets (they were offered multiple picks for him, but simply refused for reasons no one understands). There was talk early in the season that Gasol might be traded after he butted heads with former head coach David Fizdale before he was ultimately fired. The Grizzlies season has gone in the complete opposite direction that the front office envisioned, but there are a few bright spots and one of them is Andrew Harrison.

Harrison’s stats have never stuck out as an NBA player. He averages 6.9 points and 2.8 assists for his career, but something has energized him ever since the new year popped it’s head out. Since Jan. 1, Harrison has started all 15 games he’s played for the Grizzlies. His averages of 11.0 points and 3.7 assists per game on shooting splits of 46.5/37.8/91.7 (FG%/3PT%/FT%) are nothing short of impressive. Compare that to his splits of 38.1/30.9/76.3 on averages of 7.3 points and 2.4 assists in 2017 of this season and it’s easy to see the revelation in his game.

Conley hasn’t played a game since the middle of November, so it’s not as if his absence created an obvious opening for Harrison (it technically did, but it didn’t show in his game or on the stat sheet). The writing was on the wall when he was at Kentucky that he had the tools to turn into a capable NBA starter. He had previous runs that tested this theory in college and he’s found a situation in Memphis that has allowed him to prove it right, this time without the immense pressure of leading a collegiate powerhouse (Imagine having less pressure to perform in the NBA than at Kentucky).

Everything Harrison has worked for led him to the best performance of his career on Feb. 7 against the Utah Jazz. He recorded a career-high 23 points on 9-15 shooting (2-5 from deep) to go along with four assists in 31 minutes. Despite losing 88-92, Harrison showed out against an elite defensive team and excellent defender Ricky Rubio.

Standing at 6-foot-6 and over 200 pounds, Harrison has always been an oversized guard. In today’s, positionless NBA, that’s a great thing to be. Harrison uses his strength and size to power through smaller defenders such as Rubio, despite them being able to stay in front of him. This is also the quickest Harrison has ever been on the court. Normally he would have to rely on pure strength to get him to the rim, now he can slice around bigger defenders and cut to the basket with enough energy to get a shot up even against contact.

This version of Andrew Harrison has confidence skyrocketing through the roof. It shows in his jump shot. He hesitates far-less often when deciding whether or not to take a perimeter shot, mainly because he knows he can hit it (also because there isn’t anyone who can steal his minutes if he were to miss). Over the last 15 games, Harrison has taken the second-most pull-up jump shots for the Grizzlies with 3.3 attempts per game. His effective field goal percentage of 48.9 percent is higher than Tyreke Evans’ 41.8 percent, who has attempted the most shots per game in that category for the Grizz.

Even on catch-and-shoot opportunities, Harrison continues to fire at an efficient rate. His 58.3 effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoots is higher than Evans and Marc Gasol.

Andrew Harrison has found a fit that works for him in Memphis. He’s elevated his game so much this season that his scoring, passing, and defense have all taken significant strides towards becoming a legitimate threat night in and night out in the NBA. If you’re looking for an under-the-radar Kentucky player ready to take “the leap”, Harrison may be the next likeliest candidate.

Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

Trey Lyles battling insomnia with fruit-flavored drink

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Trey Lyles and other NBA players are battling insomnia with a new sleep drink called Som.

Som is a “drug-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free” drink created by a start-up in Santa Monica, Calif. Som is not yet on the market, but is certified by the National Science Foundation for Sport.

Som was not designed for NBA players, but they have become its loyal customer.

“We didn’t create this for professional athletes,” said Brad Marks, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Eighty-six percent of Americans have trouble sleeping. It’s a national epidemic and there really isn’t anything on the market that’s safe and non-habit forming in a drink form.”

Lyles was introduced to the drink by Denver Nuggets’ strength and condition coach Felipe Eichenberger after Lyles told Eichenberger about his insomnia.

“I’m a thinker, so my mind is always running,” Lyles told Sports Illustrated. “After games, my body can’t settle down, so I just lie there with my thoughts. Then I start looking at the clock: ‘It’s 4, and I’ve got practice at 9. I’m going to be tired.'”

“I’ve tried all the little games, all the sheep counting. Nothing worked for me.”

Nothing worked until Som.

Lyles averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in November, pre-Som. In December, he averaged 14.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, post-Som.

Will be interesting to see if this drink catches on.


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)

BBNBA: Davis drops 44 and Rondo gets a triple-double

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)


Saturday night actually did bring some good news regarding Kentucky basketball with a few former Wildcats putting on some high-level performances. Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo led a struggling Pelicans squad in Brooklyn, capturing a desperately needed double-overtime win. Davis dropped 44 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and it’s amazing how much those type of numbers from him don’t surprise me anymore. He’s become so lethal, so absolutely unstoppable, that 44 and 17 seem like something he would hit before the game even got to overtime. However, not to be outdone, Rondo recorded his second triple-double of the season with an impressive stat line of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pelicans.

Julius Randle also had himself a big night for the Los Angeles Lakers, putting up 26 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Randle’s outstanding night was overshadowed by coverage of Isaiah Thomas’ first game as a Laker after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team could not get the win against the now 18-38 Dallas Mavericks. Over his last 14 games, Randle is averaging 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds on 58.2 percent shooting from the field. He’s becoming really, really good.

Check out the rest of the stats below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN4416-35 (3-5)172633+949
Julius Randle (LAL)123-130 L vs. DAL2610-14 (0-0)87005-837
Rajon Rondo (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN2511-16 (0-1)1012013+1841
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)111-104 W @ ORL186-10 (2-3)38103+333
Jamal Murray (DEN)123-113 W @ PHX124-9 (1-4)12003-827
Jodie Meeks (WAS)101-90 W @ CHI104-6 (1-2)42001+118
Trey Lyles (DEN)123-113 W @ PHX63-11 (0-3)61221+1221
Darius Miller (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN31-4 (1-3)21001-223
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKN00-1 (0-0)00001-82
Nerlens Noel (DAL)130-123 W @ LALDNP-Thumb----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)138-128 2OT w @ BKNDNP-Achilles----------------
Tyler Ulis (PHX)113-123 L vs. DENDNP-Back Spams----------------
Devin Booker (PHX)
113-123 L vs. DENDNP-Hip----------------
John Wall (WAS)138-128 2OT w @ BKNDNP-Knee----------------
James Young (PHI)112-98 W vs. LACDNP-CD----------------


Today in the NBA

1:00: Raptors @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

3:30: Hawks @ Pistons

3:30 (ABC): Cavaliers @ Celtics

5:00: Knicks (Kanter) @ Pacers (Poythress)

7:00 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Rockets

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

7:00: Grizzlies (An. Harrison) @ Thunder (Patterson, Johnson)

9:00: Jazz @ Trail Blazers

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Willie Cauley-Stein from the Sacramento Kings. Cauley-Stein has arguably been the Kings best player this season and he’ll face a tough (yet familiar) matchup going against Karl-Anthony Towns. Since the new year began, WCS has recorded at least 10 or more points in 11 of his 16 played games, including four games of at least 20. He’s a candidate to be on the Top Plays list any given night with ferocious dunks and embarrassing rejections. Which sets up Sunday night’s game for some potential “Cat on Cat” crime.

Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

This Day in History: Kenny “Sky” Walker wins 1989 Slam Dunk Contest

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On this day in 1989, Kenny “Sky” Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Walker competed against Clyde Drexler (Houston Rockets), Spud Webb (Atlanta Hawks), Shelton Jones (San Antonio Spurs), Tim Perry (Phoenix Suns), Jerome Kersey (Portland Trailblazers), Ron Harper (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets).

Walker beat out the Houston native, Clyde Drexler, in the finals.


BBNBA: Bam Adebayo’s Blocks his way into the Sportscenter Top 10

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In Dwyane Wade’s return to Miami, Bam Adebayo stole the show.

The former Kentucky Wildcat was the best player on the court for the Miami Heat.  Adebayo had a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, but Bam’s best play of the night came on the defensive end.  This spectacular block was the No. 4 play on Sportscaster’s Top 10.

The Heat beat Eric Bledsoe’s Bucks 91-85 in Wade’s first game back at American Airlines Arena.  Bledsoe had 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.

Karl-Anthony Towns is in the middle of the play everybody in the NBA is talking about today.  As Towns mad his way down the court to get back on defense, Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau was given a technical for yelling instructions at his player.  The call is baffling.

Towns’ Timberwolves lost by one to the Bulls. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and one killer dunk.

Stats from the rest of the BBNBA:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocks
Bam Adebayo92-91 W vs. LAL115-10 (0-0)8200
Julius Randle92-91 L vs. MIA259-17 (0-0)12210
Patrick Patterson 121-113 W vs. LAC83-6 (2-4)5211
Nerlens Noel122-115 L at TOR62-4 (0-0)6353

BBNBA: Former Cats stay put at the trade deadline

BBNBA: Former Cats stay put at the trade deadline

Yesterday’s NBA trade deadline was one of the most eventful in recent memory, with the Cleveland Cavaliers essentially flipping 3/4 of their roster in a matter of hours. With all the moves that were made, somehow all of the former Kentucky Wildcats managed to stick with their respective teams.

Rumors swirled in the days leading up to the deadline about potential trades for multiple former Cats, including Julius Randle, Jodie Meeks, Skal Labissiere, among others. So, life goes on and so does the season for these former Kentucky Wildcats, with five of them playing in last night’s action.



PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle106-81 win over Thunder178-16 (0-1)62012+1028
Patrick Patterson106-81 loss to Lakers00-6 (0-5)42100-1226
Dakari Johnson106-81 loss to Lakers21-2 (0-0)10010-47
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist109-103 loss to Blazers63-9 (0-0)50000-1629
Jodie Meeks1101-104 loss to Celtics20-1 (0-0)010000-69




  • Los Angeles Clippers at Detroit Pistons, 7pm ET on ESPN
  • New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Liggins) at Philadelphia 76ers, 7pm ET
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET
  • Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress) at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm ET
  • Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) at Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo), 8pm ET
  • Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles) at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET
  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Utah Jazz, 9pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Chicago Bulls, 9:30pm ET on ESPN
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere), 10:30pm ET


Former Wildcats are going to Team USA World Cup Training Camp

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Two Kentucky Wildcats fighting to get back into the NBA will get a chance to do it with Team USA.

Terrence Jones and Aaron Harrison will participate in the 14-man training camp form February 15-20 in Colorado Springs.  The best 12 G-League players will represent the USA in the qualifying first and second rounds of the World Cup.  Coached by ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, USA takes on Cuba February 23 and Puerto Rico on February 26.

After a botched deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, Jones has spent most of the season playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G-League affiliate.  The Real T Jones last played in NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017.

Aaron Harrison is averaging just shy of 18 points and 5 rebounds for the Reno Bighorns.  Harrison is just a few days removed from a 26-point performance.

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BBNBA: Andrew Harrison goes for career high

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Last night, the Memphis Grizzlies may have dropped their home game against the Utah Jazz by the score of 92-88, but former Wildcat Andrew Harrison had a career night. Harrison scored a career best 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting, to go along with 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Harrison has come a long way since playing in the D-League and fighting for a roster spot in the beginning of his NBA career, to a full-time NBA starter for Memphis just a few years later. Take a look at some of Harrison’s highlights from last night.

In other BBNBA news from last night, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell short in an overtime thriller against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as LeBron James hit a fade-away jumper at the buzzer to win the game. This game actually set the NBA record for most combined threes made in a game between the two teams with 40 made threes. Kentucky’s own Karl-Anthony Towns was 6 of 6 from behind the arc. The previous record was 39, set by the Warriors and Mavericks in 2016.

Also, Tyler Ulis left last night’s Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs game early in the first quarter with back spasms and did not return, which is something to keep an eye on going forward.



PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Andrew Harrison92-88 loss to Jazz239-15 (2-5)14222-1035
Karl-Anthony Towns140-138 loss to Cavaliers3010-12 (6-6)101123+137
Bam Adebayo109-101 loss to Rockets52-2 (0-0)52021-1115
Tyler Ulis129-81 loss to Spurs00-1 (0-0)01010+09




  • Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks), 8pm ET on TNT
  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Portland Trail Blazers, 10pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm ET
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson) at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on TNT


There are problems brewing in Washington, and they’re centered around John Wall

There are problems brewing in Washington, and they’re centered around John Wall

Photo by Michael Huang

Back on January 31, former Kentucky star John Wall underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure to repair his left knee, an injury he suffered back in November. With his expected timetable to return listed as six-to-eight weeks, and the NBA Playoffs set to begin on April 11, we could see the Wizard point guard sit out until postseason action.

So how could Wall be the center of attention while going through rehab?

Before last night’s loss to Philadelphia, the Wizards had won five straight games since Wall’s surgery, and both the team and fans are saying the ball is moving better with the franchise star on the bench.

Following their third consecutive win, Washington center Marcin Gortat tweeted about it being a great “team” victory, with Wall responding “Lol.”

Then, star shooting guard and former Gator Bradley Beal told reporters that “everybody eats” when they keep the ball moving like they did during their winning streak.

According to StatMuse, a sports analytics website, the Wizards averaged 32.2 assists per contest during their five-game winning streak, which would be the best mark by any team this season.

With the ball supposedly moving better, and players being outspoken about the team’s success without Wall, trade rumors immediately came to light. Oddly enough, some Washington fans were all for a potential trade.

John Wall then went on NBC Sports Wizards to talk about his teammates and Washington fans criticizing him, and the outcome wasn’t pretty.

On SportsCenter, Wall called out Gortat’s comments by saying the Wizard big man gets “the most spoon-fed baskets” because of him.

Washington fans better be careful what they wish for… A trade demand to New Orleans for a Wall/Davis/Cousins big three looks pretty spectacular…

BBNBA: Randle’s Hot Shooting takes down Suns

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Julius Randle’s hot shooting helped lead the Lakers to a win over a Devin Booker-less Phoenix Suns. Booker sat out yesterday’s game with a hip injury that he called “very painful.” There is no timetable on when Booker might return. Eric Bledsoe also had a good game, as he finished with the most points out of any BBNBA member from last night.

In other news, Enes Kanter continues to put up large rebounding numbers by pulling down 16 boards and adding 19 points. The rough news for Knicks’ fans last night was that Kristaps Porzingas tore his left ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Here are your complete stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Andrew Harrison108-82 L vs. Atl93-7 (1-1)14004-524
Eric Bledsoe103-89 W vs. NY237-11 (2-6)58102+3129
Enes Kanter103-89 L vs. Mil198-15161104-2532
Jodie Meeks115-102 L vs. Phi00-3 (0-2)01001-15
Patrick Patterson125-105 W vs. GS41-6 (0-3)41300+1230
Dakari Johnson125-105 W vs. GS00-000000-23
Devin BookerDNP- Hip Injury---------
Tyler Ulis112-93 L vs. LAL84-11 (0-3)17003-230
Julius Randle113-93 W vs. Phx219-1385013+1227

Here are your highlights from Julius

Highlights from Bledsoe

Ulis with the DISH

Today’s Games

  • Nets at Pistons- 7pm
  • Rockets at Heat (Adebayo) 7:30pm
  • Timberwolves (Towns) at Cavaliers- 8pm (ESPN)
  • Jazz at Grizzlies (Harrison) 8pm
  • Pacers (Poythress) at Pelicans (Davis, Rondo, Liggins and Miller) 8pm
  • Spurs at Suns (Booker and Ulis) 10:30 (ESPN)

eRupption Zone to sport headbands for DeMarcus Cousins tonight

Photo via UK Athletics

DeMarcus Cousins is on the mend after undergoing surgery on his Achilles last week, and tonight, Kentucky’s eRupption Zone will sport headbands to show support for the beloved former Cat:

Last Tuesday, UK asked fans to sign a card for DeMarcus, who is expected to miss six to ten months:

After his surgery last week, he posted a recovery picture on social media, promising his fans “The Resurgence” has begun:

DeMarcus Cousins shares “resurgence” recovery picture

Get well soon, Boogie.

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 5:   Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

BBNBA: Adebayo’s Double-Double and Fox’s Injury

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 5: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)


Bam Adebayo had one of the best games of his young NBA career, posting 18 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Adebayo had a couple of impressive dunks, one of which is making it rounds on the Twitter and can be found just a few scrolls down.

De’Aaron Fox finished with five points in 17 minutes before leaving the game in the third quarter. Fox sprained his left ankle during the Sacramento Kings’ 21-point comeback win against the Chicago Bulls and initial X-rays came back negative. The Kings do not play again until Friday and Fox will undergo more tests until then to discover the exact severity of his injury.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 18 points while shooting a surprising 4-6 from three in a loss for the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis added in 15 points while DeAndre Liggins scored four points in his first game back in New Orleans after signing a two-year contract on Monday. The Pelicans have now dropped four of their last five games since the injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

Check out the rest of the stats below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)121-104 W vs. CHA187-15 (4-8)47202+1332
Rajon Rondo (NOP)109-133 L vs. UTA187-13 (4-6)38103-1930
Anthony Davis (NOP)109-133 L vs. UTA15 6-16 (0-2)113135-1134
Bam Adebayo (MIA)109-111 L vs. ORL186-13 (0-2)101120-726
Trey Lyles (DEN)121-104 W vs. CHA114-8 (2-4)71010-224
Jodie Meeks (WAS)111-102 W @ IND104-6 (2-4)03001-5+11
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)104-98 W vs. CHI73-7 (0-0)61001+716
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)
104-98 W vs. CHI52-7 (0-1)22002-616
DeAndre Liggins (NOP)109-133 L vs. UTA42-2 (0-0)10210-813
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)104-121 L @ DEN21-3 (0-0)32001-2128
Darius Miller (NOP)109-133 L vs. UTA21-3 (0-0)14100+419
Malik Monk (CHA)104-121 L @ DEN00-2 (0-1)00100-23
Alex Poythress (IND)102-111 L vs. WASDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (SAC)104-98 W vs. CHIDNP-Shoulder----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP)109-133 L vs. UTADNP-Achillies----------------
John Wall (WAS)111-102 W @ INDDNP-Knee----------------
Nerlens Noel (DAL)101-104 L @ LACDNP-Thumb----------------


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Tonight in the NBA

7:00: Cavaliers @ Magic

7:30: Celtics @ Raptors

7:30: Grizzlies (An. Harrison) @ Hawks

7:30: Rockets @ Nets

7:30: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Knicks (Kanter)

8:00 (TNT): Wizards (Meeks) @ Sixers

10:30 (TNT): Thunder (Patterson, Johnson) @ Warriors

10:30: Suns (Booker, Ulis) @ Lakers (Randle)

Player to watch

Tonight’s player to watch is Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is coming off a 28 point, four rebound, six assist performance against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and he’ll look to put up similar numbers as he takes a short trip to play the New York Knicks. The Knicks play three different point guards who will all give Bledsoe different looks, but it’s nothing he can’t deal with as the superior point guard among both teams. The Bucks will hope to avenge their previous loss to the Knicks on Feb. 2, where Bledsoe scored only seven points despite earning the win.

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