Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 05th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
When Michael Kidd-Gilchrist entered the league, the one knock on him was that he struggled as a shooter. He thrived everywhere else, but after shooting roughly 25% from three at Kentucky, it was evident a change would be necessary when he got to the NBA.
After an effort to “fix” his jumper, things just got worse. Images and video of his elbow-in, contorted-body, facing-the-wrong-direction jumper went viral, and it completely wrecked his confidence shooting the ball.
— Petee (@Somewhere202) February 16, 2014
He took just nine attempts from beyond the arc as a rookie, and then nine again in his second year. He made three total three-pointers in two seasons.
Back in the 2014-15 NBA offseason, the former Wildcat spent the entire summer on a “shot reconstruction” in an effort to turn a broken jump shot into one that would at least keep defenders honest.
The following year, MKG finished the season with a career-high in points at 12.7 per game, and shot 43% from beyond the arc. His confidence was high, and he was letting his shot fly. It looked like a player with so much promise coming out of college was finally blossoming into what we all thought he could be.
Here was the improved jumper:
After suffering various injuries the next two years, specifically with his shoulder, the Charlotte small forward reverted back to his old habits.
Tonight, MKG was recorded shooting during pregame warmups, and his jumper looks… bad.
My wrist hurts watching MKG’s mechanics. pic.twitter.com/Z5VgFuiknO
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) February 5, 2018
This season, Kidd-Gilchrist has taken just two three-pointers for the Charlotte Hornets, with neither shot falling. He has managed 10.2 points and nearly five rebounds per contest, shooting roughly 52% from the field. He has thrived elsewhere, but his limited jumper has held him back from reaching anywhere near his full potential.
At 24-years old, there’s still a lot of time to get things fixed, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be in Charlotte.
The Hornets have reportedly placed MKG, along with Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, and Nicolas Batum, on the trading block, as the team is looking to rebuild this offseason. The trade deadline is this Thursday, but if a deal for the former Wildcat isn’t found by then, it’s likely he’ll be moved this offseason.
If he does end up getting traded, and even if he doesn’t, can someone PLEASE find him a new shooting coach.
Your BBNBA spotlight performance goes to Eric Bledsoe, who scored 28 points to help the Bucks defeat the Nets. In other BBNBA news, Andrew Harrison scored 16 points in Memphis’ loss to Toronto. Harrison has now scored in double figures in five straight games, which is a new career long.
Enes Kanter scored 10 points and brought down 12 rebounds in the Knicks loss to the Hawks. Devin Booker’s 18 points was not enough as the Suns fell to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Charlotte Hornets. Malik Monk and Dakari Johnson both did not play yesterday for their respective teams. Here are your complete stats:
|Eric Bledsoe||109-94 W vs. Bkn||28||12-20 (3-8)||4||6||1||0||4||+20||32|
|Enes Kanter||99-96 L vs. Atl||10||5-10||12||3||0||0||3||+2||26|
|Andrew Harrison||101-86 L vs. Tor||16||6-12 (2-5)||4||3||0||1||0||-5||31|
|Julius Randle||108-104 W vs. Okc||16||7-15 (1-2)||6||4||1||1||4||+7||33|
|Patrick Patterson||108-104 L vs. LAL||3||1-3 (1-2)||0||1||0||0||0||+4||12|
|Dakari Johnson||DNP- Coach's Decision||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||115-110 W vs. Phx||8||3-7||7||2||1||0||0||+8||34|
|Malik Monk||DNP- Coach's Decision||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Devin Booker||115-110 L vs. Cha||18||7-14 (4-5)||5||9||0||0||3||+1||31|
|Tyler Ulis||115-110 L vs. Cha||2||1-4 (0-1)||0||4||1||0||1||-6||17|
Have a day Eric Bledsoe
The best from Eric Bledsoe in today’s WIN over Brooklyn:
28 PTS | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL pic.twitter.com/W7PZEBn3LG
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2018
This pass from Ulis…
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) February 4, 2018
Andrew with the NO look pass
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 4, 2018
- Trail Blazers at Pistons- 7pm NBATV
- Wizards (Meeks) at Pacers (Poythress)– 7pm
- Magic at Heat (Adebayo)– 7:30pm
- Jazz at Pelicans (Davis, Cousins, Liggins, Miller and Rondo)– 8pm NBATV
- Hornets (MKG and Monk) at Nuggets (Lyles and Murray)– 9pm
- Bulls at Kings (Fox, Labissiere, and Cauley-Stein)– 10pm
- Mavericks at Clippers- 10:30pm NBATV
By Eli Mitchell on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
With the all-star break quickly approaching the Memphis Grizzlies season has gone less than expected. Sitting at 12th place in the Western Conference with a record of 18-34 to go along with a season-ending injury to All-Star guard Mike Conley the Grizzlies don’t have much to play for.
One silver lining to a lost season comes in the form of extended playing time for the Grizzlies young players, Andrew Harrison, Dillion Brooks, and Ivan Rabb in particular.
The former Kentucky point guard has turned it up in recent weeks, beginning the month of February with two good games against the Pistons and Raptors averaging 18 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in those contests.
Harrison’s play against the Pistons earned himself the Grizzlies #TrophyGame award:
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 2, 2018
Harrison has consistently averaged over 20 minutes a game this season but that number will continue to grow as Harrison has begun playing over 30 minutes a night.
It’s great to see a former Cat fight through adversity to achieve their dreams, keep it up Andrew!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
The BBNBA is at it again.
After his second ten-day contract with the team expired two weeks ago, DeAndre Liggins has signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
New Orleans is bringing back guard DeAndre Liggins on a two-year deal, league sources tell ESPN. His time on a 10-day contract with Pels recently ended. Liggins has shown himself to be a strong perimeter defender.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2018
Liggins joins Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and Darius Miller as former Wildcats on the Pelican roster.
Terrence Jones had an agreement with the Pelicans on Friday night, but that deal immediately fell through as the team wanted to keep flexibility at the trade deadline. Just a few hours later, New Orleans reached an agreement with 35-year old Emeka Okafor, who hasn’t played an NBA game in five years.
We were this close to having a record six Wildcats on the same roster. This close.
I guess I’ll be alright with five for now.
Congratulations to DeAndre on locking up a deal!
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Anthony Davis continues to carry his New Orleans Pelicans squad in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. In a losing effort to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Davis dropped 38 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Since Boogie went out, Davis is averaging 32.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. The loss to Minnesota puts the team at 1-3 since the injury to the All-Star, but with a big win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the Timberwolves burst out of the starting gate with a 22-6 run, Davis’ 19 first-quarter points prevented the game from getting too out of hand early.
On the flip side of the game, Karl-Anthony Towns added to his league-leading double-double mark, dropping a cool 22 points and 16 rebounds, his 47th double-double this season.
The two Wildcats in Denver, Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles, both scored 15 points in an enormous win over the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets now have back-to-back wins against the Thunder and Warriors and are starting to look really good as a team.
Down in Sacramento, Willie Cauley-Stein recorded 14 points and eight rebounds while De’Aaron Fox had 15 points and four assists in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||107-118 L @ MIN||38||16-30 (1-4)||9||1||2||1||2||-4||36|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||118-107 W vs. NOP||22||8-16 (3-3)||16||1||1||0||1||+14||32|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||115-108 W vs. GSW||15||4-9 (0-2)||4||2||1||0||1||0||27|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||115-108 W vs. GSW||15||5-10 (1-4)||10||3||0||0||0||+8||25|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||99-106 L vs. DAL||15||7-13 (0-3)||1||4||3||0||2||+6||35|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||99-106 L vs. DAL||14||7-12 (0-0)||8||1||2||1||2||-2||31|
|Rajon Rondo (NOP)||107-118 L @ MIN||9||4-6 (1-2)||3||3||0||0||0||-15||20|
|Jodie Meeks (WAS)||115-98 W @ ORL||6||2-5 (0-3)||1||2||0||1||0||-4||15|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||107-118 L @ MIN||5||2-4 (1-3)||2||0||0||2||1||+6||22|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||107-111 L @ DET||4||2-5 (0-0)||5||0||0||1||0||-11||23|
|John Wall (WAS)||115-98 W @ ORL||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||99-106 L vs. DAL||DNP-Shoulder||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Nerlens Noel (DAL)||106-99 W @ SAC||DNP-Hand||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|James Young (PHI)||92-100 L @ IND||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (IND)||100-92 W vs. PHI||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
This next one isn’t technically a highlight, but there is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than watching players or coaches sync up perfectly. Here are Jamal Murray and his head coach, Mike Malone.
From reddit – Another NBA in sync. Michael Malone and Jamal Murray pic.twitter.com/8f3NfwuGmN
— Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) February 4, 2018
Keeping Up With The Canadians ??
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) February 4, 2018
Today in the NBA
12:00: Trail Blazers @ Celtics
12:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Nets
12:00: Hawks @ Knicks (Kanter)
12:00: Grizzlies (An. Harrison) @ Raptors
2:00 (ABC): Lakers (Randle) @ Thunder (Patterson, Johnson)
3:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Suns (Bledsoe, Ulis)
Player to watch
Sunday will be an early day in the NBA, with no games starting after 3 p.m. Apparently there’s a football game or something like that which comes on after. Today’s player to watch is Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison. Harrison has taken on prominent minutes ever since the injury this seasons to star point guard Mike Conley. Harrison has had a solid start to the new year and played even better in his last four games, in which he’s averaged 13.5 points and 5.8 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. In a matchup against the Toronto Raptors, Harrison will have his hands full dealing with All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
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By Drew Franklin on ©February 03rd, 2018 @ 6:02pm
Patrick Patterson must’ve been watching when Kentucky fell to Missouri on the road today. The Oklahoma City Thunder star tweeted, “I would be utterly thrilled if everyone of the kids came back next year,” obviously talking about his alma mater’s current roster of players.
I would be utterly thrilled if eveyone of these kids came back next year. #bbn
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) February 3, 2018
I don’t disagree with Patterson, but it’s not going to happen. Kevin Knox is 100 percent gone to the NBA this summer and Hamidou Diallo is right up there with him, I’d say in the 95.5 percent range.
But everyone else, maybe?
Anthony Davis and Devin Booker spent their Friday night breaking franchise records.
Booker’s Suns lost to Utah, but he set a franchise record for most consecutive free throws made. The 89 percent free throw shooter has made 60 straight from the charity stripe. He was 4-for-4 from the line, but it didn’t translate very well. He made just 7-of-24 shots and finished with 17 points in the loss.
While New Orleans was making moves in the front office, Anthony Davis was positing stupid stats in Oklahoma City. Davis had 43 points and 10 rebounds in the 114-100 win. Before the night ended he became the Pelicans all-time leading scorer with more than 8,691 points. “All with one eyebrow!” John Calipari congratulated him on Twitter.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 3, 2018
Darius Miller made three three-pointers to finish with 11 points. Rajon Rondo only scored 7 points, but he grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 13 assists.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 3, 2018
In Brooklyn, Julius Randle was charged with first degree murder for ending Jahlil Okafor’s life.
Julius Randle throws it DOWN on Jahlil Okafor! pic.twitter.com/TfJzrI00Pt
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 3, 2018
Randle finished the night with a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double. Randle did Okafor dirty, but it’s nothing compared to what Bam Adebayo did to Joel Embiid, who is now searching for a new process to trust.
15 points. 13 rebounds. 6 assists. 0 turnovers.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 3, 2018
Adebayo posted a stat line no person under 21 has ever posted: 15 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 0 turnovers.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 02nd, 2018 @ 10:00pm
We’re less than a week away from the NBA trade deadline, and several former Wildcats are being included in trade rumors and conversations.
On Wednesday night, news broke that the Charlotte Hornets may be shopping Malik Monk not even a year into his NBA career. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is also reportedly on the trade block for the Hornets, as well.
The most recent trade talks, however, are centered around Julius Randle, Skal Labissiere, and Nerlens Noel.
With the Los Angeles Lakers looking to clear max cap space for this summer’s stacked free agency class, Julius Randle’s name has been brought up frequently in discussions. The front office has openly talked about the former Wildcat forward not being in their future plans, and as a result, a mutual breakup will likely come sooner rather than later.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne of ESPN has reported that several NBA teams have offered a first-round draft pick for Randle, and that could be enough for the Lakers to send him packing.
“From what I understand they’ve had offers for Randle and Clarkson,” said Shelburne. “They’ve had offers where they could potentially get a first round pick back.”
Last week, it was reported the Sacramento Kings were open to trading Skal Labissiere, and may make that happen to help finish a trade sending George Hill to Cleveland for Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert. The Kings are reportedly looking for draft picks in return for the 21-year old big man.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Dallas Mavericks are extremely interested in bringing in both Randle and Labissiere.
The talk of the Kings looking at moving Skal Labissière and Malachi Richardson continues to circulate. Sources close to the situation have been saying for a week or so that the Kings would cash out some of their youth for quality first round picks. It’s unclear if that’s going to surface for the Kings, but they are looking at options.
The Dallas Mavericks continue to pop up with regards to Labissière, although Mavericks sources said they value first round picks too greatly to pull the trigger. Those same sources pegged Lakers forward Julius Randle as a preferred target and where the Mavs will likely focus efforts in the coming days. Labissière could become a bigger option if the Lakers continue to not engage on the idea.
Back in December, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers and Mavericks had deep discussions on a potential swap of Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel, but the deal fell through. Dallas could certainly go back to this deal if they are adamant about landing Randle, but would likely have to throw in more to the pot since Noel’s trade value has diminished greatly.
At least one NBA source believes Noel’s trade value is actually at “zero” right now, and the Mavericks may wait until the summer to get some kind of value for him.
Regarding a #Mavs Nerlens Noel 'just-get-him-outta-here' trade: His value is at zero. Smarter move, if no value is gettable before Feb. 8, is to take another stab on July 1 via S&T.
— mike fisher ? (@fishsports) February 2, 2018
Noel has played in just 18 games this season, and recently had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. His timetable for a return is unknown at this point, as the Mavericks are reportedly in no rush to bring him back. Whether it be at the trade deadline or this offseason via free agency, Noel will almost certainly end up in another jersey.
Could one or both of Labissiere and Randle end up in Dallas? Will the Lakers, or anyone for that matter, take a chance on Noel? Will Malik Monk or MKG get traded from Charlotte?
Be prepared for a wild trade deadline, BBN.
During his time at Kentucky, Jamal Murray could turn into a one-man wrecking crew with the snap of a finger. He was a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any given time. If he wanted to take over a game, there wasn’t anything the opposition could do to stop him.
His flawless jump shot and uncanny ability to contort his body like an Olympic gymnast to fire up – and hit – a shot that had absolutely no business whatsoever of going in, is what made him a legend during his one season in Lexington.
Despite not having a true position on the court (He isn’t a prototypical point guard and not big enough to be a shooting guard), Murray came into the NBA with one proven identity. He gets buckets.
Murray was the seventh overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 draft, being placed next to Gary Harris and Emmanuel Mudiay with the organization hoping that at least two of the three would turn into their backcourt of the future. Fast forward just a year and a half later and the Nuggets already have their answer. Harris is their two-guard, who can play both sides of the ball and make monumental plays such as this one. While Murray is their point guard in the body of a combo-guard.
Murray’s natural position isn’t point guard – and unless Emmanuel Mudiay can play consistent and turnover-free basketball, it will be Murray’s job to run the team for the foreseeable future. However, Murray has earned his spot. He’s currently one of the most valuable assets in the entire NBA in terms of production, age, and contract. He’s a coveted piece that will surely garner some trade discussions as the Nuggets plan for the future. 23-year old Gary Harris might be a better overall player than Murray as of right now, but he sure isn’t more valuable. You don’t find 20-year old scorers such as Murray too often (unless we’re talking about Devin Booker) and when you do, they’re someone you immediately build a future around.
Here’s a neat little stat to build the hype even more.
After tonight’s game, Jamal Murray is slashing 45.5 FG% / 38.1 3P% / 93.1 FT%.
Only one player in NBA history has done that in their 1st or 2nd season. pic.twitter.com/vtPpovtdrA
— Ryan Blackburn (@NBABlackburn) February 2, 2018
Murray has had an excellent second season, refusing to fall subject to the infamous “sophomore slump”. Instead of hitting a wall, Murray has hit his stride.
His game on Thursday night was the culmination of his season thus far. Murray scored 33 points, his second-highest mark this season, to go along with three rebounds and five assists (with only one turnover) as the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to a Gary Harris game-winner. It was a huge win for Denver, who is teetering on the edge of the playoffs, and while Harris’ shot will receive some well-deserved credit, Murray was the real reason Denver had a chance to win that game.
This season, Murray is averaging 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three, and 93.1 percent from the free throw line. All impressive improvements from his rookie season, but the first month of 2018 brought out an even deadlier – and somehow more efficient – Jamal Murray.
Since the new year began, Murray is averaging 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting (and this is where it gets exciting) 48.1 percent from the field, 44.2 (FORTY-FOUR POINT TWO) percent from three, and 95.1 (NINETY-FREAKING-FIVE POINT ONE) percent from the free throw line.
Murray has been hotter than molten lava shooting out of a volcano directly into the sun. He’s embarrassing defenders, scoring from anywhere he wants to on the court, and putting up 30-point games like he’s, well, Devin Booker.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 2, 2018
? JAMAL MURRAY IS NOT JUST A SHOOTER
AND-1 SLAM pic.twitter.com/iCEnwsDClJ
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 20, 2018
It was Jamal Murray’s night in Denver
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 23, 2018
OHHH JAMAL MURRAY ? pic.twitter.com/tEAhMqBXSz
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 20, 2018
Andre Iguodala had to sit and think about this move from Jamal Murray ? pic.twitter.com/J7ecFS4LKw
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 9, 2018
(All of the videos above happened in the last month)
Murray is a top-tier shooter, we already know this. His seven games of at least 30 points this season (three of which have come since Jan. 1) and advanced stats tell us everything. He shoots in the 90.4 percentile on spot-up jumpers and his 68.1 effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoot opportunities is better than Paul George and teammate Gary Harris. But what we’re seeing more and more from Murray is his ability to make plays for others. Playing with a seven-foot elite playmaker such as Nikola Jokic has apparently rubbed off on him. Not only is he dishing out dimes, he’s a high-level rebounder for someone his size.
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 2, 2018
Jamal Murray ? Mason Plumlee
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 30, 2018
In the ever-transforming NBA, where positions are becoming more and more meaningless, Murray has found his spot. He’s not a point guard. He’s not a shooting guard. He’s impossible to guard, and it doesn’t matter where he’s at on the court. If the ball is in his hands, he is set out to score. And score, and score, and score some more.
Murray is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Not only can he drop 10 points in a matter of minutes, but he has fun while doing it. His signature “Blue-Arrow” celebration has followed him to Denver and he’s been raining down shots all season. He’s the first player to pound his fists in the air after a big bucket, even if he wasn’t the one who hit it. He shows incredible heart and simply wants to win more than anything.
“I’ve been working for this. I come from a small city in Canada, trying to get my looks, trying to get my attention.
All I can do is break more ankles and score more points to do that. I ain’t stopping, and I don’t see nobody stopping me either.”
– Jamal Murray, 20 years old. pic.twitter.com/1YkYuLlJBj
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 2, 2018
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 02nd, 2018 @ 7:30pm
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a 10-day contract with Terrence Jones. This will be Jones’ return to New Orleans, as he last played in the NBA during the 2016-17 season with the Pelicans and also with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jones began the 2016-17 season with the Pelicans before being waived and picked up by the Bucks. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in 54 games last season. With the addition of Jones, the Pelicans now have five former Kentucky players on the same roster, the most of any team in the NBA.
Jones will add another big man to the Pelicans rotation after losing DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury. The Pelicans also traded with the Chicago Bulls to acquire forward Nikola Mirotic.
For his career, Jones averages 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds.
UPDATE: The Pelicans have decided to not sign Terrence Jones
Sources: New Orleans has changed course on deal with Jones and won’t complete it, and will leave roster spots open for now. https://t.co/81qH9kcGLB
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2018
By Brett Bibbins on ©February 02nd, 2018 @ 1:30pm
In a high scoring affair between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Nuggets were letting it fly from behind the three point line, attempting a huge total of 37 threes. The hot shooting from Denver developed a large lead through 3 quarters, but the Thunder battled back to tie the game with 1.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter on a Paul George contested 3. The Nuggets got the last laugh though, as a broken inbounds play led to a wide open Gary Harris three to win at the buzzer.
Murray was huge in the final quarter, finishing with 33 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, while hitting 5 of 8 threes on the night.
Oh no, Steven Adams pic.twitter.com/GGeHMDpp5P
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 2, 2018
|Jamal Murray||127-124 win over Thunder||33||14-23 (5-8)||3||5||0||0||1||34|
|Trey Lyles||127-124 win over Thunder||3||1-7 (0-4)||4||2||0||3||2||15|
|Patrick Patterson||127-124 loss to Nuggets||6||3-5 (0-2)||2||0||0||1||0||15|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||108-89 win over Bucks||24||10-13 (1-2)||11||3||0||0||2||33|
|Andrew Harrison||104-102 loss to Pistons||18||6-14 (1-5)||4||8||1||0||2||34|
|Jodie Meeks||122-119 win over Raptors||10||3-5 (2-4)||1||0||0||0||0||9|
Let us not forget that this began with a behind-the-back pass. pic.twitter.com/nQ403tMcr0
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 2, 2018
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 2, 2018
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 2, 2018
- Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress) at Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 7pm ET
- Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm ET
- Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle) at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
- Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
- Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) at Philadelphia 76ers, 8pm ET on ESPN
- New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe), 8pm ET
- New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Darius Miller, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Liggins) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson), 9pm ET
- Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis), 9pm ET
- Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere), 10:30pm ET on ESPN
Bad news comes in threes. That’s the case for Kentucky’s NBA Cats over the last week.
DeMarcus Cousins’ season ended Friday night after he tore his Achilles. Just days later John Wall went under the needle to “clean up” an injured knee. That injury will keep him out of basketball for 6-8 weeks. Now Skal Labissiere will will miss some significant time. The good news: it’s not the worst injury.
A shoulder strain has hobbled Skal since mid-January. After further evaluation he’ll sit out 2-3 weeks. It’s just another chapter to Skal’s up-and-down second NBA season. He’s spent time in the G-League, and he’s started 18 games for the Kings. Hopefully Labissiere’s weird year ends on a high note.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 01st, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Get ready to watch two more Cats during NBA All-Star Weekend. Tonight, the league announced that Devin Booker will participate in the Three-Point Contest and Jamal Murray will compete in the Skills Challenge. Both events will take place during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on February 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
This will be Booker’s second time competing in the Three-Point Contest after advancing to the championship round in 2016 as a rookie. He’ll go up against last year’s winner Eric Gordon of Houston, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Miami’s Wayne Ellington, Oklahoma City’s Paul George, LA’s Tobias Harris, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Golden State’s Klay Thompson.
In the Skills Challenge, Murray will go up against defending champion and 2018 NBA All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks), All-Star centers Joel Embiid (76ers) and Al Horford (Celtics), guard Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets), forward Lauri Markkanen (Bulls), guard Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), and guard Lou Williams (LA Clippers). On Friday night, he’ll also participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, an event in which he won MVP honors last year.
Of course, Anthony Davis and Karl Towns will be playing in the main event Sunday night, meaning that on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can watch former Cats in the league’s premiere event. Not too shabby.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 01st, 2018 @ 7:23pm
After rupturing his Achilles almost a week ago, DeMarcus Cousins underwent successful surgery yesterday in Los Angeles. This afternoon, Boogie posted a recovery pic assuring fans the “resurgence” has begun:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) February 1, 2018
The Pelicans released a statement saying the surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles, California.
“DeMarcus’ surgery went very well,” Ferkel said in a statement. “I expect he will have a full recovery and be able to return to basketball after an intensive rehabilitation program.”
The Pelicans have not released a timeline for Boogie’s return to the basketball court, but ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski estimates that it could take anywhere from six to ten months. Yesterday, Boogie broke the silence, thanking fans for their support:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) January 30, 2018
Get well soon, Boogie.
By Nick Roush on ©February 01st, 2018 @ 2:30pm
We’ve seen Karl-Anthony Towns make threes, block shots and create poster-worthy dunks. Thanks to Minnesota fans, we now get to see what the Big KAT would look like as pure ice.
In the middle of a week-long Super Bowl LII party in Minneapolis, ice sculptures of Timberwolves have been constructed. Standing most prominently is a life-sized sculpture of the former Kentucky Wildcat. Towns posted pictures with the sculpture on Snapchat.
It’s hard to notice the details in the close-up of Karl’s face, but they definitely got his shoe size correct.
I think we can now safely say Towns has ice in his veins.