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BBNBA: Kidd-Glichrist scores 14 in win over Nets

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After 16 former Cats played Monday night, only Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was in action last night.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (111-107 win over Nets)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  7-12  0-0  0-0  3  4  7  2  0  1  0  2  +1  14

Suns’ GM: Devin Booker is the “Ringleader” in the Rebuild

No NBA roster has more former Wildcats than the Phoenix Suns.  Even though Eric Bledsoe is the only former Cat without Final Four experience, they are not seeing similar success at the professional level.  Only the Brooklyn Nets have a worse record than the Suns.

Committed to a rebuild with young talent and experienced vets, The Ringer profiled the Suns’ goals with their current roster.  At the center of it all is Devin Booker.  The organization’s first step: put Booker in uncomfortable situations:

(Suns GM Ryan) McDonough told me that during predraft workouts, the Suns run prospects through drills that are designed to test skills they might be uncomfortable with. For Booker, it was ballhandling. He’s pretty comfortable now. This season, his most-used play is the pick-and-roll, and while he isn’t particularly efficient, scoring just 0.77 points per possession, he is getting reps. “You can’t ask him to be great without first giving him the opportunity to fail,” said (coach Earl) Watson. The Suns are developing Booker into a combo guard by giving him the freedom to experiment.

Of course, the article had to provide some of context by discussing his experience with the Wildcats:

After being used almost exclusively as a spot-up shooter as a freshman at Kentucky, Booker has expanded his game with the Suns, logging the 27th-most pick-and-roll possessions in the NBA. Booker seldom ran pick-and-rolls with the Wildcats, playing more of a Kyle Korver role in John Calipari’s offense, running off screens and spacing the floor, making his NBA career something like an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist. Booker isn’t surprised, though. “That was how I was playing a lot of my life until I got to Kentucky,” he said. Booker was one of a record-tying six Kentucky players drafted in 2015. “If you just go off college, you’d think Karl Towns was a post-up player. … We all sacrificed and it worked out well for us.”

Described as an “All-Star in the making,” Booker will be in Phoenix for the foreseeable future.  But what about Eric Bledsoe?  The combo guard is currently Phoenix’s most valuable trade asset.

Bledsoe, 27, is the only player on the team older than 25 and younger than 30, which puts him in limbo on this particular roster. He’s the avatar of the Suns’ organizational dilemma. While Bledsoe is currently the team’s most consistent performer and a stabilizing force, he’s also the best trade asset (aside from the picks and the youth) McDonough has. You could position him as free-agent bait, but is anyone coming to Phoenix due to Bledsoe? He is signed for a bargain contract of $15 million through 2019, so a pseudo-contender with fantasies of making a playoff push, maybe one with a first-round pick in the loaded 2017 draft, could make a deal for him.

 The article is the most in-depth feature you’ll find on the Suns Kentucky West.  It’s worth a read to see where all of the Wildcats stand and how they can find success in the future.

[The Ringer]


BBNBA: Busy Day in the NBA for Former Cats

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (111-106 win over Suns)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 40  12-21  1-2  9-11  2  7  9  1  2  5  2  3  +13  34

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (111-106 win over Suns)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 24  2-8  0-1  1-2  0  9  9  0  2  0  1  6  +1  5

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (115-113 loss to Heat)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
38  13-20  2-3  7-10  4 4 8 0 2 1 2 4 -4 35

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (121-107 win over Knicks)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 17  7-14  0-0  0-0  2  0  2  2  0  1  0  6  +6  14

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Kings’ GM says Boogie is Staying in Sacramento

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Just over two weeks away from the NBA trade deadline, speculation surrounding Boogie’s future in Sacramento (or lack thereof) has spread across the country.  Some of those rumors are enticing for UK fans, like bringing Boogie to Phoenix, but Kings’ General Manager Vlade Divac said Cousins will stay in Sacramento.

“We’re not trading DeMarcus,” Divac told ESPN. “We hope he’s here for a long time.”

Instead, Cousins will get a paycheck worth approximately $219 million to stay in Sacramento for five more years.  Even though he’s never been to the playoffs in six seasons, Cousins still wants to be a King.  For more than $40 million a year, I can’t say I blame him.

[ESPN]


Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress named to D-League All-Star Game

Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress named to D-League All-Star Game

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Congratulations to Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress, who were named NBA D-League All-Stars this afternoon. The two will play in the D-League All-Star Game in New Orleans February 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBATV. Dakari, who is in his second season with the Oklahoma City Blue, was also named D-League Player of the Week. He’s currently averaging 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks. Meanwhile, Poythress, who is with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, is averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.6 blocks.

John Calipari tweeted his congratulations minutes ago:

If you’re keeping score at home, Kentucky will now have nine players involved in NBA All-Star Weekend, which takes February 17-19 in Nawlins:

  • Rising Stars Challenge (Friday, 9 p.m.): Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles
  • D-League All-Star Game (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.): Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress
  • Skills Challenge (Saturday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Devin Booker
  • All-Star Game (Sunday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis (starter), DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall

Let’s celebrate with some of Dakari and Alex’s recent highlights:


Karl Towns takes a stand against sexism in new The Player’s Tribune video

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Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

As if we didn’t love Karl Towns enough already, this video from The Player’s Tribune just gives us another reason.

“The last time I checked the heart was the strongest muscle in the body, not the bicep.”

For a guy with a big platform, he’s definitely using it the right way. I doubt there’s a NBA player with a bigger heart than Karl Towns.


Nazr Mohammed not sticking to sports in blog post about the immigration ban

Nazr Mohammed not sticking to sports in blog post about the immigration ban

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If you know me, you know Nazr Mohammed’s one of my favorite Kentucky players of all time. Not only did Nazr end up having one of the longest and most surprising NBA careers in UK history, he’s a thoughtful, passionate guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. This week, Mohammed — who was born in Chicago, but is the son of immigrants from Ghana — refused to stick to sports and spoke out against President Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States by refugees, migrants and foreign nationals from seven mostly-Muslim countries. It all started with this tweet:

Nazr received so much backlash from that tweet that he penned an article on his blog to clarify his thoughts on the matter. In the piece, Mohammed attempts to explain his Muslim faith, which he says is more often than not misunderstood.

My name is Nazr Tahiru Mohammed. I am a 1st generation AMERICAN born in Chicago to 2 Muslim Ghanaian immigrants. That means I am an African (no Hyphen) American (born in Chicago) Muslim (practicing Islam with no affiliation with the Nation of Islam but I do consider them brothers and sisters) Black Man (English is the only language I speak). I was told by so many people thru social media the last few days to “Go back to your country” that I feel that I needed to clear things up (smh). Home for me usually means Chicago with Kentucky being my 2nd home. Though visiting Ghana for the second time in my life is also in the plans but it’s still hard for me to call that home. Being a part of these different communities has shaped me and molded me into the person I am today. It’s made me focus on the similarities of various religions instead of their differences. Islam has taught me the importance of faith, prayer, charity, discipline and diversity. And these pillars can be found in most if not all religions.

Nazr goes on to explain his concerns with the immigrant ban and the hatred spewing across social media over politics in recent months.

I’m an optimist by nature and I will keep President Trump and those of you who disagree with my religion and political views in my prayers. I still believe in the power and respect that the Presidential Office deserves, even during this presidency. So I will continue my practice of not publicly insulting it but I do plan to voice my opinions of any unfair- current or future policies. I hate that for the first time in my life I began to understand the sentiments of a person who says “You’re either with me or against me” type of person. I have always been a person who could handle people having different points of views than me and I’m trying to get back to that. But I can’t sit quietly as I have in the past without expressing my disappointment, sadness or anger.

Regardless of what side you’re on, this is an interesting, thought-provoking essay from a former Cat that deserves some of your time (and understanding) today.

[Nazr Mohammed: Religion or Politics: Pick One]


@WashWizards

BBNBA: Wall’s Wizards pick up win over Randle’s Lakers

 

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On Wednesday night, there were 16 former Kentucky Wildcats suiting up for NBA teams on an extremely busy night of basketball action. Last night, not so much. Only four games were scheduled in the NBA last night, with only 3 former Cats taking the court. John Wall, Julius Randle, and Nerlens Noel all had games last night, but unfortunately, only Wall was able to have a real impact on a game. Randle only played 6 minutes in his first game back from pneumonia, and Noel sat out the entire game with an upper respiratory infection. Luckily for UK fans, Wall dominated his game and gave us something to be happy with.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (116-108 win over Lakers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 41 11-23  3-7  8-10 1  2  3  11  3  1  3  2  +8  33

One highlight wasn’t enough for John Wall last night, so the Wizards just put together his whole game for us.

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (116-108 loss to Wizards)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 6  1-4 0-0  0-0  1  1  2 0  0  0  1  1  -12  2

Only playing 6 minutes in his first action back after missing two games with pneumonia, Randle didn’t have anything highlight worthy. However, Magic Johnson, who is now back with the Lakers and is involved “in all areas of basketball and business as an advisor”, had this to say about Randle last night.

 

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (102-86 loss to Spurs)

DNP – Upper Respiratory Infection

 


Here’s a sneak peak at tonight’s NBA lineup:

  • Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons, 7:30pm ET
  • Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm ET
  • Milwaukee Bucks at Denver Nuggets, 9pm ET
  • Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings, 10:30pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm ET on ESPN

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Former Cats Return to the NBA Skills Challenge

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Kentucky Wildcats will play a part in All-Star Saturday night, ensuring you will see an NBA Cat every evening of All-Star Weekend.

Four have been selected to participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.  Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will compete against two other posts, Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid, while John Wall and Devin Booker duel with Gordon Hayward and Isaiah Thomas.

Last year was the first time big men were featured in the Skills Challenge, and a Kentucky big man won: Karl-Anthony Towns.

Towns had an opportunity to defend his crown, but the Big KAT declined an invitation.  Booker finished third in last year’s three-point contest, but will not be featured this year, despite improving his three-point shooting percentage from 34 to 36 percent.

NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule for Former Cats

Rising Stars Challenge, 9:00 p.m. Friday

World Team: Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles

U.S. Team: Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns

Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 8:00 p.m. Saturday

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Devin Booker

All-Star Game, 8:00 p.m. Sunday

Western Conference: Anthony Davis (Starter), DeMarcus Cousins

Eastern Conference: John Wall

All-Star Weekend is February 17-19 in New Orleans.  All events are televised on TNT.  


Photo: Walter Cornett

BBNBA: Bledsoe goes for 41, Davis goes for 31

 

Photo: Walter Cornett

Photo: Walter Cornett

Just four days after setting a new career high in points with 41 against the Denver Nuggets, Eric Bledsoe went ahead and tied that mark last night against the Clippers. This was Bledsoe’s third 40-point game in the last 6 games. And across the country in Detroit, Anthony Davis scored 31 for the Pelicans in a loss to the Pistons. On top of all of that, there were a total of 16 former Cats who suited up for their respective squads last night. Crazy. Just another night in the NBA for former Kentucky Wildcats.

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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (124-114 loss to Clippers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 40  13-22  2-4  13-15  0  4  4 8  0  0 6  3  -10  41

These finishes in the lane have become second-nature to Eric Bledsoe.

Love seeing some Cat-on-Cat unselfishness.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (124-114 loss to Clippers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 35  7-18  1-3  5-5  2  2  4 6  0  1  1 3  -9  20

Love the chase down block here from Booker.

Stay hot Book, stay hot!

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Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (124-114 loss to Clippers)

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

 

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Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (124-114 loss to Clippers)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (118-98 loss to Pistons)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 41  13-24  0-1  5-6  2  10 12  2  2  4  5  3  -5  31

Love the Anthony Davis hashtag for being an All-Star

A rejection with authority for AD!

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (118-98 loss to Pistons)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 27  5-9  0-0  1-1  0  3  3  0  0  0 1  2  -10  11

 

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (125-97 loss to Cavaliers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 39 11-19 2-2  2-2  3  9  12  4  1  2  1  0  -18  26

A lot of emphatic blocks for former Cats last night, including this one from KAT.

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DeAndre Liggins, Cleveland Cavaliers (125-97 win over Timberwolves)

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

 

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (126-111 loss to Warriors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 23  4-11  0-0 0-0  1  8  9  1  0  0  1  1  -22 8

 

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (119-99 win over Nuggets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 21  2-6  2-3  2-4  0  0  0  6  2  0  0  3 +15  8

 

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Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (119-99 loss to Grizzlies)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 32  3-16  1-7  2-2  1  3  4  2  3  1  1  1 -11  9

Rough shooting night for Jamal, but nice finish here through the foul.

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (109-104 loss to Celtics)

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

 

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James Young, Boston Celtics (109-104 win over Raptors)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (113-95 loss to Mavericks)

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

 

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Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz (104-86 win over Bucks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 15  3-6  1-2  0-0 0  3  3  1 0  0  0  4  -5  7

 

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (128-100 win over Thunder)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 17  0-4  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  6  1  0  3  2  +7  0

 


Here’s a look at a much calmer night in the NBA tonight:

  • Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Wizards, 7pm ET
  • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET on TNT
  • Philadelphia 76ers at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm ET
  • Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm ET on TNT

@BrettBibbinsKSR


BBNBA: Signing Day Break

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (117-101 win over Knicks)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 34  6-18  1-2  2-3  2  2  4  13  0  0  2  2  +22  15

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Terrance Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (108-106 loss to Raptors)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 34  6-14  0-1  0-1  2  2  4  4  3  1  0  2  +12  12

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (102-95 win over Pacers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 41  4-18  0-1  10-12  3  14  17  3  1  3  0  2  -9  18

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (108-106 win over Pelicans)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 35  4-8  2-5  0-0  0  7  7  1  0  1  3  2  +21  10

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Is Phoenix going after DeMarcus Cousins?

Is Phoenix going after DeMarcus Cousins?

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Well, here’s an interesting rumor to keep us entertained before tip time. According to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro, the Suns and the Kings have discussed a trade that would send DeMarcus Cousins to Phoenix.

Discussions have reportedly centered around trading Cousins for small forward T.J. Warren, center Alex Len, Phoenix’s first-round pick this year and possibly more. The Suns own all of their future picks and also own two future Miami Heat first-round picks from the Goran Dragic deal. Sacramento needs an elite point guard, and there will be several in the 2017 Draft, including Markelle Fultz (Washington), Lonzo Ball (UCLA), and of course, De’Aaron Fox.

There are currently four former Cats on the Phoenix roster, but Gambadoro said Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker would not be in the deal. DeMarcus had reportedly been in talks with the Kings to sign a contract extension worth over $200 million, but this rumor is certainly interesting. Very interesting.

[Arizona Sports]


Courtesy: Other League

BBNBA: Cousins’ 44 not enough for the Kings

Courtesy: Other League

Courtesy: Other League

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DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (122-119 loss to 76ers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 32  11-16 4-6 20-22 4 11  15  5  1  1  8  6  -6  46

Cousins had a pretty good first quarter:

What a pass from Cousins!

Always relevant:

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Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings (122-119 loss to 76ers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  8-10  0-0  1-2  1  2 3  1  1  1  3  1  -4  17

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (122-119 win over Kings)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 25  5-5  0-0  2-4  2  1 3 2  3  1  2  5  +9  12

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BBNBA: John Wall dishes out career-high 19 assists in win over the Pelicans

By now, you’ve seen John Wall’s dunk over Anthony Davis from last night’s Wizards/Pelicans game, but plenty of other stuff happened, too. Wall had a career-high 19 assists along with 18 points, which is where we’ll start today’s BBNBA roundup…

bbnba-wallJohn Wall, Wizards (107-94 win over the Pelicans)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

37

8-19

0-3

2-4

0

1

1

19

2

1

3

2

+7

18

As you can see in the highlight reel below, Wall’s playing the best basketball of his life right now:


bbnba-davisAnthony Davis, Pelicans (107-94 loss to the Wizards)

MIN

FG

3PT

FT

OREB

DREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

+/-

PTS

40

15-25

1-2

5-6

2

15

17

3

3

2

6

2

-3

36

On the other side of the ball, Anthony Davis turned in another 35+ point, 15+ rebound performance, his tenth of the season. According to StatMuse, the next closest player in that category is DeMarcus Cousins with three 35+ point 15+ rebound performances this year:

NAME SEASON GMS PTS REB MPG PPG RPG APG SPG
Anthony Davis 2016-17 10 393 160 39.1 39.3 16 2.4 2
DeMarcus Cousins 2016-17 3 108 54 37.2 36 18 3.3 1
James Harden 2016-17 2 93 31 39.9 46.5 15.5 13.5 0
Karl-Anthony Towns 2016-17 2 88 34 42.2 44 17 3.5 0.5
Paul Millsap 2016-17 1 37 19 60.1 37 19 7 1
Kevin Durant 2016-17 1 36 15 38.2 36 15 3 1

Last night, Davis got this tough shot off:

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John Wall puts Anthony Davis on a poster, drops 19 assists in win over Pelicans

After rocking Kentucky blue on College Gameday yesterday morning, John Wall decided to put some work in on his own tonight against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Wall scored 18 points on 8/19 shooting, and tied his career high in assists with 19 on the night.

He also decided to put the Brow on a poster on this nasty drive to the basket:

Davis, on the other hand, put on a scoring clinic, dropping 36 points on 15/25 shooting from the field. He also had 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.

Here are all of Davis’ highlights from tonight’s game:

NBA Cats doing NBA Cat-things…