Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 11th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker is single-handedly breaking up the Golden State Warriors dynasty. Let’s talk NBA.
- That isn’t a bad joke either. Sunday night, Devin Booker frustrated the living hell out of the best team in the NBA over the last five years. Booker dropped 37 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists on 13-23 shooting from the field. But it was the fourth quarter where Booker eviscerated the defending champs all by himself. He scored 13 straight points in the final period for the Phoenix Suns as they overcame a 16-point deficit over the last 12 minutes of the game. And some of these shots were just unfair. Running floaters, dagger threes right in the defender’s eyeball, pull-up jumpers, with some free-throws sprinkled in. He was a scoring machine and dogged the Warriors the entire second-half. It was the Suns first win over the Warriors since Nov. 2014 (keep in mind, they play in the same division and face each other several times per season). DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points on 5-11 shooting for Golden State to go along with five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
- But the win for Pheonix isn’t even the biggest takeaway from this game. It’s Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appearing to mouth the words “I’m so f**king tired of Draymond’s [Green] s**t.”.
Steve Kerr: ”I’m so f*cking tired of Draymond’s sh*t” pic.twitter.com/hjOkqOt8Ve
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) March 11, 2019
- At least, that’s the consensus from the expert lip-readers of the internet. Then, to put the cherry on top, Klay Thompson called out his home fans in the postgame press conference for not being more engaged and hyped up as his team blew a massive lead to the worst team in the NBA, which is just so tone deaf I don’t even feel like commenting on it any further. But I will anyway because this is delicious content…. Does Thompson not know the type of rich millionaires that occupy the seats of Oracle Arena? Does he think that’s going to change once the Warriors move to a brand new Chase Center next season? The same new building that is going to be filled with even more groups of old rich people? It’s basically the Rupp Arena of professional hoops (go ahead and direct your hate mail to the comment section). Blaming fans for not wanting to stand up and cheer as your team half-asses its way to a loss against a 16-win team is just lazy. How about you don’t shoot 4-15 from three and maybe the fans will be a bit more excited to watch a team whose best player has mentally checked out since Christmas. But I’m sure I’m just being a bitter Cavaliers fan *shrugs shoulders*.
- But enough about the Warriors, they’re still going to win it all and then loss Kevin Durant to the New York Knicks so he can go drop out of the first round in next year’s playoffs or something stupid like that. How about Julius Randle shooting 4-6 from three and posting 23 points for the Pelicans? Darius Miller went 3-9 from deep for 10 points, too, while Anthony Davis played 21 minutes and still managed 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. And the Pelicans lost, too! To the Atlanta Hawks! Everything is going according to plan. The tank for Zion is on.
- Eric Bledsoe contributed 21 points, two rebounds, and six assists for the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost to the San Antonio Spurs on the road. Bledsoe shot 9-13 from the field with only one turnover in 30 minutes.
- For the Miami Heat, Bam Adebayo started his seventh straight game and had perhaps his best outing of those appearances. Adebayo posted 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists on 8-11 shooting and dished out this alley-oop to teammate Derrick Jones Jr. that I have had on repeat for the last 10 hours.
??? AIRPLANE MODE ALERT! ???
— NBA (@NBA) March 10, 2019
- Watch every single angle of this dunk. It just gets more and more absurd the more times I watch it. Jones Jr. just jumps differently than the rest of us.
- Orlando Magic guard Isaiah Briscoe has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be out indefinitely. According to the report by the Orlando Sentinel, Briscoe injured the knee back in late February, but the knee has lately been bothering him to the point where he can longer play and surgery might be an option in the future. It’s unfortunate, considering Briscoe has been playing the best ball of his career and had carved out a legit role as the Magic’s backup point guard. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and can get back to playing the same high level of ball next season.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||115-111 W @ GSW||37||13-23 (2-6)||8||11||2||0||5||+12||40|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||116-128 L @ ATL||23||8-18 (4-6)||3||1||1||1||0||+2||34|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||114-121 L @ SAS||21||9-13 (2-4)||2||6||0||0||1||+3||30|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||104-125 L vs. TOR||19||8-11 (0-0)||6||5||2||0||1||-12||27|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||116-128 L @ ATL||15||6-10 (3-4)||8||4||1||4||4||+2||21|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||92-103 L @ MIN||13||5-11 (1-3)||5||4||1||0||2||-9||27|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||111-115 L vs. PHX||13||5-11 (0-3)||5||2||0||2||1||-2||28|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||116-128 L @ ATL||10||3-9 (3-9)||3||7||0||0||0||-5||29|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||97-105 L @ MEM||DNP-Meniscus||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||128-116 W vs. NOP||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||103-92 W vs. NYK||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||94-93 W @ DAL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Raptors @ Cavaliers (Knight)
7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Pistons @ Nets
8:00 (NBATV): Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist-probable, Monk) @ Rockets (Jones)
9:00: Thunder (Diallo-G League, Noel, Patterson)@ Jazz
10:30 (NBATV): Celtics @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 10th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
In news that flew over my head this weekend, former Kentucky guard Devin Booker has become the youngest player in NBA history to make 500 career three-pointers.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 8, 2019
In a win over the New York Knicks on March 6, Booker dropped 41 points for his Phoenix Suns, including six made threes. At 22 years-old, Booker needed roughly three and a half seasons and only 259 games to set the new record. Keep in mind, he missed giant chunks of the season last year due to a few different injuries.
This season, Booker is having his best year to date, averaging 24.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game in 52 total appearances while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from deep. The Suns have been one of the bottom three teams in the NBA all season, but Booker continues to develop quite nicely with some young talent around him that has shown signs of potential late in the season.
Earlier in the year, Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell became the youngest ever to hit 500 threes at 22 years old back in February but is about half-a-year older than Booker.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 10th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Former Kentucky center Enes Kanter had an important decision to make after he was waived by the New York Knicks on Feb. 7. As a proven scoring big man, Kanter was expected to be a somewhat attractive commodity on the open market and ultimately had his pick between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kanter signed with the Blazers six days later on Feb. 13 and has since averaged 10.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, making eight total appearances while playing over 18 minutes in those games. But he recently stated his reasoning for choosing the Blazers over LeBron James and the Lakers, citing his desire to “be drama-free”.
In an interview with Colin Cowherd on The Herd, Kanter explained: “I looked at the chemistry [the Lakers] have and I saw the, you know, all the drama that’s going on,” he said. “I was like, you know what, I just wanna be drama-free, finish the season drama-free. Go on a good team, good culture, good coaching staff, good players. Just want to enjoy basketball, finally.”
Coming from Kanter, someone who seemingly enjoys the limelight, this is surprising and incredibly telling of the Lakers and the puke-covered organization they’re attempting to run. If Enes Kanter thinks the Lakers locker room is potentially toxic, it’s probably very very toxic. The reasons he listed for choosing the Blazers: “good team, good culture, good coaching staff, good players” emulates everything about Portland and what they represent, which is the exact opposite of the team in L.A. right now.
I’m a huge LeBron fan, and wanted this Lakers team to do well, but everyone – from the front office, to the coaching staff, to the players, and especially LeBron – is to blame for this disaster. Good on Kanter for choosing a situation that would benefit his career instead of going for the shine of L.A. His defense will be a liability come playoff time, but he’s going to be an important part of Portland’s second unit offense in the postseason.
Former Kentucky center and current Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns limped to the sideline at the end of regulation against the Washington Wizards.
With less than 10 seconds left before the game was sent into overtime – and ultimately won by the Wolves – Towns appeared to encounter a non-contact injury to his right knee. He hobbled his way to the bench and did not return to the game.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is some optimism within the organization that Towns will be okay.
There is optimism about the MRI results on right knee of Minnesota All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, league sources tell ESPN. He left victory over Washington with injury on Saturday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 10, 2019
Here’s a video of the injury as it happened.
Prayers up to Karl-Anthony Towns who limped off the court with an apparent knee injury. ??? pic.twitter.com/9JSfOv3b9k
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) March 10, 2019
You can’t tell exactly what happened, but it looks clear he didn’t land on it awkwardly or anything like that. This just looks like one of those freak injuries where something bends in some way that it isn’t supposed to (that is my official diagnosis as a Google.com doctor). The non-contact injuries are always the most frightening. We have no idea what happened or what caused his knee to betray him. There is also a video of Towns appearing to say “it popped” while he’s tending to his knee on the sideline.
— George George (@George_George__) March 10, 2019
We’ll have the exact severity of the injury updated as soon as the news is released. Hoping all the best for KAT.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 10th, 2019 @ 12:30pm
- Karl-Anthony Towns went crazy once again, posting 40 points and 16 rebounds (on 15-25 shooting, including 4-7 from three) in an overtime win over the Washington Wizards. But the win was hardly what Minnesota Timberwolves fans were paying attention to. During the closing seconds of regulation, Towns was seen limping dramatically with an apparent knee injury and had to leave the game. At the time of this post, the exact severity of the potential injury is not known, but Towns is expected to undergo further testing.
Ryan Saunders said Karl-Anthony Towns was walking around, said he “has not heard concern” of a serious injury with Towns. But Towns needs to undergo further testing.
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) March 10, 2019
- Towns has been killing it since the All-Star break, so hopefully this doesn’t end up being something more serious and he can continue to close out the season strong.
[33-32] Kings – 102 @ [13-53] Knicks – 94
- De’Aaron Fox led his Sacramento Kings to an early morning win over the Knicks in New York. With a tipoff time set for noon (normally 9 a.m. on the West coast for Fox and the Kings), the Kings came out still asleep, but Fox made sure to wake them up in time to win the game. The former Kentucky guard dropped 30 points, five rebounds, and eight assists for Sacramento, with 12 of those points coming in the final six minutes of the game after the Knicks erased a 12-point deficit.
- Willie Cauley-Stein contributed seven points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes for the Kings.
- For New York, Kevin Knox had a poor shooting night, connecting on only three of his 12 shot attempts for seven points and four rebounds.
[30-36] Hornets – 114 @ [50-16] Bucks – 131
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out this game as he deals with a minor knee sprain he suffered in Friday’s matchup against the Wizards. Malik Monk saw the court for only three minutes, hitting one of his two three-point attempts while dishing out two dimes. Charlotte now falls 1.5 games back of the Miami Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 16 games left on the team’s schedule.
- For the Bucks, who used a 39-point third quarter to bury the Hornets for good, Eric Bledsoe registered 11 points, three rebounds, and five assists in the win.
[15-52] Suns – 120 @ [40-26] Trail Blazers – 127
- Devin Booker’s 23 points and five assists were not enough to lift his Phoenix Suns over the Portland Trail Blazers, who were led by 26 points from C.J. McCollum.
- Enes Kanter added 12 points and eight rebounds on 5-7 shooting in only 16 minutes for Portland while Skal Labissiere did not record any stats in four minutes of game time.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||135-130 OT W vs. WAS||40||15-25 (4-7)||16||2||2||1||1||+1||37|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||102-94 W @ NYK||30||11-17 (2-4)||5||8||1||0||3||+19||37|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||120-127 L @ POR||23||7-19 (1-4)||2||5||2||0||4||-6||30|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||127-120 W vs. PHX||12||5-7 (0-0)||8||1||0||1||1||+16||16|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||131-114 W vs. CHA||11||3-10 (3-5)||3||5||3||0||0||+22||27|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||102-94 W @ NYK||7||3-7 (0-0)||12||1||0||0||0||+4||28|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||94-102 L vs. SAC||7||3-12 (1-4)||4||2||0||0||2||+3||23|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||107-120 L vs. BOS||4||2-7 (0-2)||6||9||1||0||3||-16||31|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||114-131 L @ MIL||3||1-2 (1-2)||0||2||1||0||0||+1||3|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||127-120 W vs. PHX||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||-12||4|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||112-114 L vs. BKN||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||130-135 OT L @ MIN||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||114-131 L @ MIL||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
12:00: Bulls @ Pistons
3:30: Raptors @ Heat (Adebayo)
3:30 (ABC): Pacers @ 76ers
6:00 (NBATV): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Hawks (Poythress-out)
6:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ Grizzlies
7:00: Rockets (Jones) @ Mavericks
8:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Spurs
8:30 (NBATV): Suns (Booker) @ Warriors (Cousins)
By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 08th, 2019 @ 5:40pm
Former Kentucky point guard Isaiah Briscoe received a bit of bad news this afternoon.
After finding his groove off the bench for the Orlando Magic this season, the team announced that an MRI on Briscoe’s right knee revealed a small meniscus tear and his status is unknown moving forward.
According to the report, Briscoe will sit out Orlando’s game tonight against Dallas while treatment options are being evaluated.
An MRI this afternoon on Isaiah Briscoe’s right knee revealed a small meniscus tear. Treatment options are being evaluated.
Briscoe will be out tonight vs. Dallas and updates will be provided as warranted.
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) March 8, 2019
Over his last ten games, Briscoe has been averaging six points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists per game in 22.6 minutes off the bench per contest.
Beyond statistics, the former Wildcat has brought great toughness and intensity on the floor for the Magic, a much-needed asset for a team currently fighting for a spot in the playoffs at No. 9 in the Eastern Conference (30-36 overall).
Briscoe signed a four-year, $6 million contract last offseason, keeping the 6-foot-3 point guard in Orlando through the 2021-22 season.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 08th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Good morning, folks. Only two games to cover from Thursday night. Let’s talk NBA.
- The first game of the night featured the Indiana Pacers hosting the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks in a battle between two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have continued to shoot up the standings despite losing All-Star Victor Oladipo for the season back in late January. But against the floor-spacing, Giannis Antetokounmpo-having Bucks, Indiana stood no chance. And after watching the game, I’m becoming more and more convinced there isn’t another team in the East – and maybe only two or three in the West – that can beat these Bucks in a seven-game playoff series. Eric Bledsoe posted a BBNBA-high 12 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists for Milwaukee, as they trounced the Pacers, 117-98.
- The second game in Portland was much more exciting. The Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder have made it clear they are not huge fans of each other, as evident by the 200 different scuffles Jusuf Nurkic – Portland’s starting center – got himself into, whether it was intentional or by accident. The game went to overtime, where the Thunder pulled ahead late to win the game by a score of 129-121.
- For the Thunder, Patrick Patterson was a DNP-CD for the fourth straight game and it was the seventh game out of his last eight that he’s sat out entirely. Nerlens Noel played 14 solid minutes for OKC, scoring six points while pulling down three boards and blocking one shot. On the Trail Blazers side, Enes Kanter added only three points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. There was also a weird situation near the end of regulation, where Skal Labissiere found himself at the free-throw line with the game on the line despite not having played since Feb. 23. Right before this, some words were exchanged between Nurkic and Thunder forward, Paul George, after George appeared to elbow Nurkic. Following a review, Nurkic was ejected for his second technical foul and a common foul was called on the Thunder, giving the Blazers a chance to tie the game at 113 with under three seconds left. The NBA has this dumb rule that allows the opposing team to choose who shoots the free-throw if the initial player is no longer in the game. The Thunder obviously chose Labissiere, who was as ice cold as it can get (which is not his fault and, once again, a dumb rule to begin with). He missed both free throws, but luckily, a foul was called under the basket after the second-attempt that gave Al-Farouq Aminu another chance to tie the game, which he did, but the Blazers would ultimately fall in extra time.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||117-98 W vs. IND||12||6-10 (0-1)||5||4||1||0||1||+7||25|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||129-121 OT W @ POR||6||2-5 (0-0)||3||0||0||1||0||+4||14|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||121-129 OT L vs. OKC||3||1-6 (0-0)||6||0||0||2||1||-12||18|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||121-129 OT L vs. OKC||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||+2||>1|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||129-121 OT W @ POR||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||129-121 OT W @ POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00: Mavericks @ Magic (Briscoe)
8:00: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:00: Pistons @ Bulls
8:00 (ESPN): 76ers @ Rockets (Jones)
8:00: Jazz @ Grizzlies
8:00: Raptors @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
10:30 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Warriors (Cousins)
10:30: Thunder (Diallo-G League, Noel, Patterson) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker scored 41 points and his Suns are actually playing not too bad right now. Let’s talk NBA.
- Bam Adebayo started his fifth consecutive game for the Miami Heat despite starting center Hassan Whiteside returning from a minor injury two games ago. Adebayo posted 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 25 minutes for the Heat, who beat the Charlotte Hornets to maintain positioning of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Neither Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appeared in the game for Charlotte.
- Karl-Anthony Towns came back down to earth a bit after an unreal five-game stretch, but still managed to register 24 points on 7-14 shooting (3-6 from three) in a loss to the red-hot Detroit Pistons.
- In New Orleans, Anthony Davis continues to play 20 minutes a game as if everything is perfectly normal and not awkward at all. He went for 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a loss to the Utah Jazz. Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 23 points and six rebounds on 9-18 shooting while Darius Miller added eight points on 2-5 shooting.
[13-52] Knicks – 96 @ [15-51] Suns – 107
- In a battle between the two worst teams in the NBA, Devin Booker’s Phoenix Suns came out on top (or in second, depending on how you want to look at it). Booker scored a season-high 41 points on 14-23 shooting (6-10 from three) in addition to five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. After losing 17 games in a row, the Suns have now won four of its last five games, also beating the Bucks, Lakers, and Heat during the current run.
- Kevin Knox’s shooting struggles continued, as he shot 1-5 from the field for seven points. Don’t look now, but Knox is on pace to have one of the least efficient shooting seasons in recent memory. His 42.3 effective field goal percentage ranks in the 6th percentile among all NBA forwards, according to Cleaning the Glass.
[43-21] Nuggets – 115 @ [30-35] Lakers – 99
- LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the fourth-most points scored by one player in NBA history after an and-one during the second-quarter. But it felt… weird. Mainly because this Lakers season is now officially a waste but also because the Nuggets were destroying the Lakers at the time and continued to do so throughout the majority of the game. But that’s all I’m going to say about that subject.
- Rajon Rondo posted four points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals for Los Angeles while separating himself as much as possible from his teammates near the end of the game.
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t see anything wrong with this Rondo picture? pic.twitter.com/sn0oXl3nge
— Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) March 7, 2019
- Jamal Murray added 19 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Nuggets in 32 minutes. Trey Lyles sat out his seventh consecutive game with a hamstring injury and there is hope he can return by March 12.
- De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings lost a close game at home to the Boston Celtics after Gordon Hayward hit a game-winning fadeaway with only a couple seconds left. The loss probably all but destroys any hope the Kings had of making the playoffs at this point, considering the team is now four games out of the final playoff spot in the West with only 18 games left. It’s not impossible, but the Kings would need to rattle off something in the range of 13-14 wins to give themselves a chance. Fox finished with 16 points and seven assists while Willie Cauley-Stein scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||107-96 W vs. NYK||41||14-23 (6-10)||5||4||2||1||5||+17||33|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||114-131 L @ DET||24||7-14 (3-6)||4||2||0||2||6||-12||28|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||104-114 L vs. UTA||23||9-18 (0-1)||6||3||0||1||5||-4||35|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||109-111 L vs. BOS||19||8-9 (0-0)||7||3||2||0||2||-4||26|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||115-99 W @ LAL||19||8-20 (3-9)||8||4||0||0||2||+25||32|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||104-114 L vs. UTA||16||6-12 (0-1)||5||3||1||2||1||-18||20|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||109-111 L vs. BOS||16||7-13 (0-1)||2||7||0||0||3||+1||35|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||91-84 W @ CHA||10||5-6 (0-0)||5||0||2||2||5||+2||25|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||104-114 L vs. UTA||8||2-5 (1-2)||0||1||0||0||1||+9||26|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||96-107 L @ PHX||7||1-5 (0-0)||2||0||1||0||0||-13||24|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||104-111 L vs. SAS||4||2-4 (0-1)||6||1||0||0||2||-12||14|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||107-113 L @ BKN||4||1-6 (1-3)||1||0||0||0||0||-3||19|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||99-115 L vs. DEN||4||2-7 (0-3)||7||11||2||1||2||-14||34|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||115-99 W @ LAL||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||-2||>1|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||84-91 L vs. MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||84-91 L vs. MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||115-99 W @ LAL||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||132-123 L vs. DAL||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Pacers @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
10:30 (TNT): Thunder (Diallo-G League, Noel, Patterson) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter)
Good afternoon, folks. KAT is good and Boogie is not. Let’s talk NBA.
[39-25] Thunder – 120 @ [30-34] Timberwolves – 131
- Karl-Anthony Towns is currently playing the best basketball of his career and all it took was a near-death experience to unleash the beast. Let me quickly rattle off the average stats for Towns’ last five games since returning from the concussion protocol: 36.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks while shooting 60.4 percent (uhhh what?) from the field and 47.1 percent from three on nearly SEVEN ATTEMPTS PER GAME. He’s getting to the free throw nine times per contest after averaging roughly under six attempts per game all season. KAT is in his bag right now. Some basketball pundits I follow have suggested that since the Wolves fired Tom Thibodeau, interim head coach Ryan Saunders has done a much better job of utilizing Towns. While Thibodeau wanted KAT to create his offense from the block, Saunders is allowing Towns to basically do whatever the hell he wants from any spot on the court. Crazy concept, right? Allowing the best player on your team to be the best player has turned Towns into an offensive nightmare for opposing defenses. Against the Thunder on Tuesday night, Towns exploded for a BBNBA-high of 41 points on 15-27 shooting (3-5 from three) to go along with 14 rebounds and zero turnovers in a win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Can we have a full season of this version of KAT, please?
- Meanwhile, the NBA Cats for the Thunder are struggling. Hamidou Diallo has been sent to the G League with the playoffs only a few weeks away. Patrick Patterson has fallen completely out of the rotation (his replacement, Markieff Morris, really hasn’t played that well, either, to make matters worse). Nerlens Noel is the only one of the trio that still finds the court and he’s at least carved out a consistent role in the rotation and will surely be a key piece off the bench for a playoff run. Noel only played 10 minutes against Minny but went 3-3 from the field for six points, two rebounds, one steal, and one block.
- Are you ready for some bad news? I hope I’m not the first one to break this to you, but DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors have been anything but a perfect match so far. The Warriors were obliterated by the Boston Celtics (perhaps the most dysfunctional team in the NBA outside of Los Angeles) in a 30-point drumming at home in Oracle Arena and Cousins is not playing well with the other Golden State stars. This tweet by Fear the Sword writer Mike Zavagno details just how poorly Cousins has meshed when on the floor with his fellow All-Stars.
Over the last 15 games, the difference in the Warriors’ play with DeMarcus Cousins on vs off has been astounding. Take a look and the on/off numbers for their most important rotation players pic.twitter.com/wHK6FmZyrj
— Mike Zavagno (@MZavagno11) March 6, 2019
- Through the first few games of Boogie’s return, I tried to take everything he did with a grain of salt. He’s missed a ton of time. He’s in the process of learning how to play alongside so many ball dominant players. His excessive fouling was a serious issue. You could see the frustration in his eyes. That all boiled over on Tuesday night when he nearly got into some fisticuffs with Celtics center Aaron Baynes.
DeMarcus Cousins : 10 points (4-12 shooting, 0-5 from 3 & 2-3 from the FT line), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers & 5 fouls in 25 minutes pic.twitter.com/rnVVf2nOW9
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life25) March 6, 2019
- It’s only been 17 games and it would be foolish to assume that everything was going to work like a well-oiled machine, but the Warriors just don’t look all that great right now. Chalk it up to Kevin Durant half-assing through games or the entire team in general being bored with the regular season, but this is a real issue come playoff time that is going to have to be addressed. What if the problems persist and head coach Steve Kerr simply can’t keep Boogie on the floor. How is everyone going to handle that? The Warriors are still the title favorites and it’s ridiculous to think otherwise (yes, I know how good Milwaukee looks right now), but something needs to change with how Cousins is being used. We’ll just have to wait and see how the coaching staff – and Boogie – responds.
- In Jodie Meeks news, the Toronto Raptors have elected to not re-sign the former Kentucky guard to another 10-day contract.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||131-120 W vs. OKC||41||15-27 (3-5)||14||1||2||0||0||+9||30|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||111-120 L @ MEM||11||4-4 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||3||-8||17|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||95-128 L vs. BOS||10||4-12 (0-5)||9||4||0||0||4||-6||25|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||106-114 L @ PHI||7||3-7 (1-3)||1||4||1||0||1||+3||26|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||6||3-3 (0-0)||2||0||1||1||1||+9||10|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||111-120 L @ MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||107-95 W @ TOR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pistons
7:00: Mavericks @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Spurs @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Nets
8:00 (ESPN): 76ers @ Bulls
8:00: Jazz @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
9:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00: Celtics @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Lakers (Rondo)
Isaac Humphries is still living out his basketball dream, currently as a member of the Erie Bay Hawks of the NBA’s G League. The former Wildcat recorded a double-double in his last game, Sunday night, with 16 points and 11 rebounds; a couple weeks before that, he helped the Australian national team qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Needless to say, basketball is going just fine for Humphries.
But if Humphries were to wake up tomorrow and decide he’s done with basketball, I think he’ll be just fine in his post-basketball career as a singer. The man’s got pipes, as we learned at Derek Willis’ wedding last fall, and it could take him places in the music industry.
Listen to Humphries belt out a cover of “Say Something” by A Great Big World, recently uploaded to his new YouTube account. It’s pretty incredible.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 05th, 2019 @ 10:30am
Good morning, folks. The Lakers are really going to waste an entire season of LeBron James. Ha! Let’s talk NBA.
[13-51] Knicks – 108 @ [32-31] Kings – 113
- The Sacramento Kings still have hope to end their 13-year playoff drought after taking care of the New York Knicks at home. With a current record of 32-31 and 19 games to go, the Kings are still three games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot out West. De’Aaron Fox posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals for Sacramento while Willie Cauley-Stein added nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The Kings will take on the Celtics this Wednesday then go on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip that could decide its playoff chances. Realistically, the Kings need to win around 13 or 14 more games down the stretch – and the Spurs/Clippers need to drop a few games they shouldn’t – but hope is not dead yet.
- Kevin Knox scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting to go along with three rebounds for the Knicks.
[37-29] Clippers – 113 @ [30-34] Lakers – 105
- While the Kings still have optimism they can make the playoffs, the Lakers might as well pack up the rest of the season. After falling to the Clippers – who is now a half-game ahead of the Spurs, sitting in seventh place currently – the Lakers would have to win damn near every game the rest of the way. With LeBron James, normally completing a task like that feels possible, but not this season. Now four games under .500 and the injuries beginning to pile up, there isn’t much this roster can do, even with LeBron. No offense to Rajon Rondo – who was played incredibly well the last few weeks – but he can’t be relied on to drop triple-doubles consistently as he did against the Clippers (Rondo posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists). I was incredibly confident a few weeks ago that LeBron could drag this garbage truck of a roster into the playoffs, but not even “Playoff Mode” LeBron can navigate through this filth.
- The Clippers, however, continue to roll despite trading away Tobias Harris before the trade deadline. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 14 points and four assists for L.A. He also blocked LeBron.
- Julius Randle led the BBNBA in scoring with 30 points on 10-23 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and five assists for the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis played only the first three quarters (except for checking in for the final defensive play of the game that ultimately helped seal the Pellies a win over the Utah Jazz), but still registered 15 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. Darius Miller went 3-6 from the field for seven points in addition to four rebounds and two assists as the Pelicans won its third straight game. Seriously, this situation is still crazy.
- Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks lost a shocker to the Phoenix Suns behind 22 points, five rebounds, and seven assists from Devin Booker. Bledsoe added 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists for Milwaukee, but a fourth-quarter comeback from the Suns surprised the Bucks down the stretch.
- Lastly, Jamal Murray went for 25 points in a close loss against the San Antonio Spurs. He shot 8-19 from the field and dished out eight dimes in the process.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Julius Randle (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||30||10-23 (0-2)||8||5||2||1||0||+17||38|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||25||8-19 (6-10)||2||8||1||0||4||+7||28|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||105-113 L vs. LAC||24||10-18 (4-10)||10||12||1||0||5||+1||38|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||114-105 W vs. MIL||22||8-18 (2-4)||5||7||1||0||4||+14||39|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||115-108 W vs. NYK||16||5-12 (1-2)||4||3||4||0||2||+11||32|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||105-114 L @ PHX||15||5-15 (0-6)||5||5||1||0||3||-8||29|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||15||7-14 (1-1)||11||3||3||3||1||-1||22|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||113-105 W @ LAL||14||5-9 (1-2)||1||4||0||2||0||-1||24|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||108-115 L @ SAC||11||4-6 (1-1)||3||0||2||0||0||-6||21|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||114-113 W vs. ATL||9||3-6 (0-1)||6||3||0||0||2||-2||20|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||115-108 W vs. NYK||9||3-8 (0-0)||7||5||2||0||0||+5||25|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||115-112 W @ UTA||7||3-6 (1-4)||4||2||0||0||0||0||24|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||113-114 L @ MIA||6||1-6 (0-1)||6||0||0||1||1||+16||21|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||103-104 L @ SAS||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Bulls @ Pacers
7:00: Magic (Briscoe) @ 76ers
8:00 (TNT): Rockets (Jones) @ Raptors (Meeks)
8:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter, Labissiere) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10:30 (TNT): Celtics @ Warriors (Cousins)
Good afternoon, folks. The Hornets have relegated Michael-Kidd Gilchrist to the bench just weeks before the playoffs begin. Let’s talk NBA.
[39-24] Trail Blazers – 118 @ [29-34] Hornets – 108
- The recap for this game isn’t going to very positive for Kentucky fans. Of the four former Wildcats on these two rosters, only Enes Kanter received any playing time. Kanter finished with six points (on 2-8 shooting) and eight rebounds in 18 minutes and is now averaging 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds over the course of 19.2 minutes per game. Those numbers look good on the surface, but the Blazers have been immensely better with Kanter off the floor in the five games he’s played in.
The Blazers are 37.6 points better per 100 possessions with Enes Kanter off the floor since his arrival.
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) March 4, 2019
- It’s only five games – and as Jackson points out in the tweet thread, Rodney Hood has similar numbers so it could be related to just poor bench rotations – but the early returns are not promising. Kanter can put up points in a hurry off the bench, but the Blazers other backup center, Zach Collins, is a far superior defender and coming along nicely on the offensive end. Having a veteran scorer to bring in with the second unit is a huge advantage in the playoffs, but the gaping defensive hole Kanter leaves open is concerning.
- Skal Labissiere received his fourth straight Did Not Play-Coaches Decision for Portland.
- For Charlotte, both Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out their second game in a row. Neither of them are injured or dealing with anything unrelated to basketball, the Hornets have just elected to sit the two. Monk has seen his playing time dwindle since February began, so it’s not too much of a surprise to see him sitting. But for MKG, this is the first time in his career that he’s missing games as a healthy scratch. MKG has never morphed into the superstar that his status as a No. 2 overall pick might indicate, but he’s always been a valuable and useful player for the Hornets. Sidelining him this late in the season – and with the Hornets tied for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings – comes off as a desperation move. Frank Kaminsky has played well in the place of MKG over the last two games, but can this be a reliable strategy in the playoffs? We’ll just have to wait to find out.
- Karl-Anthony Towns led the BBNA in scoring on Sunday night, posting 28 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists on 12-16 shooting (2-6 from three) as his Minnesota Timberwolves lost on the road to the John Wall-less Washington Wizards.
- In Los Angeles, where the Clippers defended home court by taking down the New York Knicks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 15 points (his third straight game with at least 13 points), three rebounds, and four assists while shooting 6-9 from the field. For the Knicks, Kevin Knox played 23 minutes but shot only 1-6 from the field for a total of six points to go along with three rebounds.
- Alex Poythress played his first game back with the Atlanta Hawks since the final day of 2018, scoring nine points while adding five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes as his team beat the Bulls in Chicago.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||121-135 L @ WAS||28||12-16 (2-6)||10||7||1||1||4||-13||36|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||128-107 W vs. NYK||15||6-9 (2-3)||3||4||1||0||1||+19||29|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||123-118 W @ CHI||9||2-6 (2-3)||5||3||1||1||0||+1||26|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||118-108 W @ CHA||6||2-8 (0-2)||8||2||1||0||0||-13||18|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||107-128 L @ LAC||6||1-6 (0-1)||3||0||1||0||1||-11||23|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||93-107 L @ CLE||4||2-6 (0-1)||1||3||1||0||2||-24||18|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||99-95 W vs. MEM||4||2-4 (0-0)||2||0||0||1||0||+5||7|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||107-93 W vs. ORL||2||1-5 (0-3)||0||1||0||0||0||-10||18|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||99-95 W vs. MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||115-104 W @ BOS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||108-118 L vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||118-108 W @ CHA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||108-118 L vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||99-95 W vs. MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||135-121 W vs. MIN||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Nets
7:30: Hawks (Poythress) @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:30: Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Spurs
9:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Suns (Booker)
9:00: Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Jazz
10:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (NBATV): Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Lakers (Rondo)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 04th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Terrence Jones will be in Houston for a little bit longer. The Rockets are re-signing the former Cat to a second ten-day contract, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Jones signed his first ten-day contract with the program back on February 22. He’s only played in one game since, but before moving up to the Rockets, he averaged 23.5 points and 9.4 rebounds with the Erie Bayhawks in the G-League.
Now seems like a great time to throw it back to that 2012 classic, Teach Me Bout Kentucky:
By Brett Bibbins on ©March 03rd, 2019 @ 2:00pm
- If you’re an optimist, or even a realist, one positive that you can take from the chaos that has been the Anthony Davis-New Orleans Pelicans relationship over the last month or so, is that Julius Randle has been given the opportunity to step up on a nightly basis and put up larger numbers. Last night was no different, as the lefty finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block. The Pelicans were able to earn the victory over one of the best team’s in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets. Darius Miller played 27 minutes off the bench and hit two 3s on his way to 10 points and 3 assists.
- On the flip side, the Nuggets didn’t get the best shooting night from former Cat Jamal Murray. Murray finished with 20 points, partly because he was a perfect 9 of 9 at the free throw line, but he was just 5 of 15 from the floor and 1 of 7 from three. Trey Lyles continues to miss time for Denver, nursing a hamstring issue that has kept him sidelined since before the All-Star break.
- Two of the best teams in the NBA faced off in Philadelphia last night, as the 76ers hosted the Golden State Warriors. With no Klay Thompson, the Warriors relied heavily on Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and DeMarcus Cousins to pull out the win. Cousins had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals in what is now his third straight game of putting up All-Star Boogie Cousins numbers.
- The mighty are falling quickly in Los Angeles, as the Lebron-led Lakers dropped yet another game to bring their record to 30-33 on the season. This time, the Lakers fell to one of the worst teams in the NBA, giving the Phoenix Suns just their 13th win of the season. Devin Booker led the charge for the Suns, scoring 25 points, dishing out 4 assists, and grabbing 4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo was quiet for the Lakers, finishing with just 4 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals on 1 of 10 shooting from the field.
|Julius Randle||120-112 win over Nuggets||28||10-20 (3-6)||10||4||1||1||2||+10||38|
|Darius Miller||120-112 win over Nuggets||10||2-5 (2-4)||1||3||1||0||1||+16||27|
|Jamal Murray||120-112 loss to Pelicans||20||5-15 (1-7)||3||4||1||0||1||-1||32|
|DeMarcus Cousins||120-117 win over 76ers||25||9-15 (1-2)||8||0||2||1||1||-2||29|
|Devin Booker||118-109 win over Lakers||25||8-18 (0-5)||4||4||1||0||4||+13||40|
|Rajon Rondo||118-109 loss to Suns||4||1-10 (0-3)||4||4||2||0||2||-13||26|
|Bam Adebayo||117-88 win over Nets||9||3-8 (0-0)||16||6||0||2||0||+23||28|
|Brandon Knight||129-83 loss to Pistons||10||3-8 (3-4)||1||2||1||0||0||-18||20|
|Isaiah Briscoe||117-112 win over Pacers||4||2-4 (0-1)||1||0||1||0||2||-4||18|
|Nerlens Noel||116-102 loss to Spurs||2||0-1 (0-0)||2||0||1||1||0||-2||9|
|Hamidou Diallo||116-102 loss to Spurs||0||0-1 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||0||+3||2|
Keeping Up With The Canadians ??
Jamal Murray | vs. @PelicansNBA
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) March 3, 2019
DENIED! ?? pic.twitter.com/YLvh1jM1vx
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 3, 2019
- Portland Trail Blazers (Skal Labissiere, Enes Kanter) at Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 1pm ET
- Houston Rockets (Terrence Jones) at Boston Celtics, 3:30pm ET on ABC
- Atlanta Hawks (Alex Poythress) at Chicago Bulls, 3:30pm ET
- New York Knicks (Kevin Knox) at Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), 3:30pm ET
- Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Washington Wizards, 6pm ET
- Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe) at Cleveland Cavaliers (Brandon Knight), 6pm ET
- Toronto Raptors (Jodie Meeks) at Detroit Pistons, 6pm ET
- Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (Nerlens Noel, Patrick Patterson, Hamidou Diallo), 7pm ET on NBATV