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Eric Bledsoe Scored a Career-High 41 Points Last Night

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Our boy Eric Bledsoe balled out last night, scoring a career high 41 points, along with 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The Suns came up short against the Nuggets, 123-112, but the Suns were still kind enough to tweet out a highlight video of Eric’s career evening.

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KAT Was Nearly Ruled Out of Last Night’s Game Before Scoring 37 Points

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Karl-Anthony Towns, as we all know, is a treasure. Last night, The T-Wolves took on the Brooklyn Nets, and KAT warmed up in his own way:

While the rest of his Minnesota Timberwolves teammates were on the court for pregame warmups, Karl-Anthony Towns was in the back sleeping, trying to squeeze every second of rest he could while battling a cold that nearly kept him out of the game.

After sleeping it off a bit, Towns promptly walked out and scored 37 points to go along with 13 boards and 4 blocks. You can read the full rundown of the game here. Just don’t get too nostalgic. We’ve still got plenty of basketball to watch here in the Bluegrass.

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Anthony Davis Returns with a Career-High

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After playing sparingly Wednesday night, Anthony Davis returned to the Pelicans’ starting lineup last night.  The All-Star starter did not disappoint.

Davis had 16 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 119-103 win over the Spurs.  Davis became the first person in the NBA this season with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks.

He racked up a ton of rebounds, but Davis couldn’t outscore Terrence Jones.  On a tear since replacing AD in the starting lineup, Jones had 21 points (8-14, 1-2 3FG) and 7 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action.

The box scores of the other Cats in the NBA will surprise you.  In his first game after the Instagram fiasco, Rondo not only played, he played better than anyone on the team.

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall112-86 W vs. Hawks197-17 (1-2)69004+2330
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist110-107 L vs. NYK125-9 (0-1) 61100-437
DeMarcus Cousins115-111 L vs. Ind268-17 (1-5)165016-1239
Willie Cauley-Stein107-91 L vs. Grizz20-112000-812
Patrick Patterson102-86 W vs. Mil104-6 (2-4)72210+527
Andrew Harrison 112-109 L vs. Por93-4 (1-2)01000-1116
DeAndre Liggins124-116 W vs. Nets00-0 (0-0)01000-83
Nerlens Noel123-118 L vs. Hou52-343220-520
Rajon Rondo100-88 V vs. Mia136-8 (1-1)77303+832

Today’s BBNBA post was brought to you by Drew Franklin and DeMarcus “Mr. Steal Yo Girl” Cousins.

Highlights after the jump.

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The Timberwolves mascot injured Karl Towns’ dad last night

The Timberwolves mascot injured Karl Towns’ dad last night

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Karl Towns Sr. is probably the nicest man you’ll ever meet, but last night, he was on the bad end of a stunt by Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ mascot. Part of Crunch’s regular routine is riding a sled down the stairs at the arena during timeouts, and according to Timberwolves beat writer Jon Krawczynski, he collided with Karl’s dad last night, injuring his knees. Karl Sr. left the arena on crutches, and will apparently require an MRI to determine the damage.

Here’s part of Crunch’s routine, although you can’t tell where he collides with Karl Sr.:

Get well soon, Karl Sr. And watch yourself, Crunch.


BBNBA: Enes Kanter loses in fight with a chair

BBNBA: Enes Kanter loses in fight with a chair

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Enes Kanter did something really dumb in last night’s game and now he’s going to be riding the pine for an extended period of time for it. During the second quarter of the Thunder’s game against Mavericks last night, Kanter came to the bench heated with both the officiating and his play. Kanter lashed out by punching one of the chairs on the bench as hard as he could. The result? A fractured forearm and a 6-8 week initial recovery timetable for Kanter. While it is definitely Kanter’s own fault that he got hurt, you have to feel for the guy that was having the best season of his career and was probably the top choice for the NBA 6th Man of the Year award.

Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (109-98 win over Mavericks)

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

I mentioned it above, but here’s the video of Kanter punishing the chair.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves (109-103 loss to Pacers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 38 13-23  4-6  3-4  2  8  10  4  2  0  2  2  -7  33

How does he do it?

Just the casual 7-footer fading away and knocking down the triple.

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (127-120 loss to Nuggets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  9-19 3-7  7-9  2  2  4  5  0  0  1  5  -15  28

Bledsoe dunks all over Kenneth Faried!

While that finish was with power, here’s one with finesse. Get you a guard who can do both.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (127-120 loss to Nuggets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 33  9-17  1-6  5-6 0  0  0  6  1  0  5  2  -19  24

Steal and a slam for Book.

Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns (127-120 loss to Nuggets)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 29  8-11  1-2  0-0  0  1  1  4  0  1  2  0  +2  17

 

Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (127-120 loss to Nuggets)

DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (127-120 win over Suns)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
6 1-3  0-1  2-2  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  -8  4

Difficult finish in the lane for Jamal Murray.

Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz (96-88 win over Lakers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 19  2-7  1-3 2-2 0  3  3  1  0  0  1  1  +14  7

 

Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (96-88 loss to Jazz)

DNP – Flu

 


And here’s a look at tonight’s NBA schedule:

  • Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers, 7pm ET
  • Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm ET
  • Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30pm ET
  • Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks, 7:30pm ET
  • Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls, 8pm ET
  • San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans, 8pm ET
  • Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers, 10pm ET

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Rondo Mad

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Last night, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade shared their frustrations with the Bulls’ season to the media.  Tonight, former Wildcat and Chicago Bull Rajon Rondo shared his frustrations with his “vets” on Instagram.

Rondo has not been shy with his words during his first season with the Bulls, speaking out frequently to the media.  Even though many may disapprove Rondo’s post, Wade does not.

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It’s Official, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are All-Stars

It’s Official, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are All-Stars

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Kentucky’s 2009-10 dynamic duo will be back together in New Orleans.  John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will be All-Star reserves, joining former Cat Anthony Davis.

It’s Wall’s fourth All-Star appearance in six NBA seasons.  This year he’s led the ‘Zards to fifth-place in the Eastern Conference by averaging a career-high 23.1 points and 4.6 rebounds.  He’s third in the NBA in assists with 10.1 a game and second in steals with 2.23 a game.

Cousins is fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 28 points per contest.  Now a three time All-Star, this season Cousins averages 10.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.  As of today, the Kings sit just one and a half games back from the eight-spot in the Western Conference.

The most noticeable All-Star snub is Karl-Anthony Towns, who’s third in the league in double-doubles with 34.  Eric Bledsoe is another former Cat who came up just short from making his first All-Star appearance.  Still, Kentucky is the only school with more than two All-Stars.

NBA All-Star weekend is February 17-19.


Report: John Wall will be an NBA All-Star

Report: John Wall will be an NBA All-Star

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The reserves for the NBA All-Star team will officially be announced later today, but word has leaked out to ESPN that John Wall has been named a 2017 Eastern Conference All-Star for the fourth straight year. Coaches voted Wall in as one of seven reserves on the 12-man roster.

So far this season, Wall’s averaging a career-best 23.1 points per game along with 10.1 assists. He has 26 double-doubles, more than twice that of any guard in the Eastern Conference. He also leads the Eastern Conference with 25 games of 10 or more assists, and has collected a steal in 33 straight games. Not bad.

The All-Star Game will be held February 19 in New Orleans, and the remaining reserves will be announced on TNT at 8 p.m. tonight. To celebrate, let’s throw it back to 2010 with quite possibly my favorite UK Basketball rap, “Yiggy Yes Yallin’ (John Wallin’)”:

 


BBNBA: Boogie takes down the defending champs

 

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Another night in the NBA, another former Kentucky Wildcat having a huge game. Last night, DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings to a big overtime win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss marks 6 of the last 8 games that the Cavs have fallen.

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DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (116-112 OT win over Cavaliers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 39  11-30  0-5  6-9 2  9  11  9 3  1  2  3  +2  28

The drive and the jam by Cousins.

Also, props to the Sacramento Kings Twitter account, which was fire all night.

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Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings (116-112 OT win over Cavaliers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 26  3-8  0-0  2-2  3  7  10  0  1  1  0  2  +0  8

Cousins to WCS for the poster slam!

Turnaround jumper over LeBron.

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (114-109 win over Bucks)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 28  5-9  0-0  6-6  3  10 13  0 1  1  1  4  -1  16

Nerlens was named the player of the game last night.

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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (114-105 win over Pelicans)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 21  6-13  0-0  5-5  3  8 11  2  0  0  1  1  +3  17

Enes, don’t hurt him!

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (114-105 loss to Thunder)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 16  2-8  0-0 4-6  0  5  5  0  0  1  2  2  -11  8

I’ve never seen a guy as big as Anthony Davis convert as many floaters as he does. The inner guard in him comes out on his drives through the lane.

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (114-105 loss to Thunder)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 27  6-17  0-1  0-1 2  2  4  1  1  1  0  2 -10  12

T-Jones has been playing really solid lately with Anthony Davis coming back from injury.

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Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (105-98 loss to Trail Blazers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  4-9 0-0  0-1 1  4  5  1  0  0  2  2  -10  8

Get out of the way because you’re not stopping him from getting the ball to the rim.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets (113-103 loss to Warriors)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
35  7-12 0-0 1-1  5  4  9  0  1  2  0  4  -2  15

Up high and down hard through the foul for MKG!

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Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (101-99 win over Raptors)

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

 

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (101-99 loss to Grizzlies)

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

 

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (119-114 loss to Hawks)

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

 


Here’s a look at tonight’s slate of NBA action:

  • Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm ET on TNT
  • Indiana Pacers at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8pm ET
  • Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets, 9pm ET
  • Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm ET on TNT

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Boogie Beat LeBron

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It’s not been a good week for LeBron’s Cavaliers against former Cats.

After falling to the Pelicans behind a career-high 36-point performance from Terrence Jones, the Cavs came up short against Cousins’ Kings.  Boogie scored a game-high 28 points to defeat Cleveland 116-112 in overtime.  Cousins added 11 rebounds and 9 assists, one shy of a triple-double.

Of his nine assists, I think we’ll all agree this one was the best.

Willie Cauley-Stein came close to a double-double, finishing with 8 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

LeBron tried to will the Cavs to victory, scoring 24 and posting a triple-double.  Instead, he finished by falling flat on his face.


Jamal Murray invited to participate at All-Star Weekend

Jamal Murray is going to New Orleans.

The former Wildcat is one of six NBA rookies who have been invited to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge. Murray will suit up with Team World in the Friday night exhibition game between first- and second-year players. He will be joined on Team World by Trey Lyles, also of Kentucky fame, and two of his Denver teammates, Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker headline the Team USA roster.

U.S. Team Roster
Devin Booker (Suns)
Malcolm Brogdon (Bucks)
Marquese Chriss (Suns)
Brandon Ingram (Lakers)
Frank Kaminsky (Hornets)
Jahlil Okafor (76ers)
D’Angelo Russell (Lakers)
Jonathon Simmons (Spurs)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
Myles Turner (Pacers)

World Team Roster
Joel Embiid (76ers)
Danté Exum (Jazz)
Buddy Hield (Pelicans)
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
Trey Lyles (Nuggets)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Knicks)
Jamal Murray (Nuggets)
Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
Domantas Sabonis (Thunder)
Dario Saric (76ers)

That makes four former Wildcats in the game, for those of you scoring at home.


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BBNBA: Noel gets the Start and Delivers

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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (121-110 win over Clippers)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 29 8-10  0-0  3-3 1 7 8 5 2 3 1 4 -2 19

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Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (108-106 loss to Spurs)

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

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James Young, Boston Celtics (123-108 loss to Wizards)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 13 1-4 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 -8 5

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Who Do It Better: Murray or Jordan? (Jordan, obviously)

Who Do It Better: Murray or Jordan? (Jordan, obviously)

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Jamal Murray channeled his inner-MJ last night in Denver when he drove the lane and switched from his right to left hand while skying to the rim:

The mid-air hand-switch was reminiscent of Jordan’s legendary finish in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals:

The play earned Murray the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter‘s Top 10 and has him drawing Jordan comparisons all over the internet.


BBNBA: Jones ties Career High in Davis’ Absence

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Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (124-122 win over Cavs)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 36 13-18 3-4 7-10 3 8 11 1 2 3 1 1 -2 36

LeBron who?

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (109-99 win over Hornets)

Min FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 38  9-20 0-1 6-7 0 4 4 7 1 0 5 2 +6 24

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Terrence Jones Takes Down LeBron James

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LeBron James learned a little something about The Real T Jones.

Starting in place of the injured Anthony Davis (quad contusion), Terrence Jones didn’t miss a shot in the first half, knocking down all eight field goal attempts for 22 points.  Only 23 percent from behind the three-point line this season, Jones was feeling it tonight.  He hit 3-of-4 attempts, including this one from the top of the key.

Jones surpassed the 30-point mark by putting one in LeBron’s eye.

Jones had LeBron’s number on the other end of the floor too.

Then he took LeBron to the woodshed in the closing minutes.

Jones finished with 36 points (tying a career-high), 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Pelicans’ stunning 124-122 win over the Cavaliers.