Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 01st, 2019 @ 7:21pm
Former Kentucky point guard Eric Bledsoe just got PAID.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bledsoe has agreed to a four-year, $70 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Guard Eric Bledsoe has agreed to a four-year, $70M extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2019
The 29-year old point guard is currently averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting a career-high 49 percent from the field.
In his lone season at Kentucky in 2009-10, Bledsoe averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
He was drafted No. 18 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010, where he spent three years with the team before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2013. After developing into the team’s franchise player – he averaged over 20 points per game in 2015-16 and 2016-17 – Bledsoe asked for a trade and was eventually moved to Milwaukee in November of 2017.
The Bucks currently have an NBA-best record of 47-14 and are on pace to enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the East.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 01st, 2019 @ 4:00pm
Good morning, folks. KAT is averaging 37.7 points and 18.7 rebounds while shooting nearly 48 percent from three over his last three games. Let’s talk NBA.
- A near-death experience has Karl-Anthony Towns playing like every game could be his last. After posting 34/21 followed by a 37/18 game in his two appearances after returning from an auto accident, Towns went scorched-earth on the Indiana Pacers. He dropped 42 points – a season-high – while grabbing 17 rebounds. He also dished out four dimes while shooting 15-29 from the field (3-8 from deep). 23 of Towns’ points came in the first quarter, but his Timberwolves squad couldn’t keep up the rest of the way, falling 122-115 on the road.
- Jamal Murray was the only player on the floor for the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night who could hit a shot. The Nuggets fell at home to the Utah Jazz, 111-104, and Murray hit four of Denver’s seven overall three-pointers. He finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists with zero turnovers. His team as a whole shot 7-25 from deep (28 percent) and nearly came back from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit, but Donovan Mitchell hit several clutch shots for Utah down the stretch to ice the game away. Trey Lyles sat out his fourth straight game for Denver with a hamstring injury.
- In a surprising loss to the Orlando Magic in Florida, DeMarcus Cousins posted 21 points on 8-16 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds for the Golden State Warriors, who were without Kevin Durant (rest). For the Magic, Isaiah Briscoe returned after missing the previous two games with a concussion. He contributed eight points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||115-122 L @ IND||42||15-29 (3-8)||17||4||0||0||4||-4||34|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||96-103 L @ ORL||21||8-16 (0-4)||11||2||1||1||3||-16||31|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||111-104 L vs. UTA||21||8-16 (4-8)||4||3||0||0||0||0||32|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||118-121 L @ HOU||10||3-6 (0-0)||3||5||1||2||1||-13||29|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||125-118 W @ NYK||9||3-5 (2-2)||2||0||1||0||0||+3||19|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||103-96 W vs. GSW||8||3-7 (0-1)||9||2||0||1||1||0||20|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||118-125 L vs. CLE||8||3-12 (0-4)||6||2||0||0||1||-11||22|
|Nerlens Noel (OK)C||104-108 L vs. PHI||4||1-2 (0-0)||2||1||0||1||0||+2||9|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||104-108 L vs. PHI||0||0-0||2||0||0||0||0||-2||4|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||111-104 L vs. UTA||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||104-108 L vs. PHI||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||121-118 W vs. MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||111-104 L vs. UTA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30: Bulls @ Hawks (Poythress-G League)
7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Nets
8:00 (ESPN): Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) @ Raptors (Meeks)
8:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Celtics
9:00: Pelicans (Davis-*shrugs shoulders*, Miller, Randle) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (ESPN): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Lakers (Rondo)
Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe was robbed of a spot in the All-Star Game and I will never let it go. Let’s talk NBA.
- Karl-Anthony Towns had himself a night in Atlanta. The former Kentucky center poured in 37 points on 12-19 shooting (including 5-9 from three) to go along with 18 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. In his two games back since returning from an auto accident, Towns has been popping off – he posted 34 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks on 13-18 shooting this past Monday. Unfortunately, his Wolves team fell to the Hawks, one of the worst teams in the league by a sizable margin. The loss couldn’t have come at a worse time, too. With the Kings and Clippers both dropping games on Wednesday, the Wolves had a shot to inch up in the playoff race. But 36 points from Trae Young and another 34 from John Collins cut those efforts short. The Wolves are now four games out of the eighth seed in the West.
[47-14] Bucks – 141 @ [31-30] Kings – 140 (OT)
- Eric Bledsoe played one of his best overall games of the season for Milwaukee in a thrilling win over the Kings. Not only did he post the fifth triple-double of his career, but he also made the game-saving defensive stop on Kings guard De’Aaon Fox with time running down in regulation. Bledsoe’s 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists were enough to power the Bucks to a win despite Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting for extended stretches due to rest.
- Fox finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and nine assists while Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Kings were actually down by 17 about halfway through the third quarter before crawling all the way back to tie things up just before the final buzzer. WCS scored the putback off a missed Fox layup to finally tie the game up for the first time in what felt like forever. If Bledsoe hadn’t locked down Fox with 11 seconds left on the clock, the Kings might have completed the whole damn comeback and won the game.
- Even still, the way the Kings have been able to fight back in games against far superior opponents in encouraging. It doesn’t matter how young or inexperienced they play, they know how to keep themselves in games without letting their emotions get the best out of them. You don’t find that a lot in young teams. And for them to make huge comebacks against teams such as the Bucks, Warriors, and Nuggets is impressive, even if they’ve resulted in losses.
[27-36] Pelicans – 119 @ [30-31] Lakers – 125
- If the Lakers lost this game, they might as well of begun preparation for the offseason. This was as big of a must-win game as it gets. Which, coming against a Pelicans team in the most awkward position ever, is never a good thing. But the Lakers pulled this one out thanks to LeBron James doing insane LeBron James things and Rajon Rondo going for 11 points, seven rebounds, and 16 (SIXTEEN!) assists.
- Anthony Davis played only 20 minutes for the Pellies as he remains on a playing time restriction, but still managed to contribute 20 points and eight rebounds on 10-14 shooting. As Davis sat throughout the game and missed the entire fourth quarter, it was up to fellow former Cats Julius Randle and Darius Miller to pick up the slack. And they did just that. Randle went off for 35 points on 11-22 shooting in addition to his six rebounds and three assists while Miller made three triples for 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists. The loss doesn’t mean anything for the Pelicans, in reality. They probably just wish they could skip the last 20 games of the season, but at least Randle and Miller are still getting plenty of playing time and taking advantage of it.
- The Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Utah Jazz as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 11 points on 6-8 shooting, moving his Clippers squad down into a tie with the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
- Bam Adebayo added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists for the Miami Heat, who beat the Golden State Warriors off this ridiculous-ass Dwyane Wade game-winner.
DWYANE WADE BEATS THE WARRIORS IN MIAMIpic.twitter.com/GpfmzXbEwS
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 28, 2019
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||123-131 (OT) L @ ATL||37||12-19 (5-9)||18||3||0||2||1||+2||41|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||119-125 L @ LAL||35||11-22 (2-7)||6||3||1||1||2||-10||39|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||141-140 (OT) W @ SAC||26||11-20 (4-7)||12||13||1||0||4||+1||35|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||119-125 L @ LAL||22||10-14 (0-0)||8||2||0||0||3||+4||20|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||140-141 (OT) L vs. MIL||17||6-13 (0-2)||6||9||0||1||1||0||37|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||105-111 L @ UTA||13||6-8 (1-2)||1||1||1||1||0||-1||19|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||126-125 W vs. GSW||11||3-5 (0-0)||10||4||0||2||1||-6||31|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||119-125 L @ LAL||11||3-9 (3-9)||3||3||1||1||2||-8||25|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||125-119 W vs. NOP||11||5-15 (1-4)||7||16||2||0||2||+1||37|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||140-141 (OT) L vs. MIL||10||4-10 (0-0)||9||1||0||1||1||+6||32|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||97-92 W @ BOS||8||3-6 (0-1)||7||1||2||0||2||-7||18|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||113-118 L vs. HOU||2||1-3 (0-0)||1||1||0||0||0||-8||10|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||118-113 W @ CHA||0||0-1 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-8||1|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||113-118 L vs. HOU||0||0-2 (0-1)||0||0||0||0||1||-10||5|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||125-126 L @ MIA||DNP-Rest||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||97-92 W @ BOS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||131-123 (OT) W vs. MIN||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||125-116 W @ BKN||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (TNT OT): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pacers
7:00: Warriors (Cousins) @ Magic (Briscoe-doubtful)
7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Knicks (Knox)
8:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Rockets (Jones)
8:00 (TNT): 76ers @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)
10:30 (TNT): Jazz @ Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt)
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 27th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Good morning, folks. I’m beginning to notice some trends surrounding the playing time of some former Kentucky players and it’s not looking good as the playoffs loom. Let’s talk NBA.
- Let me be a little bit more specific, here. Each NBA team has roughly 20 games left before the regular season officially ends, which means head coaches are going to use this stretch to help determine their rotations heading into the playoffs. So instead of teams playing nine, 10, 11 guys throughout the course of a game, they’ll try to trim that down to seven or eight players that will command the majority of the minutes. Which is smart. Teams shouldn’t be experimenting with new lineups and inserting unseasoned players into high-stakes environments. This way, the team can have a clear and concise plan against whomever they’re matched up against. Because in the NBA playoffs, it is 100 percent about matchups. It’s how the Pelicans were able to sweep the Trail Blazers in the playoffs last season despite being three seeds lower in the Western Conference Standings. Portland simply had no answer for the trigger-happy frontcourt of Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic and New Orleans capitalized all over it. During the regular season, teams don’t focus on just one opponent, they focus on building the players within the roster. Once those 82 games are up, it’s time to lock down and pick the best available options that will work best against your playoff matchup.
- So, why am I bringing this all up? Well, it would appear that a few teams that feature some members of the BBNBA are finding themselves on the outside of the playoff roster looking in.
[38-22] Thunder – 112 @ [42-18] Nuggets – 121
- Before we get into which players are falling out the rotation, let’s recap the actual game first.
- Jamal Murray (who is most definitely in the Nuggets playoff rotation) hit a handful of clutch shots down the stretch of this game, including a couple of threes to ice it away for Denver. Murray finished with a BBNBA high 20 points on 8-15 shooting (4-7 from deep) to go along with his five assists, five rebounds, and only one turnover.
- For the Thunder, Nerlens Noel played significant minutes in the fourth quarter and might have finished the game for OKC had he not fouled out with about four minutes left. Even still, the big man played 17 minutes and posted seven points and five rebounds.
- You may notice some names are missing from both of these teams. Starting with OKC, Hamidou Diallo and Patrick Patterson did not appear in this game. Diallo received a DNP-CD for the fourth straight game while Patterson went his third straight game without playing.
- Now, Diallo not finding minutes this late into the season shouldn’t be a surprise. He’s showed potential as someone the franchise can develop but is nowhere near ready for a playoff environment. His minutes have been severely cut over the course of the last month and I wouldn’t expect that to change. He’s a rookie whose skills just aren’t going to be reliable in a potential seven-game series. As for Patterson, he’s currently being replaced. Markieff Morris has taken over Patterson’s spot since the Thunder signed the big man free agent earlier in the month. I mentioned this the other day – and Patterson could easily slide back into the rotation – but it doesn’t bode well for the former Kentucky player at the moment. Thunder head coach Billy Donovan could just be experimenting with a new body and swing Patterson’s minutes back his way in a week or two. But right now, with how poorly Patterson has played this year, the addition of Morris was meant to replace Patterson for the team’s playoff run. We’ll see if Morris can play well enough to keep hold of that spot.
- The last name I’m going to mention is Trey Lyles for the Nuggets. Lyles situation is a bit different than Patterson or Diallo, considering Lyles has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him the last three games. But even before the injury, it felt like Lyles was already being pushed out of the lineup. Lyles had a string of four games in a row to start February where he topped double-digits in scoring and was averaging over 16 points and 20 minutes per game. Then the following two games he played a total of 13 minutes before missing the next three. This has been Lyles season all year long. No consistency with sprinkles of reliable basketball. With how loaded the Nuggets are on the bench, Lyles could very easily find himself outside of the team’s playoff rotation.
- Jodie Meeks played his second game since signing a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors, putting up five points on 2-4 shooting with two rebounds in seven minutes. The Raptors smacked the Boston Celtics by a score of 118-95 in Toronto.
- Kevin Knox had a rough shooting night against the Orlando Magic, making only three of his 16 shot attempts for eight points, but his Knicks team still earned the win at home.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||121-112 W vs. OKC||20||8-15 (4-7)||5||5||0||0||1||+16||32|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||108-103 W vs. ORL||8||3-16 (0-2)||5||2||0||0||2||-18||27|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||112-121 L @ DEN||7||3-4 (0-0)||5||1||1||1||2||+14||17|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||118-95 W vs. BOS||5||2-4 (1-3)||2||1||0||0||0||0||7|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||121-112 W vs. OKC||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||-2||>1|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||103-108 L @ NYK||DNP-Concussion||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||121-112 W vs. OKC||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||112-121 L @ DEN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||---|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||112-121 L @ DEN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Rockets (Jones) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:30: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:30: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Nets
7:30: Warriors (Cousins) @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:00 (ESPN): Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) @ Celtics
8:00: Bulls @ Grizzlies
8:30: Pistons @ Spurs
8:30: Pacers @ Mavericks
9:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Jazz
10:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Davis-?, Miller-probable, Randle) @ Lakers (Rondo)
Add Andrew Harrison to the list of former Cats playing pro overseas. According to Sportando, Andrew has signed a deal with Russian club Khimki Moscow. He’ll be taking the place of former Mississippi State guard Dee Bost, who has been with the program since July 2018.
Khimki Moscow confirmed the news on Twitter (shoutout to Microsoft Translate):
— BC Khimki (@Khimkibasket) February 27, 2019
? ??????? ???????? ?????? ??????? ? ????????? ?????? @NBA (2017/18) ? ???????? ??????????? ???????? ????? ? ???????? ??? ?????? / Check the vid our brand new member @DrewRoc5 in action! ? pic.twitter.com/WFTK8ISzbC
— BC Khimki (@Khimkibasket) February 27, 2019
This season, Andrew has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 3.2 points in 17 games.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 26th, 2019 @ 3:10pm
I bet your Tuesday afternoon wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the Portland Trail Blazers’. Enes Kanter, Skal Labissiere, and their teammates got stuck in an elevator in Boston for half an hour today, and of course, documented everything on social media:
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 26, 2019
We finally got it. ??? pic.twitter.com/elH231WzTa
— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard11) February 26, 2019
The videos are funny, and thank goodness they’re all okay, but can you imagine how scary the situation must have been for Skal? In 2010, the former Cat was stuck in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake for three hours until his father dug him out. I believe that’s him sitting on the floor of the elevator car with his head down. You can see Enes helping him out in the final video.
Scary stuff. The Trail Blazers play the Celtics tomorrow night.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 26th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Good morning, folks. KAT is back and Boogie is getting techs for throwing footwear. Let’s talk NBA.
[43-17] Warriors – 121 @ [28-32] Hornets – 110
- DeMarcus Cousins recorded a season-high in both points (24) and minutes (32) in the Warriors win over the Charlotte Hornets. It was the first time this season that Cousins eclipsed 30 minutes.
- ”I have to hug coach Kerr for that,” Cousins said in reference to his playing time.
- The big night for Boogie couldn’t pass by without a bit of controversy, though, as Cousins was given a technical foul for tossing Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb’s shoe into the crowd after it came off his foot during play. It was a petty call – albeit the correct one – but what was Cousins suppose to do here? Just let someone slip all over it? Boogie also contributed 11 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in what was his best game back since the Achilles injury.
Demarcus Cousins was not happy after getting a tech late in the 4th quarter for throwing a shoe off the court. pic.twitter.com/hEF5zVBANu
— ESPN (@espn) February 26, 2019
- For Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played 11 minutes, adding six points and two rebounds while Malik Monk went scoreless in only six minutes of playing time. Even with the loss, the Hornets still hold a half-game lead over the Orlando Magic for the final spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
[31-29] Kings – 105 @ [29-31] Timberwolves – 112
- Karl-Anthony Towns missed the previous two games (the first games he’s missed in his entire NBA career) and could have missed a whole lot more if he hadn’t come “out in the 1 percent” as he stated, according to an article on ESPN. It sounds like a small miracle that Towns is even alive right now, but now it has me wondering what the hell actually happened during the wreck? How did he come so close to losing his life and is back dropping a BBNBA high 34 points not even a week later? Not only did he pour in a game-high in points, he also recorded 21 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 30 minutes while shooting 13-18 from the field (3-6 from three). I think we can officially confirm that Towns is not from this planet.
- The win was huge for Minnesota, as it pulled them to within three games of the eight seed out West – and into a tie with the Lakers. Despite the loss, the Sacramento Kings still hold a two-game lead over the Wolves, but trail the San Antonio Spurs by one game for the final spot. De’Aaon Fox posted 23 points, three rebounds, and five assists for Sacramento, but shot an inefficient 8-24 from the field. Willie Cauley-Stein played only 12 minutes as he dealt with foul trouble throughout the majority of the game, contributing only four points and one rebound.
- In New Orleans, Anthony Davis made an appearance, but played only 20 minutes and sat the entire fourth quarter as the Pelicans fell by only point to the Philadelphia 76ers. Davis still managed to add 18 points and six rebounds. Julius Randle recorded a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double – his 25th of the season. Darius Miller sat out his third straight game with an ankle injury.
- In Miami, the Phoenix Suns won for the first time since Jan. 15, snapping a franchise-record 17-game losing streak by beating the Heat. Devin Booker led the way for Phoenix, posting 20 points, four rebounds, and nine assists in 32 minutes. Bam Adebayo added 14 points and nine rebounds for Miami.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||112-105 W vs. SAC||34||13-18 (3-6)||21||5||0||2||4||+12||30|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||121-110 W @ CHA||24||9-15 (1-4)||11||3||1||3||1||+10||31|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||105-112 L @ MIN||23||8-24 (2-5)||3||5||1||0||3||+1||32|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||124-121 W @ MIA||20||6-16 (3-9)||4||9||0||0||4||+3||32|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||110-111 L vs. PHI||19||6-18 (0-1)||14||1||3||2||0||+1||34|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||110-111 L vs. PHI||18||8-14 (0-0)||6||2||2||3||1||+1||20|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||121-124 L vs. PHX||14||4-7 (0-0)||9||1||2||1||0||-3||21|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||123-110 W @ CLE||9||3-5 (0-0)6||6||2||0||0||1||-7||18|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||117-106 W @ CHI||8||3-5 (1-3)||5||4||0||0||2||+4||26|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||110-121 L vs. GSW||6||2-5 (0-0)||2||0||0||0||0||-11||11|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||110-123 L vs. POR||4||1-6 (0-3)||0||1||0||0||0||-14||19|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||105-112 L @ MIN||4||2-4 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||1||-20||12|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||105-110 L @ MEM||2||1-6 (0-0)||4||0||0||0||3||-10||15|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||110-121 L vs. GSW||0||0-3 (0-2)||0||0||0||0||0||-10||6|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||121-112 W vs. DAL||0||0-4 (0-3)||2||0||2||0||0||-8||17|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||110-111 L vs. PHI||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||111-119 L @ HOU||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||123-110 W @ CLE||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||119-111 W vs. ATL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30: Magic (Briscoe-out) @ Knicks (Knox)
8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Raptors (Meeks)
10:30 (TNT): Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt)
By Drew Franklin on ©February 25th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Karl-Anthony Towns is lucky to be alive after walking away from a car accident that occurred as he was on his way to the airport for the Timberwolves’ flight to a road game, right now he is has been busy with all the medication, plus he had to file a claim with the Auto Accident Lawyer Philadelphia PA as well.
Towns was a passenger in a Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Minnesota’s strength coach, Kurt Joseph, when a semi-truck rear-ended their vehicle, which was stopped on the interstate. Towns estimated the truck was moving at about 35-40 mph at the time of the collision; moments before impact, he heard Joseph say, “The truck is not slowing down behind us.”
Towns missed two games (his first two absences in his NBA career) but is expected to return to action tonight. On Monday he said, “The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive… I hit the 5 percent mark. I’d say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1 percent.” hello
He turned down medical attention at the scene, and has been cleared from concussion protocol.
“It could’ve been much worse,” he said.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 25th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Good afternoon, folks. Jodie Meeks is finally back on the court. Let’s talk NBA.
- Jodie Meeks made his debut in a Toronto Raptors uniform after being signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 19. Meeks only has 10 days worth of time with the Raptors to prove he’s worth a second 10-day deal, so he posted 10 points and two rebounds on 4-9 shooting, connecting on two of his five looks from deep. He played 16 minutes in this matchup against the Orlando Magic (who were without Isaiah Briscoe as he recovers from a concussion) after not playing in an NBA game since April. Naturally, he was amped up.
- “Man, it felt good [to be back on the court]. This is something that you set out for to be your dream,” Meeks said according to Sportsnet. “And here I am in my 10th year and it just felt like old times. It’s really good to be back in uniform and contributing.”
- In New York, the Knicks got a surprise win over the San Antonio Spurs behind Kevin Knox’s 19 points and 10 rebounds on 8-18 shooting. The win snapped New York’s franchise-record 18-game home losing streak, as it was the team’s first win at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 1.
[33-28] Clippers – 96 @ [41-18] Nuggets – 123
- Since trading away their star player Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster trade deadline deal, the Los Angeles Clippers have refused to tank. They are currently tied for the seventh seed in the Western Conference with the San Antonio Spurs and hold a one-game lead over the ninth-seeded Sacramento Kings. Blowing away the rest of the season in order to maximize their assets has never been in the Clippers DNA, but after getting dropped by almost 30 points to the Denver Nuggets, maybe they should reconsider. They’re now 3-3 since the Harris trade. Is making the playoffs as a seven or eight seed worth being murdered by the Nuggets or the Golden State Warriors in round one? The Clippers have a potential lottery pick that they would have to convey to Boston if they make the playoffs. Losing seems to be the smart move for the future, but building a culture around prioritizing winning can be appealing to free agents (looking at you Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard). But honestly, I just want the Kings to sneak into the playoffs and I don’t care if they get violently swept by Golden State. The Kings will at least be entertaining. The Clippers would be boring. Unless Lou Williams is averaging 40 per game, I’d rather not watch them at all. But that’s my Clippers rant for the week. Would you like to know how Shai Gilgeous-Alexander faired in Sunday night’s game? Really, you do? Well, he scored one point and shot 0-9 from the field. Happy now?
- For Denver, Jamal Murray contributed 16 points on 6-12 shooting to go along with four rebounds and six assists. Trey Lyles is dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for Friday’s game against Dallas along with Sunday night’s game. Jarred Vanderbilt received some late clock, scoring a bucket in a couple minutes of playing time with the game alreayd decided.
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||130-118 W vs. SAS||19||8-18 (1-6)||10||2||0||1||2||+10||32|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||123-96 W vs. LAC||16||6-12 (2-6)||4||6||1||0||3||+9||24|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||98-113 L vs. ORL||10||4-9 (2-5)||2||0||0||0||0||+7||16|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||123-96 W vs. LAC||2||1-1 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||+2||2|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||96-123 L @ DEN||1||0-9 (0-3)||1||4||2||1||4||-24||29|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||113-98 W @ TOR||DNP-Concussion||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||123-96 W vs. LAC||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Warriors (Cousins) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter, Labissiere) @ Cavaliers (Knight)
7:00: Pacers @ Pistons
7:30: Spurs @ Nets
7:30: Suns (Booker) @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Bulls
8:00: Hawks @ Rockets
8:00: Lakers (Rondo) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Timberwolves (Towns-questionable)
8:00 (NBATV): 76ers @ Pelicans (Davis-questionable)
10:30 (NBATV): Mavericks @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 24th, 2019 @ 1:15pm
Good morning, folks. The Kings are on the rise and the Lakers on the fall. Let’s talk NBA.
[29-30] Lakers – 115 @ [27-34] Pelicans – 128
- Despite Anthony Davis sitting out due to “rest” (because he’s tired of all this bullcrap), the Pelicans whooped LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at home. For New Orleans, the win means nothing – and ownership would probably have preferred they lost.
- For Los Angeles…. Oh boy…. This may be the team’s worst loss of the season. Worse than the 40-point drumming they were handed by the Indiana Pacers earlier in the month. This was a game the Lakers simply could not afford to lose. Not even because of all the AD nonsense and because they were playing New Orleans, but because the Pelicans are terrible and the Lakers have to beat terrible teams right now. With the Sacramento Kings (more on them in a second) and the Los Angeles Clippers hunting for what will likely be one playoff spot, losing to a team now seven games under .500 is a huge no-no. The Lakers sit at a game under .500 and 3.5 games behind the Clippers for the eight seed. There are still 23 games left, but the clock is ticking.
- As for the game, Rajon Rondo contributed seven points, three rebounds, and four assists for the Lakers in 28 minutes.
- Along with Davis, Darius Miller was also sidelined, but due to an ankle injury. Miller also sat out Friday’s games and could return as soon as Monday when the Pellies take on the 76ers. Julius Randle was the lone Wildcat to take the floor for NOLA, posting 24 points on 9-17 shooting to go along with three rebounds and five assists.
[31-28] Kings – 119 @ [38-21] Thunder – 116
- While the Lakers suffered perhaps their most damaging loss of the season, the Sacramento Kings earned a massive statement win against one of the top teams in the Western Conference. After falling to the Golden State Warriors by only two points on Thursday, the Kings managed to pull out a win in a game that was just as close over the Oklahoma City Thunder. De’Aaron Fox hit a pair of clutch free throws to put the Kings up late and Willie Cauley-Stein took a charge from Russell Westbrook with 11 seconds left that ultimately sealed the win for Sacramento. Fox finished with 19 points on 7-16 shooting and nine assists while WCS added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season.
- For the Thunder, neither of Hamidou Diallo or Patrick Patterson appeared in this game. Diallo not playing isn’t too much of a surprise, considering he hasn’t been playing real minutes since December/January, but Patterson not playing is interesting. While it’s true that Patterson is having another down year, he hadn’t missed any games all season. That is until the Thunder signed Markieff Morris, who inked a deal with them not too long ago after he was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans following a trade from the Washington Wizards. Morris, who hadn’t played in a game since December due to neck surgery, has effectively replaced Patterson in the Thunder rotation the last two games (Patterson had played in 164 consecutive games before sitting out against the Utah Jazz on Friday). The former Kentucky forward hasn’t played a minute since Morris’ arrival. Morris was held scoreless in 17 minutes during his first Thunder game but dropped in 10 points in 20 minutes on Saturday night. We probably won’t know for sure if head coach Billy Donovan is going to commit to this until he finalizes a playoff rotation and Morris playing over Patterson is probably more of a “try out” at this moment than anything. But still, Patterson has not played well this season and Morris can do the exact same type of things on the court that he can.
- Nerlens Noel played extended minutes into the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City, contributing a total of six points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal in 20 minutes.
- Starting with Devin Booker, who led the BBNBA in scoring with 26 points on 8-23 shooting while also recording seven rebounds and eight assists as his Phoenix Suns fell to the Atlanta Hawks. Alex Poythress, who was recently called up to the Hawks, has already been moved back to the team’s G League affiliate.
- Enes Kanter played in his second game as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, following up his debut performance of 18 points and nine rebounds with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. The Blazers got the win, as well, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly. Skal Labissiere saw the court for only the second time since being traded from the Kings to the Blazers, playing only three minutes and recording just one block.
- In Milwaukee, Eric Bledsoe posted 16 points on 6-11 shooting while also pulling in five rebounds and dishing out seven assists. The Bucks would pull out the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were missing Karl-Anthony Towns for the second straight game as he remains in the concussion protocol. If you haven’t heard, Towns was in a car wreck earlier in the week that forced him to sit out the first game of his entire career. KAT must pass a slew of concussion tests before he can return to the court. Hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||112-120 L @ ATL||26||8-23 (2-6)||7||8||0||1||2||-14||36|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||128-115 W vs. LAL||24||9-17 (2-7)||3||5||1||0||4||+2||38|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||119-116 W @ OKC||19||7-16 (1-1)||1||9||1||3||2||-3||33|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||130-115 W @ PHI||16||6-14 (0-0)||8||4||0||0||2||-4||20|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||140-128 W vs. MIN||16||6-11 (1-4)||5||7||2||0||3||+17||29|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||112-118 L vs. HOU||13||4-12 (1-3)||14||2||3||4||6||-17||26|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||119-116 W @ OKC||10||5-9 (0-0)||11||2||1||0||0||-6||29|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||115-117 L vs. BKN||9||3-6 (1-2)||2||1||0||0||2||-5||26|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||115-128 L @ NOP||7||3-5 (1-3)||3||4||2||0||4||-11||28|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||116-119 L vs. SAC||6||3-7 (0-0)||8||2||1||2||0||-1||20|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||112-107 W vs. MEM||4||2-5 (0-3)||2||5||1||0||1||+11||18|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||96-119 L vs. DET||4||1-2 (0-0)||3||2||0||0||2||-10||14|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||115-117 L vs. BKN||1||0-1 (0-0)||2||2||0||0||0||+3||7|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||130-115 W @ PHI||0||0-0||0||0||0||1||1||-7||3|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||128-115 W vs. LAL||DNP-Rest||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||116-119 L vs. SAC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||118-112 W @ GSW||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||116-119 L vs. SAC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||128-115 W vs. LAL||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||128-140 L @ MIL||DNP-Concussion protocol||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||112-119 L vs. IND||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||120-112 W vs. PHX||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
3:30: Magic (Briscoe) @ Raptors (Meeks)
5:00 (NBATV): Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt)
7:30 (NBATV): Spurs @ Knicks (Knox)
Former Kentucky Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns might have to miss a game or two after the NBA All-Star was involved in an auto accident.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders told the media this morning the car accident happened as Towns traveled to the airport for the team’s road trip to New York. He was excused from this morning’s shoot-around and is considered “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Knicks.
There were no further details about Towns’ accident, but luckily, it does not sound severe. Best wishes from the BBN to a speedy recovery for the Big KAT.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 22nd, 2019 @ 10:30am
Good morning, folks. The NBA is back. Let’s talk about it.
[30-28] Kings – 123 @ [42-16] Warriors – 125
- Despite 18 points and eight assists from De’Aaron Fox, the Sacramento Kings couldn’t hit a shot at the buzzer to send this game into overtime. Buddy Hield had a chance to tie it up, but his free-throw line jumper fell short just as time ran out. Fox also added three rebounds and three steals to his total while his teammate Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and three steals.
- And who did WCS have the pleasure of guarding whenever they were in the game simultaneously? A revitalized DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie dropped 17 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes after having the week off, but he was getting completely tapped out of energy way too quickly. A lot of that had to do with the Kings and Warriors wasting zero time pushing the ball down the floor and chucking up jumpers before the shot clock could hit 20, forcing the former Kentucky center to sprint along with them. After recovering from an Achilles injury, Thursday night proved that Cousins has a ton of conditioning to do if he wants to be ready to compete come playoff time. But in the halfcourt, he was a tank.
- In Cleveland, Devin Booker scored a BBNBA high 30 points on 10-20 shooting to go along with seven assists (and nine turnovers) as his Phoenix Suns fell on the road to the Cavaliers in a battle of “who wants to lose this game more” (the answer was apparently the Suns). Brandon Knight recorded nine points, three rebounds, and four assists for the Cavs.
- Enes Kanter played his first game for the Portland Trail Blazers since he was waived by the New York Knicks before the All-Star break. In his debut, Kanter shined, shooting an efficient 8-9 from the field for 18 points while also pulling in nine rebounds in only 19 minutes. The Blazers beat the Nets in Brooklyn, 113-99.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||98-111 L @ CLE||30||10-20 (3-9)||1||7||1||0||9||-12||37|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||113-99 W @ BKN||18||8-9 (0-1)||9||0||1||0||1||-3||19|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||123-125 L @ GSW||18||6-14 (2-4)||3||8||3||1||2||+3||31|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||125-123 W vs. SAC||17||6-12 (1-4)||10||3||0||1||2||-6||26|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||123-125 L @ GSW10||10||4-6 (0-0)||5||1||3||0||1||-3||27|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||111-98 W vs. PHX||9||3-6 (1-3)||3||4||0||0||1||+7||21|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||102-106 L @ PHI||6||3-4 (0-0)||2||2||2||0||0||+10||16|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||98-97 W vs. BOS||5||2-9 (0-4)||3||1||0||0||2||-15||31|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||111-106 W vs. HOU||2||1-4 (0-1)||2||7||0||0||4||-9||19|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||106-111 L @ LAL||DNP-Signed to 10-day contract on Thursday||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00: Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Pacers
7:00: Bulls @ Magic (Briscoe)
7:00 (ESPN): Spurs @ Raptors (Meeks)
7:30: Pistons @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:30: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Knicks (Kanter)
8:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Grizzlies
8:30: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Mavericks
9:30 (ESPN): Jazz @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)
By Zack Geoghegan on ©February 21st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
One of the most dominating players in the NBA’s G League is finally getting the bump up to the highest level of competition.
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones is signing a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are signing power forward Terrence Jones to a 10-day deal, sources told ESPN. Jones, 27, a former Rockets first-round pick, has been out of the NBA since 2016-17. He’s been dominant in the G League this season, averaging 23.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 22, 2019
Jones played the first four seasons of his NBA career in Houston, appearing in 178 total games – starting 106 of them – while averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game from 2012-2016. He has been out of the pros since March of 2017 when he was a member of the Milwaukee Bucks but is destroying the competition in the G League this season for the Erie BayHawks.
Through 24 games for the Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate, Jones is averaging 23.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game while shooting over 52 percent from the field and nearly 38 percent from three on 3.6 attempts per game.
Jones will now be assigned to the Rockets’ G League team, the Rio Grande Vipers.
With the playoffs creeping closer and closer, the Rockets are trying to beef up the back end of their bench with some size and Jones should fit in comfortably. He definitely won’t have the ball as much as he’s used to in the G League, but playing next to James Harden means getting rebounds and running the floor and Jones is more than capable of both. Hopefully, he can impress through 10 days to earn that coveted second 10-day deal.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 21st, 2019 @ 3:42pm
The debate over whether Zion Williamson should play the rest of this season is dominating the news today, to the point even DeMarcus Cousins is weighing in. When asked, Boogie said Zion should start preparing for the NBA because college basketball, specifically the NCAA, is “bulls**t.”
“Knowing what I know now? College is bullsh**t. College basketball, the NCAA is bulls**t. My advice to him is do what’s best for you and your family. Obviously, college isn’t it. You can’t really — it does nothing for you at this point. You’ve proved you’re the No. 1 pick coming out, you’ve proven your talent. Get ready for the next level because it’s happening.”
DeMarcus Cousins: “Knowing what I know now, college basketball is bullshit.” Advises Zion Williamson to get ready for the NBA. pic.twitter.com/k3B1JA0E42
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 21, 2019
Don’t misinterpret Boogie’s comments as a shot at Kentucky; he added that he loved his time in Lexington, just hates how the NCAA exploits student athletes.
“I loved my experience in college. That was some of the best years of my life playing basketball. That being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is. I saw a post the other day where it was I think the highest ticket for that UNC-Duke game was $2,500, $3,500? How much does Zion Williamson get? That’s who they’re coming to see. So how much does he get? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team? But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid. They get a bad rep. ‘Uncoachable.’ They’re ‘thugs.’ Whatever the case may be. It’s bulls**t.”
He’s not wrong.