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)