Good afternoon, folks. Bam Adebayo posted a career-high while Hassan Whiteside sat out. Huh. Weird, right? Let’s talk NBA.
- Something is going on in Miami with Hassan Whiteside and the coaching staff. After Whiteside left their game against the Orlando Magic with 40 seconds remaining – a game the Heat completely blew in the second half – he was held out of Friday night’s game for “personal” reasons. Dwyane Wade was quick to point out that Whiteside left the game early because he had to use the bathroom, but yeah, I don’t particularly buy that premise at all. Add in the context that Whiteside was benched because he played so poorly in the third quarter and now we have a real story. There appears to be some sort of disconnect somewhere between player and either front office or coaching staff. Which leads us to Bam Adebayo, who happily filled in those minutes in Whiteside’s absence. In Friday’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns, Adebayo posted a career-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds on 6-9 shooting. I’ve long been on the train that the Heat should be looking to trade Whiteside and his gaudy contract so they can implement Adebayo as soon as possible. Whether or not this situation becomes irreparable is what we’ll be looking at next. It wouldn’t shock me if the Heat found a way to gloss over this but it also wouldn’t shock me if they did hunt for a trade partner. The Heat is 10-14 right now and began the season with playoff aspirations. Now they have a bit of a controversy on their hands. #StartBam
- Make sure to catch his alley-oop slam at the 1:15 mark. Oh, and another one at 1:50.
Nuggets – 107 @ Hornets – 113
- What a big win for the Charlotte Hornets over the West-leading Denver Nuggets. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a massive block with under 30 seconds left that sealed the win. He also added six points and five rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
- Malik Monk also had a solid outing, scoring 16 points on 5-12 shooting (3-8 from three) while also leading the team with a +/- of plus-21. Charlotte moves up to 12-13 with the win.
- For Denver, Jamal Murray couldn’t find his range from deep, but still scored 20 points on 8-20 shooting. He also contributed five rebounds and seven assists but missed some critical threes that would have desperately helped the Nuggets. Trey Lyles had an off shooting night, going 2-11 from the field for only five points and five rebounds. But something interesting happened Friday night that might help Lyles going forward.
- Lyles broke out last season due to Paul Millsap’s wrist injury that caused him to miss three months. When Millsap came back, Lyles was understandably given more of a bench role. Well, it looks like Millsap could miss more time after he broke his big toe on Friday. Insert Trey Lyles once again. The Nuggets are still one of the best teams in the NBA and losing Milsap doesn’t change that, but it definitely changes the dynamic of the team. We’re going to see more Lyles again and he’s going to have to continue to be aggressive and hunt for his shots – which really hasn’t been an issue for him. The issue is going to be converting on some of these tough drives to the basket that he loves. I’m excited to see how he can perform with a higher usage again. Lyles isn’t gun-shy at all.
Kings – 129 @ Cavaliers – 110
- De’Aaron Fox could have won this entire game by himself if he chose to do so. Fox led the BBNBA in scoring with 30 points on 12-16 shooting (4-5 from three) to go along with 12 assists, three steals, and only one turnover. He dominated the matchup against rookie point guard Collin Sexton and was sprinting up and down the court with absolutely zero resistance. It was insanely fun to watch. Willie Cauley-Stein shot a perfect 5-5 from the floor for 10 points while also grabbing six boards.
Grizzlies – 107 @ Pelicans – 103
- Anthony Davis and Julius Randle combined for 51 points, but could never separate themselves from the Grizzlies. Davis finished with 25 points 11 rebounds, and four blocks while Randle went for 26 points and 13 rebounds. We already know how good Davis is, but damn, even I didn’t think Randle could be this good. He’s averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds on 61 percent shooting over his last three games. He has been coming off the bench in favor of Nikola Mirotic, but Randle was forced to start the last three games while Mirotic recovered from an illness. Mirotic is almost healthy now, so it’ll be interesting to see if head coach Alvin Gentry continues with the hot Randle or goes back to his original starting lineup. Either way, Randle is playing like an All-Star right now and probably leads the Sixth Man of the Year race.
- Darius Miller went 1-5 from deep for only three points.
Check out the rest of the stats below.
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||129-110 W @ CLE||30||12-16 (4-5)||2||12||3||0||1||+31||29|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||103-107 L vs. MEM||26||10-19 (1-3)||13||3||2||0||2||+7||34|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||103-107 L vs. MEM||25||10-21 (0-5)||11||3||2||4||3||-9||35|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||115-98 W @ PHX||22||6-9 (0-0)||10||2||1||1||0||+20||32|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||107-113 L @ CHA||20||8-20 (0-4)||5||7||2||0||1||-2||36|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||113-107 W vs. DEN||16||5-12 (3-8)||0||1||0||1||0||+21||22|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||95-105 L vs. GSW||14||6-12 (2-5)||1||4||4||0||5||-6||29|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||129-110 W @ CLE||10||5-5 (0-0)||6||3||2||0||1||+18||26|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||113-107 W vs. DEN||6||2-4 (0-0)||5||0||0||1||0||-7||15|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||107-113 L @ CHA||5||2-11 (1-5)||5||2||1||3||1||-7||18|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||112-114 L @ CHI||4||2-3 (0-0)||2||1||0||0||1||-1||9|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||103-107 L vs. MEM||3||1-5 (1-5)||3||0||0||0||0||-7||19|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||112-114 L @ CHI||2||1-4 (0-0)||2||0||2||3||1||-11||15|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||90-112 L vs. IND||0||0-0||1||0||0||0||1||+3||4|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||112-114 L @ CHI||0||0-1 (0-1)||2||0||0||0||0||-8||11|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||129-110 W @ CLE||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||98-115 L vs. MIA||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||120-133 L @ SAS||DNP-Hand||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||105-95 W @ MIL||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||107-113 L @ CHA||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
6:00: Rockets (Knight-out) @ Mavericks
7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Pacers
7:30: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Hawks (Poythress-out)
7:30: Wizards (Wall) @ Cavaliers
7:30: Nets @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox)
8:00: Celtics @ Bulls
8:00: Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Grizzlies
10:00 (NBATV): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Trail Blazers
10:30: Heat (Adebayo) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
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