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BBNBA: Hornets Surging, Wizards Plummeting


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Good afternoon, folks. Weird how they stopped the Champions Classic after the first game and the second one just didn’t happen, right? Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Only four games were in action last night with few notable matchups – if any.
  • The Charlotte Hornets won their second game in a row, bumping them over .500 with a record of 6-5. They’ve won 3 of their last four with their one loss coming at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder – who are currently on a five-game winning streak after starting the season 0-4. The Hornets’ super subs have been a major reason for their success (that and Kemba Walker being the entire offense) and Malik Monk continued that trend off the bench last night, dropping in 13 points on 5-11 shooting to go along with six assists (Monk’s passing the past few games has been crafty but on point, he’s developing into a real-time playmaker). He can also still jump high.

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dropped a goose egg in the scoring department but was his typical self in every other aspect of the game, especially on the defensive end.
  • The Hornets may have beaten the Atlanta Hawks, but not before Alex Poythress contributed eight points on 3-5 shooting (1-1 from deep) and five rebounds in 17 minutes for Atlanta.
  • I’m going to start giving myself heart palpitations if I keep watching these Washington Wizards play basketball. Surprise, surprise, Dwight Howard has not been the answer to this comedic soap opera. Howard hasn’t been awful in game, honestly, but the Wizards still suck. John Wall recorded 24 points and 10 assists but on 8-20 shooting. There is no fun watching this team. They aren’t having any themselves on the court. They’re miserable. They’re dysfunctional. And it’s probably not going to end anytime soon. After a 19-point loss to the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks, the Wiz are now 2-8. At least we still get to see plays such as this one.

  • Devin Booker couldn’t find his groove against the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 20 points on a dreadful 6-21 shooting in a blowout loss. The Suns are aggressively bad. They still don’t have a point guard and the $15 million they gave to Trevor Ariza continues to make little sense. Their front office believed they had a shot at the playoffs. That belief has quickly dissipated into a 2-8 record.
  • In a night cluttered with poor performances from Kentucky players, Eric Bledsoe took the cake. His five points on 2-12 shooting (1-7 from deep) was a killer for the Milwaukee Bucks, who couldn’t trim the Trail Blazers fourth-quarter lead down enough to give themselves a chance to win.
  • Let’s just pretend that all basketball events on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, never happened. Are we in agreement?

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall (WAS)100-119 L @ DAL248-20 (2-6)410312-1141
Devin Booker (PHX)82-104 L vs. BKN206-21 (2-8)82104-636
Malik Monk (CHA)113-102 W vs. ATL135-11 (1-3)06103+320
Alex Poythress (ATL)102-113 L @ CHA83-5 (1-1)50021-1017
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)103-118 L @ POR52-12 (1-7)27001-1430
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)113-102 W vs. ATL00-5 (0-1)62010+817
Jodie Meeks (MIL)103-118 L @ PORDNP-Suspended----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Pistons @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:30: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Hawks (Poythress)

7:30: Spurs @ Heat (Adebayo)

8:00 (ESPN): Sixers @ Pacers

8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Grizzlies

8:00: Bulls @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

9:00: Mavericks @ Jazz

10:00: Raptors @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere)

10:30 (ESPN): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Lakers (Rondo)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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2 responses to “BBNBA: Hornets Surging, Wizards Plummeting”

  1. jonthes

    Phoenix had a point guard. They waved him. Remember he won a late month award – what were they thinking?

  2. Shagaris Sock Puppet

    I tell you what happened, we all were told this would be the best UK team in years, got hyped in the Bahamas telling ourselves the platoon type team is back and we might not lose more than 3 games. Swaggy Cal was back and then Duke came out and stole all the glory and what we thought would be a magical season, turned into the worse beatdown ive ever witnessed by a UK team, especially the favorite to win the title in vegas and the #2 team in the country. We had it all in the air, the hype, the feels of basketball season and then bam, they totally stole all that and now they are the buzz and glory moving forward while are guys are probably in bed rethinking if they made the right choice. We got a bunch of good players, but we have maybe only one true great all around alpha and that is keldon, they have 3 phenoms and they all know it and feed off each other, their energy was relentless. I love Reids attitude and effort, but he is not a typical UK big and I dont know that this transfer will help him in gettting to where he wanted to be. I know its early, but thats how far away we are from the great season we thought we would have. We will no doubt get better ,but we got a long way until we get there. We need a PG to stand up and claim this team and control the floor as a leaser, last night more than anything I kept thinking hell maybe let keldon run the point and control the floor, cause no one else wanted to.