Good morning, folks. Jamal Murray was the featured player in the game of the year. Let’s talk NBA.
Thunder – 122 @ Pelicans – 116
- Julius Randle had himself a perfect game of basketball on Monday night. The former Kentucky brute scored 26 points on 10-10 shooting (him shooting 2-2 from deep is the real surprise in all this, actually) to go along with eight rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Unfortunately, the Pellies could never put together enough stops at the end of the game to squeak this one out despite Randle’s perfection.
- Anthony Davis continues to not look like his regular self. He scored 20 points but on 7-20 shooting with five turnovers and once again struggled to find a rhythm throughout the game. It’s either his elbow is bothering him or he’s just not as fluent within the game quite yet because of a couple missed games. He’s just missing shots I’ve seen him make time and time again. However, it’s not something I’m too worried about in early November.
- In his second game back from a quad injury, Darius Miller finally found the basket. He actually found it three times, shooting 3-4 from deep for nine points.
- As for the three Wildcats on the Oklahoma City sideline, Hamidou Diallo had a couple impressive fastbreak dunks on back-to-back possessions and should start to see more clock in the coming weeks due to unfortunate circumstances. Russell Westbrook literally folded his ankle in half last night after landing on it awkwardly and had to be helped off the court. His X-rays were negative, but he’s expected to miss time and Diallo should see some of those extra minutes come his way.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 6, 2018
— NBA (@NBA) November 6, 2018
- Patrick Patterson was a perfect 3-3 from deep to add 10 points for the Thunder while Nerlens Noel pulled down five rebounds in 11 minutes.
Celtics – 107 @ Nuggets – 115
- Jamal Murray did a thing last night. He went scorched earth on everybody’s ass. The blue arrows were pouring down in the Mile High City as Murray surpassed his previous career-high of 42 with a 48-point (19-30 shooting) work of art. Attached were five silly turnovers, but his shot-making was something to marvel at. Runners, pull-up jumpers, acrobatic finishes, doing actual circles in half-court sets to pop open for wide open shots while his winded defender failed to keep pace. There wasn’t anything the Celtics could do to stop him. There were times where everyone knew Murray was going to get the ball to score and he still couldn’t be stopped. It was a spectacular performance, easily the best overall game I’ve watched this season. Watching Murray and Kyrie Irving battle back-and-forth is a special scoring exhibition fit for royalty.
- But not everyone was exuberant about Murray’s brilliance. In an effort to break that 50-point plateau, Murray launched up a three as time expired and the game already decided. The shot missed, but the Celtics sure weren’t happy about it.
Kyrie Irving also threw the ball into the stands after Murray’s late three-point attempt to end the game tonight…. pic.twitter.com/tpLoYRDBOd
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 6, 2018
- Irving also later called it a “bulls**t” move, but honestly, I don’t see the big deal. I can understand why one might call it unprofessional. There was absolutely zero reason for that shot going up other than Murray simply wanting 50 points. Murray said after the game he shouldn’t have done it and he genuinely sounded like he would have taken it back, but I say the environment allowed it. It was a home game, a gigantic win for the Nuggets, and the best game of Murray’s young career. Maybe if the Celtics didn’t want to see Murray go for 50 points they should have, uh, I don’t know, not allowed him to score 48 in the first place?? I think it’s more salt than anything spilling out of the Celtics mouths. That March 18th rematch in Boston is going to be a must-watch.
- Not to be forgotten, Trey Lyles had another solid game, going for 13 points on 4-10 shooting (3-7 from deep) with three rebounds. You hardly see young guys such as Lyles who have as little fear as he does when it comes to firing up shots. He may take a bad shot or two, but for the most part, he’s always attacking and taking shots both he and the coaches know he can make.
Timberwolves – 109 @ Clippers – 120
- Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his fifth double-double of the year, but in a losing effort to the Clippers. Towns scored 20 (8-13) points to go along with 13 rebounds, but the Wolves struggled to keep up with the Clippers throughout the second half. This game was more of the same routines we’ve seen from the Wolves this season. Towns settling for jumpers, his team failing to involve him in the post, Jimmy Butler being forced to take over in the fourth quarter. The result was another loss, putting the Wolves at 4-7. Just trade Butler already.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a quiet six points and five assists. He’s still incredibly hesitant to make plays on his own but learning valuable in-game lessons. He looks more like a player trying not to screw up rather than one who can attack the basket at will. But, just like his time at Kentucky, it’s going to be a year-long process for SGA. The Clippers are giving him the minutes he needs (he started his first NBA game against the Wolves). The more comfortable he gets, the more confident he’ll become. It’s going to be fun to watch that first 20-point, 10-assist breakout game. It’ll happen by February, mark it down.
- Enes Kanter decided he wasn’t playing around anymore when the Chicago Bulls came to town. Kanter went for 23 points and 24 (TWENTY-FOUR) rebounds. It’s sucks that the Knicks suck because we could see nights like this from Kanter regularly, but the tank is on which means Kanter will be off.
- Bam Adebayo dropped in 11 points and eight rebounds in his first start of the season (Hassan Whiteside sat out with a knee injury, but shouldn’t be sidelined much longer).
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||115-107 W vs. BOS||48||19-30 (5-11)||5||4||0||0||5||-4||38|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||116-122 L @ OKC||26||10-10 (2-2)||8||1||1||2||1||+2||28|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||115-116 2OT L vs. CHI||23||8-14 (0-1)||24||7||1||0||4||+7||40|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||116-122 L @ OKC||20||7-20 (0-1)||8||1||0||1||5||-18||37|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||109-120 L @ LAC||20||8-13 (1-3)||12||2||3||4||3||-5||35|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||115-107 W vs. BOS||13||4-10 (3-7)||3||2||0||2||1||+9||23|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||120-115 OT W @ DET||11||4-5 (0-0)||8||1||3||1||0||0||29|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||122-116 W vs. NOP||10||3-4 (3-3)||2||1||0||0||0||-3||16|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||116-122 L @ OKC||9||3-4 (3-4)||1||1||0||0||2||+1||17|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||120-109 W vs. MIN||6||2-6 (0-1)||3||5||1||1||2||+7||24|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||122-116 W vs. NOP||4||2-4 (0-1)||0||0||2||0||0||+2||10|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||115-116 2OT L vs. CHI||2||1-2 (0-0)||0||0||1||0||1||-1||4|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||122-116 W vs. NOP||1||0-2 (0-0)||5||1||1||1||0||-16||11|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||117-101 W vs. MEM||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||115-107 W vs. BOS||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||98-94 W @ IND||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||116-115 2OT W @ NYK||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Hawks (Poythress) @ Hornets (Monk, Kidd-Gilchrist)
8:30 (NBATV): Wizards (Wall) @ Mavericks
9:00: Nets @ Suns (Booker)
10:00: Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended) @ Trail Blazers
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