Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe decided to enforce some old pick-up hoops rules on Wednesday night. Let’s talk NBA.
The Kings look… better?
- After starting the season 0-5 before rattling off two straight wins, the Sacramento Kings came into Toronto finally playing some competent basketball. The Raptors would take down the Kings, 124-120, staving off a comeback from the west coast squad late in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, the Kings looked kinda sorta good. Well, not good good, but 100 times better than during that disastrous 0-5 start.
- De’Aaron Fox posted 17 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists (with seven ugly turnovers) and was his usual blur-like self in the second half. There was a stretch in the third quarter where Fox just decided to take over – attacking the basket without fear on multiple possessions in a row. I could swear Fox drew a foul on rookie Terence Davis three straight possessions. The smile on Fox’s face every time he scored or got to the foul line screamed: “Ya’ll are really trying me with this little dude from Ole Miss??”. Sacramento also tied a franchise record with 20 made-threes in the game against Toronto.
We like to call this, the Side Swipa ? pic.twitter.com/ot4z3wspSh
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 7, 2019
- The Kings still lost, but a four-point road loss against an insanely good Raptors team isn’t anything to get your head down about. The schedule doesn’t any easier, though, with upcoming matchups against the Hawks, Trail Blazers, Lakers, Celtics, and the new-look Suns. I really want to root for this Kings team as I did last season.
Eric Bledsoe forgot how to play basketball
- Before we get into a classic Eric Bledsoe blunder, let’s talk about his impressive stat line of 20 points and six rebounds on 8-14 shooting in a fantastic road win over the Kawhi Leonard-less Los Angeles Clippers (Leonard was sidelined for ‘load management’). Bledsoe played great all night, attacking the basket and knocking down four of his eight attempts from deep.
- Now for the bad stuff… Bledsoe also did whatever the living hell this is…
Eric Bledsoe NO WAY pic.twitter.com/Nb68PkYXvG
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 7, 2019
- He just… Walked the ball inbounds…
- I have no idea where his mind was at during this time but it obviously wasn’t focused on the basketball game he was partaking in. This is something you do at the YMCA when you’re down by seven points and don’t even feel like passing the ball in. You know that no one is going to say anything, because, well, it’s pickup hoops, but Bledsoe did this in an ACTUAL NBA GAME. Go ahead and reserve that time slot for Shaqtin’ a Fool.
The Knicks are absolutely terrible
- In news that won’t shock you, the New York Knicks are still bad. But a different kind of bad right now. Instead of being a team with several rebuilding components and an emphasis on being bad in order to obtain draft picks, the Knicks are bad in the sense that they’re just flat out awful to look at it despite having talent on the roster. Surprisingly enough, the addition of four different power forwards all on short term money deals stealing minutes from the youth leftover from last year’s “rebuilding project” hasn’t gone according to plan – whatever that plan might have been. The Knicks were blown to smithereens by the Detroit Pistons who were without Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, and Derrick Rose. TONY FREAKING SNELL shot a perfect 9-9 from the field for the Pistons.
- Julius Randle did have himself a solid outing, recording 20 points on 8-15 shooting but with four turnovers in 32 minutes. Kevin Knox (who’s 24 minutes per game – down from 29 per game his rookie year – is a direct result of the aforementioned offseason signings) added 14 points on 5-7 shooting. New York falls to 1-7 on the year and they look even more pathetic than I expected – and my expectations were already incredibly low.
- Karl-Anthony Towns returned from his two-game suspensions after his tussle with 76ers center Joel Embiid. Unfortunately, KAT’s presence couldn’t stop the Memphis Grizzlies from putting up 137 points in a 16-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towns did register a BBNBA-high 25 points in addition to his 13 rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes, but the Memphis backcourt pushed the Grizz to its second win of the season. Rookie Ja Morant continues to make my prediction for him as the Rookie of the Year look better by the game after he went for 26 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||121-137 L @ MEM||25||8-19 (3-11)||13||2||0||2||3||-10||33|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||102-122 L @ DET||20||8-15 (3-5)||3||2||1||1||4||-22||32|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||129-124 W @ LAC||20||8-14 (4-8)||6||2||1||1||4||-7||26|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||120-124 L @ TOR||17||7-16 (1-3)||7||9||1||1||7||-8||33|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||102-122 L @ DET||14||5-7 (2-3)||2||1||2||0||1||-13||26|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)||112-129 L @ HOU||4||1-6 (0-0)||4||2||0||0||0||-18||19|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||124-129 L vs. MIL||2||1-2 (0-1)||5||0||0||0||1||+3||13|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||120-124 L @ TOR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||106-121 L @ IND||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Celtics (Kanter-questionable) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
8:30: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)
9:00: Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Suns (Booker)
10:30 (TNT): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Clippers (Patterson)