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BBNBA: KAT Shines as the Regular Season Nears the End

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Good morning, folks. 27 different former Kentucky players were on NBA rosters that played Sunday. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Unfortunately, not all 27 could find the court. In reality, only 15 of them actually played in a game with the other 12 either injured, resting, or just being too far deep down the bench. But still, TWENTY-SEVEN pros from the same school? Quite the feat, I must say. There will come a day where I write about 30 different Kentucky players all playing on the same day in the NBA. But first, let’s recap what happened in the 14 games from a jam-packed Sunday ahead of the NCAA Championship.
  • Starting in Toronto, the Miami Heat fell to the Raptors in overtime and their playoff hopes took a sizable hit in the process. Bam Adebayo posted seven points and 13 rebounds for Miami, who is now a whole game back from the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons with only two games to go. A lot of things need to go right for Miami to sneak in. Mainly, the Pistons need to drop their last two and the Heat need to win theirs. The Nets and Magic solidified their playoff spot on Sunday, leaving three teams to fight for one seed.
  • In Cleveland, the game was more about honoring Channing Frye – a 12-year NBA vet who is set to retire after this season – than the actual basketball product. But Brandon Knight still added 16 points on 5-12 shooting to go along with three steals for the Cavs, who fell to the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 90-112.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scored a BBNBA-high 35 points on 11-18 shooting in a close loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. KAT also added seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Nerlens Noel contributed six points and thee boards for OKC.

  • The Charlotte Hornets are still breathing in the playoff race, but just barely. After beating the Pistons in Detroit, 104-91, they sit tied with the Heat at one game back of the final playoff spot. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did not play for personal reasons while Malik Monk was held scoreless in 15 minutes.
  • Eric Bledsoe posted eight points, five rebounds, and five assists in the Bucks win over the Atlanta Hawks, who were without Alex Poythress for the 14th straight game as he tends to an ankle injury.
  • Kevin Knox went for 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists as the New York Knicks knocked off the Washington Wizards, 113-110.
  • The Golden State Warriors blew out the Los Angeles Clippers, 131-104, behind 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists from DeMarcus Cousins. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander registered 12 points and three assists for the Clips.
  • In Portland, the Trail Blazers were able to sneak out a win against the Denver Nuggets, who were resting Jamal Murray (along with two other starters) in preparation for the playoffs. The lack of depth led to Trey Lyles playing his most minutes since mid-December with 27. He added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets while Jarred Vanderbilt played 12 minutes, but could only muster up one board. Enes Kanter posted an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Blazers.
  • The New Orleans Pelicans sat all three of their former Wildcats against the Sacramento Kings, robbing us fans of what could have been a very Kentucky friendly atmosphere. Anthony Davis is dealing with back spasms, Darius Miller has a hip injury, and Julius Randle got some much-deserved rest after carrying this Pels team on his shoulders the last month. But De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein still got in on the action, although in a four-point loss. Fox went for 24 points, six rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals while WCS added nine points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes for the Kings.

  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResultPointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)126-132 L vs. OKC3511-18 (0-1)72215+333
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)129-133 L vs. NOP2410-18 (1-3)611312-735
Kevin Knox (NYK)113-110 W vs. WAS165-14 (1-7)75110-332
Brandon Knight (CLE)90-112 L vs. SAS165-12 (1-3)11312-926
Trey Lyles (DEN)108-115 L @ POR156-12 (3-7)92002-327
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)131-104 W vs. LAC124-15 (2-7)94204-123
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)131-104 L @ GSW125-10 (0-1)13100-2829
Enes Kanter (POR)115-108 W vs. DEN115-13 (0-0)131103+627
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)129-133 L vs. NOP93-7 (0-0)72110-819
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)115-107 W vs. ATL84-10 (0-5)55201+2324
Bam Adebayo (MIA)109-117 (OT) L @ TOR72-7 (0-0)132103-1331
Nerlens Noel (OKC)132-126 W @ MIN62-2 (0-0)31022-1412
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)108-115 L @ POR00-1 (0-0)10104+212
Malik Monk (CHA)91-104 W @ DET00-1 (0-1)30100+815
Patrick Patterson (OKC)132-126 W @ MIN00-010000-72
Devin Booker (PHX)113-149 L @ HOUDNP-Ankle----------------
Alex Poythress (ATL)107-115 L @ MILDNP-Ankle----------------
Anthony Davis (NOP)133-129 W @ SACDNP-Back----------------
Jodie Meeks (TOR)117-109 (OT) W vs. MIADNP-CD----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)132-126 W @ MINDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)115-108 W vs. DENDNP-CD----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)113-109 W vs. UTADNP-CD----------------
John Wall (WAS)110-113 L @ NYKDNP-Heel----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)133-129 W @ SACDNP-Hip----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)91-104 W @ DETDNP-Personal----------------
Jamal Murray (DEN)108-115 L @ PORDNP-Rest---------------
Julius Randle (NOP)133-129 W @ SACDNP-Rest----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

NO GAMES TONIGHT.

Apparently, there’s another basketball event this evening. Which means no BBNBA recap for tomorrow.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

1 Comment for BBNBA: KAT Shines as the Regular Season Nears the End



  1. UKevan27
    3:36 pm April 8, 2019 Permalink

    You missed Issac Humphries