Good morning, folks. Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and the Miami Heat got the best of Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns. Let’s talk NBA.
PJ swattin’ everything
- Former Charlotte Hornets guard (now a member of the Boston Celtics) Kemba Walker made an emotional return to North Carolina for the first time since signing with Boston in the offseason. Walker finished with 14 points on 4-12 shooting for the Celtics, who created one tear-jerking highlight video honoring the all-time greatest Hornet.
- Enes Kanter sat out his sixth straight game with a knee contusion for the Celtics.
- The Hornets would get blown out in this one, losing 108-87 after a second-half surge from the Celtics. But it was Washington’s defense that I wanted to highlight from his outing on Thursday night. The forward posted only four points – a season-low – but he added eight rebounds and five blocks that had me out of my seat for every single one of them. One of them came against former Tennessee forward Grant Williams and I couldn’t help but grin a little bit wider for that one.
PJ Washington, help defense: 4 blocks vs. Boston (credited with 5), including 3 on help efforts. This play at the rim vs. Grant: goddamn. pic.twitter.com/51uOVtEgbu
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) November 8, 2019
- Malik Monk added four points on 1-3 shooting in 21 minutes for Charlotte.
Heat too much for the Suns
- The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns both came into this game with surprising 5-2 records. But it was the team from South Beach that came away with its sixth win of the season (124-108) behind two magnificent halves from Jimmy Butler and then Goran Dragic.
- Adebayo had another fantastic showing, registering a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in addition to six assists and five steals. Herro had the opportunity to go up against one of the players he’s modeled his game after, Devin Booker, and poured in 15 points on 3-4 shooting from deep. In case you missed it, here’s a great article on the two and recent their bond.
- Booker posted a BBNBA-high 22 points on 6-13 shooting to go along with three rebounds and five assists.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder fell on the road to the San Antonio Spurs, 112-121. SGA registered 21 points on 9-18 shooting while his Kentucky teammates, Nerlens Noel and Hamidou Diallo, added seven points, six rebounds and 11 points on 5-9 shooting, respectively.
- Trey Lyles received the start once again for the Spurs and contributed eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes as the small-ball center.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||108-124 L vs. MIA||22||6-13 (2-4)||3||5||1||0||6||0||35|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||112-121 L @ SAS||21||9-18 (0-1)||1||3||0||0||2||-9||34|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||124-108 W @ PHX||15||6-9 (0-1)||10||6||5||1||2||+1||34|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||124-108 W @ PHX||15||6-12 (3-4)||2||2||1||0||0||+14||28|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||112-121 L @ SAS||11||5-9 (1-1)||2||2||2||0||1||+1||31|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||121-112 W vs. OKC||8||3-5 (2-2)||4||1||0||0||0||+12||20|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||112-121 L @ SAS||7||3-3 (0-0)||6||2||2||1||1||-4||19|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||107-101 W vs. POR||6||2-7 (1-4)||3||1||0||0||0||-3||20|
|PJ Washington Jr. (CHA)||87-108 L vs. BOS||4||1-8 (0-1)||8||2||0||5||1||-12||27|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||87-108 L vs. BOS||4||1-3 (0-2)||0||2||0||0||2||-1||21|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||101-107 L @ LAC||4||2-3 (0-0)||3||1||0||1||1||0||20|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||87-108 L vs. BOS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||121-112 W vs. OKC||DNP-Inactive||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||108-87 W @ CHA||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Pistons @ Pacers
7:00: Grizzlies @ Magic
7:00 (ESPN): Cavaliers (Knight) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Hawks @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)
8:00: Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
8:00: Raptors @ Pelicans (Miller-out)
8:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Mavericks
9:00: 76ers @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)
9:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Jazz
10:00: Nets @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)
10:30 (NBATV): Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo-doubtful)