Good afternoon, folks. The former Wildcats are struggling in the All-Star ballot, it’s time to change that. Let’s talk NBA.
- The second return of fan votes was released on Thursday and the BBNBA is…. not doing as well as they should be. Here’s a look at the voting numbers through the first two weeks.
Lakers’ LeBron James and Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo increased their conference leads in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting. Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade still among starters in fan vote. So is Luka Doncic.
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— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 10, 2019
- So, some personal thoughts: Shoutout to Devin Booker for just sneaking into the top 10 voting for Western Conference guards – over Chris Paul, too.
- I’m not surprised John Wall didn’t make the list, especially with his heel injury. Although, I feel that even if he was fully healthy, Wizards fans would have a tough time convincing themselves to vote for him. His teammate, Bradley Beal, did snag the 10th spot among Eastern Conference guards, however.
- DeMarcus Cousins still received over a quarter million votes despite not playing in an NBA game since January. But then again, Draymond Green – who is having one of his career-worst seasons – received damn near a half-million votes, so we’ll chalk that up to the power of Golden State’s insatiable fans.
- Players such as Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, and Vince Carter may have a high total of fan votes, but the lack of media and player votes will surely cancel those out. Don’t worry, you won’t have to watch Rose limp around an All-Star game this season. Although Luka Doncic might be able to sneak his way in as a rookie.
- Uhhhhh, where the hell is Karl-Anthony Towns???
- Make sure to vote, people. All votes count for double today. VOTE HERE!
[24-17] Clippers – 100 @ [28-12] Nuggets – 121
- The Denver Nuggets continue to wreak havoc on the Western Conference. After a win over another playoff contending opponent on Thursday night, the Nuggets move to 28-12 and 1.5 games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the West and the third-best record overall. Jamal Murray led both his Nuggets squad and the BBNBA in scoring with 23 points on 10-16 shooting (2-4 from deep) to go along with six rebounds.
- Trey Lyles played 22 minutes against the Clippers – the most he’s played in nearly a month – but had a cold shooting night, going 3-11 from the field for seven points. The next several games are going to be an important stretch for Lyles. The man who effectively replaced Lyles in the rotation – Juan Hernangomez – has been dealing with an abdominal injury that could sideline him in the future. Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said of Hernangomez that “if it gets to a point we have to shut him down for a bit, we’ll do so.” If that is going to be the case, Lyles is going to have to step up.
- For the Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander cooled down after back-to-back impressive performances. SGA scored only three points on 1-4 shooting in addition to two rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.
- In Miami, the Heat surprisingly dominated the Boston Celtics – who had won their previous four games and were playing some of their best overall basketball of the season. Bam Adebayo played 26 minutes (five more than starting Heat center Hassan Whiteside) and posted a stat line of eight points (3-5 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks. He also may or may not have (but most definitely did) get swatted at the rim by 6-foot-4 Marcus Smart.
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2019
- Live and learn, Bam.
- In San Antonio, the Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder battled through an intense double-overtime affair that resulted in a Spurs win, a new career-high for LaMarcus Aldridge (56), and another triple-double for Russell Westbrook. Nerlens Noel did not play as he has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol following his hard fall earlier in the week. The other two former Wildcats played minimal minutes for the Thunder. Hamidou Diallo and Patrick Patterson both played 11 minutes apiece and combined for only five points, three rebounds, and two assists.
- Finally, in Sacramento, the Kings took on a Blake Griffin-less Detroit Pistons squad. The Pistons have been bad enough with a healthy Griffin (losers of 9 of their last 11 outings), so this game had the all the potential workings of a blowout. Despite only winning the game 112-102, it was a breeze of a victory for Sactown. The Kings never trailed and were up by 17 at both halftime and when the game entered the fourth quarter. De’Aaron Fox registered 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and a chase down block in what is now becoming known as a trademark move for him while Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 14 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists. The Kings move back to .500 with the win to put them at 21-21.
Not on Fox’s watch!pic.twitter.com/iGnVtN2gf5
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 11, 2019
They dont call him Trill for no reasonpic.twitter.com/VGfBktIyjq
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 11, 2019
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||121-100 W vs. LAC||23||10-16 (2-4)||6||2||0||0||4||+19||32|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||112-102 W vs. DET||14||5-10 (0-0)||14||5||0||2||3||+17||25|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||112-102 W vs. DET||12||5-8 (1-2)||5||6||1||1||2||+17||24|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||115-99 W vs. BOS||8||3-5 (0-0)||7||5||2||2||0||+9||26|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||121-100 W vs. LAC||7||3-11 (1-4)||2||1||0||1||0||+12||22|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||100-121 L @ DEN||3||1-4 (1-2)||2||1||1||0||3||-21||20|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||147-154 2OT L @ SAS||3||1-3 (1-3)||2||1||0||0||0||0||11|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||147-154 2OT L @ SAS||2||1-1 (0-0)||1||1||0||0||0||+9||11|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||112-102 W vs. DET||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||147-154 2OT L @ SAS||DNP-Concussion||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||121-100 W vs. LAC||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Hawks (Poythress-out) @ 76ers
7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30 (ESPN): Pacers @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox)
7:30: Nets @ Raptors
8:00: Cavaliers @ Rockets (Knight)
8:00: Mavericks @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10:00 (ESPN): Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Jazz
10:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Trail Blazers
10:30: Bulls @ Warriors (Cousins-out)
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