Good afternoon, folks. Nerlens Noel took a scary fall after receiving an inadvertent elbow from Andrew Wiggins that caused Noel’s head to crash onto the hardwood. Luckily, he was diagnosed with only a concussion. Let’s talk NBA.
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[27-12] Nuggets – 103 @ [19-20] Heat – 99
- Behind Nikola Jokic’s fourth triple-double of the season and a game-winning shot with time running low in the fourth quarter, the Denver Nuggets were able to hold on to beat the Miami Heat Tuesday night. After pulling above .500 for the first time this season on Friday, the Heat have now lost two games in a row to drop to 19-20, however, they are still sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.
- Jamal Murray registered 18 points, four rebounds, and six assists on 7-19 shooting for the Nuggets while also finding Jokic with a slick bounce pass that would ultimately lead to the shot that sealed the win. Trey Lyles took full advantage of his 15 minutes, scoring 15 points on 6-8 shooting (3-5 from three) and grabbing three rebounds.
- For Miami, Bam Adebayo scored two key baskets with under two minutes left to tie the ball game for the Heat before Jokic hit the game-winner over his outstretched arms with only seconds remaining. Adebayo finished with 13 points and four rebounds on 6-7 shooting in 24 minutes.
[20-21] Timberwolves – 119 @ [25-15] Thunder – 117
- Incredibly scary moment for Nerlens Noel in the third quarter of this game, as he was inadvertently elbowed by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins while Noel was going up for a block attempt at the rim. Noel – who was trying to block Wiggins’ shot – took a vicious elbow to the head before crashing down to the hardwood and smacking his head on the floor. Noel remained on the ground for several minutes and was noticably unconscious. He was carted off on a stretcher and soon moved to the Oklahoma University hospital, where he was held overnight. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Noel was diagnosed with a concussion as of Wednesday morning and avoided any type of bone fractures. Great news.
Positive news for Noel and the Thunder. Noel exited the game in a stretcher and knocked unconscious, but was alert in the aftermath of his fall last night. He’ll continue to have evaluations. Noel has been a valued rotation player for OKC this season. https://t.co/FYrzJcXi96
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2019
- Amidst the tragedy, a game still had to be played, and it resulted in the Timberwolves pulling off one of their biggest wins of the season. In Minnesota’s first game with interim head coach Ryan Saunders at the helm and behind 40 points from Wiggins, the Wolves were able to pull out their first win of the post-Thibodeau era. Karl-Anthony Towns was dealing with first-half foul trouble but finished the game strong with some big shots down the stretch. Towns finished with 20 points and nine rebounds on 8-14 shooting to beat one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
- For the Thunder, Noel still recorded six points and a rebound in five minutes before the injury. Hamidou Diallo added four points on 3-3 shooting and three rebounds while Patrick Patterson contributed five points and three rebounds.
[20-21] Kings – 111 @ [10-32] Suns – 115
- Well, this sure was a horrendous loss for the Sacramento Kings. There really isn’t any other way to look at it. The Kings led by 21 at one point in the second-half before forgetting how to play basketball. Sacramento turned the ball over SEVENTEEN times in the second half and a season-high 26 for the entire game. De’Aaron Fox was especially guilty with seven of his career-high eight turnovers coming in the second half. And these were lazy turnovers, too. Picking up his dribble with a defender in his grill or just tossing a floating pass to a well-covered teammate, Fox didn’t seem too interested in the third quarter. This was all against a Devin Booker-less Phoenix Suns team as he sat out with back spasms. Fox still finished tied for the BBNBA lead in points with 24 on 7-12 shooting (3-4 from three) to go along with three rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
- Despite Fox being one of the main reasons the Kings found themselves blowing a 21-point lead all in one quarter, he and Willie Cauley-Stein were the only ones trying to win them the game in the end. Fox was attacking the basket mercilessly for bucket after bucket while WCS made two impressive blocks and a steal on the defensive end while working perfectly with Fox in the pick-and-roll. Unfortunately, for the last two to three minutes, Fox and WCS appeared to be the only players who wanted to win the game for Sacramento. Cauley-Stein finished with a beautiful stat line of 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks.
- ”It was just turnovers,” Fox said following the game. ”We gave up the ball too much and it’s what cost us the game. The times that we didn’t turn the ball over we got what we wanted, but when you 20-some turnovers, you can’t win like that.”
- This was only the Suns’ second win this season without Booker in 11 attempts.
[10-31] Knicks – 95 @ [27-14] Warriors – 122
- The game itself was a blowout and Kevin Knox had a poor shooting night (4-11 for 12 points), but it was the high praise that Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant spoke about Knox that had the media and fans analyzing every word.
“He’s got a bright future ahead of him” pic.twitter.com/GfnSB8o02j
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 8, 2019
- KD to NY confirmed!
- Guess who else is in the news for the Knicks? Go ahead, take a wild shot in the dark. That’s right, it’s Enes Kanter (Again!). ESPN has reported that the Knicks and Kings are in the early stages of trying to find a trade that involves both Kanter and Kings veteran reserve Zach Randolph.
New York and Sacramento discussing an Enes Kanter-Zach Randolph trade of expiring contracts, but nothing close yet, league sources tell ESPN. Kings would want to send out more expirings in a deal. A third team could be helpful.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2019
- Now while this potential trade makes exactly zero sense to me in any capacity at this point – especially from the Kings perspective – I’m going to let it develop a bit more first and see what else could be involved. Kanter has stated recently his unhappiness with the playing time he’s receiving in New York and Randolph hasn’t even played in a game this season despite leading the Kings in scoring last year. Randolph isn’t hurt, rather playing the locker room role while Sacramento prefers developing the young talent instead of playing a 37-year old Randolph. Kanter recorded 12 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes during the Knicks blowout loss.
- But wait! There’s more! It was reported yesterday by the NY Times that DeMarcus Cousins could make his team debut on Jan. 18. It’s happening!
[19-21] Hornets – 109 @ [24-16] Clippers – 128
- In the nightcap game on the west coast, the Los Angeles Clippers dominated the Charlotte Hornets in the second half to win an easy game at home. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has now played two solid games in a row after a rough stretch to end the month of December. SGA went 3-6 from the field for six points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, and four blocks.
- For Charlotte, Malik Monk was tied with De’Aaron Fox for the most points amongst the BBNBA with 24 on 7-14 shooting and 4-7 from three. 19 of Monk’s 24 points came in the fourth quarter, but it was never enough to challenge the Clippers hefty lead. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with eight points in 19 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||111-115 L @ PHX||24||7-12 (3-4)||3||5||3||1||8||-5||31|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||109-128 L @ LAC||24||7-14 (4-7)||1||0||0||0||1||-9||20|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||119-117 W @ OKC||20||8-14 (2-5)||9||1||0||0||2||+4||24|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||103-99 W @ MIA||18||7-19 (1-4)||4||6||0||1||1||+4||31|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||111-115 L @ PHX||15||6-11 (0-0)||7||3||3||3||0||-5||31|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||103-99 W @ MIA||15||6-8 (3-5)||3||0||0||0||1||-8||15|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||99-103 L vs. DEN||13||6-7 (0-0)||4||1||1||0||0||+4||24|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||95-122 L @ GSW||12||6-12 (0-0)||16||2||1||0||3||+2||25|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||95-122 L @ GSW||12||4-11 (0-4)||2||0||0||0||3||-24||31|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||128-109 W vs. CHA||8||3-6 (0-0)||3||2||3||4||2||-9||21|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||109-128 L @ LAC||8||2-5 (1-1)||1||0||1||0||0||-9||19|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||117-119 L vs. MIN||6||3-4 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||0||-2||5|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||117-119 L vs. MIN||5||1-2 (1-2)||3||0||0||0||0||-8||14|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||117-119 L vs. MIN||4||2-2 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||0||-6||10|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||111-115 L @ PHX||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||101-104 L @ TOR||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||115-111 W vs. SAC||DNP-Back Spasms||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||122-95 W vs. NYK||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||115-132 L @ PHI||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||103-99 W @ MIA||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Pacers @ Celtics
7:00: 76ers @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Hawks (Poythress-out) @ Nets
8:00 (ESPN): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Rockets (Knight)
8:00: Spurs @ Grizzlies
8:00: Cavaliers @ Pelicans (Davis, An. Harrison, Miller, Randle)
8:30: Suns (Booker-questionable) @ Mavericks
9:00: Magic (Brisoce) @ Jazz
10:00: Bulls @ Trail Blazers
10:30 (ESPN): Pistons @ Lakers (Rondo-out)
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