Good afternoon, folks. KAT is good and Boogie is not. Let’s talk NBA.
[39-25] Thunder – 120 @ [30-34] Timberwolves – 131
- Karl-Anthony Towns is currently playing the best basketball of his career and all it took was a near-death experience to unleash the beast. Let me quickly rattle off the average stats for Towns’ last five games since returning from the concussion protocol: 36.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks while shooting 60.4 percent (uhhh what?) from the field and 47.1 percent from three on nearly SEVEN ATTEMPTS PER GAME. He’s getting to the free throw nine times per contest after averaging roughly under six attempts per game all season. KAT is in his bag right now. Some basketball pundits I follow have suggested that since the Wolves fired Tom Thibodeau, interim head coach Ryan Saunders has done a much better job of utilizing Towns. While Thibodeau wanted KAT to create his offense from the block, Saunders is allowing Towns to basically do whatever the hell he wants from any spot on the court. Crazy concept, right? Allowing the best player on your team to be the best player has turned Towns into an offensive nightmare for opposing defenses. Against the Thunder on Tuesday night, Towns exploded for a BBNBA-high of 41 points on 15-27 shooting (3-5 from three) to go along with 14 rebounds and zero turnovers in a win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Can we have a full season of this version of KAT, please?
- Meanwhile, the NBA Cats for the Thunder are struggling. Hamidou Diallo has been sent to the G League with the playoffs only a few weeks away. Patrick Patterson has fallen completely out of the rotation (his replacement, Markieff Morris, really hasn’t played that well, either, to make matters worse). Nerlens Noel is the only one of the trio that still finds the court and he’s at least carved out a consistent role in the rotation and will surely be a key piece off the bench for a playoff run. Noel only played 10 minutes against Minny but went 3-3 from the field for six points, two rebounds, one steal, and one block.
- Are you ready for some bad news? I hope I’m not the first one to break this to you, but DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors have been anything but a perfect match so far. The Warriors were obliterated by the Boston Celtics (perhaps the most dysfunctional team in the NBA outside of Los Angeles) in a 30-point drumming at home in Oracle Arena and Cousins is not playing well with the other Golden State stars. This tweet by Fear the Sword writer Mike Zavagno details just how poorly Cousins has meshed when on the floor with his fellow All-Stars.
Over the last 15 games, the difference in the Warriors’ play with DeMarcus Cousins on vs off has been astounding. Take a look and the on/off numbers for their most important rotation players pic.twitter.com/wHK6FmZyrj
— Mike Zavagno (@MZavagno11) March 6, 2019
- Through the first few games of Boogie’s return, I tried to take everything he did with a grain of salt. He’s missed a ton of time. He’s in the process of learning how to play alongside so many ball dominant players. His excessive fouling was a serious issue. You could see the frustration in his eyes. That all boiled over on Tuesday night when he nearly got into some fisticuffs with Celtics center Aaron Baynes.
DeMarcus Cousins : 10 points (4-12 shooting, 0-5 from 3 & 2-3 from the FT line), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers & 5 fouls in 25 minutes pic.twitter.com/rnVVf2nOW9
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life25) March 6, 2019
- It’s only been 17 games and it would be foolish to assume that everything was going to work like a well-oiled machine, but the Warriors just don’t look all that great right now. Chalk it up to Kevin Durant half-assing through games or the entire team in general being bored with the regular season, but this is a real issue come playoff time that is going to have to be addressed. What if the problems persist and head coach Steve Kerr simply can’t keep Boogie on the floor. How is everyone going to handle that? The Warriors are still the title favorites and it’s ridiculous to think otherwise (yes, I know how good Milwaukee looks right now), but something needs to change with how Cousins is being used. We’ll just have to wait and see how the coaching staff – and Boogie – responds.
- In Jodie Meeks news, the Toronto Raptors have elected to not re-sign the former Kentucky guard to another 10-day contract.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||131-120 W vs. OKC||41||15-27 (3-5)||14||1||2||0||0||+9||30|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||111-120 L @ MEM||11||4-4 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||3||-8||17|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||95-128 L vs. BOS||10||4-12 (0-5)||9||4||0||0||4||-6||25|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||106-114 L @ PHI||7||3-7 (1-3)||1||4||1||0||1||+3||26|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||6||3-3 (0-0)||2||0||1||1||1||+9||10|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||111-120 L @ MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Terrence Jones (HOU)||107-95 W @ TOR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||120-131 L @ MIN||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pistons
7:00: Mavericks @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Spurs @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Nets
8:00 (ESPN): 76ers @ Bulls
8:00: Jazz @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
9:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00: Celtics @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Lakers (Rondo)