Welcome to a packed Thursday edition of BBNBA coverage. Several cats went off. Let’s talk about them…
Jamal Murray drops 35 in narrow loss to Wizards
Bubble Jamal Murray reappeared last night in Washington D.C. The Nugget point guard scored 35 points on 25 shots, adding 9 rebounds and 6 assists only to lose to the second-worst team in the East. Despite the loss, Murray’s scoring explosion was necessary and encouraging after a somewhat disappointing start to the season.
Coming off a playoff run where Murray averaged over 26 points while shooting more than 7 threes per game at a 45% clip, the expectations heading into this season were immense. Fans expected the guy who popped off in Orlando–even though Murray had never been close to being that type of player consistently thus far in his career.
Instead, he came back and was the exact same player he was throughout the regular season last year and put up about the same numbers he has since entering the league. He’s scoring 19 points and dishing out 4 assists while playing about the same role in the offense. His shooting numbers haven’t leaped dramatically either. Maybe bubble Jamal Murray was a three-week apparition, or maybe this 35-point firecracker will spark another extraordinary scoring run from him over the next few weeks.
Julius Randle keeps wrecking teams
Speaking of a guy who’s on a tear recently, take a look at Julius Randle’s last ten games:
- 25.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 45.5% shooting on 6.1 threes a game
He’s scoring more than Devin Booker, he’s out-shooting Tyler Herro and he’s passing the ball like John Wall, all while playing the best defense of his career. Last night, his Knicks lost to Orlando, but Randle still poured in 25 with 3 three-pointers. His development as an offensive player–and the changes made since just last spring–are nothing short of extraordinary. He’s the only reason New York has a puncher’s chance at the playoffs. Make this man an All-Star!
He and Immanuel Quickley, of course; who went ice cold in Orlando, going 1-12 from the field while still converting all 7 of his free throws.
A guessing game…
I’m going to read off two stat lines from last night and have you guess which players they are. Here goes:
- Player 1: 11 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks
- Player 2: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks
Now watch some John Wall highlights while you think about your guess:
Got your picks? Well if you said Wall or Anthony Davis or De’Aaron Fox…you’re all wrong.
Player 1 was Tyler Herro. That’s right, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks last night for Tyler. He went just 3-15 from the field and only scored 11 but he played nearly 40 minutes because he was doing all the non-scoring stuff. He grabbed 15 defensive rebounds, he dished out 4 assists, blocked 3 shots and even played tough defense on Steph Curry a few times in the Heat’s loss last night.
Player 2 is a teammate of Tyler…and his name is Edrice “Bam” Adebayo. Without question, Bam has been Miami’s best player night-in and night-out, and the most consistent. Yesterday vs. the Dubs, he dropped 24 points, grabbed 5 boards and finished with 7 assists. Between him and Randle, Kentucky has procured two of the better passing bigs in the League. I guess in La Familia, we share the basketball.
22 points for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Oklahoma City Thunder is by far the least talented team in the NBA, but man they are fun to watch. Aside from Shai and the defensive demigod that is Luguentz Dort, I’m not sure a player on that roster would get minutes for a contender. To their credit, it’s a well-coached bunch that plays as hard as any team in the league, and much harder than teams like Minnesota and Washington who have loads more talent but a worse record than OKC to show for it. Shai is captain-ing them after graduating from the leadership tutelage of Chris Paul a year ago, and he’s developing into a possible All-Star.
Another big night for John Wall, another loss for Houston. Houston bolted to the top of the league in defensive efficiency and ripped off a 7-game winning streak right after they dealt James Harden to Brooklyn. They’ve since dove right off a cliff, with injuries to Christian Wood, Victor Oladipo and PJ Tucker partly to blame, as well as a major step back in defense. John Wall has remained steady, though, and is averaging 24 and 7 so far in February.
KAT scores 30 in an overtime loss. It’s been a year from hell for poor Karl, and playing incredible basketball on a rudderless, totally incompetent team can’t be helping. Seriously, Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 30 last night in another loss and is putting together another 20-10 season while hitting the ultimate 50/40/90 shooting threshold in his 9 games this year. Get this man some major help, or better yet, get him out of Minnesota.
On to the full stat sheet…
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||130-128 L @ WAS||35||13-25|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||134-128 L (OT) vs. IND||30||8-19|
|John Wall (HOU)||118-113 L @ PHI||28||11-24|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||107-89 L @ ORL||25||11-19|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||120-112 L @ GSW||24||10-16|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||122-113 L @ MEM||22||6-14|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||118-113 L @ PHI||19||6-12|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||120-112 L @ GSW||11||3-15|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||126-124 W @ NOP||11||5-10|
|Eric Bledsoe (NOP)||126-124 L vs. POR||10||4-7|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||118-113 W vs. HOU||10||4-7|
|Immanuel Quickley (NYK)||107-89 L @ ORL||9||1-12|
|Patrick Patterson||114-96 L vs. UTA||7||3-7|
|Nerlens Noel (NYK)||107-89 L @ ORL||6||3-7|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||122-113 L @ MEM||8||2-9|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||120-112 W vs. MIA||5||2-7|
|Darius Miller (OKC)||122-113 L @ MEM||3||1-1|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)||134-128 L (OT) vs. IND||2||1-2|
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:30: Raptors @ Bucks
10:00: Nets @ Lakers (Davis)
10:00: Heat (Herro, Adebayo) @ Kings (Fox)