You’re probably seeing the above photo for the first time right now and you’re thinking, man, I get it. They’re so tired of 2020, they just completely quit and laid down right there in the middle of the game. Who hasn’t wanted to do that at some point in the last six months? I know I have. I’m actually doing it right now. Maybe Anthony Davis (pictured on the right) is just like us, tired of everything.
Or maybe not–Anthony Davis is nothing like us because he’s superhuman–but in last night’s Game 3 against the Rockets, Davis and Robert Covington (also pictured) collided late in the fourth quarter. Covington got the worst of it, catching one of Davis’ elbows to the face, while Davis was on the receiving end of a return elbow from Covington in the ribs. Davis would return, Covington’s status is TBD for Game 4 on Thursday.
Oh my…. hope Robert Covington is ok. ?? pic.twitter.com/whXjgYTUl1
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 9, 2020
As for the game, the Lakers won, 112-102, to grab a 2-1 lead on the series after the Rockets stole Game 1. Davis had 26 and 11, and Rajon Rondo came big off the bench with 21 points and nine assists as he eases his way back into the Lakers rotation. It was only his third game in the bubble.
More from the NBA and the world on this Wednesday edition of the morning wake-up:
Tyler Herro helped send home his hometown team, the first-pace Milwaukee Bucks.
Herro lost a lot of his fans around Wisconsin when he de-committed from the Badgers to play college basketball at Kentucky. What little fans he had left around there, if any, they’re probably gone now too after Herro’s Heat sent home the Bucks from the playoffs last night.
#NewProfilePic#HEATTwitter you know what time it is. Change those PFPs with us. 13.2pts (42% from 3), 5.6rebs & 3.6asts in 32+ minutes off the bench in this series. HERRO BALL. #TylerTuesday pic.twitter.com/V1JHQubP19
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 9, 2020
Miami, the series underdog, upset the East’s best team in only five games, finished off last night with a 103-94 victory. Herro and Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 13 points apiece in the win, then Herro kept winning after the game with his special guest joining him in the bubble for a celebratory glass of wine, according to his IG story:
Herro is too young for a glass of wine, which is odd given all his successes in life. Is it OK that I’m 35 years old and still want to be Tyler Herro when I grow up?
Billy Donovan is now a free agent.
The FAR CAL crowd will be excited to know Billy Donovan is joining millions of others in unemployment. Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder mutually agreed to part ways once Donovan’s contract expired with OKC’s last loss in the bubble.
The viewing experience for Masters Sunday just got even weirder.
It’s already weird that the Masters golf tournament will be played in November this year, but now we’re getting an earlier start time on the final day so golf can get out of the way for the NFL.
CBS will not carry a 1 p.m. NFL game that day, but the Masters will start earlier and hand off coverage to the NFL for the second slate of games. When’s the last time CBS didn’t have an afternoon football game?
And for the record, the Masters got an early start last year on Sunday to beat the rain. If my memory serves me correctly, 2019’s final round began at like 7 a.m. with groups going off both sides in order to avoid a Monday final due to weather.
More important, don’t call me or bother me or expect me to do anything on Sunday, November 15.
ICYMI: It sure looks like college basketball is headed for bubbles.
John Calipari extended another scholarship offer in the Class of 2021.
This time, a 6-10 native of France. Learn more:
My neighbor’s brother did what all MLB pitchers do: he beat the Reds.
Cubs starter Alec Mills is back in the win column thanks to a gift from the MLB scheduling gods: the Cincinnati Reds. Mills and Chicago hosted Cincinnati last night and didn’t even let the fourth-place visiting team score a single run.
What about all that playoff talk we heard about, Reds fans? (Matt)
It’s Wingsday/Trivia Night at KSBar and Grille.
You know the drill:
Kentucky Joe’s hit single “Shedaresthedevil” got the production it deserves.
Thanks to KSR listener and Ringer contributor Kyle Mann for taking Joe’s vocals and making a hit for the Kentucky Oaks winner.
Have a listen and enjoy your day.
KSR radio coming up in an hour.