Cats in the NBA
Former Kentucky Players in the NBA
By Drew Franklin on ©May 14th, 2019 @ 8:06pm
We are moments away from the NBA Draft Lottery and the New York Knicks are one of the three favorites to land the No. 1 overall pick, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns, all three with a 14 percent shot. New York is hoping for another frozen envelope situation as the starved fan base craves a superstar like Zion Williamson to save the dying franchise. It is the storyline the NBA needs and the reason tonight’s lottery is probably rigged.
But if the ping-pong balls bounce New York’s way and the coldest envelope is pulled for the top overall pick, the Knicks may turn to another superstar for the much-needed rebuild: Anthony Davis. According to Shams Charania, the Knicks will use Zion Williamson as part of a trade package to get Anthony Davis out of New Orleans.
“I’m told if the Knicks do get that No. 1 overall pick that they will shift their focus toward a potential deal for Anthony Davis,” Charania said.
Kevin Knox, another former Wildcat, will likely be part of the deal too. The Pelicans already looked into Knox recently, knowing he will be offered up in trade talks for Davis, with or without Williamson.
So when you’re watching the lottery here in a few minutes, watch it knowing it could have a major impact on the NBA futures of Anthony Davis and Kevin Knox, should the Knicks win out.
**** PLOT TWIST! ****
New Orleans doesn’t need to trade Anthony Davis to get Zion Williamson. The Pelicans just won the top pick in the draft. The drama!
By Maggie Davis on ©May 12th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
It came down to the very end, but the Portland Trail Blazers found a way to win over the Denver Nuggets, 100-96. It didn’t come easily – the Nuggets were up by 12 at the end of the first quarter, and extended that lead to 17 points in the second. But the Trail Blazers just wouldn’t go away, and a momentum-changing run at the end of the half brought the deficit back to single digits.
CJ McCollum was the star of the show for the Blazers, scoring a game-high 37 points while adding nine rebounds. Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Remember, Kanter is currently fasting for Ramadan, which means he can’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. To get ready for the matchup, he woke up at 3:25 a.m. to get a meal in before game 7. He refrained from drinking any water, even during timeouts.
Talked to Enes Kanter about not drinking any water during the game and he said he was really feeling it in the fourth quarter. The fact the game was in Denver didn’t make it any easier either.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) May 12, 2019
Denver’s Nikola Jokic closed out his sensational first postseason with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Jamal Murray added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Fellow Cats Skal Labissiere (Trail Blazers), Jarred Vanderbilt and Trey Lyles (Nuggets) did not enter the game.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 12, 2019
After posting an emotional Mother’s Day message this morning, Kanter switched gears just in time for some trash talk following the end of the game.
Refund please!!!!! pic.twitter.com/8HKoNTUCeU
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 12, 2019
The No. 3 Trail Blazers will now face the No. 1 Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. It’ll be Portland’s first trip to the conference finals since 2000.
By Maggie Davis on ©May 12th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Jamal Murray has emerged as one of the NBA’s brightest young stars. Consequently, he’s the subject of a new feature on ESPN.com – this one, about his pick-and-roll skills with the Denver Nuggets’ center, Nikola Jokic.
The story, written by Jackie MacMullan, details both players’ skill set and background, including their unique qualities. Jokic grew up in Sombor, Serbia, crying on his way to basketball practice as a young boy. He idolized Tim Duncan because “he wasn’t flashy,” and grew impressed by the ease of his pick-and-roll talents, alongside teammate Manu Ginobili.
Halfway around the world, in Ontario, Jamal Murray was watching history unfold between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Years later, Murray and Jokic are now competing on the same roster, impersonating their childhood idols while making the pick-and-roll their own in an ever-evolving league. The article describes the new-age NBA as a place where “double-teams are scarce and switching is the norm, where 3-point shots are rampant and midrange jumpers are decried.” And yet, Murray and Jokic, a point guard and a big man, make the pick-and-roll work in their favor.
During the regular season, the Nuggets ran 171 plays with Murray as the screener and Jokic as the ball handler. That combination averaged 1.30 points per direct pick, per ESPN Stats & Information, tied for the best in the NBA. Last year, the Nuggets averaged 15 turnovers per game (23rd in the league), while giving their opponents 18.7 points per game off those turnovers (placing them at the bottom of the league). This season, Denver drastically improved those numbers: 13.7 turnovers per game, while only allowing their opponents 15 points off those mistakes. That’s good for sixth-best in the league.
Individually, they’ve earned plenty of praise along the way. Nuggets head coach Mike Malone compliments Murray in the article, mentioning “the underrated fact that Jamal Murray is our best screener.” They’ve also earned comparisons to some of the best pick-and-roll duos in the history of the game. But, don’t feel the need to force the similarities.
“What we’re doing is nothing like we’ve seen before. Of course, there will always be Stockton and Malone, and Nash and Stoudemire, but what we’re doing is different – unique,” Murray told ESPN. “Maybe they’ll be talking about Murray and the Joker someday.”
The Nuggets are currently playing against the Portland Trail Blazers in game seven of the second-round NBA playoffs. The game can be seen on ABC.
By Sam Gormley on ©May 12th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
With the NBA Draft just over a month away, the mock drafts are beginning to become more and more active and possibly even somewhat accurate. Kentucky is expected to have three players drafted anywhere from the lower lottery to the back end of the first round. A dark horse candidate would be on the outside chance that EJ Montgomery would stay in the draft and a late second round team would take him surely on potential.
The common thread that I see when going through Mock Drafts this year is that there really is no common thread for where the former Cats will go. It is pretty much set in stone that the top three picks will be Zion, Barrett and Morant with the remainder of the first round having a lot of fluidity.
|PJ Washington||Tyler Herro||Keldon Johnson|
|CBS Sports||15. Detroit||16. Orlando||22. Boston|
|NBADraft.net||27. Brooklyn||21. Oklahoma City||14. Boston|
|Yahoo Sports||11. LA Lakers||28. Golden State||23. Utah|
|ESPN||12. Charlotte||16. Orlando||22. Boston|
As you can see, Johnson is tied to the Celtics three times and Herro is tied to Orlando twice, but other than that, you can see a lot of differences in these drafts.
The most notable question mark for me is why NBADraft.net has Washington following all the way to the #27 pick while the other three have him in the Lottery? I don’t like to guarantee anything, but I can almost guarantee that, barring something happening between today and the draft, PJ Washington will not be available come pick #27.
By Sam Gormley on ©May 12th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Just hours before his team tips off Game Seven against the Denver Nuggets, Enes Kanter delivered a powerful Mother’s Day message on Twitter.
Can you please help me share this message for my mom ?
Thanks a lot ?
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 12, 2019
For those that have not followed Kanter closely since he left Lexington, the Turkish born player has been at odds with his home country over the past few years. In 2016, Kanter referred to the president of Turkey as the, “Hitler of our century.” This comment forced his family to publicly disown him for fear of their own safety.
Nearly two years ago, the Turkish government canceled Kanter’s passport which at the time temporarily stranded him Romania, but he was able to fly to London before making it back to the United States. Later on in 2017, the government issued an arrest warrant for the NBA player and recommends a possible jail time sentence of four years.
This has forced Kanter to remain in the US and not travel to Turkey to see his family. This season, he also did not travel to games played in London or Toronto for fear that he would not be safe.
Many of us do take our loved ones for granted and do not realize the struggle that some, like Kanter, have to deal with on a daily basis. The Turkish government has made it to where natives of the country can watch any NBA game except ones that Kanter plays in, because of how he has spoken out against the country.
Here is to hoping that his message can find his mom in Turkey, because every mom deserves to hear their son/daughter say Happy Mother’s Day.
By Nick Roush on ©May 11th, 2019 @ 7:25pm
A former Wildcat has been given the reins to one of the NBA’s most storied franchises.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Frank Vogel will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Vogel will have three years to whip LeBron James and the sorry Lakers into shape; no small task.
Before Vogel coached the Pacers to multiple division titles, before he manned the ship for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in 2014 and before he coached the Orlando Magic, Vogel was a student manager for Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky. That wasn’t all he did at UK.
For one season in 1996, Pitino resurrected the junior varsity squad. Playing alongside the likes of Oliver Simmons, Cameron Mills and Nazr Mohammed, Vogel started in five of 13 games. He knocked down 45% of his shots to average 6.5 points per game. While playing JV basketball, he also scouted opponents and cut film for the coaches.
Last year Vogel described his UK experience as: “The busiest year of my life still to this day,” he told The Orlando-Sentinel. “I’m lucky I survived.
“What came of it was a reputation for hard work, for handling anything, for being a round-the-clock basketball guy. Everybody around there just recognized how hard I was working to make this happen and to chase my dream and to contribute.”
That work ethic helped transform Vogel into the man tasked to propel LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA Championship. Many have tried, few have succeeded. The good news is that at least one other former Wildcat has already done just that with LeBron and the Lakers, Pat Riley.
By Nick Roush on ©May 11th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
DeMarcus Cousins is almost ready to return to the hardwood.
Last night the Golden State Warriors took down the Houston Rockets in game six to advance to the Western Conference Finals. They could add a couple of all-stars to their roster before they play again.
As Kevin Durant heals from a strained calf, Cousins could be back in action as well. Marc Stein reports, “DeMarcus Cousins — if he maintains his recent progress from a torn quad — is on course to make a return to the Warriors’ active roster during the Western Conference finals.”
Cousins suffered the injury just one month ago in the second game of the NBA Playoffs. He’ll be back just in time to get that coveted ring.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 10th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
According to the Professional Basketball Writers of America, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been nominated as a finalist to receive the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. The award is given to the player/coach who displayed outstanding service within their respective communities throughout the season.
Along with Booker, the four other finalists include Bismack Biyombo (CHA), Mike Conley (MEM), Steve Kerr (GSW head coach), and Damian Lillard (POR).
Today, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the five finalists for its 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. The finalists are Bismack Biyombo, Devin Booker, Mike Conley, Steve Kerr and Damian Lillard.
— The PBWA (@ProHoopsWriters) May 9, 2019
The award was named after the NBA’s second commissioner and has been presented annually since the 1974-75 season. Dan Issel won the award as a member of the Denver Nuggets back in 1985 and is the only former Wildcat to receive the honor. Steve Nash was the last member of the Suns to win the award, which he did in 2007.
Booker played a key role in helping raise over $1 million back in January during the Suns’ annual Jump Ball Gala, which donated the money to local charities. During the gala, Booker pledged to donate $2.5 million to Phoenix Suns’ charities over the next five years.
“As a leader, I feel like it’s my duty and my responsibility to give back to the community that we represent,” Booker said, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “A lot of people look at basketball as just a bunch of guys that make a lot of money out there on the court, and it’s not that. It’s a lot bigger than that for us.”
Great player. An even better person. Congrats to Booker.
Good afternoon, folks. Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets couldn’t close out Portland on the road. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(2) Raptors – 101 @ (3) Sixers – 112 (Tied 3-3)
- The final score is not quite indicative of how this game went. An 11-point win is impressive, no doubt, but it ignores the fact that the Raptors poured in an easy 10-plus points with under a couple of minutes left. Philadelphia dominated this game. They lead by 15-20 points for a good chunk of the second half, thanks in large part to the magical abilities of Joel Embiid. The former Kansas big man is still dealing with injuries but played some monster defense in spite of that. Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 25 points, six rebounds, and eight assists while Ben Simmons added 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
- Game 7 will head back to Toronto with the winner advancing to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.
(2) Nuggets – 108 @ (3) Trail Blazers – 119 (Tied 3-3)
- Jamal Murray posted 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets, who flamed out in the fourth quarter and allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to tie the series up for a Game 7. 17 points in the third quarter from Damian Lillard pushed the Blazers out to an early fourth quarter lead and they were able to maintain enough separation thanks to big minutes from a couple of reserve players; Seth Curry and Zach Collins.
- Enes Kanter contributed six points and 14 rebounds on 2-9 shooting for the Blazers. This marks the third game in a row that Kanter has failed to reach double-digits in scoring. Through the first eight playoff games of this postseason, Kanter topped double-digits in six of those outings but since then has scored only a combined 18 points over three games.
- Game 7 will head back to Denver, where the Nuggets post one of the best home court records in the NBA. The winner will play the eventual winner of Warriors-Rockets in the Western Conference finals.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||108-119 L @ POR||24||7-20 (3-6)||10||5||1||0||0||-4||45|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||119-108 W vs. DEN||6||2-9 (0-0)||14||1||0||0||2||+3||29|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||101-112 L @ PHI||2||1-2 (0-1)||0||0||1||0||0||+8||3|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||108-119 L @ POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||108-119 L @ POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||119-108 W vs. DEN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
9:00 (ESPN): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Rockets (GSW leads 3-2)
By Maggie Davis on ©May 09th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
DeMarcus Cousins is the latest former Wildcat to say he’ll be spending some time in Lexington this summer for The Basketball Tournament. However, unlike The Bluegrass Boys, Boogie will be creating his own team, rather than joining the former Wildcats’ squad.
“I’m excited to be putting together my own team for the TBT tournament,” Cousins said. “Coming in with a win attitude, and I plan on winning the whole entire tournament. Stay tuned.”
His team, somewhat ironically, will be named Loyalty is Love. According to the TBT twitter account, Cousins will be returning to Lexington for the action, which means he’ll be competing against “The Bluegrass Boys” – Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, Josh Harrellson and Ramon Harris.
?BREAKING NEWS?: @boogiecousins is heading back to Lexington!
— TBT (@thetournament) May 8, 2019
TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination basketball tournament that started in 2014. It’s a chance for former players to reunite and compete – the roster can include anyone without a guaranteed NBA contract.
This year, Lexington will serve as the host team for the Lexington Region. Games will take place July 19-21 at Frederick Douglass High School and will air live on the ESPN networks. The winners of each region will meet for the semifinals and $2 million championship game in Chicago August 1-6.
DeMarcus Cousins v. the Bluegrass Boys… Who ya got?
Good morning, folks. The Milwaukee Bucks got its sweet, sweet revenge against the Boston Celtics. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(4) Celtics – 91 @ (1) Bucks – 116 (MIL wins 4-1)
- The Milwaukee Bucks have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001 and did so in convincing fashion. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 20 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists for the Bucks, who won the last four games by a combined 65 points. After dropping Game 1 in embarrassing style, the Bucks shifted into the highest gear to dominate the Celtics throughout the rest of the series. The Bucks bench was a massive help, especially guys such as George Hill, Pat Connaughton, and Nikola Mirotic.
- Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Game 5. He had an up-and-down series as far as production goes, but still averaged over 13 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists through five games. The secondary backcourt made up for any poor stints by Bledsoe, but overall he played a solid series.
- Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving had a series he’ll hope to forget as soon as possible. After referencing how he wouldn’t ever shoot 8-22 again as he did in Game 3, Irving then went and shot 7-22 and 6-21 in the two games that followed (so, technically, he was right). Now all eyes will be on the galaxy-brained superstar to make a decision in the summer. After watching how everything went down between Irving and the Celtics this season, it’s a safe bet to assume he won’t be eager to sign another deal with Boston. Get those checkbooks open, Los Angeles and New York.
(4) Rockets – 99 @ (1) Warriors – 104 (GSW leads 3-2)
- Well, this isn’t good news. The best player thus far in the 2019 NBA playoffs, Kevin Durant, had to leave in the third quarter of Game 5 following a non-contact injury. After firing up a baseline jumper over Iman Shumpert, Durant seemingly landed without an issue, but immediately started to hobble and went straight to the locker room. The non-contact injuries typically end up being the worst version of said injury, but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant suffered only a right calf strain instead of the torn Achilles everyone quickly feared. He finished with 22 points.
Kevin Durant went to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact leg injury pic.twitter.com/9Xsja5aPma
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 9, 2019
- As for the game, Houston found themselves in a deep hole not long into the game. A 14-point Warriors advantage after one quarter exuded blowout vibes, especially inside Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson was hot, adding 27 points and the critical layup with under five seconds left to secure the win. But a disastrous third quarter from Golden State where they scored only 15 points and turned the ball over six times gave the Rockets a fighting chance down the stretch. James Harden poured in 31 points, but it wasn’t enough in the end to steal a win on the road. Now Houston will head back home in a do-or-die Game 6. Durant’s status for that game is currently unknown.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||116-91 W vs. BOS||18||7-15 (2-5)||6||2||0||0||3||+27||28|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||104-99 W vs. HOU||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (ESPN): Raptors (Meeks) @ Sixers (TOR leads 3-2)
10:30 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) (DEN leads 3-2)
Good morning, folks. It was a night of blowouts. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(3) Sixers – 89 @ (2) Raptors – 125 (TOR leads 3-2)
- The first of our two blowouts featured the Toronto Raptors busting out a 37-17 scoring advantage in the second quarter. From then on, the game had been decided. Kawhi Leonard proved that he is, in fact, not a robot and is human, registering 21 points and 13 rebounds to complement 25 points from Pascal Siakam.
- The 36-point win for Toronto marked its largest postseason win in franchise history and the loss for Philly was the worst playoff loss it suffered since the 1982 Eastern Conference finals.
- The only thing I will say about this series right now is that Joel Embiid is clearly not healthy. He missed the morning shootaround dealing with the same flu-like symptoms that nearly kept him out of Game 4. A bum knee forced him to miss time towards the end of the season. He contributed only 13 points and six rebounds. If Philly wants to steal these next two games, they need a healthy Joel Embiid. No other way around it.
(3) Trail Blazers – 89 @ (2) Nuggets – 124 (DEN leads 3-2)
- The Denver Nuggets never trailed against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5, leading by six after the first quarter, 18 at halftime, and 28 entering the final period. It was one of those games that was just never close. Veteran Paul Millsap poured in 19 of his 24 points in the first half, guiding his young Nuggets squad to a massive win. Denver remains unstoppable at home. Jamal Murray posted a BBNBA high 18 points on 7-16 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists for Denver. He was in his bag on Tuesday night, breaking out all the tricks and treats. It all cumulated to this moment right here, where Murray licked his fingers like they were coated in tangy BBQ chicken after a made bucket.
JAMAL MURRAY EATIN’ ? pic.twitter.com/asmzi6AKU5
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 8, 2019
- Ew. You do know Nikola Jokic’s sweaty palms have been touching that ball all game, right? My only other response will be the tweet below.
Im gonna be a boring old man for a second but Jamal Murray celebrating by licking his fingers is fuckin gross dont do that shit anymore bro
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) May 8, 2019
- Meanwhile, Enes Kanter struggled with only seven points on 2-9 shooting. He managed to pull in eight rebounds but has now posted back-to-back bad games. Part of it might be him still adapting to Ramadan and learning how to properly fast during a physical draining time for his body. He even said he reached out to NBA Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon for tips about how to fast while still performing at a high level.
- Like I always say, it’s never a competitive series until one team is severely blown out by the other (I’ve never said that).
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||18||7-16 (1-5)||5||9||0||1||0||+28||33|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||98-124 L @ DEN||7||2-9 (0-0)||8||3||0||0||1||-19||25|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||125-89 W vs. PHI||3||1-1 (1-1)||0||0||0||0||0||+6||6|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||98-124 L @ DEN||2||1-2 (0-1)||0||0||0||0||0||-4||5|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||+3||2|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Bucks (Bledsoe) (MIL leads 3-1)
10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Warriors (Cousins-out) (Tied 2-2)
By Drew Franklin on ©May 07th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Before the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, there will be the NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago. The latter is a new addition to the draft evaluation process: a three-day scouting event for the top 40 prospects not invited to the combine, plus 40 of the G League’s top players from the 2018-19 season.
The inaugural G League Elite Camp’s 80-man participant list has been announced and it includes two former Wildcats, but maybe not the two you have in mind. It will be Marcus Lee and Mychal Mulder representing Kentucky as two of the 40 G League invitees, while none of Kentucky’s draft-eligible players out of college (Nick Richards or Reid Travis) are on the list, which also includes familiar names like Myles Powell, Jared Harper, Bryce Brown and my twin brother Luke Maye.
|NBA Draft-Eligible Players – Player (College/Club)|
|Battle, Tyus (Syracuse)||Jeffries, DaQuan (Tulsa)|
|Boatwright, Bennie (USC)||Konate, Sagaba (West Virginia)|
|Booth, Phil (Villanova)||Maker, Matur (Mississauga Prep (Canada)/Zlatorog (Slovenia))|
|Brissett, Oshae (Syracuse)||Mann, Terance (Florida State)|
|Brown, Bryce (Auburn)||Martin, Caleb (Nevada)|
|Cheatham, Zylan (Arizona State)||Martin, Cody (Nevada)|
|Clemons, Chris (Campbell)||Maye, Luke (North Carolina)|
|Coffey, Amir (Minnesota)||Mourning, Trey (Georgetown)|
|Cook, Tyler (Iowa)||Nembhard, Andrew (Florida)|
|Cumberland, Jarron (Cincinnati)||Palmer Jr., James (Nebraska)|
|Dawkins, Aubrey (Central Florida)||Perkins, Josh (Gonzaga)|
|DeLaurier, Javin (Duke)||Perry, Reggie (Mississippi State)|
|Diakite, Mamadi (Virginia)||Pickett, Jalen (Siena)|
|Elleby, CJ (Washington State)||Powell, Myles (Seton Hall)|
|Fall, Tacko (Central Florida)||Robinson, Justin (Virginia Tech)|
|Franks, Robert (Washington State)||Shayok, Marial (Iowa State)|
|Harper, Jared (Auburn)||Strus, Max (DePaul)|
|Happ, Ethan (Wisconsin)||Wigginton, Lindell (Iowa State)|
|Hernandez, Dewan (Miami)||Wooten, Kenny (Oregon)|
|Hinton, Amir (Shaw (NC))||Wright-Foreman, Justin (Hofstra)|
|NBA G League Players- Player (2018-19 G League Team)|
|Adams, Josh (Raptors905)||McCoy, Brandon (Wisconsin)|
|Barford, Jaylen (Greensboro)||McIntosh, MiKyle (Raptors905)|
|Brimah, Amida (Austin)||McLaughlin, Jordan (Long Island)|
|Brownridge, Jared (Delaware)||Morris, Jaylen (Erie)|
|Cleveland, Antonius (Santa Cruz)||Mulder, Mychal (Windy City)|
|Cooke, Charles (Sioux Falls)||Newman, Malik (Canton)|
|Demps, Cody (Stockton)||Obasohan, Retin (Northern Arizona)|
|Epps, Aaron (Northern Arizona)||Onuaku, Chinanu (Greensboro)|
|Gaddy, Abdul (Oklahoma City)||Pelle, Norvel (Delaware)|
|Gillon, John (Greensboro)||Poirier, Darel (Capital City)|
|Gates, Kaiser (Windy City)||Preston, Billy (Texas)|
|Haas, Isaac (Salt Lake City)||Rodriguez, Desi (Agua Caliente)|
|Hamilton, Johnny (Grand Rapids)||Smith, Kenneth (Grand Rapids)|
|Hannahs, Dusty (Memphis)||Solomon, Richard (Oklahoma City)|
|Irvin, Zak (Westchester)||Terry, Emanuel (Sioux Falls)|
|Jok, Peter (Northern Arizona)||Toscano-Anderson, Juan (Santa Cruz)|
|Jones, Matt (Stockton)||Tucker, Dakarai (Rio Grande Valley)|
|Lee, Marcus (Sioux Falls)||White III, Andrew (Maine)|
|Lofton, Zach (Grand Rapids)||Wimbush, Thomas (Long Island)|
|McCall, Tahjere (Long Island)||Withers, Todd (Grand Rapids)|
Mulder averaged 13.7 points per game for the Windy City Bulls in his second season in the NBA G League, while Lee averaged 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in only 19 games with Sioux Falls.
The G League Elite Camp will take place May 12-14 at Quest Multisport in Chicago, leading up to the NBA Draft Combine May 14-19.
Good luck to both.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 07th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Good afternoon, folks. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to N.Y. 2019. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(1) Bucks – 113 @ (4) Celtics – 101 (MIL leads 3-1)
- “As a team, I don’t know where Milwaukee goes from here.” – Paul Pierce, following the Bucks Game 1 loss to the Celtics. “I think it’s over,” he continued. This is your regular reminder that Paul Pierce generally doesn’t know what he’s talking about despite being paid way too much money to spew his opinion. Technically, however, that last line did turn out to be prophetic. “I think it’s over.”
- And it may very well be over. Just not for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo brushed off some late foul trouble and dominated the Celtics in Game 4, posting 39 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 15-22 from the floor. Milwaukee’s bench gave the team a massive boost with Anteotokounmpo (and Khris Middleton) on the bench in the third quarter. George Hill added 15 points off the bench and Pat Connaughton contributed another 10 to extend a Bucks lead just in time for its best player to return back to the court. 17 of Antetokounmpo’s points came in the fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe registered 13 points on 6-12 shooting for the Bucks.
- Kyrie Irving was the Celtics best player but shot 7-22 from the field for 23 points. This comes after he shot 8-22 in Game 3 and 4-18 in Game 2.
- ”Who cares? I’m a basketball player,” said Irving following the game when asked about how many shots he took. ”I’m trying to do it all. For me, the 22 shots – I should have shot 30.”
- WOOOOOOO BOYYYYY just go ahead and build the Irving/Durant billboards in Times Square right now.
- After losing Game 1 and tricking Paul Pierce in the process, the Bucks are now on the verge of its first Eastern Conference Finals since 2001.
(1) Warriors – 108 @ (4) Rockets – 112 (Tied 2-2)
- Much like Irving is the best player on a team with underlying chemistry issues, same goes for Kevin Durant and his relationship with the Golden State Warriors. Durant was the most effective – and frightening – man on the court Monday night, scoring 34 points on 12-22 shooting and did literally everything he could to win this game on both the offensive and defensive end. Steph Curry finally had a good game in this series, adding another 30 points, but he shot 4-14 from deep. Both Durant and Curry missed potential game-tying triples with under 15 seconds left in the game.
- James Harden led the Rockets with 38 points and Houston honestly had this game controlled for the majority of the night. They constantly held a double-digit lead in the second half and every time the Warriors would trim it down, the Rockets would find a way to push it back out. Durant looked legitimately pissed down the stretch. He was shoving his own players out of the way so he could guard Harden. He made it his personal mission to make Harden beat him – and he did a solid job, in reality. On the other end, Durant was just abusing the smaller lineup of Houston, pouring in easy 15-footers with little resistance. Watching Kevin Durant last night solidified my thinking that he’s currently the best basketball player in the world.
- And now we have a tied series heading back to Oakland. The Warriors have looked…. uninterested (?) throughout the first two rounds. For the first time in a long time, they look vulnerable. A Game 5 win on the road for Houston might finally create that Warriors-less NBA Finals we’ve been begging for since 2017.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||113-101 W @ BOS||13||6-12 (0-4)||2||3||1||2||3||-2||28|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||108-112 L @ HOU||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Sixers @ Raptors (Meeks) (Tied 2-2)
10:30 (TNT): Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 2-2)
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 06th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
On April 15, former Kentucky star and current Golden State Warrior DeMarcus Cousins fell to the ground in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs in excruciating pain.
Later that night, it was announced Cousins had torn his left quad, leaving the rest of his season seriously in doubt.
Fast forward to today, and the former Wildcat now believes that he will be able to play again this season.
In an interview with The Undefeated today, Cousins said that while the injury last month was like a “bad movie,” he believes it will have a “very nice ending.”
“For me, my goal is I ain’t planning on sitting,” Cousins said. “I don’t know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I’m planning on doing. … It’s definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it.”
Cousins said that once they told him the severity of it, he was confident a deep Playoff run for the Warriors would potentially give him the opportunity to suit up again.
“I was confident from the beginning once they told me the severity of it,” Cousins said. “Talking to the doctors helped me understand the injury a little more. I started analyzing things and playing it out in my head. I’m going to take it day by day and work my ass off like I always do…
“Obviously, I was little more relieved that it wasn’t anything catastrophic like I’ve dealt with before. It sucks to be injured anyway on top of that. The timing of it really f—ed me up the most. It’s a part of this game, man. I’m not the first. I won’t be the last.”