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BBNBA: Heat Blow Out Cavs; Bledsoe Scores 28

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Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe is putting up numbers when the Bucks need them the most. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

One blow out and one embarrassment

  • Two NBA teams lost by 20-plus points on Wednesday night, but one of them was not like the other. Starting with my Cleveland Cavaliers, who were blown out on the road against the Miami Heat, 124-100. Brandon Knight did not play for the Cavs as he deals with a minor ankle injury. But even if he did play, it likely wouldn’t have mattered.
  • Behind 22 points from rookie Tyler Herro on 9-13 shooting (and 4-7 from deep) and a stacked stat line of 13 points on 5-5 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals from Bam Adebayo, Miami was able to control the game from the outset en route to an easy victory. Bu a 24-point loss is nothing compared to what happened to the Golden State Warriors.
  • Three NBA Finals championships in five years feel like two decades ago for the one-time dynasty. The injury-ravaged Warriors suffered its worst loss since 1973… 1973!!! Thanks to *another* triple-double from Luka Doncic – who also recorded more points, rebounds, and assists in the first quarter than the ENTIRE WARRIORS TEAM – the Dallas Mavericks pulled off a 142-94 win. And yes, you read that score correctly. An actual NBA team lost by 48 points. To be fair, the Warriors only had eight active roster players due to several various injuries, but this is the Basketball Gods repaying the rest of us normies for being embarrassed for six straight seasons. The script has been flipped and it’s actually quite hilarious to watch. Willie Cauley-Stein posted seven points and four rebounds in 24 minutes for the Warriors.  Something tells me this won’t even be the worse game Golden State plays the rest of the season.

Bucks win 5th straight, move to 11-3

  • After dealing away Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers and All-Star Khris Middleton sidelined with a month-long injury, the Milwaukee Bucks desperately needed a second playmaker to step up alongside the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. That answer has come in the form of a 29-year old Eric Bledsoe. 
  • The former Kentucky guard dropped in 28 points in a 135-127 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Bledsoe shot 8-17 from the field and 3-6 from deep while recording seven rebounds and five assists (plus six turnovers). The win pushed Milwaukee to a five-game win streak and winners of nine of its last 10. Bledsoe’s previous two outings were below his standards from this season thus far (10 points against IND and eight against CHI), but he made sure to return to form against Atlanta. He’s now topped 20 points in six of his last eight appearances.

Other notes

  • After beating the Utah Jazz just two days before Wednesday night’s affair, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost the rematch at home, 103-95. Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds for Minny.
  • Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray couldn’t match his season-high of 39 points in his previous outing against the Grizzlies. In fact, in a 105-95 win over the Houston Rockets, Murray could hardly find his offense. He went for 10 points on just 4-16 shooting, however, he did add nine assists and six rebounds to his total. This is becoming a recurring trend for Murray, who constantly seems to follow up insane shooting exhibitions with quiet scoring nights shortly after. Jarred Vanderbilt has been assigned to the G League by the Nuggets, as well.
  • For the Charlotte Hornets, Malik Monk shot 5-13 from the field for 13 points while P.J. Washington added five points and four rebounds in a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Check out the rest of the stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

TimeAwayHomeTV Network
Noon#8 Penn State#2 Ohio StateFox
NoonWestern Carolina#5 AlabamaESPN
Noon#10 MinnesotaNorthwesternABC
NoonSamford#15 AuburnSEC Network
NoonIllinois#17 IowaBTN
Noon#21 Oklahoma StateWest VirginiaESPN 2
NoonKansas#22 Iowa StateN/A
NoonBYUUMASSN/A
NoonUCFTulaneCBSSN
Noon Ball StateKent StateESPN+
NoonEast CarolinaUCONNESPN3
NoonLibertyUVAACCNX
NoonMichigan StateRutgersFS1
2:00 PMSouthern AlabamaGeorgia StateESPN+
2:00 PMAir ForceNew MexicoESPN3
2:30 PMBoston College#16 Notre DameNBC
2:30 PMTexas State#24 Applachian StateESPN+
3:00 PMGeorgia SouthernArkansas StateESPN+
3:30 PMTexas A&M#4 GeorgiaCBS
3:30 PM#13 MichiganIndianaESPN
3:30 PMTexas#14 BaylorFS1
3:30 PMUCLA#23 USCABC
3:30 PM#25 SMUNavyCBSSN
3:30 PMMercyNorth CarolinaACCNX
3:30 PMPittsburghVirginia TechESPN 2
3:30 PMMarshallCharlotteN/A
3:30 PMLouisiana TechUABESPN+
3:30 PMNorth TexasRiceNFL
3:30 PMWKUSouthern MissESPN+
3:30 PMNebraskaMarylandBTN
3:30 PMEast Tennessee StateVanderbiltSECN ALT
3:30 PMUT MartinKentuckySECN
4:00 PMPurdue#12 WisconsinFOX
4:00 PM#18 MemphisUSFESPNU
4:00 PMUTEPNew Mexico StateN/A
4:00 PMCaliforniaStanfordPAC12
4:00 PMSyracuseLouisvilleACCN
4:00 PMSJSUUNLVN/A
4:30 PMODUMiddle Tennessee StateESPN3
5:00 PMCoastal CarolinaULMESPN3
5:00 PMTroyLouisianaESPN+
6:00 PMFlorida AtlanticUTSAESPN+
7:00 PMArkansas#1 LSUESPN
7:00 PMTemple#19 CincinattiESPN2
7:00 PMMiamiFIUCBSSN
7:00 PMKansas StateTexas TechFS1
7:30 PM#6 OregonArizona StateABC
7:30 PMMay 1, 1900TulsaESPNU
7:30 PMAbielene ChristianMississippi StateSECN ALT
7:30 PMTennesseeMizzouSECN
7:30 PMDukeWake ForestACCN
8:00 PMTCU#9 OklahomaFOX
9:00 PMOregon StateWashington StatePAC12
10:00 PM#7 UtahArizonaFS1
10:00 PMWashingtonColoradoESPN
10:30 PM#20 Boise StateUtah StateCBSSN
10:30 PMNevadaFresno StateESPN2
11:00 PMSan Diego StateHawaiiN/A

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

8:00 (TNT): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

10:30 (TNT): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Suns (Booker)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR