After the Miami Heat took Game 3, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to send a message, and with the clock running down, Anthony Davis was the one to deliver it. With 39.5 seconds left, AD drilled a three off a pass from Rajon Rondo to put the game out of question and give the Lakers a 3-1 lead heading into Friday’s Game 5.
AD: Another Dagger pic.twitter.com/IiRnAee11w
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 7, 2020
Davis finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. Rondo only had two points, but pulled down seven rebounds and dished five assists. On the other side of the ball, Tyler Herro scored 21 points off 8-18 shooting and Bam Adebayo returned to the lineup after missing two games to post 15 points and 7 rebounds. The Heat did their best to stick around, but Davis’ three gives the Lakers a chance to win it all on Friday night.
“Big-time play. Big-time moment,” LeBron James said of Davis’ three-pointer. “Not only for A.D., but for our ballclub and for our franchise.”
Zack will have more on the game in our BBNBA recap later today. Here’s what else is happening this morning…
Preparations for Mississippi State continue
Kentucky will look to get its first win of the season this weekend vs. Mike Leach’s Mississippi State Bulldogs, but they’ll have to do it without running back Kavosiey Smoke. On Monday, we learned Smoke will be out a few weeks with a broke rib, and last night, Eddie Gran said AJ Rose and Chris Rodriguez will likely split reps, but didn’t rule out appearances from freshmen backs Travis Tisdale and JuTahn McClain.
“I think [Rose and Rodriguez will take most of the reps],” Gran said. “You go into the game and see how they’re doing physically, always. I’m excited about those two youngins. I’m excited to see how they’re going to approach practice, approach learning the opponent and really understanding what the gameplan’s gonna be at the end of the week. I’m not afraid to put one of them in, but you would definitely assume those two guys are going to be carrying most of the load for sure.”
The forecast still favors Kentucky’s run game. Right now, Weather.com is calling for an 80% chance of showers Saturday night as the remnants of Hurricane Delta make their way to the region.
If you’re going to Kroger Field, pack your poncho.
Stoops and Leach on the SEC Teleconference
We’ll hear from Mark Stoops and Mike Leach on today’s SEC Teleconference, so check the site later for updates. Maybe Leach will play the Air Raid siren again:
You never know what you’re going to get on a Mike Leach press conference. ?????
He had to make sure everybody knew what an air raid siren sounded like ? pic.twitter.com/piW3xFijqQ
— Joe Miniot (@JoeMiniot19) October 5, 2020
Reserve your table at KSBar for the Mississippi State game
KSBar is now accepting reservations for Saturday’s game. To watch the game in our dining room, you must call ahead and book a table (859-554-6081), but it’s still first come, first serve before and afterwards.
Speaking of KSBar, today is Wingsday, meaning you can get 25 of our delicious wings for only $20. Add in live trivia and that’s the perfect excuse to get out of the house for some socially-distanced fun.
More positive COVID cases in the NFL
The Tennessee Titans have already had one game postponed due to the coronavirus; given this morning’s news, it looks like they may have at least one more. ESPN’s Dianna Russini is reporting that two Titans players have tested positive for COVID-19, putting Sunday’s game vs. the Buffalo Bills in jeopardy. The Titans needed three straight days without a positive test to reopen the practice facility and get back to work, but that will not happen. Uggggggggh.
Elsewhere in the league, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has tested positive along with one member of the Las Vegas Raiders. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Broncos on Sunday, while the Raiders are set to play the Chiefs.
KSR Dogs of the Day
Meet DeMarcus, aka “Boogie,” and his little brother Benny, aka “Snell Yeah.”
NEW episodes of 11 Personnel and The OTT Podcast
Last night, Nick Roush and Adam Luckett released a new episode of 11 Personnel for you football junkies. That’s not all the podcast fun coming your way. Fake Barney and I are almost to the end of our “Friday Night Lights” rewatch. Last night, we dove in to Season Five, covering episodes 1-6. That episode should drop shortly on The OTT Podcast feed and KSR’s YouTube channel.
TV Recommendation of the Week: “Ted Lasso”
Need a new show to watch? Give Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” a try. Jason Sudeikis stars as a college football coach (Wichita State, to be exact) that crosses the pond to coach a Premier League team despite knowing nothing about soccer. The episodes are short, the jokes are sharp, and the series has a ton of heart, a rare bit of feel-good in a time we all could really use it.
Vice Presidential Debate
We are 27 days from Election Day, and tonight, vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Kamala Harris will take their turn in the spotlight in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trying your hardest to avoid politics? Enjoy debate of a different kind on “Love Lines With Lemond,” which starts at the same time, 9 p.m. ET, on KSR and the KSR Facebook Page.
RIP Eddie Van Halen