Good morning, folks. These Kentucky boys aren’t half-bad, are they? Let’s talk NBA.
Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo combine for 46 points in win over Hawks
- If you’re a non-NBA fan still searching for that perfect Kentucky-themed team to root for, look no further, the Miami Heat have you covered. The rookie-sophomore duo of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo have Miami looking like a dangerous Eastern Conference team (Jimmy Butler’s return also has something to do with that).
- Against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, Herro exploded for 29 points on 7-9 shooting, including 3-4 from deep, to go along with seven rebounds. 19 of those 29 points came during a lethal second-quarter run that saw the former Kentucky guard getting off any and every look he wanted: coming around screens, catch-and-shoot, slithering through the lane, he was dishing out buckets every which way.
- What’s impressed me outside of Herro’s hot shooting is his passing ability. He’s been whipping one-handed passes cross-court right on the money on several occasions and is showing signs that he could turn into a true playmaker on offense. He’s going to be much more than just a shooter.
- Among rookies, Herro ranks in the top-5 in points, three-pointers made, and rebounds and he also sits atop the list of free-throws made by a first-year player (Hornets’ forward P.J. Washington also finds himself near the top of most rookie categories, even the bad stats – Herro and Washington both rank in the top-4 in total turnovers).
- Herro’s 29 points are the most by a Heat rookie off the bench since Michael Beasley scored 28 in 2009. Herro’s 19 second-quarter points were the most in a quarter by a Heat rookie since Caron Butler in 2003. Herro also got yammed on by Hawks rookie Cam Reddish, but that’s not nearly as important as everything else written above, mainly because Reddish scored six points on 2-10 scoring.
Jimmy Butler on Tyler Herro, who had 29 for the Heat tonight: "I doesn't surprise me and I don't think it surprises anyone in this building anymore. It damn sure shouldn't surprise anybody in the league. The guy's a real player."
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 30, 2019
- As for Adebayo, the center registered 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and three steals. Adebayo has been a beast in the paint through four games for Miami and there hasn’t been a player that has come remotely close to stopping him. In fact, Adebayo currently boasts the second-highest percentage of shot attempts that have resulted in fouls. Over 25 percent of the time Adebayo takes a shot, he earns a trip to the free-throw line. Only the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell has a higher rate. Not even James Harden (22.7 percent) or Anthony Davis (19.5 percent) compare to Adebayo when he gets the ball close to the rim. (Stats via Cleaning the Glass)
- And hey, the Heat even has Pat Riley running the front office. This is a dream BBN team.
- Hawks guard Trae Young, who has looked magnificent to start the season, left during the first half with a sprained ankle and did not return, however, his X-Rays came back negative.
The Lakers are officially Anthony Davis’ team (well, they are to me)
- It only took 30 minutes for Anthony Davis to post a stat line of 40 points and 20 rebounds in a blowout win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Davis didn’t even need to play the fourth quarter in the 29-point win, but if he did, I’m confident he adds another 20 points and 10 rebounds to his already asinine total. Davis set a Lakers franchise record with 26 made free-throws and he only missed one the entire evening. Think about that fact one more time. In the decades of success that a storied franchise like the Lakers has had – where players such as Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, and Wilt Chamberlain reigned supreme – it is DAVIS who owns the record for most made free-throws in one game. That’s wild. He became the sixth Laker to ever post at least 40 points and 20 rebounds and it was his first time recording those numbers since 2016. Davis is also the quickest to ever record that line, needing only 30 minutes to do so. And here’s one more stat for you, Davis is just the fourth player in LEAGUE HISTORY to make 26 free-throws and the first since some dude named Michael Jordan. If the Lakers still needed any reason to justify trading away nearly the entire core for Davis, they can simply point to this game as the reason why. We haven’t even talked about LeBron James yet because WHO CARES! ANTHONY DAVIS JUST DID THE DAMN THING.
Crazy night! @raf_tyler scores most points by a @MiamiHEAT rookie since @DwyaneWade & @AntDavis23 records 40 points & 20 rebounds … in three quarters!! Hearing he’s first Laker with 40-20 since @SHAQ & first player w/that line in 30 minutes or less! Congrats to both! #LaFamilia https://t.co/WXT03kG4Mz
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 30, 2019
- Oh, and by the way, Davis almost didn’t even play in this game after slightly injuring his shoulder in a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. The man is not human.
- Jamal Murray posted a respectable 16 points and six rebounds in the Denver Nuggets loss to the Dallas Mavericks. It’s tough to outshine a rookie pouring in 29 points and a superstar going off for 40 points and 20 rebounds.
- ICYMI, Willie Cauley-Stein could return any day now.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||120-91 W vs. MEM||40||7-17 (0-2)||20||2||0||2||0||+19||30|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||112-97 W vs. ATL||29||7-9 (3-4)||7||2||0||0||2||+9||29|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||112-97 W vs. ATL||17||4-7 (0-0)||10||3||2||3||2||+27||32|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||109-106 L vs. DAL||16||7-13 (0-4)||6||1||0||0||0||+11||33|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||109-106 L vs. DAL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||120-91 W vs. MEM||DNP-Calf||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (LAL)||120-91 W vs. MEM||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Bulls @ Cavaliers (Knight)
7:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Magic
7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ 76ers
7:30 (ESPN): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Celtics (Kanter-out)
7:30: Pacers @ Nets
7:30: Pistons @ Raptors
8:00: Rockets @ Wizards (Wall-out)
8:00: Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
10:00 (ESPN): Clippers (Patterson) @ Jazz
10:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)
10:30: Suns (Booker) @ Warriors (Cualey-Stein-questionable)