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BBNBA: Adebayo and Monk Stay Hot After All-Star Break

(Getty Images | Hornets)

(Getty Images | Hornets)

Good morning, folks. WE’RE BACK! Let’s talk NBA.

“We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.” — Kobe Bryant

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Bam Adebayo’s confidence is at an all-time high

Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo had one hell of an All-Star weekend in Chicago, and it’s boosted the first-time All-Star’s confidence even higher than it already was.

Adebayo told reporters after the All-Star game that his confidence is “through the roof right now” and after the exhibition he put on in his first game post-Chicago, you’d understand why.

The former Wildcat posted a BBNBA-high of 28 points, 19 rebounds (a season-high), seven assists, and three blocks on 9-20 shooting from the floor against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks. Adebayo became the first Heat player in franchise HISTORY to post those numbers (not even Shaq or Alonzo Mourning had games like that in a Miami uniform). Unfortunately for Bam, Young popped off for a career-high 50 points that guided the Hawks to an impressive win, but Adebayo’s night should not be overshadowed.

Miami held a 124-119 lead late in the fourth quarter before the Hawks went on a 9-0 run. 20 of Young’s points came in the comeback fourth quarter alone.

”He’s shooting 50-footers,” Adebayo said about Young. ”At the end of the day you’ve got to live with that.”

Tyler Herro did not play for Miami, as he deals with a foot injury that has sidelined him for six consecutive games now. Herro initially thought the injury could end his season, but now it’s looking like he should have his boot removed sometime this week with a reevaluation coming shortly after.

Who are you and what have you done with Malik Monk?

Malik Monk is playing out of his ever-loving right now and has been for a few weeks. It all started on Jan. 20, when Monk exploded for his first 20-point game in over a month. Since then, he’s been on a tear, easily putting up the best numbers of his NBA career and continuing to look like he’s in the midst of making a leap.

On Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, Monk didn’t let the All-Star break slow him down. The former ‘Cat dropped 25 points on 7-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three dimes. He was a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line and his Charlotte Hornets even got the win, 103-93.

The Hornets led by 21 at one point in the third quarter, but a cold shooting night overall from Charlotte allowed the Bulls to sneak back in the game. Chicago managed the cut the lead to two before the Hornets took control from there.

”It showed that everybody can step up at any moment,” Monk said. ”It showed that we trust in each other. Everybody is able to step up at any time, to step up in the big times.”

Monk has now scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 11 games, including four outings of at least 20 points.

P.J. Washington appeared in 30 minutes for Charlotte, adding 17 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals on a 6-11 shooting clip.

Fox and Kings stave off Grizzlies

The Sacramento Kings nearly blew this game in hilarious fashion.

The Memphis Grizzlies were down by 15 in the middle of the fourth quarter before the Kings forgot how to play basketball. They turned the ball over, made silly fouls, and missed too many free-throws. De’Anthony Melton made six consecutive free-throws (a part of his career-high 24 points) after being fouled on two separate three-point attempts that cut the lead to just 125-124. However, Buddy Hield would make ice the game away at the charity stripe the next possession down to ultimately earn the Kings a 129-125 win.

De’Aaron Fox finished the evening with 26 points, two rebounds, and four assists while shooting 9-16 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc. He hit arguably the biggest shot of the game – a stepback three-pointer that extended the Kings lead to 117-113.

Other notes

  • Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks absolutely demolished the Pistons in Detroit, winning by a final score of 126-106. Bledsoe went for 19 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two steals, playing just 26 minutes for the Bucks, who led by 29 points at the half. Brandon Knight took the floor for just the second time in a Pistons uniform following the trade from Cleveland, however, he missed all three of his shots and turned the ball over three times in the process.
  • If you missed it, I wrote down some notes as we head down the final stretch of the regular season. Send me any questions about the BBNBA you might have.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Bam Adebayo (MIA)124-129 L @ ATL289-20 (0-1)197313+1436
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)129-125 W vs. MEM269-16 (4-6)24103-233
Malik Monk (CHA)103-93 W @ CHI257-13 (2-5)63003+1529
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)126-106 W @ DET198-14 (2-5)46211+1726
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)103-93 W @ CHI176-11 (1-3)54213-630
Brandon Knight (DET)106-126 L vs. MIL00-3 (0-3)12003-912
Tyler Herro (MIA)124-129 L @ ATLDNP-Foot----------------
Skal Labissiere (ATL)129-124 W vs. MIADNP-Knee----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Mavericks (Cauley-Stein, Kidd-Gilchrist) @ Magic

7:00: Cavaliers @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:30: Pacers @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

7:30: Suns (Booker) @ Raptors

8:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Timberwolves (Towns-out, Vanderbilt)

8:00 (ESPN): Nuggets (Murray) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

9:00: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Jazz

10:00: Grizzlies @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)

10:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

3 Comments for BBNBA: Adebayo and Monk Stay Hot After All-Star Break



  1. JASUN74
    11:36 am February 21, 2020 Permalink

    We new it only a matter of time before Monk became a Star in this league. He’s just too good of a player to not be playing like his is, and thankfully he’s got his confidence to match his skill level now. You keep on working MM!! Congratulations to all our former Cats doing good, I’m proud of everyone of them.



  2. BigBlueBryce
    12:34 pm February 21, 2020 Permalink

    I believe that when it’s all said and done, that Fox/Bam/Monk set will be the best 3 set guys that came out of Kentucky at once, even better than Wall/Boogie/Bledsoe.



  3. trumpetguy
    2:51 pm February 21, 2020 Permalink

    It is too bad so many of our guys play for such bad organizations in the NBA. Bam and Bucket seem to have bright futures but way too many guys are already pondering who their lottery selection might be.