Good morning, folks. Can we go ahead and give Bam Adebayo the MVP? Let’s talk NBA.
Trae Young called game, then his team lost
The Miami Heat are for real. Like, for real for real.
The Atlanta Hawks had them beat; dead in the water. They led Miami by six with under a minute left in regulation. The Hawks were so confident that they had the game won, point guard Trae Young was even proclaiming the game was already over.
Turns out, it wasn’t. At least, it wasn’t over for Miami. The Heat would pour in the next TWENTY-TWO points to force the game into overtime and ultimately cruise to a 135-121 victory. Miami outscored Atlanta 18-4 in the extra period as they improve to a perfect 11-0 record at home and 18-6 overall.
Miami was powered by four players in particular that all posted insane stat lines; Jimmy Butler went for 20 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists; Kendrick Nunn finished with 36 points, six rebounds, and four assists; Duncan Robinson made a team-record 10 triples for 34 total points. But it was Bam Adebayo that was our star of the evening, posting a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double. Which was perfect timing, too, considering I wrote about Adebayo playing like an All-Star just minutes before that game tipped off. But it’s not just a puff piece (okay, well, I guess it kinda is). The former Kentucky big man is a legit All-Star caliber-player right now, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, and the league’s most versatile player.
Unfortunately, while Adebayo was having a career night, Tyler Herro – from the English term, meaning layer of tiles – was off his game. The Bucket did not score a point for the first time in a game this season despite playing 23 minutes. He shot 0-6 from the field.
MKG back in Hornets rotation (for now)
Something else I wrote about late on Tuesday night was Charlotte Hornets forward Micahel Kidd-Gilchrist making his return to the rotation after being benched for practically the first 20 games of the season. After making just two appearances through the first 23 games, MKG has played in each of the Hornets’ last two outings.
The former ‘Cat recorded seven points, three rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes on Sunday night and followed that up with four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes on Tuesday night. Make sure to check out the post on MKG to find out more about where he goes from here and if his minutes are here to stay.
As for the other members of the BBNBA in the Hornets 114-107 win over the Washington Wizards, P.J. Washington registered 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists for Charlotte while Malik Monk added six points, three rebounds, and two assists. Over his previous eight outings, Monk is averaging just 6.1 points on 33 percent shooting from the field in under 19 minutes.
- Denver guard Jamal Murray was sidelined five minutes into the Nuggets 97-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after running into Philly guard Ben Simmons. Murray walked off the court under his own power, however, he did not return to the game. His X-rays did come back negative and for now, he’s been tabbed with a “trunk contusion”, which sounds like a fancy term for a sore butt but I can’t confirm that. The injury is not considered to be serious.
- I don’t really want to talk about the New York Knicks, but I guess I’ll mention them for the sake of our former Kentucky brethren. The Knicks lost (because it would be against the rules for them to actually win a game) to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-87. Kevin Knox struggled from the field, shooting 1-7 for just two points while Julius Randle added 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. New York is now 4-20 (that’s the weed number) and plummeting fast. Skal Labissiere was held scoreless in 21 minutes but did grab six rebounds for the Blazers.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||135-121 (OT) W vs. ATL||30||13-18 (0-1)||11||11||2||0||4||+26||43|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||114-107 W vs. WAS||15||5-13 (3-9)||4||3||0||1||4||+29||39|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||87-115 L @ POR||15||6-11 (1-4)||7||3||1||0||2||-21||26|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||114-107 W vs. WAS||6||2-6 (2-4)||3||2||0||0||1||-13||15|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||114-107 W vs. WAS||4||2-5 (0-2)||3||0||0||0||1||+3||15|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||87-115 L @ POR||2||1-7 (0-4)||3||3||0||1||0||-3||20|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||92-97 L @ PHI||0||0-1 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||0||+3||5|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||135-121 (OT) W vs. ATL||0||0-6 (0-4)||0||1||1||0||2||-30||22|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||115-87 W vs. NYK||0||0-3 (0-1)||6||1||0||0||0||+13||21|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||92-97 L @ PHI||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||107-114 L @ CHA||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Rockets @ Cavaliers (Knight)
7:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Pacers
7:00: Lakers (Davis, Rondo-questionable) @ Magic
7:00 (ESPN): Clippers (Patterson) @ Raptors
7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Nets
8:00: Hawks @ Bulls
8:00: Jazz @ Timberwolves (Towns)
9:00: Grizzlies @ Suns (Booker)
9:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
10:00: Thunder (Diallo-out, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Kings (Fox)
10:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)