Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe’s November has been one of the best stretches of his career. Let’s talk NBA.
Bledsoe posts 31 in win over Bulls
- Eric Bledsoe has been on an absolute tear since the month of November kicked off. After dropping a season-high of 31 points in the Milwaukee Bucks 124-115 win over the Chicago Bulls, Bledsoe is now averaging nearly 22 points per game in Nov.
- In fact, Bledsoe’s last five games have all seen him eclipse 20 points and the Bucks are 4-1 in those games. On Thursday night, he shot 12-14 from the field with his only two misses coming from long range. Bledsoe also added four rebounds, eight assists, and two steals for Milwaukee.
- He has been a beast attacking the rim this season, more so than he has been in the past. 40 percent of Bledsoe’s shots this season have come at the rim, one of the highest marks among guards, and he’s coupled that with an INSANE shooting percentage of 72 percent. Which is like… What? Point guards don’t shoot 72 percent at the rim. Those are center numbers. The Bucks were (rightfully) ripped for trading away Malcolm Brogdon, but if Bledsoe can keep playing like this, he could wipe away all memories of that decision by the Milwaukee front office. [Stats via Cleaning the Glass]
Murray struggles with only four points
- On the other end of the spectrum, however, is Jamal Murray. Murray had his worst shooting performance of the season with only four points on 1-11 shooting. The Denver Nuggets still managed to secure the win over the Brooklyn Nets, 101-93, but Murray has yet to take the “leap” that Nuggets fans anticipated. Almost all of Murray’s number are down across the board. He’s shooting a career-low 32.7 percent from three through 11 games.
- The good news is that the Nuggets are still winning and boast a 8-3 record in the West. And if I had to bet on Murray turning it around recovering throughout the 82-game season, I would do so. There’s still a longggg way to go for the 22-year old (damn, he’s only 22?).
- The Miami Heat continue to move up the Eastern Conference standings after taking down a surprisingly improved Cleveland Cavaliers team, 108-97. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro both contributed 16 points apiece with Adebayo stuffing the stat sheet, per usual. The former Kentucky big man added 15 rebounds and five assists to his total while Herro shot 4-7 from the field and 2-4 from deep. Herro returned after missing the previous game with a minor ankle injury. At 8-3, Miami is 1.5 games back of Jack Pilgrim’s Boston Celtics for the top spot out East.
- The New York Knicks booed the living hell out of Kristaps Porzingis in one of the worst cases of brainwashing I’ve ever seen in my life. Those poor Knicks fans don’t seem to understand just how miserable their franchise is and it is one of the purest things in sports. Porzingis made his return to Madison Square Garden after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks back in January and the Knicks actually got the win! Julius Randle posted 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and six turnovers in the 106-103 win while Kevin Knox added six points in just 14 minutes of action. With six turnovers on Thursday, Randle now averages 4.1 turnovers per game, seventh-most in the league.
- Paul George made his return to the Los Angeles Clippers lineup after missing the first 11 games with a shoulder issue. George went off for 33 points in his debut, albeit in a loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. The notable news, however, is the effect George’s return is already having on Patrick Patterson. The former Kentucky forward played a season-low of three minutes and added three points while coming off the bench for the first time this season. With George and Kawhi Leonard in the Clippers lineup, Patterson’s minutes might continue on a downwards trend.
- We’ll end the recap with Devin Booker’s 27 points and seven assists in a 128-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young also nutmegged someone, AGAIN.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||124-115 W vs. CHI||31||12-14 (0-2)||4||8||2||0||5||+9||31|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||128-112 W vs. ATL||27||8-16 (3-7)||2||7||1||0||7||+3||32|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||106-103 W vs. DAL||17||8-18 (1-5)||10||3||0||0||6||-5||36|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||108-97 W @ CLE||16||7-14 (0-1)||15||5||0||1||1||+25||39|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||108-97 W @ CLE||16||4-7 (2-4)||1||1||0||1||4||+9||22|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||106-103 W vs. DAL||6||2-3 (1-2)||1||0||0||0||0||-8||14|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||101-93 W vs. BKN||4||1-11 (1-4)||5||4||1||0||2||+2||28|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||127-132 L @ NOP||3||1-3 (1-2)||0||0||0||0||0||-4||3|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||97-108 L vs. MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||101-93 W vs. BKN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||132-127 W vs. LAC||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Pistons @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: Spurs (Lyles) @ Magic
8:00: Pacers @ Rockets
8:00 (ESPN): Jazz @ Grizzlies
8:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
8:00: 76ers @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
10:30 (ESPN): Celtics (Kanter) @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)
10:30: Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel) @ Lakers (Davis-probable, Rondo)