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BBNBA: Booker and AD Both Come Up Short Despite Productive Nights

(Andrew D. Bernstein | Getty Images)

(Andrew D. Bernstein | Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Mychal Mulder is getting the BAG! Well, sort of. Let’s talk NBA.


Big nights from Davis and Booker not enough

Anthony Davis (LAL) and Devin Booker (PHX) were the top two scorers from the BBNBA on Tuesday night, but unfortunately, neither of them could lead their respective teams to a win.

Davis and his Los Angeles Lakers fell at home to the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 104-102. The former Wildcat posted 26 points, eight rebounds, and two assists while shooting 9-19 from the floor and 4-8 from distance. Davis had a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but his game-winning attempt from the corner was just off. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lakers.

20 of Davis’ 26 points came in the second half and he also hit a big three-pointer that tied the game up with just 42 seconds left in regulation. Rajon Rondo recorded three points and two assists in 15 minutes for the Lakers.

Today is also Anthony Davis’ 27th birthday! How he is only 27 human years old is beyond me…

Up in Portland, Booker poured in a BBNBA-high of 29 points, but on low efficiency, shooting just 9-25 from the field and 2-7 from beyond the arc. His Phoenix Suns fell to the Trail Blazers in a game that had some serious playoff implications. With the win, Portland is now just 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference. With the loss, the Suns are now 6.0 games back with only 17 left on the schedule.

Phoenix kept the game close throughout the first three quarters, but Portland exploded in the fourth frame, leading by as many as 18 points before settling on the 121-105 win.

Mychal Mulder signs multi-year deal with GSW

As expected, the Golden State Warriors signed Mychal Mulder to another contract. What was unexpected, however, was the Warriors signing him to a multi-year contract instead of a second 10-day contract like many expected. While the terms have yet to be disclosed, I would guess that it is only partially guaranteed money. But regardless, it’s a gigantic step for Mulder, who was worked harder to get to this position than most.

In his first game on an end-of-season deal, Mulder must have been playing too relaxed. The Warriors were blown out by the Clippers as the former ‘Cat shot 1-9 from the field and missed all seven of his attempts from three for just three points and four rebounds in 26 minutes. He received his third official NBA start, too.

Patrick Patterson registered six points and two rebounds on two made triples for the Clippers, who bounced back from a Sunday night loss to the crosstown Lakers.

Other notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are BOTH sidelined right now with what the Dallas Mavericks have tabbed as an “illness”, which is never a fun thing to hear, especially considering the coronavirus fears. The short-handed Mavs lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, 119-109, as Trey Lyles went for 14 points and 11 rebounds on a shooting clip of 5-9 (4-7 from three). It was Lyles’ second double-double of the season for the Spurs.
  • Julius Randle dropped in 16 points for the New York Knicks, who were beaten by the Washington Wizards, 122-115. The big man shot 5-11 overall while adding five rebounds and two assists to his total. Kevin Knox was held scoreless in 11 minutes, adding just two rebounds and two assists for New York.

Check out the full stat sheet below.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)105-121 L @ POR299-25 (2-7)69004-735
Anthony Davis (LAL)102-104 L vs. BKN269-19 (4-8)82011-536
Julius Randle (NYK)115-122 L @ WAS165-11 (0-0)52104-2426
Trey Lyles (SAS)119-109 W vs. DAL145-9 (4-7)112111+532
Patrick Patterson (LAC)131-107 W @ GSW62-3 (2-3)20001-98
Mychal Mulder (GSW)107-131 L vs. LAC31-9 (0-7)40001-1026
Rajon Rondo (LAL)102-104 L vs. BKN31-3 (1-2)12002015
Enes Kanter (BOS)114-111 W @ IND21-3 (0-0)71111+114
Keldon Johnson (SAS)119-109 W vs. DAL21-3 (0-0)21100-113
Kevin Knox (NYK)115-122 L @ WAS00-1 (0-1)22000+811
Wenyen Gabriel (POR)121-105 W vs. PHX00-00000001
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)111-117 L @ HOUDNP-Inactive----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)111-117 L @ HOUDNP-Wrist----------------
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)109-119 L @ SASDNP-Illness----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (DAL)109-119 L @ SASDNP-Illness----------------
John Wall (WAS)122-115 W vs. NYKDNP-Foot----------------


7:00: Pistons (Knight) @ 76ers

7:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Hawks (Labissiere-out) 

7:30: Hornets @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro-out)

8:00: Jazz @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) 

8:00 (ESPN): Nuggets (Murray) @ Mavericks (Cauley-Stein, Kidd-Gilchrist: both questionable)

10:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Kings (Fox)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

2 Comments for BBNBA: Booker and AD Both Come Up Short Despite Productive Nights

    2:44 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

    No Keldon Johnson updates? He’s been getting some PT, apparently got called up from the G-league about a month ago.

    I hadn’t heard anything about him in forever and was wondering if he would rather be playing for a championship, probably a projected top 5 pick in this years down draft, right now? Instead hes been taking buses across america in the G-league for months before getting called up for garbage time for a team that is essentially out of the playoffs.

    I’m all not someone that is against the one and dones, i’ve absolutely loved this era in Kentucky basketball, I just hope guys that aren’t projected lottery picks look at Nick, IQ, PJ, other guys that have stuck around as opposed to leaving after one year regardless.

    • JASUN74
      3:35 pm March 11, 2020 Permalink

      BS!! You hate cal and you can’t stand the one and done. No need to lie about. The reason Keldon left was to chase his dreams of playing in the NBA and Making Millions of dollars!! Well, he’s in the NBA and he sign an over 4 million dollar contract! I think he did exactly what he should have.

      Man, of course we want these Kids longer to help our team win! But they have to do whatever they think is best for them, no matter if your hating ass likes it or not. Thanks and quit all the hate!! And yes you were hating!!