Welcome to another busy Tuesday edition of BBNBA recap. Let’s get to it.
Knicks win streak ends at nine in loss to Phoenix
Let’s give a slow clap for the run the
New York Kentucky Knicks just completed. Their nine-game winning streak included five wins over playoff teams, six by 10+ points, and catapulted them into the East’s four-seed with just a couple of weeks to play.
How about Julius Deion Randle during those nine games? 30.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists to lead a pretty underwhelming Knicks roster to immense overachievement. His season-long numbers are similar in rebounds and assists and he’s scoring just under 24 while shooting career-high percentages across the board, including, crucially, 41.8% from three.
He will almost certainly earn an All-NBA appearance, and by my estimation, should be first-team. He’s putting up the same numbers Charles Barkley did during his 1993 MVP season while dragging a fairly weak roster to a position to have home-court advantage in a first-round playoff series.
It’s truly unreal what Mr. Randle and these Knicks have accomplished. Last night, the epic winning streak finally came to a close against Devin Booker’s 33 points as the Suns closed out a battle vs. New York.
If you haven’t yet, hop on the NYK bandwagon.
Towns and T-Wolves complete season sweep of Jazz
The Utah Jazz lead the NBA in record by one game over Phoenix and have just 17 losses on the year. But 18% of those losses have come against the second-worst team in the NBA: Minnesota.
The Timberwolves finish 3-0 vs. Utah in 2021 and Karl-Anthony Towns led the way in last night’s win, finishing with 21 points on 7-13 shooting with 11 boards. He also hit two late free throws to give the Wolves a three-point cushion with 15 seconds before they eventually won 105-104.
Jarred Vanderbilt also played a handful of minutes but struggled mightily, missing all three of his shots and turning the ball over three times as well. After getting consistent impactful minutes earlier on in the season, J-Vando hasn’t been on the court as consistently as of late, and when he has, his play simply hasn’t been very good.
Keldon Johnson key in OT win to snap Wizards streak
The two hottest teams in the NBA, New York and Washington, had their nine- and eight-game winning streaks snapped in two fairly entertaining games yesterday. Washington fell at the hands of another hot team: the San Antonio Spurs.
As of April 16th, the Spurs had fallen a couple of games below .500 and were finally sinking outside the playoff picture, where they were expected to finish before the season. Well, on the 17th, they spanked Phoenix by 26 and have rolled off five wins in the last six to leap back to 31-29.
Keldon Johnson has been excellent during that stretch. Over the last six, he’s scoring 14.2 points a contest while shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from three. And last night, he picked a good time to have his highest-scoring game since mid-March as he tallied 21 in the overtime streak-snapper vs. the Wizards.
Keldon also played 38 minutes and was on the court throughout much of the fourth quarter and during overtime. He’s a key piece of an overachieving, very young Spurs core that’s going to give teams hell in the upcoming play-in games.
Anthony Davis still not himself yet. Anthony Davis returned from a hefty absence due to injury and has yet to look like the former first-team All-NBA big we know he is. Last night was his highest-scoring game since returning at 18 points, but he had five turnovers and is just 1-11 from three since returning. Reports are his pal LeBron James could be on his way back, but those two will need to get dialed in before another playoff run.
Tyrese Maxey making a late push in Sixers’ rotation. Tyrese Maxey is playing his most consistent ball of the year lately. Crazily enough, he’s second on Philadelphia in scoring over the last week and averaged 12.2 points, reaching double-figures in every game since the 19th. He was 5-5 from the field for 11 in yesterday’s win vs. Oklahoma City and is making a late push at cracking Philly’s serious rotation.
Boogie settling in with the Clippers. Just yesterday, LAC announced they were signing DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season, and last night he scored 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in a loss to New Orleans. Great to see the big fella having impact performances for a contender.
|Devin Booker (PHO)||118-110 W @ NYK||33||14-26|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||110-102 L vs. CHI||23||9-14|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||105-104 W vs. UTA||21||7-13|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||146-143 W @ WAS||21||10-14|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||118-110 L @ NYK||18||6-17|
|Eric Bledsoe (NOP)||120-103 W vs. LAC||18||6-13|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||114-103 W @ ORL||18||8-15|
|DeMarcus Cousins (LAC)||120-103 L @ NOP||16||6-14|
|Hamidou Diallo (DET)||100-86 W vs. ATL||14||6-11|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||121-90 W vs. OKC||11||5-5|
|Immanuel Quickley (NYK)||118-110 L vs. PHO||11||4-7|
|Wenyen Gabriel (NOP)||120-103 W vs. LAC||10||4-7|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||113-106 L @ SAC||8||4-6|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||120-103 L @ NOP||5||2-7|
|Rajon Rondo (LAC)||120-103 L @ NOP||5||2-6|
|Nerlens Noel (NYK)||118-110 L vs. PHO||4||2-3|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)||105-104 W vs. UTA||0||0-3|
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:00: Thunder (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Celtics
7:00: Bucks @ Hornets (Monk, Washington, Richards)
7:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Pacers
7:30: Nets @ Raptors
9:00: Timberwolves (Towns, Vanderbilt) @ Rockets (Wall)
9:30: Mavericks (Cauley-Stein) @ Warriors (Mulder)