It seems that everywhere I turn, another former Kentucky player is decimating the NBA. This time, it’s Devin Booker. Booker scored 31 points Monday night in a losing effort to the Miami Heat, continuing his hot streak despite his team’s deficiencies. Over the last eight games, Booker is averaging 31.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 40.5 percent from deep. Now, I’m no expert, but I’d argue that the reason the Suns have only won five games since 2018 began has little to do with the 21-year old.
Unfortunately, Booker’s best friend at Kentucky and current teammate, Tyler Ulis, is trending in the wrong direction. Ever since the Suns traded for Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton (you know, the guy with hair that doubles as an umbrella), Ulis has essentially fallen out of the rotation. He’s been dealing with a back issue over the last couple weeks but appears to be healthy now. Payton is a better overall prospect, but it’s still a shame that Ulis has been glued to the bench considering he’s having a solid second season.
In other news, Julius Randle continues to do Julius Randle things, as he posted 21 points and nine rebounds in a close loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Eric Bledsoe also had an impressive evening, scoring 26 points in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Andrew Harrison missed his third straight game due to a wrist injury. He is expected to return in the coming weeks.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||103-125 L @ MIA||31||12-22 (4-9)||2||5||0||0||3||-17||33|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||89-92 L @ IND||26||10-22 (2-10)||3||4||2||1||4||-9||34|
|Julius Randle (LAL)||103-108 L vs. POR||21||7-13 (0-0)||9||2||2||0||3||+7||33|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||125-103 W vs. PHX||2||0-0 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||0||-6||4|
|Andrew Harrison (MEM)||98-100 L @ SAS||DNP-Wrist||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Ulis (PHX)||103-125 L @ MIA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (IND)||92-89 W vs. MIL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
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Tonight in the NBA
7:00: Sixers @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) *For those curious, James Young is in fact signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, however, he’s on a two-way contract, meaning he can be called to play for his G-League team and called up to play for the Sixers whenever they need him. Currently, he’s playing for the G-League affiliate.
7:00: Hawks @ Raptors
7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Wizards (Meeks)
8:00 (TNT): Rockets @ Thunder (Patterson, Johnson)
8:30: Nuggets (Murray, Lyles) @ Mavericks (Noel)
10:00: Knicks (Kanter) @ Trail Blazers
10:30: Nets @ Warriors
10:30 (TNT): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Rondo, Liggins) @ Clippers
Player to watch
Tonight’s player to watch is none other than the great Anthony Davis. I shouldn’t even have to explain why anymore. Davis is a monster. He’s destroying everything in his path. A matchup against the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan should be another exciting event in the Davis-for-MVP campaign. If you haven’t seen Davis much this season, stay up late tonight and watch his brilliance with your own eyes.