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BBNBA: Booker torches Ben Simmons and Quickley goes off AGAIN

Via ClutchSports

Via ClutchSports

Welcome folks to the Sunday edition of the BBNBA recap. It wasn’t a huge night of action in the NBA Saturday night, but some of our former Cats really lit it up yet again. Here’s the skinny on the Cats in the league heading into Valentine’s Day.

RECAP

Devin Booker gets the best of Ben Simmons

If you love tabloid culture, this Booker/Simmons “beef” will pique your attention. Legend has it that Devin Booker recently started dating Kardashian family member Kendall Jenner. Just so happens… she previously dated 76ers star, Ben Simmons. The stakes for a win against a contender are always high, but throw in some bad blood over a celebrity girlfriend? That’s some motivation.

Well, Booker certainly played like he had something to prove, and he WENT AT Simmons all night, who’s one of the best defenders in the NBA. D-Book finished the night with 36 points, and quite efficiently, getting there with just 23 shots, including a 3-5 night from beyond the arc.

His Suns flirted with a .500 record for the first month or so of the season and Booker’s own numbers were comparatively down–likely a result of adding a supreme point guard talent like Chris Paul–but Phoenix has now rolled off five straight victories and sits at 16-9. That’s good for fourth in a loaded west.

Another HOT night for Immanuel Quickley

It was a great night for Calipari’s Knicks. Julius Randle was excellent again, notching 22 points and 9 rebounds; former Memphian Derrick Rose came off the bench with 16; and Immanuel Quickley set the garden a-fire yet again, torching the Rockets for 22 points on just nine shots, including a 4-6 clip from three.

When Derrick Rose was traded to New York for a reunion with Tom Thibodeau, Quickley’s smaller-than-it-should-be role looked even more perilous with another experienced guard joining the rotation. Last night, Rose and Quickley made for a pretty devastating duo off the bench. This Knicks team is fun, they’re loaded with Cats and Kenny Payne is already getting rave reviews as an assistant–absolutely no surprise there.

Check out Quick’s most recent hot shooting night (it’s growing hard to keep track of them):

Across the court, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were handily on the losing end, but Boogie managed a 10 & 10 double-double while Wall contributed 26 points and 4 assists.

Plus, I’d encourage you to check out this video of Boogie and Wall talking about their bond at Kentucky:

Herro and Bam combine for 26 points and 12 assists, but fall to Utah

Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo have had trouble staying on the court throughout this season, and so has the whole Heat team for that matter. But Miami has finally gotten healthy recently and strung together a few nice wins to stabilize a record that was becoming fairly alarming. Saturday night, they ran into the hottest team in the league.

The goal here is NOT to talk about former Louisville players, but you’re a hater of great basketball if you can’t enjoy this awesome Jazz club. They’re nowhere near the raw talent level across the roster compared to most of the other top clubs, but behind Donovan Mitchell’s ferocious play and leadership, and Rudy Gobert’s gravitational dominance near the rim, the Jazz is just cooking teams–all the good ones, too.

A LOT of great basketball talent out there right now for fans of teams in Kentucky. Heck, Ja Morant went to Murray State and the same goes for him: you can’t watch that dude and not want to jump out of your seat.


A small night in terms of BBNBA presence but another enjoyable one. Check out the full stat sheet from the guys:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHO)120-111 W vs. PHI3614-23
(3-5)
54002+134
John Wall (HOU)121-99 L @ NYK269-20
(3-6)
24202-431
Immanuel Quickley (NYK)121-99 W vs. HOU227-9
(4-6)
42001+1721
Julius Randle (NYK)121-99 W vs. HOU227-1592000+633
Bam Adebayo (MIA)112-94 L @ UTA147-17
(0-0)
106201-1137
Tyler Herro (MIA)112-94 L @ UTA125-16
(2-8)
36103-933
DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)121-99 W @ NYK104-9
(0-3)
102001+222
Tyrese Maxey (PHI)120-111 L @ PHO62-6
(0-1)
03001-110
Mychal Mulder (GSW)134-117 L vs. BKN31-3
(1-3)
10000-813

TODAY IN THE NBA

1:00: Celtics @ Wizards

7:00: Timberwolves (Towns, Vanderbilt) @ Raptors

7:00: Spurs (Johnson) @ Hornets (Washington, Monk, Richards)

7:00: Pelicans (Bledsoe) @ Pistons

7:30: Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Mavericks

8:00: Bucks @ Thunder (SGA, Diallo, Miller)

9:00: Magic @ Suns (Booker)

10:00: Lakers (Davis) @ Nuggets (Murray)

Article written by Alex Weber

@alexweberKSR on Twitter.

5 Comments for BBNBA: Booker torches Ben Simmons and Quickley goes off AGAIN



  1. trumpetguy
    3:37 pm February 14, 2021 Permalink

    Understand this is a UK/collegiate fan base, but man after watching pace/athleticism/skill level/SHOOTING of NBA game, the actual action on the court is so superior to college game. Refreshing to see the players the focal point of the game too, compared to the college TV cameras spending WAY too much time on coaches, yelling, screaming, etc on the sideline. Most former UK players seem to be really enjoying themselves and producing as well. To be free, loose, and spontaneous with their skill level is on full display and NBA analysts often question where these skills were while in college?



    • Alex Weber
      4:37 pm February 14, 2021 Permalink

      Totally agree my man. Another major factor is the fluidity of the game. Fouls, free throws, subs, reviews, timeouts, etc. take up way too much time in the college game.



    • trumpetguy
      10:14 pm February 14, 2021 Permalink

      AW, players playing, coaches/refs not part of the action. When Covid allows it, highly recommend anyone to attend an NBA game in person. Absolutely amazing the sheer size, reach, agility, quickness, ball handling, passing, and shooting skill on an NBA court.



  2. 4everUKBlue
    4:25 pm February 14, 2021 Permalink

    Booker needs to aim way higher than some Babylon socialite.



  3. 4everUKBlue
    4:48 pm February 14, 2021 Permalink

    So Lebron got warned for flopping on Grayson Allen….lol! I guess he beat Grayson to it. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30895017/los-angeles-lakers-lebron-james-kyle-kuzma-warned-nba-violating-anti-flopping-rule