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.
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.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) February 13, 2021
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:
Boogie and Wall on their UK bond pic.twitter.com/5WeWCI6FpK
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 14, 2021
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:
|Devin Booker (PHO)||120-111 W vs. PHI||36||14-23|
|John Wall (HOU)||121-99 L @ NYK||26||9-20|
|Immanuel Quickley (NYK)||121-99 W vs. HOU||22||7-9|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||121-99 W vs. HOU||22||7-15||9||2||0||0||0||+6||33|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||112-94 L @ UTA||14||7-17|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||112-94 L @ UTA||12||5-16|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||121-99 W @ NYK||10||4-9|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||120-111 L @ PHO||6||2-6|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||134-117 L vs. BKN||3||1-3|
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)