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BBNBA: Booker’s 38 Can’t Stop Celtics Comeback

(Photo via Getty Images/Barry Gossage)

(Photo via Getty Images/Barry Gossage)

Good morning, folks. Devin Booker is amazing. His team is not. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Rockets – 80 @ Thunder – 98

  • Nerlens Noel and Patrick Patterson flew under the radar in this game for good reason. Patterson put up only three points on 1-3 shooting while Noel contributed just two points. However, Noel had another three-block game – his second of the season. Noel is currently averaging 1.4 blocks per game playing only 14.2 minutes per game. Stretch that out across 36 minutes and it averages out to 3.5 blocks per game. Not too shabby.
  • Hamidou Diallo had himself another solid game with Russell Westbrook out. Diallo brought in five points on 2-4 shooting including four rebounds and this unorthodox up-and-under move.

  • The Rockets look… Not great. Chris Paul sure is starting to look his age a bit…

Bucks – 134 @ Warriors – 111

  • Well, this was quite unexpected. The Milwaukee Bucks flat out beat the brakes off of the defending NBA champs. Leading the way was none other than Eric Bledsoe, who had easily his best outing of this still young season. Bledsoe led all scorers with 26 points, which he attained by making 10 of his 12 field goal attempts (and shooting 2-3 from three). He also added four rebounds and six assists.

  • I’m not entirely sure how to explain this beatdown, because the Bucks dominated the Warriors for basically the last three-quarters of the game. It’s not like it was ever close. Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t even have that great of a game and it still wasn’t close. My only guess is the Warriors came in either too cocky or too lazy, which was something they had issues with during the middle of last season, where they would come out flat and disinterested (I guess winning does get boring after a while). But the Bucks match up with the Warriors perfectly with their length and shooting. They may be one of the few teams in the league that could actually challenge the Warriors (although not beat them) in a seven-game series.
  • Bledsoe truly was fantastic in this game, though. And at the same time, I was annoyed by his performance. He was so aggressive, so tactical in his defensive approach, that it pissed me off to see him finally play the way he obviously can. You’ll rarely see this version of Bledsoe against a team such as the Orlando Magic, but he sure does like get up for big games.
  • Side note: I wanted to share this Steph Curry stat I saw in an article by Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports:
  • This may not be true now after Curry went 0-4 from three against the Bucks. But, my goodness. A Curry three-point attempt is a more efficient shot than a DUNK. How is that fair?

Other notes

  • Devin Booker dropped 38 points on the Boston Celtics AND held a 20-point lead in the second quarter. The Suns had a 16-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter. The Suns still lost in overtime! Kyrie Irving went full Kyrie Irving in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring 18 of his own 39 points. Booker shot 15-30 from the field to go along with nine assists (point Booker honestly isn’t that bad, honestly. He definitely turns it over more than he should – six of them Thursday night – but he’s making cross-court left-handed passes look easy. But they still need a point guard). The Suns are now 2-8. They are awful. Their front office is awful. They might as well tank for Zion at this point.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had the best performance of his 11-game NBA career against the Portland Trail Blazers, putting up 19 points on 7-12 shooting after starting his second consecutive game. The Clippers couldn’t shrink the Blazers lead in the fourth quarter to under five points, but SGA showed some poise and played an overall great game.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)109-116 OT L vs. BOS3815-30 (4-13)39306-242
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)134-111 W @ GSW2610-12 (2-3)46103+3026
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)105-116 L @ POR197-12 (2-2)32011-1635
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)98-80 W vs. HOU52-4 (0-1)40001-1511
Patrick Patterson (OKC)98-80 W vs. HOU31-3 (1-3)20001-412
Nerlens Noel (OKC)98-80 W vs. HOU20-1 (0-0)50030-415
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)111-134 L vs. MILDNP-Achilles----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)80-98 L @ OKCDNP-Knee----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Wizards (Wall) @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:00 (NBATV): Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ 76ers

7:30: Pistons @ Hawks (Poythress)

8:00: Pacers @ Heat (Adebayo)

9:00: Nets @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

9:30 (ESPN): Celtics @ Jazz

10:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for BBNBA: Booker’s 38 Can’t Stop Celtics Comeback



  1. njCat
    12:04 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    Ya, Booker scored a bunch of points, but he absolutely choked down the stretch. 1 for 4 shooting, a turnover and a foul in the last 3:30 during which the hapless Suns blew a 14 point lead. 14 point lead with 3 1/2 minutes to go for goodness sake!



  2. njCat
    12:09 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    Warriors beat down might have had something to do with not having Draymond Green and losing Curry midway through the first quarter. Remember how well they played without Green against the Cavs in the finals a couple years ago?



    • njCat
      1:37 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

      Third quarter



  3. BleedingBlue1996
    12:42 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

    Please, someone please tell me, I am not the only one out there that could care LESS about the NBA and where “our” players are playing and how they are doing. Does any of that actually matter? Can we please get away from glorifying our draft picks and start worrying about Kentucky Basketball??? Yeah, great, Enes Kanter had a double double. He never played at KY!!!



    • bigbluebanana
      4:44 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

      There’s maybe 3 or 4 other guys that feel that way too man, you’re not alone. I promise there are other miserable a holes who claim to be UK fans too. Y’all will find each other somewhere buddy.



    • njCat
      7:15 pm November 9, 2018 Permalink

      🙂