Good morning, folks. In news that should surprise you, Devin Booker did not score 50 points on Monday night. And the Suns won! Let’s talk NBA.
- We’ll start today’s recap off with Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat, who fell on the road to the Boston Celtics, 110-105. Adebayo had himself an excellent game, posting 19 points on 8-12 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks. I’ll talk more about the playoff implications of this game at the end of this post.
- Eric Bledsoe led the BBNBA in scoring with 29 points on 10-19 shooting in addition to his five rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. Bledsoe was able to help lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a win over the Brooklyn Nets, 131-121.
- In a an epic showdown battle between two perennial, top-tier, powerhouse franchises, the New York Knicks topped the Chicago Bulls 113-105 as Kevin Knox went for 19 points and nine rebounds on 6-15 shooting.
- The Timberwolves were not able to defend home court against the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 132-122 in Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists but on an abysmal 6-21 shooting. Enes Kanter got the start once again for Portland and registered a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double on 7-10 shooting from the field.
- The Charlotte Hornets lost what was basically a must-win game to have a shot at making the playoffs against the Utah Jazz, losing on the road 111-102. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played 22 minutes and contributed five points and three rebounds while Malik Monk added six points, six rebounds, and this mind-melting alley-oop slam.
MONK RISES pic.twitter.com/uEy0undf7X
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) April 2, 2019
- And finally, in the ‘battle for Zion’ matchup, the Phoenix Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-113 in Arizona. Although, the winner of this game is, in reality, the loser. It’s all about having the best odds for those scrumptious top-3 picks. Brandon Knight scored 10 points on 4-8 for the Cavs while Devin Booker actually decided to spare the mere mortals defending him. Booker went for 25 points and 13 assists in the win.
- Now, back to the Heat and the Eastern Conference playoff race. Actually, let’s take a look at the five teams fighting for the three final spots in the East. These are the current standings as of April 2nd.
- As you can see, things are getting pretty interesting down the stretch, here. The Pistons are currently without its best player, Blake Griffin, as he deals with a knee injury, but he should return soon. The Nets have the hardest schedule of any of these five teams remaining, facing all playoff teams. The Heat might actually be in the best spot right now with a relatively easy few games left while the Magic are right behind them. The Heat actually face the Nets in its final game of the regular season, which should be all sorts of fun. As I said earlier, the Hornets had to win Monday night to help gain some ground. You know why? Because all five of these teams lost on Monday. That just kind of sums up the bottom of the Eastern Conference. If literally one of these teams gets a win, it creates massive havoc in the standings. But they all lost, and as a result, nothing happened. Never change, Eastern Conference, Never change.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||131-121 W @ BKN||29||10-19 (3-9)||5||7||5||2||4||+21||34|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||122-113 W vs. CLE||25||8-18 (2-9)||3||13||0||0||6||-6||35|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||132-122 W @ MIN||20||7-10 (0-1)||11||1||0||4||2||+2||25|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||105-110 L @ MIA||19||8-12 (1-1)||14||2||0||2||0||-2||30|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||113-105 W vs. CHI||19||6-15 (2-6)||9||3||0||1||5||-1||40|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||122-132 L vs. POR||17||6-21 (1-4)||12||4||0||2||1||-6||31|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||113-122 L @ PHX||10||4-8 (2-4)||2||0||1||0||2||-31||25|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||102-111 L @ UTA||6||2-7 (1-5)||6||1||2||0||1||+13||24|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||102-111 L @ UTA||5||2-5 (1-1)||3||1||3||0||0||+1||22|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||121-109 W vs. ORL||2||1-3 (0-0)||1||1||o||0||0||-8||12|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||132-122 W @ MIN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||109-121 L @ TOR||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Lakers (Rondo) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)
8:30: Hawks (Poythress-out) @ Spurs
10:00: Rockets @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)
10:30 (TNT): Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Warriors (Cousins)