Good afternoon, folks. Dwane Casey got his revenge on the Toronto Raptors in the most satisfying fashion possible. Let’s talk NBA.
Cavaliers – 95 @ Wizards – 119
- Andrew Harrison must have heard what I said about his second-straight subpar performance on Tuesday night because he kicked things into gear on the second night of a back-to-back for the Cavaliers. Harrison scored 10 points in 18 minutes on 3-5 shooting including four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
- In their win, the Washington Wizards have now won three straight games. It’s a miracle! Hallelujiah! Those three wins have also come against the Miami Heat (6-8), Orlando Magic (7-8), and now the Cavs (2-12). The Wizards are definitely playing better, but don’t let a three-game win streak against sub-.500 teams fool you into thinking this team has done a 180.
- John Wall had a season-low of eight points on 3-10 shooting, but his teammates picked up the slack across the board. Especially Bradley Beal, who led the Wiz with 20 points and also became the youngest NBA player ever to hit 900 three-pointers.
Pelicans – 100 @ Timberwolves – 107
- Ah finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the first game of the new-look Wolves. The return players in the Jimmy Butler trade – Dario Saric and Robert Covington – suited up for Minny for the first time and both put up respectable numbers. Karl-Anthony Towns poured in a team-high 25 points on 9-17 shooting (2-4 from three) and 16 rebounds.
- Anthony Davis struggled from the field, shooting 9-25, but still managed to add 29 points for the Pelicans (and it wasn’t even the team-high. E’Twaun Moore had another 30-point game, his second straight).
- Julius Randle could only muster up three points in 14 minutes as Nikola Mirotic returned from injury and moved Randle back to sixth man role. Darius Miller was 0-1 in 18 minutes.
- Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch this game live, but it’s the first thing I’m going to do once I finish babbling on here. It’s basically a brand new team in Minnesota.
- There was some rather intense KAT-on-Cat crime in this one, too.
Towns blocks Davis. Give and go with Wiggins for the dunk pic.twitter.com/IW6B6heJrQ
— A Wolf Among Wolves (@AWAWBlog) November 15, 2018
Knicks – 103 @ Thunder – 128
- Kevin Knox started his first NBA game for the Knicks on Wednesday night, scoring 15 points on 5-16 shooting plus five rebounds. Enes Kanter added 19 points of his own on an efficient 8-11 shooting in 22 minutes.
- Patrick Patterson had another quiet game for the Thunder, bringing in only five points and two rebounds. Nerlens Noel played only 13 minutes but stuffed the stat sheet per usual. Noel posted two points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks. Hamidou Diallo was the big “story” of this game, but not because he dunked on someone so hard they began to cry and question their existance. Quite the opposite, actually. Diallo had a fastbreak opportunity with the game decided and elected for what would have been a top-10 dunk of the year. Instead, we got this gem…
HAMIDOU DIALLO. ??? pic.twitter.com/Tg8Vbyyq8q
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) November 15, 2018
- Missed it by *this* much.
- Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey visited the Toronto Raptors for the first time since being fired after he won Coach of the Year. The Pistons erased a 19-point deficit to win the game on a Reggie Bullock game-winning shot against the now 12-3 Raptors.
Reggie Bullock, game winner in Toronto
Dwane Casey with revenge over his former team pic.twitter.com/3OE60SiaPm
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 15, 2018
- Casey’s reaction is even better. This is the face of a man who knows he’s a badass.
Dwane Casey’s reaction watching the game winner in Toronto! pic.twitter.com/8TrfCgPX4C
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 15, 2018
- Pistons forward Blake Griffin had this to say: ”He would never say it, but anytime you come back to a place you spent so much time at, had so much success and obviously the fans love him here, to win Coach of the Year and switch jobs in the same year is tough,” Griffin said of Casey. ”I think it meant a lot to him. I was just proud of the way we came back and responded.”
- Griffin continued to back his new coach while also throwing some shade at the Raptors front office. Casey, who has faced some criticism in the past regarding how he draws up plays, beat the Raptors on a perfectly-executed out-of-bounds play. ”It isn’t like we just discovered this for the first time today,” Griffin said, talking about Casey’s ability to draw up late-game plays. ”Maybe to Toronto fans or certainly their GM, maybe it was a surprise, but not to us.”
- I love it. All of it.
- Rajon Rondo broke his right hand while attempting to make a steal in the fourth quarter. He’s expected to miss a few weeks. Also in the Lakers win over the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list.
- Devin Booker didn’t have a great shooting night (13 points on 5-14 shooting), but he did register a career-high 12 assists in the Suns surprising 116-96 drumming of the San Antonio Spurs.
- Eric Bledsoe brought in 15 points, six rebounds, and seven assists for the Milwaukee Bucks while Bam Adebayo went a perfect 6-6 from the field for 12 points for the Miami Heat.
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||100-107 L @ MIN||29||9-25 (2-3)||11||2||2||4||0||+6||40|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||107-100 W vs. NOP||25||9-17 (2-4)||16||3||0||2||5||+9||34|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||103-128 L @ OKC||19||8-11 (1-1)||5||1||0||0||2||-10||22|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||113-116 L vs. MEM||15||6-11 (1-3)||6||7||2||0||1||+16||29|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||103-128 L @ OKC||15||5-16 (2-7)||5||1||1||0||3||-14||29|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||116-96 W vs. SAS||13||5-14 (2-6)||4||12||2||0||7||+20||37|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||120-107 W @ BKN||12||6-6 (0-0)||3||1||0||1||0||+3||10|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||128-103 W vs. NYK||11||5-11 (1-1)||4||0||2||0||0||+4||19|
|Andrew Harrison (CLE)||95-119 L @ WAS||10||3-5 (1-2)||4||2||2||1||1||-11||18|
|John Wall (WAS)||119-95 W vs. CLE||8||3-10 (1-2)||5||9||2||1||3||+4||21|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||128-103 W vs. NYK||5||2-4 (0-0)||2||1||1||0||1||+22||18|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||100-107 L @ MIN||3||0-4 (0-1)||3||0||0||0||5||-7||14|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||128-103 W vs. NYK||2||1-2 (0-0)||5||2||1||2||1||-4||13|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||100-107 L @ MIN||0||0-1 (0-1)||1||1||1||0||1||-16||18|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||126-117 W vs. POR||0||0-4 (0-1)||2||3||2||0||1||+2||15|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||111-106 W vs. PHI||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jodie Meeks (MIL)||113-116 L vs. MEM||DNP-Suspended||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||82-111 L @ BOS||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Warriors (Cousin-out) @ Rockets (Knight-out)
9:00: Hawks (Poythress) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)
10:30 (TNT): Spurs @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)
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