Good morning, folks. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are an even more unstoppable duo than I could have ever imagined… Let’s talk NBA.
Lebron and AD lead Lakers to 112-107 win over SGA and Thunder
- To recap: LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every NBA team; Anthony Davis posted 34 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocks; and the Los Angeles Lakers won its fifth straight game to move to an NBA-best 12-2 record. Somehow – someway – the Lakers are better than I ever imagined they would be this early into the AD-Bron era.
- It’s not like I didn’t expect them to be good – the Lakers trot out two of the five best payers in the entire world – but I didn’t expect them to be this good this early. They are straight-up dismantling teams. LeBron looks like he’s in the midst of his prime and not defying the odds of Father Time in his 17th NBA season. Davis is showcasing why he’s next in line to take over LeBron’s title as the best player in the world. Even with a shotty supporting cast – the main reason I was hesitant to claim them as preseason Finals favorites – those secondary and tertiary scorers have been magnificent. I mean, Dwight Howard looks almost sorta good? Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Alex Caruso, and Kyle Kuzma were literally created to play alongside Davis and LeBron. They all feed off each other and execute their predetermined roles to perfection. No one does too much (well, except for maybe Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), and no one does too little. Head coach Frank Vogel has done a stellar job thus far and has the Lakers chugging along like a perfectly oiled machine. Even Rajon Rondo has filled out his role in his first four games back from injury. He added eight points and 10 assists in Tuesday night’s win.
- As for the Thunder, who were on the losing end of the battle, they sit on a 5-9 record and losers of two straight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to outplay his expectations despite a difficult night in L.A. SGA registered 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists, but on 5-16 shooting. Nerlens Noel tied his season-high with 15 points in addition to eight rebounds and three steals. Unfortunately, Hamidou Diallo sat out his third straight game with knee soreness. The good news is he shouldn’t be out much longer. Diallo suffered the injury last Tuesday and head coach Billy Donovan said on Friday that he doesn’t expect it to result in the guard missing an extended amount of time. We need more Hami dunks in our life.
Booker drops 30 in a loss to Kings
- Despite Devin Booker’s hot shooting night, the return of Ricky Rubio from a brief injury, and the Kings still missing De’Aaron Fox, the Phoenix Suns suffered a 120-116 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday night. In addition to his scoring, Booker added five rebounds, eight assists, and two steals while shooting 10-20 from the field and 3-6 from long distance.
- Following a miserable 0-5 start for the Kings, they’ve recovered nicely even without Fox for the last few games. Sacramento has shaken off the rust and moved to 6-7 on the year ahead of an upcoming four-game road trip. Richaun Holmes has established himself as the starting center and basically an enhanced version of Nerlens Noel. Nemanja Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic have been shooting the lights out. They look good right now. Add Fox back into the mix in a few weeks and the Kings might be able to hit an early-season stride.
- Check out the rest of the stats below.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||137-129 W vs. POR||30||11-21 (2-6)||4||6||1||0||2||+4||31|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||129-137 L @ MIL||22||10-16 (2-4)||12||3||1||5||0||-11||28|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||121-124 L vs. NOP||19||7-14 (2-6)||5||7||0||0||6||-5||37|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||124-121 W @ PHX||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ 76ers
7:00: Spurs (Lyles) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Hawks
7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Nets
7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
7:30: Magic @ Raptors
7:30 (ESPN): Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Mavericks
8:00: Pistons @ Bulls
8:00: Jazz @ Timberwolves (Towns)
9:00: Rockets @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)
10:00 (ESPN): Celtics (Kanter) @ Clippers (Patterson)