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BBNBA: Davis injured again in Lakers loss



Valentine’s Day in the NBA promised a packed slate of hoops, headlined by a clash between two former UK stars on ESPN. Unfortunately, it ended with new concerns about the health of our favorite unibrowed friend. Let’s talk about it…


Murray bests Lakers as AD leaves early

Sunday night’s biggest matchup featured a fun BBNBA clash with Jamal Murray‘s Nuggets taking on Anthony Davis‘ Lakers on ESPN. Both players were coming off big games on Friday, when Davis’ 35 points helped take down Memphis and Murray’s 22 sunk the Thunder. Early on, the matchup lived up to the hype, including this highlight where Murray took the big man to task on defense.

Unfortunately, midway through the second quarter, Davis came up limping after a drive to the basket. He left the game clutching his right Achilles, the same tendon that held him out of two games last week. After the game, it was confirmed that he had re-aggravted the Achilles and was experiencing swelling. He’s set to undergo an MRI at some point today.

UPDATE: According to all-knowing ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Davis has been diagnosed with a calf strain and will be reevaluated in two to three weeks. Gulp.

Anthony Davis limped off the court under his own power (@BR_NBA)

Denver cruised to a 122-107 victory after Davis left, with Murray’s 27 points (and game-high +27) leading the way. Davis finished with 15 points and 4 rebounds in just 14 minutes.

Booker’s 27 helps Suns stay hot

A day after going off for 36 on Ben Simmons and the Sixers, Devin Booker followed it up with 27 points on efficient 10-16 shooting to lead the Suns to their sixth straight win, 109-90 over the Magic. Phoenix has risen all the way up to 4th in the Western Conference standings, which would be good enough for their first playoff appearance (and highest seed) since 2010. #BubbleSuns magic?

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend reading this ESPN profile on Booker from last week. The kid is going places.

Monk’s hot shooting not enough to beat Spurs

Several former ‘Cats matched up in Charlotte, where Keldon Johnson‘s Spurs ultimately took down Malik Monk and the Hornets, 122-110. Johnson finished with a solid 18, 8 and 3 in the win, while Monk went off for 23 points on 5-6 shooting from deep. It was Monk’s third game scoring 18+ this season. For more on Malik’s breakout potential and evolving role with the Hornets, check out Nav Singh’s write-up from yesterday.

P.J. Washington missed his second straight game due to Covid protocols, with the extent of his absence still unknown. Nick Richards and Trey Lyles both watched this one from the bench.

Around the League

De’Aaron Fox returned after missing Friday’s game with a minor knee injury and dropped 23 on Memphis, though it wasn’t enough to secure a win. Elsewhere, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt combined for 32 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in Minnesota’s win over the Raptors, with the latter ‘Cat getting his 8th start of the season in place of Josh Okogie.

Eric Bledsoe and Hamidou Diallo struggled in their respective matchups, with Bledsoe being held to just six points on a brutal 1-9 shooting night from downtown in a loss to Detroit. Diallo was bumped to the bench against Milwaukee despite the continued absence of SGA (knee sprain), and he managed just six points on 3-16 shooting. Still, he managed to contribute to the win by pulling down 13 rebounds.

Here are the full stats from yesterday:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHO)109-90 W vs. ORL2710-16 (1-3)46000+1535
Jamal Murray (DEN)122-105 W vs. LAL257-15 (4-10)64003+2734
Malik Monk (CHA)110-122 L vs. SAS237-13 (5-6)42003-331
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)110-124 L vs. MEM237-15 (1-8)29111-2230
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)116-112 W vs. TOR208-11 (2-3)113137+833
Keldon Johnson (SAS)122-110 W vs. CHA18 7-14 (1-3)83100+1131
Anthony Davis (LAL)105-122 L vs. DEN155-11 (0-1)41000-414 (left with injury)
Enes Kanter (POR)121-118 W vs. DAL146-7 (0-0)80100+323
Jarred Vanderbilt (MIN)116-112 W vs. TOR124-5 (0-0)72020-123
Eric Bledsoe (NOP)112-123 L vs. DET61-9 (1-9)52000-631
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)114-109 W vs. MIL63-16 (0-0)133101+026
Darius Miller (OKC)114-109 W vs. MIL52-3 (1-2)01011+211
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)118-121 L vs. POR20-3 (0-0)50120+516
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)114-109 W vs. MILDNP - Knee sprain----------------
P.J. Washington (CHA)110-122 L vs. SASNWT - COVID-19 protocols----------------
Trey Lyles (SAS)122-110 W vs. CHADNP - Coach's decision----------------
Nick Richards (CHA)110-122 L vs. SASDNP - Coach's decision----------------
Wenyen Gabriel (NOP)112-123 L vs. DETDNP - Coach's decision----------------
Patrick Patterson (LAC)128-111 W vs. CLEDNP - Coach's decision----------------


7:00: Bulls @ Pacers

7:00 (NBATV): Rockets (Wall, Cousins) @ Wizards

7:30: Hawks (Rondo) @ Knicks (Randle, Quickley, Noel, Knox)

9:00: 76ers (Maxey) @ Jazz

10:00: Cavs @ Warriors (Mulder)

10:00 (NBATV): Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Clippers (Patterson)

10:00: Nets @ Kings (Fox)

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Article written by Wynn McDonald

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