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BBNBA: Davis Wants Out of NOLA, Three Cats Top 20 Points

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/NBAE/Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Well, it finally happened. Anthony Davis has requested a trade out of New Orleans. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • To briefly recap the massive news that broke earlier Monday morning, Anthony Davis has requested to be traded away from the New Orleans Pelicans organization. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone, especially if you’ve been listening to Davis reiterate over and over again throughout the previous year that he values winning over money more than anything. And if you’ve been following the Pelicans this season, you’d know that they are doing the exact opposite of competing for a title. I’ll dive more into possible trade destinations later, but as Drew noted, Boston and Los Angeles are the obvious favorites. Now to the games from Sunday night.

[25-25] Kings – 108 @ [28-22] Clippers – 122

  • The Los Angeles Clippers never once trailed in this game and are now 3-0 this season against the Kings. Sacramento was down by double-digits for the majority of the game, although they were able to cut the lead down to five on two separate occasions in the fourth quarter. But both times the Clippers bumped the score back to a comfortable lead. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 17 points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the Clips.
  • For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox went for 21 points on 8-16 shooting to go along with four rebounds and three assists while Willie Cauley-Stein brought in nine points, 12 rebounds, and three assists. With the loss, Sacramento falls back to .500 and three games out of the final playoff spot, trailing – of course – the Clippers, who sit comfortably in the eighth slot.

[35-13] Bucks – 112 @ [31-18] Thunder – 118

  • Eric Bledsoe hit a big three with just over a minute left to bring his Milwaukee Bucks squad within three points, but their defense couldn’t hold up on the other end, as they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bledsoe – who I believe deserves to make an All-Star team this season – went for 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes.
  • The Thunder were led by a 36-point performance courtesy of Paul George and Russell Westbrook’s 16th triple-double of the season. Nerlens Noel played some unexpected minutes with the starters after starting center Steven Adams went down with a turned ankle in the first quarter (he would return in the second). Noel played 17 minutes and played them perfectly, scoring six points while pulling down six rebounds and blocking two shots. Patrick Patterson went scoreless in 14 minutes while Hamidou Diallo was a DNP-Coaches Decision for the third straight game.

Other notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns led the BBNBA in scoring on Sunday night with 22 points on 6-10 shooting in addition to six rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks, but was held to only two made field goals in the second half as the Utah Jazz were able to pull away late and beat the Timberwolves by a score of 111-125.

  • In Los Angeles, the LeBron James-less Lakers demolished Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns. Booker scored 21 points, dished out six assists, and even got into a bit of a scuffle with Lakers center Ivica Zubac (over what? Not sure. I can never tell with Booker sometimes). The Lakers led for the majority of the game despite several late comeback efforts by the Suns. Rajon Rondo played in a season-high 42 minutes for L.A. – which is wayyyy too many coming off an injury, in my opinion, but I’m also the furthest thing from a doctor – and posted eight points, four rebounds, and 11 assists.


  • Check out the rest of the stats below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)111-125 L vs. UTA226-10 (3-4)67032-236
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)108-122 L @ LAC218-16 (1-4)43104-1231
Devin Booker (PHX)102-116 L @ LAL219-18 (0-1)26003-1136
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)122-108 W vs. SAC175-9 (0-1)45201-231
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)112-118 L @ OKC115-14 (1-4)63104-131
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)108-122 L @ LAC92-5 (0-1)123201+331
Bam Adebayo (MIA)106-97 W @ NYK93-7 (0-1)61101-1518
Rajon Rondo (LAL)116-102 W vs. PHX84-9 (0-1)411103+1342
Nerlens Noel (OKC)118-112 W vs. MIL63-7 (0-0)60020+317
Kevin Knox (NYK)97-106 L vs. MIA42-6 (0-1)20002-1522
Patrick Patterson (OKC)118-112 W vs. MIL00-1 (0-1)31000+714
Enes Kanter (NYK)97-106 L vs. MIADNP-CD----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)118-112 W vs. MILDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (SAC)108-122 L @ LACDNP-CD----------------
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)98-103 L @ HOUDNP-Ankle----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)103-98 W vs. ORLDNP-Knee----------------
John Wall (WAS)119-132 L @ SASDNP-Heel----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

7:00 (NBATV): Warriors (Cousins) @ Pacers

7:30: Nets @ Celtics

8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray-out, Vanderbilt) @ Grizzlies

10:30 (NBATV): Hawks (Poythress-out) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)


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8 Comments for BBNBA: Davis Wants Out of NOLA, Three Cats Top 20 Points



  1. StuckinLville
    11:40 am January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Booker’s gonna keep on someone’s gonna clean his clock for him. Never expected him to act the way he does on the court.



  2. ClutchCargo
    12:17 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Please, basketball gods, let AD end up in Boston. He or Boogie would be the missing piece that completes that roster.



    • J-Dub421
      12:48 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I still want Boogie to go to Washington so we can have Wall/Cousins 2.0.



    • Led Weappelin
      2:41 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      There’s a chance that Boogie ends up in Laker land next season possibly playing with AD, Rondo and LeBron.



  3. Led Weappelin
    12:46 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Not going to happen Clutch. He’s going to LA and I love it.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:22 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      The Celtics would have to trade Kyrie, which I wouldn’t want, in order for it to happen. Unlikely, so that’s why I need some help from the basketball gods. Haha!



  4. Rixter
    1:22 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    ‘Sactown’? Not sure that was well thought out.



  5. Smyrna_Cat
    4:58 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    To clarify, Rondo had a figure injury … not sure what that has to do with too many playing minutes?