Good morning, folks. It was a slow, three-game night in the NBA, but a few Wildcats still put up some impressive numbers. Let’s talk NBA.
Young ‘Cats leading the Miami Heat
- The recent return of Jimmy Butler after a three-game hiatus due to the birth of his child has infected the Miami Heat with an extra burst of energy. The results have produced back-to-back wins over the Atlanta Hawks and two great performances from Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo. On Halloween night, Herro poured in a BBNBA-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists coming off the bench. Herro exploded for 29 points on Tuesday against the Hawks but wasn’t quite done putting them on his rookie highlight reel.
- This fan – wearing a Kentucky No. 14 jersey – also got way too excited after he received a sweaty wristband from Herro.
Kentucky fan was beyond hyped after getting a wristband from Tyler Herro ?
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 1, 2019
- As for Adebayo, he stuffed the stat sheet once again. The former Kentucky big has been showing off his versatility to start the season and he produced a 12-point, six-rebound, and seven-assist outing on Thursday night. Adebayo has been unbelievably great for the Heat through five games, averaging 15 points, 9.8 rebounds, and an impressive five assists per game. He’s shooting over 57 percent from the field and even hit his first triple of the season and fourth of his career. His defense has somehow been even better than his offense. He’s a massive reason the Heat sit at 4-1 on the year.
- Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets lost its second-straight game after starting the season 3-0. Denver lost by 15 to the New Orleans Pelicans as Murray put up 14 points, three rebounds, and six assists on 6-14 shooting. Excellent performances from Brandon Ingram (25 points) and Jahlil Okafor (26 points) of the Pellies led the home team to victory.
- If I had to take a random guess at the two *very early* candidates for Most Improved Player, that shortlist would include both Adebayo and Ingram at the top.
- Trey Lyles started his fourth consecutive game for the San Antonio Spurs to open up the season, adding four points and four rebounds while playing his fewest minutes (12) of the season. San Antonio fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 103-97. And speaking of the Clips, Patrick Patterson did not have a memorable night, going 0-5 from deep for zero points, although he did snag nine rebounds in his 18 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||106-97 W @ ATL||17||7-16 (3-9)||4||3||1||0||1||-1||30|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||107-122 L @ NOP||14||6-14 (1-4)||3||6||1||0||3||-11||26|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||106-97 W @ ATL||12||4-5 (1-1)||6||7||1||2||0||+7||35|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||97-103 L @ LAC||4||2-2 (0-0)||4||0||0||0||0||-4||12|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||107-122 L @ NOP||0||0-0||1||1||0||0||0||+3||5|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||103-97 W vs. SAS||0||0-5 (0-5)||9||2||1||0||1||_6||18|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||97-103 L @ LAC||DNP-Inactive||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||122-107 W vs. DEN||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (ESPN): Rockets @ Nets
7:00: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Pacers
7:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Magic
7:30: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Celtics (Kanter-out)
8:00: Pistons @ Bulls
9:30 (ESPN): Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Mavericks
10:00: Jazz @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)
10:30: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)