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BBNBA: Hornets and Nuggets Both Take an L

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. It was a light load for the Association on Tuesday night. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Hornets – 89 @ Cavaliers – 113

  • Two completely different versions of both of these teams showed up for this game. For Cleveland – a team who only had five rotational players due to an array of injuries suffered by several key players – they played their best game of the season. No matter what shot they took or where they attempted it, it went in. The bevy of role players stepped in and did not hesitate with their playing time.
  • The Hornets, on the other hand, were near full health, but could not hit a shot to save their lives. They finished the game 8-41 from three and at one point missed 20 straight three-pointers. I don’t care how bad the Cavs are, you’ll never win an NBA game shooting 19.5 percent in this era. It also didn’t help that Kemba Walker – the third leading scorer in the league – scored only seven points on 2-16 (!!) shooting. It also ALSO didn’t help that Malik Monk went 3-13 from the field, either. But that’s part of the Hornets gameplan. Get up and down the court and fire at will. If the shots aren’t falling, then so do their chances of winning.

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out this game due to a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Hornets win over the Pistons on Sunday. He was seen in a walking boot following the game on Sunday and is questionable for Saturday’s matchup with the new-look 76ers.
  • Now let’s talk about Andrew Harrison. I’ve been a huge defender of Harrison over the years and after he finally started to show some improvement last season in Memphis, I thought he might finally be on the track to being an NBA role player. After he was waived by the Grizzlies a couple weeks ago, I thought he was getting royally screwed. Well, two games into his tenure with the Cavaliers and I have a better understanding of why Memphis did what they did. Harrison must have regressed over the summer or is simply struggling to acclimate to his new team because he looks absolutely lost. All the basic floor general fundamentals he seemingly developed last season have been nowhere to be found. I’m going to chalk it up to a lack of chemistry and he’s going to continue to receive playing time as long as the entire roster is injured, but it’s still concerning. This is not the same Harrison that started 46 games last season.

Rockets – 109 @ Nuggets – 99

  • The Houston Rockets were able to keep the Nuggets from separating themselves and jumping out to a big lead. Houston was constantly ahead by five points for the majority of the game and then stretched the lead just enough to close out Denver in the end.
  • Jamal Murray – who was shooting a mere 35.3 percent from the field since his 48-point outburst – came back to form a bit, scoring 15 points on 7-13 shooting. Trey Lyles only played in 12 minutes but scored eight points on 3-4 shooting. In the absence of Will Barton – the injured starting small forward for Denver – the Nuggets have been running with Juancho Hernangomez in favor of Lyles. Lyles has been playing well as of late, but there’s only been so much clock to go around and these two play a similar style. Hernangomez has played just as well as, if not better than, Lyles, so it’s not a huge shock. But it’s going to be up to Lyles to play himself into more minutes.

Other notes

  • Alex Poythress played 20 minutes against the Steph Curry and Draymond Green-less Golden State Warriors, scoring four points on 2-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)99-109 L vs. HOU157-13 (0-3)15103-434
Trey Lyles (DEN)99-109 L vs. HOU83-4 (1-1)10101-1212
Malik Monk (CHA)89-113 L @ CLE63-13 (0-8)22101-1223
Alex Poythress (ATL)103-110 L @ GSW42-5 (0-1)80000+420
Andrew Harrison (CLE)113-89 W vs. CHA20-3 (0-2)22001+212
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)89-113 L @ CLEDNP-Ankle----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)110-103 W vs. ATLDNP-Achilles----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)109-99 W @ DENDNP-Knee----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)99-109 L vs. HOUDNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Sixers @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:00: Cavaliers (An. Harrison) @ Wizards (Wall)

7:30: Bulls @ Celtics

7:30: Heat (Adebayo) @ Nets

7:30: Pistons @ Raptors

8:00: Grizzlies @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)

8:00 (ESPN): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)

8:30: Jazz @ Mavericks

9:00: Spurs @ Suns (Booker)

10:30 (ESPN): Trail Blazers @ Lakers (Rondo)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for BBNBA: Hornets and Nuggets Both Take an L

  1. That’s the CAVS in that first pic? What the what? I thought it was a Euro team! They were wearing red & black last year for Geoghegan’s sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    • bigbluebanana
      3:18 pm November 14, 2018 Permalink

      Right? Still thought those unis were cool though, not sure I’d like it all season, but I like when the nba does these one offs.