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BBNBA: KAT and Booker Both Drop 30-Plus

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. It’s officially spring and the young BBNBA stars are in full bloom. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Bam Adebayo has effectively replaced the Hassan Whiteside as the Miami Heat’s starting center as the team makes a final push for the playoffs. Adebayo has started the last 14 games for the Heat, who are one game up on the Orlando Magic for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Whiteside just isn’t even playing that much anymore off the bench. Against the Wizards on Saturday night, Whiteside played only five minutes, the second time in four games he’s failed to play at least six minutes in a game. And you know why? Because Miami is 10-4 since Adebayo inserted into the starting lineup. His stat line from Saturday consisted of 16 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks on 6-11 shooting. Whiteside hasn’t topped more than three assists in a single game this season. Bam has done it 18 times. It’s just blatantly obvious who the better prospect and player is right now and Miami is reaping the benefits of the lineup move.
  • This Karl-Anthony Towns stuff is just becoming repetitive at this point… Seriously, I’m going to sound like a broken record when I say that Towns put up 32 points and 23 rebounds on 12-20 shooting (and 4-7 from deep) because I swear he’s done that, like, a thousand times in the last month. 23 rebounds is tied for his second-most on the season.

[17-57] Suns – 103 @ [36-36] Kings – 112

  • KAT’s former Kentucky teammate, Devin Booker has similarly been on a scoring rampage as of late. Booker posted 32 points and 10 assists (albeit, on 10-27 shooting and 2-11 from three) for the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 28.6 points per game over his last 15 outings.

  • But the Sacramento Kings were able to pull out the win over Booker and the Suns behind a combined 50 points from Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes. De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein both struggled, as Fox shot a poor 3-12 from the field for 13 points, but did contribute four rebounds and nine assists. WCS played only 17 minutes and registered just three points and zero rebounds. Fox did nearly break the Internet with this game-sealing windmill slam, however.

Other notes

  • DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors were completely outplayed at home by the Dallas Mavericks behind a triple-double from Luka Doncic. Cousins had himself a solid overall game, though, adding 19 points on 8-11 shooting in addition to six rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his second straight game with a concussion as his Charlotte Hornets squad overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics. Malik Monk posted 13 points on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)112-99 W @ MEM3312-20 (4-7)233115+1233
Devin Booker (PHX)103-112 L @ SAC3210-27 (2-11)110203-539
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)91-126 L vs. DAL198-11 (1-1)63003-2722
Bam Adebayo (MIA)113-108 W @ WAS166-11 (0-1)118045+1635
Malik Monk (CHA)124-117 W vs. BOS133-6 (3-4)11102-916
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)112-103 W vs. PHX133-12 (0-2)49104+933
Enes Kanter (POR)117-112 W vs. DET105-9 (0-0)70100+116
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)112-103 W vs. PHX31-1 (0-0)01112-817
John Wall (WAS)108-113 L vs. MIADNP-Heel----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)124-117 W vs. BOSDNP-Concussion----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)117-112 W vs. DETDNP-CD----------------
Alex Poythress (ATL)129-127 W vs. PHIDNP----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

12:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Knicks (Knox)

4:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

5:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Pacers

6:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Raptors

7:00: Rockets @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

7:30 (NBATV): Spurs @ Celtics

8:30: Pistons @ Warriors (Cousins)

9:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Lakers (Rondo)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for BBNBA: KAT and Booker Both Drop 30-Plus



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    1:45 pm March 24, 2019 Permalink

    Good points on Bam. I thought Miami was out of the playoff picture but look out!

    Also, Booker is the only player the Suns have. Every team focuses on stopping him, hence the shooting percentage is not great. I do think he is a better shooter and player than Klay Thompson.