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BBNBA: KAT and Embiid Feud, Booker Drops 31

(Mitchell Leff | Getty Images)

(Mitchell Leff | Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Joel Embiid took to social media in announcing his displeasure with Karl-Anthony Towns, and he sure wasn’t mincing any words. Let’s talk NBA

RECAP

KAT vs. Embiid

  • Midway through the third quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers 117-95 trouncing of the Minnesota Timberwolves, two big men who have some history rekindled that beef. Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid got into an actual wrestling match during the middle of a play. Embiid shoved Towns, who retaliated with a punch that just missed (which will probably warrant a suspension), then the two bear-hugged and rolled around on the floor like grade school children arguing over who gets the last chocolate milk carton. Both were ultimately ejected, although not before KAT posted 13 points and six rebounds. After the ejections, Embiid was shadowing boxing on his way to the locker room and the parents of Towns got in on the boo-ing as the Sixer left the floor.
  • But that wasn’t even the fun part. Embiid took to social media to continue trashing Towns (and even threw a shot at John Calipari, too).

  • In the second post, Embiid says Towns was treated “like a bitch” by “you know who” then goes on to apparently threaten Towns by saying he’s not going to “put your business out” there – whatever that might mean. I won’t lie, the first Twitter post gave me a chuckle, but the second one is just Embiid being a dick.
  • Towns made sure to get his own jab in, too, because that’s what you do during the social media age.

  • This is all kind of lame.

Devin Booker gets four-years worth of revenge on the Warriors

  • The Golden State Warriors dynasty is all but over and Devin Booker made sure to take full advantage in knocking down the team that has tortured him for years. Before Wednesday night’s domination of the Warriors by Phoenix, the Suns had lost 15 of its previous 16 games against Golden State.
  • To make up for it, the Suns broke out to a 43-14 lead after the first 12 minutes and led 72-46 at halftime before taking home a 121-110 victory on a night that Steph Curry broke his left hand.
  • Booker poured in a BBNBA-high 31 points on 10-21 shooting (6-10 from deep) to go along with four rebounds and five steals. The Warrior looked quite awful before Curry was injured, but losing its star player was just adding the ultimate insult to injury. It just goes to show you that the basketball Gods never forget.

  • But also, the Suns still look good? Aron Baynes, Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, and Kelly Oubre all had overall great games once again and Phoenix sits comfortably with a 3-2 record.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein played 12 minutes in his Golden State Warriors debut, recording 12 points and five rebounds on a perfect 5-5 shooting.

The Kings are really, really bad

  • What a difference one offseason makes…
  • After being the cinderella team of the 2018-19 season, the Sacramento Kings have gotten off to a 0-5 start and capped it off with a brutal loss to the Charlotte Hornets which brought out the boo-birds from Sac-Town fans. De’Aaron Fox posted 16 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists, but that might be the only good thing to come from this game for the Kings. A 118-111 loss to the Hornets gives Sacramento its worst start since the 1990-91 season.

  • On the other side, however, two former Wildcats put up some excellent numbers. P.J. Washington continues his hot start to the season, registering 23 points on 10-13 shooting in addition to eight rebounds and three assists. Malik Monk had one of the best games I’ve ever seen from him, as he added 18 points and four rebounds on 7-12 shooting (4-7 from deep) while passing the ball at an impressively high level.
  • Washington is now 13-25 from three through his first five NBA games and isn’t shy about his ability to drain it from deep.
  • ”I’m shooting it with confidence,” Washington said, according to NBA.com. ”If I have an open look I’m definitely taking it. If you don’t have a hand up I’m shooting it.”

Other notes

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finally had a game that wasn’t damn near perfection, shooting 3-13 from the field in a 102-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. SGA still managed 13 points, eight rebounds, and three assists because he is the one true Point God on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster, but a barrage of late triples for the Blazers sealed the win for Portland. SGA’s Kentucky teammates, Hamidou Diallo (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Nerlens Noel (15 points, 14 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles as Noel got his first start of the season while Steven Adams was sidelined with a knee contusion. Diallo continues to play at a consistently higher-level than at any point last season.
  • Julius Randle produced a mixed stat line of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in a loss for the New York Knicks while Kevin Knox added 10 points and three rebounds on 3-10 shooting.
  • Eric Bledsoe posted seven points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Milwaukee Bucks in a 12-point loss to the Orlando Magic.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)121-110 W @ GSW3110-21 (6-10)45103+2035
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)118-111 W @ SAC2310-13 (2-3)83000+1935
Malik Monk (CHA)118-111 W @ SAC187-12 (4-7)42001+1520
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)111-118 L vs. CHA166-16 (1-5)710215+236
Julius Randle (NYK)83-95 L @ ORL167-13 (0-2)107013-1636
Nerlens Noel (OKC)99-102 L vs. POR156-7 (0-0)142113+128
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)99-102 L vs. POR133-13 (0-2)83104-1235
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)95-117 L @ PHI135-7 (3-5)612131322
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)99-102 L vs. POR125-9 (0-0)101200-119
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)110-121 L vs. PHX125-5 (0-0)51010-812
Kevin Knox (NYK)83-95 L @ ORL103-10 (2-5)32011+522
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)105-116 L @ BOS73-8 (1-4)55002-327
Skal Labissiere (POR)102-99 W @ OKC72-5 (0-0)41123+1321
Patrick Patterson (LAC)96-110 L @ UTA31-4 (1-2)32000+528
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)111-118 L vs. CHA20-1 (0-1)10011+82
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)118-111 W @ SACDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)117-111 W vs. CHIDNP-CD----------------
John Wall (WAS)158-159 L vs. HOUDNP-CD----------------
Enes Kanter (BOS)116-105 W vs. MILDNP-Knee----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00 (TNT): Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Hawks

9:30 (TNT): Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Pelicans (Miller-out)

10:30: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

7 Comments for BBNBA: KAT and Embiid Feud, Booker Drops 31



  1. Newtype
    10:59 am October 31, 2019 Permalink

    Embiid ain’t shit worth of a tough guy. Don’t know why he’s talking.



  2. clarks
    11:36 am October 31, 2019 Permalink

    He plays like half of a season every year
    Everybody thinks he is so great but easy when u play half of the games to show up big when your all rested up going against players who play every game. He is kansas punk and all he ever will be. Never even played in tourney and didnt play first couple years in nba



    • RealCatsFan
      2:18 pm October 31, 2019 Permalink

      He’s just salty because Kansas “ran out of time”. 😀



  3. UKCatAttack
    11:45 am October 31, 2019 Permalink

    Where was the shot a Cal?



  4. kenny
    12:34 pm October 31, 2019 Permalink

    I didn’t see a shot at Cal. Care to elaborate?



  5. Le Docteur
    2:38 pm October 31, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty sure if Embiid was a tough guy, he wouldn’t have to scream about being a tough guy.