Good morning, folks. It was a quiet night in the Association on the BBNBA front, but we still have things to discuss. Let’s talk NBA.
KAT spoils Blake Griffin’s return from injury
- Blake Griffin made his season debut for the Detroit Pistons on Monday night after missing the first 10 games of the season. Griffin has been dealing with a left hamstring issue and posterior knee soreness – related to the same injury that forced him into surgery back in May. In his return to the court, Grifin posted 19 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, but his Pistons team took the L thanks to Karl-Anthony Towns and company.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves were aided by a BBNBA-high 25 points from KAT to go along with his eight rebounds and six assists in a 120-114 win in Detroit. Andrew Wiggins added 33 points for the Wolves – the eighth time this season through 10 games that Wiggins has registered at least 20 points. In fact, through his last four games, Wiggins is averaging 32 points in those outings. Has Wiggins finally turned a corner? Probably not (he’s making a ton of difficult shots). But he and KAT both look awesome right now and the Wolves are 6-4. I’m here for it.
Enes Kanter also made his return from injury
- Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter also made his return to the court after sitting out since the season opener. Kanter has been dealing with a minor knee injury that has forced him to miss seven straight games. The former Kentucky big played only five minutes, adding two points and three rebounds.
- Kanter said he “felt it a little bit,” in regards to fatigue despite playing only five minutes.
- Also, Kanter signing an old Boston Kyrie Irving shirsey with “Kanter” tapped on the back is pretty funny.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 11, 2019
De’Aaron Fox is out 3-4 weeks
- In depressing news that makes me want to crawl into a hole for the next month, Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox sprained his ankle during practice on Monday. According to ESPN, a teammate accidentally stepped on his ankle. Fox immediately had an MRI and was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. He is expected to miss three to four weeks. [ESPN]
- Patrick Patterson poured in four triples for Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, who took down Leonard’s old squad, the Toronto Raptors, in a 98-88 victory. Patterson finished with 12 points, two rebounds, and an assist in 15 minutes for the Clippers, who move to 7-3 on the season.
- Willie Cauley-Stein had one of his most productive games as a member of the Golden State Warriors, recording eight points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in a 108-122 loss to the Utah Jazz. WCS did, however, play a role in allowing Jazz center Rudy Gobert to post 25 points and 14 rebounds on 11-12 shooting.
- For the San Antonio Spurs, Trey Lyles started his 10th consecutive game as the small-ball center, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds on 3-5 shooting in 18 minutes. Lyles and teammate Dejounte Murray pulled an “Eric Bledsoe”, too.
Dejounte Murray and Trey Lyles had a little mix up ?pic.twitter.com/zNgzj38ntF
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 12, 2019
- Who keeps giving all these NBA players edibles???
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||120-114 W @ DET||25||10-17 (4-7)||8||6||0||2||1||+6||30|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||98-88 W vs. TOR||12||4-9 (4-8)||2||1||0||0||0||-4||15|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)||108-122 L vs. UTA||8||4-7 (0-0)||11||2||2||1||1||-7||26|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||109-113 L vs. MEM||7||3-5 (1-2)||7||0||0||1||0||0||18|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||116-106 W vs. DAL||2||1-1 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||0||+1||5|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||116-122 L vs. HOU||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Pacers
7:00 (NBATV): Cavaliers (Knight) @ 76ers
7:30: Pistons @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)
8:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Bulls
9:00: Hawks @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)
9:00: Lakers (Davis, Rondo-questionable) @ Suns (Booker)
9:00: Nets @ Jazz
10:00 (NBATV): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Kings (Fox-out, Gabriel)