Bulls – 106 @ Hornets – 135
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had his best game of the short season thus far on Friday night. His 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench were a huge boost for the second unit. MKG has found a new role this season in Charlotte and has been thriving in it ever since. He’s moved to playing in smaller lineups as the four instead of starting at the three. Last season, MKG played 95 percent of his minutes at small forward. This season, he’s played 84 percent of his minutes at power forward (and the other 16 percent at center), per Basketball-Reference. Normally not a go-to scorer, especially in the starting lineup, coming off the bench allows him to take advantage of having the edge in overall talent against second units and the Hornets are benefitting greatly from it.
- Malik Monk played 21 minutes and added 10 points (4-10 shooting), but could never get into a good rhythm.
Warriors – 128 @ Knicks – 100
- So a lot happened in this game, but not on the court.
- Enes Kanter came off the bench for his first time as a New York Knick and presumably wasn’t too happy about it.
- Before the game even began, Kanter and Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins – who is still recovering from his Achilles tear and, side note, participated in his first practice on Thursday – got into it with each other on the court. Later in the game during the first quarter, Cousins was talking on the sidelines and was promptly ejected. The way Marc Spears of ESPN explained it – who was at the game – didn’t clear up the reasoning as to why, either. The whole situation is weird and seems to be something that only Boogie would get roped into.
Pool report on DeMarcus Cousins ejection pic.twitter.com/8XIZG8t2hj
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) October 27, 2018
- All that I read here is a bunch of nonsense.
- Kanter also got into it with Kevin Durant during the game.
- But, Kanter still played and brought in eight points and 13 rebounds in only 20 minutes. My guess for Kanter being benched? The Knicks have already submitted to the tank card after starting the season 1-4 before Friday nights game.
Clippers – 133 @ Rockets – 113
- Shai Gilegous-Alexander scored 10 points in 31 minutes as he helped lead his Clippers team to a, somewhat surprising, blowout win over the Houston Rockets. The Rockets were without James Harden for the first time this season due to a hamstring injury, but the Rockets have not been the Rockets even before his injury. They now sit at 1-4 with rumors swirling around them as Jimmy Butler trade talks resurface.
- So why is this important to us? Well, if an asinine trade involving four future first-round picks is truly in the works (or has at least been discussed), then the players involved would likely be at least one of Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, or Brandon Knight. However, Knight cannot be traded again until Oct. 31, so any potential deal might have to wait until the new month. The sooner this happens though, the sooner this mess can be over with. Speaking of that mess…
Bucks 125 – Timberwolves – 95
- The Milwaukee Bucks look borderline unstoppable right now. Even with Giannis Anteotkounmpo scoring only 15 points and Eric Bledsoe adding six points – along with six rebounds and nine assists – the Bucks completely blew the Wolves out of the water. This 30-point beatdown tells us a lot about how the Bucks have redesigned their offense centered around outside shooting, but it tells us even more about the dysfunction in Minnesota.
- Things just keep getting worse for them. Outside of a stretch in the third quarter, Karl-Anthony Towns showed no signs of wanting to be in the game. The man causing all this drama in the first place, Jimmy Butler, nearly missed the game with an “illness” only to play and score four points in 24 minutes. Things are bad in Minnesota. Like, reallyyyyyy bad, folks.
Nets – 115 @ Pelicans – 117
- Now for some good news. The New Orleans Pelicans squeaked out a win against the forever-pesky Brooklyn Nets to move to 4-0 on the season. It was their worst shooting performance of the short season, but they still managed to take the win, thanks to some next-level stupidity from the Nets.
- The Nets literally had the game won with only minutes left. They allowed the Pelicans to score nine straight in the final two minutes. They were up one point with time running out and the Pelicans refusing to foul (for a reason I still don’t quite understand) and instead of making simple passes to run out the clock, D’Angelo Russell tossed the ball straight out of bounds without hesitation with only seven seconds left. Jrue Holiday immediately hit a step back jumper to take the lead and Anthony Davis got the game-sealing tip-steal on the inbounds play with only two seconds left.
- It was a learning moment for the youthful Nets team, but a devastating lesson to have to endure.
- Davis went silly despite not scoring his “usual” 30-plus points. To go along with 18 points, Davis stuffed the stat sheet with 14 rebounds, three assists, four steals, five blocks, and only one turnover.
- Julius Randle added 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Darius Miller left the game with a quad contusion and will miss Saturday’s matchup against the Utah Jazz.
ANTHONY DAVIS GOES FULL EXTENSION ??? pic.twitter.com/UG1qMRRS4B
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 27, 2018
Wizards – 112 @ Kings – 116
- If you think things in Minnesota are bad, avert your eyes. The Washington Wizards may be even more dysfunctional. Their defense was non-existent in the second-half, giving the Kings every and any look they wanted. De’Aaron Fox lit them up for 18 points and nine assists (and he was 2-5 from deep!) while Willie Cauley-Stein had himself another excellent game, one of the best of his career, in fact.
De’Aaron Fox got to the rim in a blink ??? pic.twitter.com/5HIPYLjK1G
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 27, 2018
- WCS posted a stat line of 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. He continues to impress as an incredibly improved passer and was knocking down contested hook shots. If he can keep up this consistency, we may finally see the WCS we know is in there.
- John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points and eight assists, but couldn’t do enough to grab the win.
- After the game is where the dysfunction we’ve seen from the Wizards over the past couple years rear it’s ugly head once again.
Asked Brad Beal about improving with defensive communication. He expanded a lot: “I think sometimes we have our own agendas on the floor. Complaining about shots, complaining about playing time, whatever it may be, we’re worried about our own shit.” pic.twitter.com/zOnUVSPBZa
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 27, 2018
After Beal talked, John Wall called reporters over. I asked how players could be in their own agendas, as Beal mentioned, after Game 5…. GAME 5!!!
Wall’s response: pic.twitter.com/d8ORSiK1pb
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 27, 2018
- You know who could totally help the Wizards chemistry? The Sage Wizard Dwight Howard, who has always been the model of a perfect teammate. When does he come back again??
- Something else to note, although nothing major, is that the Kings have exercised their team options on both Fox and Skal Labissiere. At this very moment, the Kings are actually kinda sorta not *that* bad.
|John Wall (WAS)||112-116 L @ SAC||26||9-20 (1-6)||2||8||3||3||2||-6||36|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||116-112 W vs. WAS||18||7-14 (2-5)||1||9||1||0||2||+18||30|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||117-115 W vs. BKN||18||6-19 (1-3)||14||3||4||5||1||+5||37|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||116-112 W vs. WAS||17||7-15 (0-0)||11||7||2||0||3||+15||32|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||95-125 L vs. MIL||16||7-16 (2-5)||7||1||1||2||1||-23||26|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||135-106 W vs. CHI||15||6-9 (0-0)||8||1||1||1||0||+18||19|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||117-115 W vs. BKN||14||7-14 (0-1)||7||3||1||2||2||-12||23|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||133-113 W @ HOU||10||3-7 (1-1)||1||1||2||0||0||+13||31|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||135-106 W vs. CHI||10||4-10 (2-5)||2||2||2||0||1||+13||24|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||100-128 L vs. GSW||8||4-9 (0-0)||13||2||0||0||3||-17||20|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||125-95 W @ MIN||6||3-6 (0-1)||6||9||0||0||4||+21||20|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||117-115 W vs. BKN||3||1-3 (1-2)||1||2||0||0||0||+1||4|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||128-100 W @ NYK||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||113-133 L vs. LAC||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||100-128 L vs. GSW||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jodie Meeks (MIL)||125-95 W @ MIN||DNP-Suspended||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||116-112 W vs. WAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||106-135 L @ CHA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||116-112 W vs. WAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Celtics @ Pistons
7:00: Jazz @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
7:30: Bulls (Ulis) @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:30: Pacers @ Cavaliers
7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ 76ers
8:00: Trail Blazers @ Heat (Adebayo)
8:00: Suns (Booker) @ Grizzlies (An. Harrison)
8:30: Magic (Briscoe) @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)
8:30: Lakers (Rondo) @ Spurs
*Edit: Rajon Rondo WILL play tonight, as he has already finished his three-game suspension. He is not expected to start*
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