Good post-Super Bowl afternoon, folks. How are those hangovers feeling today? Let’s talk NBA to avoid any more discussion about that supposed “football” game from Sunday night.
- As a build up for the Super Bowl, the NBA scheduled three early afternoon games on Sunday and, to be quite honest, they were much more exciting than the ironic display of pigskin that followed. Headlining those games were Kentucky’s two stars from last season, Kevin Knox (NYK) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC).
- Knox dropped in 17 points (5-18 shooting) for the New York Knicks in a losing effort to the Memphis Grizzlies. This was also the first game in which Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wes Matthews played in a Knick uniform following the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis-to-Dallas trade earlier last week. Speaking of Smith Jr., there was a funny little incident early in the game where Enes Kanter got off the bench and began to walk to the scorer’s table (to a bevy of cheers from the Madison Square Garden faithful), but he wasn’t called to check in. Assistant coach Keith Smart had actually called for “Dennis” instead of “Enes”, which caused Kanter to laugh his way back to the bench with an upset crowd booing the decision.
- ”He did say Dennis and I looked at him, I looked at the other players. They’re looking at me. I am like, `OK, I guess he called my name,’ and then I got up,” Kanter said. ”I just walked in there and they said nope, sit down. The crowd was like, `Ugh.”’
- Gilgeous-Alexander led the BBNBA in scoring with 19 points on 9-15 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Unfortunately, his Clippers team were quickly disposed of by the 38-win Toronto Raptors. SGA was actually one of the lone bright spots for L.A., who played the second game of a back-to-back in less than 24 hours.
- ”This is a ridiculous back-to-back,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. ”We had dead legs. I thought you could see it defensively, we weren’t moving our feet. It was one of those schedule losses, really. I thought it was going to be a tough night and it was.”
- The Clippers had just finished up a comeback win over the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday and then had a quick turnaround for their early afternoon game in Toronto.
- ”It’s hard to play a whole other 48 minutes in less than 24 hours,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.
- In Boston, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Celtics in the game of the day by a score of 129-134. The Wildcat trio of Hamidou Diallo, Nerlens Noel, and Patrick Patterson combined for 12 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting from the field and also contributed six totals rebounds in 37 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||103-121 L @ TOR||19||9-15 (0-0)||5||3||1||2||1||-12||26|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||84-96 L vs. MEM||17||5-18 (3-9)||2||0||1||0||2||-13||35|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||129-134 L @ BOS||5||2-2 (0-0)||1||0||1||0||2||0||10|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||129-134 L @ BOS||5||2-2 (1-1)||3||1||1||1||0||+5||15|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||129-134 L @ BOS||2||1-1 (0-0)||2||0||1||2||0||+2||12|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||84-96 L vs. MEM||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||---||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray-questionable, Vanderbilt-G League) @ Pistons
7:00: Hawks (Poythress) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
7:30 (NBATV): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Nets
8:00: Pacers @ Pelicans (Davis-out, Miller, Randle-out)
9:00: Rockets (Knight) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00 (NBATV): Spurs @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere)
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