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BBNBA: Knox Injured, Rondo Ejected

(Photo via NBA.com/Knicks)

(Photo via NBA.com/Knicks)

Recap

The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Minnesota Timberwolves must have known something about Saturday night was going to equal disaster. All three teams benched at least one of their star players (Gordon Hayward, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler, respectively) despite it being only the second or third game of their season – however, all three are coming off some sort of injury so it’s mainly precautionary. The rest of the league should have taken note, as the injury bug infiltrated nearly every NBA court. Ben Simmons (76ers) left with a back injury. Will Barton (Nuggets) was carted off with a hip injury. Aron Baynes (Celtics) had to leave the game. Perhaps the most heartbreaking injury was the one associated with a familiar face. Kevin Knox had to be helped off the court after severely rolling his ankle. X-rays came back negative and he’s only expected to miss about 2-4 weeks, so this could have been much, much worse. But missing time early into your rookie season is never ideal for development. Here’s to a quick recovery for Knox. Now onto the game recaps.

Raptors 117 – Wizards 113

  • The Washington Wizards have gone through two tough losses to begin the season, losing their first game by only one point and Saturday night’s game by four. While John Wall appears to be back to his old self, firing down the court with the explosive speed we’re used to the, so do the Wizards of the past. Wall had 25 points on Saturday, but outside of himself and teammate Bradley Beal (32 points), the Wizards couldn’t find enough scoring to pull off the upset against the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors.

Celtics 103 – Knicks 101

  •  According to Shams Charania, Kevin Knox is expected to miss about 2-4 weeks after injuring his ankle. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s going to miss valuable playing time early in his career. Luckily, this is an 82-game season and the Knicks are going to be just as bad whenever he is fully healthy. This shouldn’t affect Knox’s future playing time in any way. He played only four minutes before rolling his ankle (I will not make a Puma joke. I will not make a Puma joke. I will n-)

  • Enes Kanter put up his third straight double-double to begin the season, posting 17 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Kanter has been a workhorse on the boards while bringing back some old school post moves during the era of perimeter shooting. He’s simply been too big to handle on the block for opposing bigs and his hook shot has been buttery around the basket. The old man game has all but left the NBA, but Kanter is one of the lone players surviving – and thriving – off of it.
  • Also, he made a three! The first make during his time as a Knick. He attempted only two threes all of last season. He’s 1-3 through three games this season.

Hornets 113 – Heat 112

  • Kemba Walker was the hero again for the Charlotte Hornets, but not without some help from his trusty sidekicks. Malik Monk poured in 15, including a big three late in the fourth quarter to help extend their lead.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is growing accustomed to his new life off-the-bench, bringing an entirely different energy to the second unit. MKG recorded a career-high seven blocks (his previous career-high was four), which matched his point total, as well.

  • Bam Adebayo put up 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes of action for the Heat.

Timberwolves 136 – Mavericks 140

  • With Jimmy Butler resting the second night of a back-to-back, we got a glimpse at what the Timberwolves might look like if they were to trade him. The results were less than optimistic. Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t score the 45 points I predicted he might after Friday night’s disappointing performance, but 31 is still damn impressive. He had only 11 points and three rebounds at halftime but turned things on in the second half. Unfortunately, the rest of his team did not. The Mavericks, led by rookie Luka Doncic and second-year player Dennis Smith Jr., propelled the Mavs to victory late in the game.

Suns 91 – Nuggets 119

  • His hot shooting start in game one was cooled off a bit in game two, but Devin Booker still managed to put up 25 points, as he went 14-17 from the charity stripe. Outside of a failed comeback attempt in the second half, the Suns were outmatched by the Nuggets for the entire game. When Nikola Jokic is on the other team posting a 30-point triple-double without missing one field goal attempt (yes, that happened, he was 11-11), there isn’t much that can be done.
  • For the Nuggets, Jamal Murray was hot, scoring 26 points on 50 percent shooting, including a buzzer-beater to take the game into halftime. Trey Lyles contributed only two points in 16 minutes.

Rockets 124 – Lakers 115

  • LeBron James’s home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers was going great up until late in the fourth quarter when all hell decided to break loose. There is no telling why Brandon Ingram went off and for what reason, but he’s going to receive a hefty fine and probably the most severe of the suspensions that will ultimately be dished out Sunday. The initial push by Ingram sparked an all-out brawl with Rajon Rondo and Rockets guard Chris Paul exchanging punches as chaos surrounded them. Paul alleges that Rondo actually spit on him and that’s what kicked the whole thing off between the two, but Rondo and the Lakers have denied this. Paul poked Rondo right in the eye, shoving back his face before the whole ordeal broke out. Ingram came in once Rondo and Paul got into it, landing one final haymaker before peace was eventually reinstalled. All three were ejected. To give you a better idea of how ridiculous this all was, Lance Stephenson – notorious peacemaker and lover of all things – was the one who tried to calm everything down.
  • There’s even speculation that there was a second spitter… This is literally the Keith Hernandez episode of Seinfeld.

  • The league is going to come down hard on this one, I would expect. Especially with multiple punches being thrown by multiple players. Ingram should see a multiple-game suspension while Rondo and Paul could miss a game or two. Rondo was having himself a solid game, as well. Before being ejected he had 13 points on 6-8 shooting with seven rebounds and 10 assists. The Lakers move to 0-2 on the season.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)136-140 L @ DAL319-16 (4-6)52110-533
Jamal Murray (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHX269-18 (3-7)35213+3737
John Wall (WAS)113-117 L vs. TOR257-16 (0-4)46414+234
Devin Booker (PHX)91-119 L @ DEN255-15 (1-6)27106-2436
Enes Kanter (NYK)101-103 L vs. BOS178-15 (1-2)152203-631
Malik Monk (CHA)113-112 W @ MIA155-11 (3-8)11100-125
Rajon Rondo (LAL)115-124 L vs. HOU136-8 (1-2)710202+829
Bam Adebayo (MIA)112-113 L vs. CHA123-6 (0-0)60021-615
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)113-112 W @ MIA73-5 (0-0)32072-1228
Trey Lyles (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHX20-4 (0-0)31006516
Kevin Knox (NYK)101-103 L vs. BOS10-1 (0-0)0000004
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)115-116 L @ PHI00-2 (0-0)00001-56
Tyler Ulis (CHI)116-118 L vs. DETDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHXDNP-Foot----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)124-115 W @ LALDNP-Knee----------------

Tonight in the NBA

6:00: Hawks (Poythress) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labissiere) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)

8:00: Warriors @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

9:00 (NBATV): Rockets (Knight-out) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)

 

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

5 Comments for BBNBA: Knox Injured, Rondo Ejected



  1. Dusten
    1:11 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    I know a lot of UK fans don’t love Rondo, but he didn’t spit on Paul. Paul not only started that confrontation with the face poke, but lied about the whole thing to try and save face. He deserved that jab that landed square on his face.



  2. RondoTheDonThough
    2:08 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    UK fans who don’t like Rondo s u c k.



  3. Sasquatch
    2:08 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Have you ever tried to spit with a mouth guard in? Not easy. Paul is making up spitgate.



  4. J. Did
    2:22 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Love Rajon Rondo. Great ball player. Great mind. GO CATS!



  5. Wade
    5:39 pm October 21, 2018 Permalink

    Rond-k.o. Chris Paul is a baby !!!! He didn’t wipe spit while he was acting like a arrogant punk only after he got punched. Then maybe he got spit on. Surprised punk ass Lebrun walked his boyfriend off the court consoling him. If I know rondo he may punch Lebrun before the season is over. Bron belongs with Houston!