Good morning, folks. Yes, Jamal Murray was robbed of a highlight dunk; we don’t like charges around these parts. Let’s talk NBA.
Murray’s non-dunk and Bledsoe sits with an injury
As you all have likely heard by now, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was robbed of a highlight dunk thanks to a horrendous charging call. With time running low in the third quarter of the Nuggets 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Murray rose up and over Bucks forward D.J. Wilson where he continued to rise before unleashing a volcanic one-handed dunk that sent Wilson to the baseline with his tail tucked in between his legs. But, in opposition to fun, a referee located on the other side of the floor called Murray for a bogus charging call, even though Wilson was pretty clearly inside the restricted arc. Even if Wilson WAS outside of the arc, this wasn’t even close to a charge. Sure, Murray extended his left elbow a bit – and the NBA has made it a point this season to start calling that as an offensive foul – but he didn’t use it to clear space. He simply dunked on Wilson so hard that the ref felt bad for the former Michigan player and decided to bail him out.
i want the referee’s name and badge number for ruling this Jamal Murray dunk an offensive foul pic.twitter.com/Z8kdHWDRVx
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 10, 2020
Did you hear the clap of thunder when Murray flushed the ball down the throat of the basket? Insane.
Fine the ref. Ban charges.
”It definitely wasn’t a foul,” Murray said after the game. ”But yeah, I wanted to just drive, and I felt like I had a step, so I just took off.”
Murray finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists while shooting 9-17 from the floor and 3-6 from distance.
Also, we need to talk about the call made by Kevin McHale on the NBATV broadcast. Put aside the fact that McHale simply isn’t a good broadcaster and just listen to what he had to say after Murray’s dunk…
Poor choice of words from Kevin Mchale lol pic.twitter.com/gReVG1T725
— NBA Hustle ?? (@Hustle_NBA) March 10, 2020
I’m sorry, Murray did what now?
Like… really? How does McHale still have a job on television? You gotta have a least a tiny bit of self-awareness here, right?
Whatever, I’ve just never been a fan of McHale ever since he got into broadcasting/the media, so maybe I’m the wrong person to be critiquing him, but I’m confident the NBA can find someone better to call their marquee matchups than a 62-year old boomer from Minnesota.
But back to the game at hand, because the outcome is a bit surprising on the surface. Milwaukee – the NBA’s top team in the standings – fell by 14 on the road, dropping its third straight game. The Bucks have now lost three of its previous four outings, although injuries have been a direct factor. Giannis Antetokounmpo has missed two games in a row now with a minor knee injury while both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe sat out Monday’s game. Bledsoe is dealing with a slight knee injury that has been labeled as “right knee; effusion”, which essentially means he has extra liquids surrounding his knee that is causing inflammation (at least, that’s what I could gather from Google, so please correct me if I’m wrong on that front).
Bledsoe’s head coach, Mike Budenholzer, said, according to Matt Velazquez, that “I don’t know what it [Bledsoe’s injury] is except for it’s what Bled has. I’m a little embarrassed to say I mean that. … He’s had a little bit of this just, really, probably the year and a half I’ve been here.”
If I want to read into that statement – and obviously I do – then it’s a bit more concerning than it might sound. Bledsoe does have a history of knee problems but has been generally healthy since he arrived in Milwaukee. So for his head coach to say that he’s been dealing with what is currently ailing him for roughly 18 months is definitely concerning to me. We’ll see how long Bledsoe is out going forward, but it’s no secret that the Bucks are going to need a healthy version of their point guard once the postseason begins.
Mulder expected to sign second 10-day today
The Golden State Warriors are expected to sign former Wildcat Mychal Mulder to his second 10-day contract sometime on Tuesday. The Warriors take on the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night on TNT at 10:30 p.m.
Mulder did an excellent job throughout his first 10-day deal in six NBA games and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has come out and said he wants Mulder back. His first 10-day deal expired on Saturday and Golden State has been expected to wait until Tuesday to sign Mulder to the second deal in order to capitalize on all 10 days. Resigning him this past weekend would have wasted precious time off his second deal. So keep an eye out for that news to break later today. Mulder’s story of undeniable determination is inspiring.
Hornets fall in double overtime
The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets provided an instant League Pass classic on Monday night, as the Hawks survived a double-overtime thriller at home against the Hornets, 143-138.
P.J. Washington was in foul trouble for a good chunk of the game for Charlotte, playing just 16 minutes where he contributed two points and two rebounds on a 1-6 shooting clip. But the Hornets backcourt more than made up for it; Terry Rozier (40) and Devonte’ Graham (27) combined for 67 of Charlotte’s points. Trae Young posted 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta while John Collins added another 28 points and 11 rebounds on the winning side.
There is still no word on the possible return of Malik Monk from suspension, either. With only 18 games left in the regular season for Charlotte, I’m beginning to find it more and more likely that Monk’s season is done. But we shall see.
Check out the full stat sheet from a relatively quiet Monday night in the Association.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||109-95 W vs. MIL||21||9-17 (3-6)||5||5||1||1||4||+15||38|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||138-143 (2OT) L @ ATL||2||1-6 (0-2)||2||0||0||1||1||0||16|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||138-143 (2OT) L @ ATL||DNP-Suspended||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||95-109 L @ DEN||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (ATL)||143-138 (2OT) W vs. CHA||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Pacers
7:00: Knicks (Knox, Randle) @ Wizards (Wall-out)
8:00: Cavaliers @ Bulls
8:00: Timberwolves (Towns-out, Vanderbilt) @ Rockets
8:00: Magic @ Grizzlies
8:00 (TNT): Mavericks (Cauley-Stein, Kidd-Gilchrist) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)
10:00: Suns (Booker) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel)
10:30 (TNT): Clippers (Patterson) @ Warriors (Mulder)
10:30: Nets @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)