Well, Monday was not lacking in action when it came to former Kentucky guys in the NBA. Several former Cats went off on a night that saw a lot of very high-scoring games in general. Here’s the best from an exciting Monday night.
Randle scores 44 in Knicks win
It’s not the number of points he scored that staggers me, it’s how he got there. In the Knicks’ 123-112 win over Atlanta, Julius Randle didn’t get his points the way he did while at Kentucky, with a heavy dose of post-ups and putbacks. Instead, he did it primarily as a jump shooter. He scored 21 points from the three-point line, going 7-13 from behind the arc, with the majority of his other points coming on midrange jump-shots and fadeaways.
Randle has broken out as a scorer this year–and parallel in importance to how many points he’s scoring is how he’s doing it. Last year, he was still trying from the block, inefficiently. This season, he’s expanded his range, become a better distributor, and opened up his entire offensive game with a more modern approach for power forwards. He could even make an All-Star Team.
Next to Randle on the lineup that closed the game for New York were two fellow Cats: Nerlens Noel and Immanuel Quickley. Nerlens was filling in for missing starting center Mitchell Robinson and finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds, while Quickley had another nice game with 16 points and 5 assists off the bench.
Bam & Tyler combine for 54 in a loss
The Miami Heat are off to a worrisome start to the 2020-21 season and Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro aren’t to blame. The pair of former Cats have each missed time so far this season but have gotten back into a groove lately. Last night, Bam finished with 27 points on wildly-efficient 12-15 shooting, also adding 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Herro came off the bench with 27 of his own plus 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
That’s a few straight games now that the Heat has had its most important players back and the consistency still isn’t there. They’ve played a tough stretch of games but at some point, Miami has to go on a run if they want to comfortably make the playoffs a year after reaching the Finals.
John Wall scores 29 but falls to former team
In John Wall’s return to Washington, he and former running mate Bradley Beal dueled it out in an explosive 131-119 win for the Wizards. Wall scored 29 on 10-16 shooting and added 11 assists plus 3 rebounds, a block and a steal. But Beal was just a little bit better. The current leading per-game scorer in the NBA got to 37 last night on 14-24 shooting from the field as he and Russell Westbrook overshadowed the John and DeMarcus show.
Check out the full stat sheet:
|Julius Randle (NYK)||123-112 W vs. ATL||44||14-22|
|John Wall (HOU)||131-119 L @ WAS||29||10-26|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||125-118 L @ LAC||27||12-15|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||125-118 L @ LAC||27||11-20|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||136-125 L vs. BKN||19||8-17|
|Immanuel Quickley (NYK)||123-112 W vs. ATL||16||4-11|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||131-119 L @ WAS||12||4-10|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||129-98 W vs. CLE||12||4-6|
|Nerlens Noel (NYK)||123-112 W vs. ATL||6||3-3|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||134-123 L @ UTA||6||3-8|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||125-118 W vs. MIA||0||0-2|
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:00: Nuggets (Murray) @ Celtics
8:00: Pelicans (Bledsoe) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Raptors @ Bucks
8:00: Lakers (Davis) @ Timberwolves (Towns, Vanderbilt)
8:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Thunder (Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo, Miller)
10:30: Nets @ Suns (Booker)