Good afternoon, folks. Herro is back but Miami is not. Let’s talk BBNBA.
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Heat fall in Herro’s long-awaited return from injury
After neck spasms plopped him on the bench for seven games in a row, Tyler Herro was finally back on the hardwood for the hampered Miami Heat. But after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, by a final score of 109-105, they need more than Herro to turn this ship around.
Missing Jimmy Butler due to COVID-19 protocols for 10 consecutive games now has hurt the Heat more than anything. Combine that with other ailments or COVID-related absences and you’ve got a recipe for early-season disaster. Avery Bradley, Goran Dragic, Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard, Chris Silva, and Andre Iguodala were all out against the Clips. Miami is now 6-12 on the season after Thursday’s loss.
Herro still performed well during his first action in weeks, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists on an 8-21 shooting clip in 32 starter minutes. Bam Adebayo put up his usual numbers, as well, of 16 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, but it came in the Heat’s fifth consecutive loss. Miami has now used 13 different starting lineups in only 18 games this season, tied for the most in the NBA. For reference, the Heat broke out just 15 different starting lineups throughout the course of its NBA Finals season in 2019-20.
Miami really needs Jimmy Butler back.
Wall/Boogie win 4th in a row
Ever since James Harden was shipped to the Brooklyn Nets, the Houston Rockets have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
Against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, John Wall and the Rockets overcame a 20-point deficit to rally for the team’s fourth consecutive win. Wall posted a BBNBA-high of 20 points to go along with five rebounds and six dimes in the 104-101 victory. Despite a 20-point first-quarter hole, the Rockets fought back hard in the second quarter to take its own double-digit lead into the second half of action. They needed every point, too, as they scored just 18 points in the final frame before sneaking away with the comeback win.
Houston is No. 1 in defensive rating ever since the Harden deal and currently sit on a year-long defensive rating of 107.1, fourth-best in the NBA. Christian Wood has broken out as a borderline All-Star while Victor Oladipo is quickly finding his footing after being sent over from the Pacers as part of the Harden exchange. Without the excess drama, the Rockets look to be finding a groove that suits the entirety of the team and doesn’t just play off of one player’s strengths.
”It was kind of hard to play through that and find a chemistry,” Wall said after the win. ”And once we made the trades happen and we got the team that we wanted and the guys that wanted to be here and once we all committed to what we wanted to do, we were going to be a good team. Everybody has something to prove.”
DeMarcus Cousins only saw 11 minutes off the bench for Houston after averaging nearly 32 over the last three outings. However, Boogie still had a solid night, putting up six points, four rebounds, and three assists. For Portland, Enes Kanter was in the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game, posting a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds on 5-9 shooting in 33 minutes.
Other notes from across the BBNBA
Anthony Davis was absent from the Los Angeles Lakers’ surprise beatdown at the hands of the Detroit Pistons due to a right quad contusion. It marked the second loss in a row for the Lakers, who fell by 15 to the Pistons, after a one-point defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers the other night. While Davis did appear in that outing, the Lakers decided to rest him against the league’s worst team by record. LeBron James went for 22 points and 10 assists but scored just two points after the half as Detroit came away with the biggest upset of the season thus far.
Like Davis, Devin Booker was also sidelined due to an injury. But unlike the Brow, Booker’s Phoenix Suns still came away with a 114-93 win over the Golden State Warriors. The Suns were in desperate need of this win, too, as they entered with a season-high three-game losing streak. Booker has now sat out the last three games for Phoenix with a left hamstring strain and there is currently no timetable for his return. Mychal Mulder saw 15 minutes of action for the Warriors, registering three points and three rebounds.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|John Wall (HOU)||104-101 W vs. POR||20||6-16 (3-7)||5||6||0||1||2||+3||29|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||105-109 L vs. LAC||19||8-21 (1-6)||10||5||1||0||3||+1||32|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||105-109 L vs. LAC||16||6-16 (0-1)||13||7||1||0||1||-3||34|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||101-104 L @ HOU||13||5-9 (0-0)||13||2||1||2||3||-1||33|
|DeMarcus Cousins (HOU)||104-101 W vs. POR||6||2-5 (1-4)||4||3||1||0||1||-15||11|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||93-114 L @ PHX||3||1-4 (1-3)||3||1||0||0||0||-3||15|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||114-93 W vs. GSW||DNP-Hamstring||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||92-107 L @ DET||DNP-Quad contusion||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||109-105 W @ MIA||DNP-Coach's Decision||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Pacers @ Hornets (Monk, Washington)
7:00: Hawks (Rondo-questionable) @ Wizards
7:30: Cavaliers @ Knicks (Knox, Noel, Quickley, Randle)
7:30: Kings (Fox) @ Raptors
7:30 (ESPN): Bucks @ Pelicans (Bledsoe, Gabriel)
8:00: Clippers (Patterson) @ Magic
8:00: 76ers (Maxey) @ Timberwolves (Hagans, Towns-out, Vanderbilt)
8:00: Nets @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Miller)
8:30: Nuggets (Murray) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)
10:00 (ESPN): Mavericks (Cauley-Stein) @ Jazz