Good afternoon, folks. Rajon Rondo is back and so is the Suns-Lakers feud. Let’s talk NBA.
Suns-Lakers rivalry, renewed
- It isn’t quite the drama-packed showdown that it was during the 2000s, but the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of renewing a once exhilarating series between the two teams over a decade later. It’s not quite the Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire combo, but Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio are doing their best to reinvigorate life into this newfound Suns team and boy is it fun to watch.
- The Lakers, led by a BBNBA-high of 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists from Anthony Davis, were able to outlast the Suns late in the fourth quarter thanks to some sharpshooting from forward Kyle Kuzma. A Booker layup with under four minutes left gave Phoenix a brief lead at 113-111, but Kuzma and LeBron James drilled three straight threes to give L.A. a lead it would not relinquish. The Lakers won 123-115.
- Booker finished the game with 21 points and nine assists on 9-18 shooting as he’s still on pace to finish the season with shooting splits of 50/40/90 (he currently sits at 54.1/51/93.3).
- For the Lakers, Rajon Rondo finally made his season debut after battling calf soreness early in the year. He’s currently on a 15-minute restriction and ended the game with five points, six rebounds, and seven assists in 14 minutes. Through the first four minutes of his first game action in months, Rondo quickly recorded three rebounds and four assists.
Rajon Rondo gets his first bucket of the season pic.twitter.com/KGqrRvsgHY
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 13, 2019
- I don’t want to get ahead of myself here (who am I kidding, of course I do!), but if we can get a first-round playoff series between these two teams I’ll buy the first plane ticket to L.A. and drain my savings even if I only get to watch the Suns lose in embarrassing fashion. Tuesday night’s game was just too damn good for it not to happen again.
Jamal Murray overshadowed by Trae Young
- Sooooooo, how long until we start having the “Trae Young is going to be better than Steph Curry” discussion? (remember, I like to get ahead of myself). Before we get into Jamal Murray, I want to talk about Young, who posted his third straight 30-point, 10-assist game in a win over the Nuggets in Denver. Young went OFF for 42 points and 11 assists while shooting 13-21 from the field and 8-13 from deep.
- Young is already a better passer than Curry has ever been (not an exaggeration) and is slowly working his way to being an elite-level shooter. Obviously, Young still has a longggg way to go before he touches Curry’s gravity and skill as a pure shooter (Curry is a career 43 percent three-point shooter on an insane volume and is still clearly the greatest shooter of all-time), but my goodness, Young is a damn baller. I normally don’t post highlights from players outside the BBNBA – especially not ones from Oklahoma – but you have to watch Young do his thing against the Nugs on Tuesday night.
- Okay, now back to Murray. The former Kentucky guard registered 18 points, three rebounds, and eight assists on 7-16 shooting in the 125-121 loss to Atlanta.
- Tyler Herro was sidelined for Miami’s 117-108 win over the Detroit Pistons with a minor ankle sprain. The news wasn’t announced until shortly before tip-off and he had been listed as questionable coming into Tuesday. Herro isn’t expected to miss significant time, though. The Heat was able to pull out the win thanks to 18 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists from Bam Adebayo. Despite a lengthy injury list for Miami, they dominated the Blake Griffin-less Pistons (who is resting on the second night of a back-to-back after returning from injury) throughout the night.
- The New York Knicks lost (again), this time to the Chicago Bulls who were fueled by seven three-pointers from rookie Coby White in the fourth quarter alone. Julius Randle added 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists for the Knicks while Kevin Knox posted 10 points, three rebounds, and four assists.
- We’ll end the night with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 111-85. The former Wildcat trio all had off nights. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 11 points and six rebounds but on 3-11 shooting. Hamidou Diallo received his first start of the season, adding just two points and three rebounds in 22 minutes while Nerlens Noel went for two points, two blocks, and three steals in 20 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||123-115 W @ PHX||24||9-17 (1-2)||12||4||2||1||1||+6||37|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||115-123 L vs. LAL||21||9-18 (0-2)||3||9||0||1||5||-5||39|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||117-108 W vs. DET||18||8-9 (0-0)||14||2||0||0||4||-5||27|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||121-125 L vs. ATL||18||7-16 (0-4)||3||8||1||1||0||+10||33|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||102-120 L @ CHI||17||5-15 (1-5)||6||3||2||0||2||+1||36|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||11||3-11 (1-3)||6||0||1||0||4||-19||28|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||102-120 L @ CHI||10||3-7 (2-4)||3||4||0||0||1||-19||32|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||123-115 W @ PHX||5||2-6 (1-3)||6||7||0||0||0||+4||14|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||99-107 L @ SAC||3||1-2 (0-0)||6||0||1||2||2||-4||18|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||2||1-4 (0-1)||3||1||1||0||1||-14||22|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||2||1-4 (0-0)||1||2||2||3||1||-16||20|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||97-98 L @ PHI||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||121-125 L vs. ATL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||107-99 W vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||117-108 W vs. DET||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||107-99 W vs. POR||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Grizzlies @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: 76ers @ Magic
7:30: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Celtics (Kanter)
7:30 (ESPN): Clippers (Patterson) @ Rockets
8:00: Spurs (Lyles) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10:00 (ESPN): Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)
UPDATE (1:53 p.m.): Davis has been ruled out for tonight’s back-to-back.
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 13, 2019
10:00: Raptors @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)