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BBNBA: Rondo Out 4-5 Weeks, Murray Benched

(Photo via Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE – Getty Images)

(Photo via Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE – Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. Rajon Rondo is going to miss 4-5 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. Let’s talk NBA.


It was a slow night in the NBA on Thursday with only three games in action. But within those three games, we have four different former Wildcats to discuss.

  • Starting with the Denver Nuggets, who beat the Atlanta Hawks by 45, the fourth-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Jamal Murray came off the bench for the first time this season in favor of second-year guard Monte Morris. It wasn’t revealed until after the game that Murray was relegated to the bench because of a “small violation” regarding the team’s rules. He’s expected to be back in the starting lineup for their game on Saturday against the Pelicans (which will be must-watch television). Regardless, Murray still played well in the backup role, scoring 14 points on 4-10 shooting (3-6 from three). Some of the Nuggets media/fans I follow on Twitter have suggested that Murray actually plays better with the secondary lineup since he can be the primary creator and just run around ball screens until his little legs tire out. So that’s something I’m going to continue to monitor as the season progresses.
  • Trey Lyles added 14 points for himself on 5-7 shooting (1-1 from three) and eight rebounds.

  • Lyles also helped out his community before the game.

  • Alex Poythress had one of the most impressive outings of his career, posting 11 points on 5-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

  • And finally, the late game featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who continues to make me wish I had picked him for my Rookie of the Year (FWIW: I picked Luka Doncic to win this award and he’s in the lead so far, but if SGA progresses over the season much like he did at Kentucky, he could very well be in the running). SGA had nine points and five rebounds, starting – and closing – his fifth straight game for the Clippers.

  • If you’ve watched SGA at all this year, you know that whenever he gets to his favorite spot – the elbows around the paint – that pull-up jumper is money every single time.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)138-93 W vs. ATL144-10 (3-6)45011+1823
Trey Lyles (DEN)138-93 W vs. ATL145-7 (1-1)84005+1327
Alex Poythress (ATL)93-138 L @ DEN115-8 (0-3)44101-1123
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)116-111 W vs. SAS94-9 (0-2)50002+327
Brandon Knight (HOU)107-86 W vs. GSWDNP-Knee----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)86-107 L @ HOUDNP-Achilles----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)138-93 W vs. ATLDNP-Foot----------------


7:00 (ESPN): Raptors @ Celtics

7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Pacers

7:00: Jazz @ 76ers

7:00: Nets @ Wizards (Wall)

8:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Grizzlies

8:00: Trail Blazers @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

9:30 (ESPN): Bulls @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)

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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

5 Comments for BBNBA: Rondo Out 4-5 Weeks, Murray Benched

  1. Alleykat16
    12:01 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    Was wondering what was up with Rondo, love Trey but thought he would be doing more than he has, but there’s still time he’s still young. But I’ve thought Alex has had better games than this one. GO BIG BLUE!

  2. binarysolo
    12:13 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    Holy crap that Jeremy Lin bounce pass to Poythress is a thing of beauty.

  3. JASUN74
    5:55 pm November 16, 2018 Permalink

    I love seeing our guys doing well on the court, but being so generous with their time and money is more important and show what great young men Coach Cal wants in this program. I would rather have great people and lose a heart breaker , than win and have a bunch of convicts. I sure do love to win though. Lol. Anyway. Excited for the Kings game today!! Going to be a good one. No let down guys and keep fighting hard. Also GO CATS AND WIN OUT. I’ll see all of you tomorrow and when I walk by your tailgate, don’t hit me in the head with another cold beer. Lmao. It was more like the shoulder area, but close enough.