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.
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) November 16, 2018
- Lyles also helped out his community before the game.
Yesterday Trey Lyles spent some time in the community ahead of Thanksgiving next week.
He donated food for the holiday for 50+ families at Servicios de la Raza. The families will also be coming to a future #Nuggets game.
It’s incredible to see these guys give back. pic.twitter.com/BTZRBtAR0s
— Katy Winge (@katywinge) November 15, 2018
- 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.
11 pts (5-8 FG)
24 minutes pic.twitter.com/tyV60gX0Hl
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 16, 2018
“What a pass!”
— NBA (@NBA) November 16, 2018
- 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.
— NBA (@NBA) November 16, 2018
- 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.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||138-93 W vs. ATL||14||4-10 (3-6)||4||5||0||1||1||+18||23|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||138-93 W vs. ATL||14||5-7 (1-1)||8||4||0||0||5||+13||27|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||93-138 L @ DEN||11||5-8 (0-3)||4||4||1||0||1||-11||23|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||116-111 W vs. SAS||9||4-9 (0-2)||5||0||0||0||2||+3||27|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||107-86 W vs. GSW||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||86-107 L @ HOU||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||138-93 W vs. ATL||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
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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