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BBNBA: Sacramento’s Youth Outpaces Memphis

(Photo via Kimani Okearah)

(Photo via Kimani Okearah)

RECAP

Knicks – 87 @ Heat – 110

  • Enes Kanter’s streak of double-doubles to start the season has ended at four after the New York center could only generate eight points and five rebounds in a blowout loss to the Miami Heat. The Heat lit the Knicks up in the third quarter after it was close at halftime and – as a result – Kanter sat out the entire fourth quarter.
  • Kevin Knox is still recovering from his ankle injury earlier in the week and should return sometime early next week.
  • Keeping score of the non-rivalry that I’m making into a rivalry, Hassan Whiteside took this battle from Bam Adebayo. Whiteside played 26 minutes compared to Adebayo’s 21, scoring 22 points and adding 14 rebounds to Adebayo’s four points and four rebounds.

Timberwolves – 105 @ Raptors – 112

  • Something clearly isn’t right in Minnesota. More specifically, something isn’t quite right with Karl-Anthony Towns. Shocking, right? Towns had another unimpressive (for his standards) performance of 14 points and eight rebounds on 5-17 shooting in 35 minutes. In the first half against the still undefeated Toronto Raptors (who look otherworldly, might I add), Towns could hardly even find a shot. In the second half, he didn’t even want to be in the game.

  • This is, uh, well, not a great look. We obviously don’t know the intimate details as to exactly why Towns decided to pull himself from the game – although we can make some educated guesses – but no matter how we look at it from an outside perspective, this isn’t ideal. The Wolves are 2-3. Andrew Wiggins didn’t even play last night and Towns still couldn’t get the ball on offense. It’s only five games in, but something needs to change. I’m pretty sure there’s a disgruntled star just begging to be traded but *shrugs shoulders*.
  • After the game, Towns said, ”A loss is a loss. It’s about winning. It’s not about the statistical achievements, doing this or that for whoever my fantasy owner is.” Which sounds a whole lot different than what we saw from him on the court.

Hornets – 110 @ Bulls – 112

  • Nothing too exciting from the two former Wildcats on the Charlotte side. Malik Monk scored nine points on 2-8 shooting while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added another six in 16 minutes, shooting 2-2 from three.
  • Bulls guard Tyler Ulis did not play.

76ers – 108 @ Bucks – 123

  • Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks are 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have been absolutely lethal on offense and Bledsoe is a major complement to that. Wednesday night, he filled up the stat sheet again with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Through four games, Bledsoe is averaging 15.8/5.5/6.8 (PPG/RPG/APG) while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. It’s amazing what can reenergize a player when a competent offensive scheme is installed.

Lakers – 131 @ Suns – 113

  • Rajon Rondo sat out the first of his three-game suspension as a result of the brawl between the Lakers and Rockets on Saturday night.
  • Devin Booker led all Kentucky players in points Wednesday night, scoring 23 points on 8-16 shooting before leaving the game in the third quarter with a strained hamstring. The Suns are expected to release an update on him sometime Thursday.

  • Also, Booker posted this Nike commercial centered around himself as a cartoon to his Instagram. I’d seen this earlier in the week on TV but hadn’t seen it again until Booker put it on social media. It’s a perfect ad for Booker and will surely put a smile on your face.

 

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I was just a kid with a crazy dream once. #JustDoIt

A post shared by Devin Booker (@dbook) on

  • Nike always has great commercials, especially the ones included with their latest marketing tactic, but this one is up there amongst their best, in my opinion.

Grizzlies – 92 @ Kings – 97

  • Wenyen Gabriel and Skal Labissiere were DNPs Wednesday night, but that didn’t stop the Kentucky effect from still making its mark. De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein both had great games in a massive confidence-boosting win over the playoff-hopeful Grizzlies. Fox went silly, putting up 21 points (7-16 shooting), eight rebounds, and six assists including this monster one-handed slam in a close game. 10 of his points came in the third quarter alone.

  • WCS added his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The Kings aren’t more talented than the Grizzlies but still managed to pull off the win thanks to their youth and simply wanting it more. The Grizzlies are a veteran team with veteran players and couldn’t match the speed and intensity of the young Kings players flying up and down the court. Marc Gasol had to leave the game early due to injury and Chandler Parsons missed the game entirely because of knee soreness.
  • This quote from head coach Dave Joerger perfectly encapsulates how the Kings are going to play the rest of the season: ”We made a lot, a lot of mistakes, but we just kept coming and coming and coming,” Joerger said. ”We overcame those mistakes with our effort. They believe that if we play fast we have a chance.” He’s 100 percent right.
  • This will eventually normalize itself (I think?), but teams are needing about 120-130 points just to have a chance to win games in the early stages of this season. Before Wednesday night, the Kings hadn’t scored under 112 points.

Wizards – 122 @ Warriors – 144

  • Well, Steph Curry sure did happen Wednesday night. He dropped 51 points in three quarters. Fifty. One. I mean, he was taking just the dumbest shots possible and they fell straight in. He’s not human. There was literally nothing the Wizards could do to stop him.

  • Like……

  • John Wall went for 13 points on 5-12 shooting, but this game never even had the chance to be close. Curry just had one of those games where he and Oracle Arena were perfectly in sync with each other. I had to include this tweet from several months ago that I saw during the game..

*Side Note* Hawks forward Alex Poythress left the game against the Mavericks in the first half with a knee injury. He’s expected to undergo an MRI Thursday for more information.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)113-131 L vs. LAL238-16 (2-6)77004-1429
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)97-92 W vs. MEM217-16 (0-2)86122+1837
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)123-108 W vs. PHI186-18 (2-7)84112+1233
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)97-92 W vs. MEM156-14 (0-0)102202+1135
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)105-112 L @ TOR145-17 (1-5)81134-435
John Wall (WAS)122-144 L @ GSW135-12 (1-5)26004-2227
Malik Monk (CHA)110-112 L @ CHI92-8 (1-6)23002-1224
Enes Kanter (NYK)87-110 L @ MIA84-7 (0-0)53012-2418
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)110-112 L @ CHI62-3 (2-2)22000-316
Bam Adebayo (MIA)110-87 W vs. NYK41-3 (0-1)43101-721
Alex Poythress (ATL)111-104 W vs. DAL10-0 (0-0)10000-116
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)144-122 W vs. WASDNP-Achilles----------------
Kevin Knox (NYK)87-110 L @ MIADNP-Ankle----------------
Tyler Ulis (CHI)112-110 W vs. CHADNP-CD----------------
Andrew Harrison (MEM)92-97 L @ SACDNP-CD----------------
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)97-92 W vs. MEMDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (SAC)97-92 W vs. MEMDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)89-100 L vs. UTADNP-Knee----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)131-113 W @ PHXDNP-Suspended----------------
Jodie Meeks (MIL)123-108 W vs. PHIDNP-Suspended----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Cavaliers @ Pistons

7:00: Trail Blazers @ Magic (Briscoe)

8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson, Vanderbilt-out)

10:30 (TNT): Nuggets (Lyles, Murray) @ Lakers (Rondo-suspended)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

3 Comments for BBNBA: Sacramento’s Youth Outpaces Memphis



  1. ukdave62
    1:15 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

    Nike sucks ever since they became political! I only buy UA, it’s better anyway



    • J-Dub421
      1:17 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

      No one cares.



    • Matt10
      2:06 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Some of us do, rudeness