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BBNBA: The KAT is in His Bag

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. KAT is good and Boogie is not. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

[39-25] Thunder – 120 @ [30-34] Timberwolves – 131

  • Karl-Anthony Towns is currently playing the best basketball of his career and all it took was a near-death experience to unleash the beast. Let me quickly rattle off the average stats for Towns’ last five games since returning from the concussion protocol: 36.4 points, 16.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks while shooting 60.4 percent (uhhh what?) from the field and 47.1 percent from three on nearly SEVEN ATTEMPTS PER GAME. He’s getting to the free throw nine times per contest after averaging roughly under six attempts per game all season. KAT is in his bag right now. Some basketball pundits I follow have suggested that since the Wolves fired Tom Thibodeau, interim head coach Ryan Saunders has done a much better job of utilizing Towns. While Thibodeau wanted KAT to create his offense from the block, Saunders is allowing Towns to basically do whatever the hell he wants from any spot on the court. Crazy concept, right? Allowing the best player on your team to be the best player has turned Towns into an offensive nightmare for opposing defenses. Against the Thunder on Tuesday night, Towns exploded for a BBNBA-high of 41 points on 15-27 shooting (3-5 from three) to go along with 14 rebounds and zero turnovers in a win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Can we have a full season of this version of KAT, please?

  • Meanwhile, the NBA Cats for the Thunder are struggling. Hamidou Diallo has been sent to the G League with the playoffs only a few weeks away. Patrick Patterson has fallen completely out of the rotation (his replacement, Markieff Morris, really hasn’t played that well, either, to make matters worse). Nerlens Noel is the only one of the trio that still finds the court and he’s at least carved out a consistent role in the rotation and will surely be a key piece off the bench for a playoff run. Noel only played 10 minutes against Minny but went 3-3 from the field for six points, two rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Other notes

  • Are you ready for some bad news? I hope I’m not the first one to break this to you, but DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors have been anything but a perfect match so far. The Warriors were obliterated by the Boston Celtics (perhaps the most dysfunctional team in the NBA outside of Los Angeles) in a 30-point drumming at home in Oracle Arena and Cousins is not playing well with the other Golden State stars. This tweet by Fear the Sword writer Mike Zavagno details just how poorly Cousins has meshed when on the floor with his fellow All-Stars.

  • Through the first few games of Boogie’s return, I tried to take everything he did with a grain of salt. He’s missed a ton of time. He’s in the process of learning how to play alongside so many ball dominant players. His excessive fouling was a serious issue. You could see the frustration in his eyes. That all boiled over on Tuesday night when he nearly got into some fisticuffs with Celtics center Aaron Baynes.

  • It’s only been 17 games and it would be foolish to assume that everything was going to work like a well-oiled machine, but the Warriors just don’t look all that great right now. Chalk it up to Kevin Durant half-assing through games or the entire team in general being bored with the regular season, but this is a real issue come playoff time that is going to have to be addressed. What if the problems persist and head coach Steve Kerr simply can’t keep Boogie on the floor. How is everyone going to handle that? The Warriors are still the title favorites and it’s ridiculous to think otherwise (yes, I know how good Milwaukee looks right now), but something needs to change with how Cousins is being used. We’ll just have to wait and see how the coaching staff – and Boogie – responds.
  • In Jodie Meeks news, the Toronto Raptors have elected to not re-sign the former Kentucky guard to another 10-day contract.
  • Check out the rest of the stats below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)131-120 W vs. OKC4115-27 (3-5)141200+930
Enes Kanter (POR)111-120 L @ MEM114-4 (0-0)30003-817
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)95-128 L vs. BOS104-12 (0-5)94004-625
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)106-114 L @ PHI73-7 (1-3)14101+326
Nerlens Noel (OKC)120-131 L @ MIN63-3 (0-0)20111+910
Patrick Patterson (OKC)120-131 L @ MINDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)111-120 L @ MEMDNP-CD----------------
Terrence Jones (HOU)107-95 W @ TORDNP-CD----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)120-131 L @ MINDNP-G League----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Heat (Adebayo) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

7:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Pistons

7:00: Mavericks @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:30: Spurs @ Hawks (Poythress)

7:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Nets

8:00 (ESPN): 76ers @ Bulls

8:00: Jazz @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

9:00: Knicks (Knox) @ Suns (Booker) 

10:00: Celtics @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox)

10:30 (ESPN): Nuggets (Lyles-out, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Lakers (Rondo)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

12 Comments for BBNBA: The KAT is in His Bag



  1. Jpcat15
    4:25 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    Cousins seems to only be at about 60% of his former self in terms of his mobility. All of his moves seem to be in slow motion. He was never much of a leaper, but he has no lift now. He is still having some good nights, but he currently is not even close to the player he was. Hopefully, it is just a matter of getting in better shape.



    • njCat
      9:28 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      Boogies overall +/- is a horrifying -12 playing with the best starting five in the league. Weird thing is, he played really well his first couple games back. Will be interesting to see how many minutes he gets in the playoffs when games really mean something. I think Kerr is just being charitable right now.



  2. Double 00 Tony Delk
    4:25 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    It’s “drubbing” not “drumming”, Ringo.



  3. weneedpitino
    4:29 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    KAT is the man, to bad we can’t get players like him anymore, those days are over. Go cats!!



  4. weneedpitino
    4:58 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    We need Richard Pitino in order to attract recruits like him again. I know a little thing about recruiting. When my great uncle was an assistant coach years ago at a D3 school, I helped recruit some of the top talent for several years. The school is Pomona pitzer, I would say you’ve heard of it. They were a perennial power house some years back. Go cats, and Pomona pitzer sagehens.



    • J-Dub421
      5:20 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      Richard Pitino is a crap recruiter, a crap coach, and a crap human being. He’s never won anything. Ever. Stop with this stupid nonsense.



    • bigbluebanana
      5:28 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a parade account j dub, pretty sure it’s one of the smart commenters like runnin, 4ever, still bp, or another one of the good guys making fun of how stupid bigolblue, bashburn, and others sound.



    • bigbluebanana
      5:33 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      Comedy^^^not parade.



    • weneedpitino
      5:34 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      What do you mean, he is a walking success story. Tom crean can recruit to, he should be on our short list after cal leaves this year to. BBB buddy ol pal, I hope you have had a pawsome day today. Go cats!!



    • weneedpitino
      5:43 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

      You guys need to listen to people like BBB, he preaches the KY basketball gospel, everything he has said is spot on. Go cats, and go BBB!!



  5. bigbluebanana
    5:39 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    KAT is my favorite UK player of all time, and MAY have more potential than AD.

    Warriors will be just fine, far and away still the favorites, not just to fans like me, but in Vegas as well.

    PPat, as much as I love the guy, was never anything more than a decent role player in the nba, and he’s getting old, role players are easy to come by now, and they (the nba as a whole) uses younger talent.

    Hami just isn’t that good of a basketball player, likely won’t even last in the G league, he will find a spot on a foreign roster and make a great living for himself, but in no way is he an nba player.

    Nerlens is healthy and is doing great for okc, he’s still got a decent career in the nba now that he’s been humbled.

    Meeks news isn’t surprising, more people were surprised Toronto even gave him a shot in the first place.



  6. Smyrna_Cat
    8:02 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    “KAT is in his bag right now.”

    Witty. Not.