Hornets 106 – Raptors 127
- Fresh off being named the first Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the new NBA season, Kemba Walker couldn’t muster up enough offense to take down a stout Toronto defense. Malik Monk scored 10 points off the bench while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added six.
- We’re only four games in, but Monk has looked much more comfortable working within the offense. His three-point percentage is slightly above 40 percent this season on 6.8 attempts per game (last season he shot 34.2 percent on nearly half the volume). The sample size is small, but it’s enough to remain optimistic that Monk could continue to be a focal point of the offense.
Malik Monk strip on one end and the 3 pointer on the other. pic.twitter.com/egtdDvT2jU
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 23, 2018
Knicks 113 – Bucks 124
- Kevin Knox missed his first game for the Knicks since the turned ankle on Saturday. The initial feeling was that Knox might miss extended time, but as ESPN reported on Sunday, it shouldn’t be more than a week of recovery for the forward.
- As for his fellow Knick teammate, Enes Kanter continued his double-double streak to begin the season, now up to four games in a row as he added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
- Eric Bledsoe also had himself a double-double, but of the passing persuasion. His 16 points and 13 assists were key in opening up the floor. He’s become infatuated with one of the Bucks offseason additions, Brook Lopez, as he can knock down perimeter shots and spread the floor for Milwaukee – and more importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo – along with sharpshooter Khris Middleton.
- The Bucks start their season 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Also, Middleton (30 points, 7-8 from three) has slowly been speaking some truth into offseason speculation that he might be ready to make the leap towards an All-Star game appearance.
Eric Bledsoe snatches it from Kanter and slings it to a wide open Khris Middleton for 3??
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 23, 2018
Pacers 91 – Timberwolves 101
- It was another less-than-stellar game from Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns (for his standards, at least), who brought in 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win against the Pacers that brings his team back to .500. It was Towns first double-double of the season. Small sample sizes can be dangerous, but it’s telling that Towns is averaging only 11.0 shots per game this season when he averaged 14.3 last season (and 18.0 the year before that). It’s obvious he’s not being used to the highest potential as a feature in the Timberwolves offense and that desperately needs to change. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first game or the 82nd, Towns has to have the ball in his hands in order for the team to be it’s most effective and successful. Andrew Wiggins should not be taking more shots per game than Towns. Not on this team. Not on this earth. Not in this universe should that ever be allowed to happen.
KAT ??? pic.twitter.com/t5uj5OgHvr
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 23, 2018
Wizards 125 – Trail Blazers 124 (OT)
- The Wizards got their first win of the season in thrilling fashion, needing overtime against Portland to make it happen. John Wall played in 41 minutes but added only 16 points on 5-19 shooting to go along with nine assists. He missed some free throws down the stretch but made the game-deciding basket with 10 seconds left in overtime.
John Wall chasedown block alert! pic.twitter.com/5NKLwTqYqV
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) October 23, 2018
John Wall called game ? pic.twitter.com/FRd21APOL6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 23, 2018
Suns 103 – Warriors 123
- Another Suns-Warriors matchup, another victory in the books for Golden State. In fact, that’s the 16th straight win for the Warriors over the Suns, their longest streak against one team in franchise history. Devin Booker continues to have the greenest light in basketball – literally the second he crosses half-court, there’s no guarantee he won’t fire it right then and there if a hand isn’t directly in his face. His 28 points on 11-21 shooting make him the BBNBA Player of the Night, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat four opposing All-Stars. We even saw some flashes of Point Booker last night (six assists), albeit, with nine turnovers to cancel it out.
|Devin Booker (PHX)||103-123 L @ GSW||28||11-21 (3-9)||5||6||2||0||9||-5||38|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||101-91 W vs. IND||17||6-12 (1-5)||15||0||0||2||3||+3||32|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||124-113 W vs. NYK||16||6-11 (2-7)||4||13||2||1||2||+19||31|
|John Wall (WAS)||125-124 (OT) W @ POR||16||5-19 (0-2)||4||9||1||1||4||+2||41|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||113-124 L @ MIL||14||6-12 (0-0)||13||2||0||0||2||-9||32|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||106-127 L @ TOR||10||4-12 (2-5)||2||3||0||2||2||-11||24|
|Michael KIdd-Gilchrist (CHA)||106-127 L @ TOR||6||3-8 (0-0)||5||1||1||0||0||-10||16|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||93-90 W @ BOS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Andrew Harrison (MEM)||92-84 W @ UTA||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||109-115 L @ DAL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||142-143 (OT) L vs. SAS||DNP-Suspended||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||123-103 W vs. PHX||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||113-124 L @ MIL||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
Tonight in the NBA
7:00 (NBATV): 76ers @ Pistons
8:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
9:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labisierre) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)
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