Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

BBNBA: Wizards Drama Continues, Randle Posts Triple-Double

(Photo via Layne Murdoch/NBAE Getty Images)

(Photo via Layne Murdoch/NBAE Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. John Wall is dropping f-bombs on his head coach. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Nuggets – 98 @ Bucks – 104

  • The Denver Nuggets are in a bit of a freefall at the moment. After starting off the season 9-1, Denver has lost six of its last seven games. Granted, those losses have come against playoff-caliber teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks (twice), Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and even the pesky Brooklyn Nets. For a team that possesses such a highly-combustible offense, they sure do go through plenty of dry spells. Lengthy scoring droughts have constantly allowed good teams like the Bucks to sneak back into the game.
  • Except the Bucks didn’t sneak back into this one, they stampeded back into it on the shoulders of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe. Antetokounmpo finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds, but it was Bledsoe’s 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals on 8-10 shooting (3-4 from three) that propelled the Bucks. Bledsoe was ultra aggressive in this game, knowing full well that none of the Nuggets smaller guards could match his brute strength. And none of them did. He hit some big fourth quarter shots that prevented any comeback from the Nuggets.

  • As for Denver, Jamal Murray played much better than he had been over the last couple weeks, putting together his best outing since his 48-point explosion. Murray scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and a season-high nine assists – but with five costly turnovers. He still missed some shots he normally makes and his decision-making still seemingly lacks that confidence from the beginning of the season, but he did play better overall.
  • Trey Lyles never really found his rhythm in this one, playing only 15 minutes and scoring six points on 3-8 shooting. Juancho Hernangomez has officially snatched Lyles’ spot in the Nuggets rotation.

Spurs – 126 @ Pelicans – 140

  • Anthony Davis’ path to 10,000 career points will have to wait for at least one more game. He had another MVP-like performance against the Spurs, posting 29 points on 13-22 shooting with nine rebounds. He needs six points in his next game to reach the 10,000 point mark. The Pelicans play the 76ers on Wednesday and that should be an excellent pre-Thanksgiving affair for at least 10,000 different reasons.

  • Since Davis didn’t reach his milestone, Julius Randle decided to snag the big headline. Randle was unreal on Monday night, treating the painted area like he owned stock in it. He couldn’t be stopped when he got the ball and a head of steam chugging towards the rim. Rebounds gravitated to him. He posted a 21-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double – the sixth of his career – on 9-13 shooting. He’s literally the perfect sixth-man. It’s hard enough to stop a playmaking steamroller such as Randle with your best players, it’s even harder to stop when he’s doing it against the second unit. He hit one shot where he, quite literally, just tossed in the air hoping for a miracle. That potential miracle plopped right into the net at the 1:54 mark in the video below. I made a no-look shot in fifth grade very similar to this one and it made my mom scream from the stands. In this situation, I was my mother.

  • Not to be completely outdone by his fellow Wildcats, Darius Miller had a solid outing on Monday night, posting nine points on 3-7 shooting.
  • Also, here’s a video that I enjoyed of Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry interviewing himself following the Pellies win.

Thunder – 113 @ Kings – 117

  • The Kings done did it again, this time beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Russell Westbrook’s return from absence. Sacramento won this game with some flair, too.
  • There were a couple different scuffles we’ll start with, both involving Westbrook and separately involving De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein.
  • Westbrook gave Cauley-Stein a hard foul in the third quarter that the former Kentucky star did not take a liking to. Words were exchanged as were a couple of shoves before Steven Adams came in like a giant mountain and uprooted Cauley-Stein as if he were a weed in a garden. Cauley-Stein, shockingly, was not fond of being lifted like a screaming child in a mall food court and things got a bit testier after that with multiple technical fouls being dished out.

  • Later in the game, with the outcome hanging in the balance, Fox and Westbrook were caught exchanging words. Fox was ultimately hit with a technical. We’ll tab this as one of those “learning experiences” for Fox. But I also love the “I’m not scared of you” mentality from him, too.

  • Oh yeah, there was also a basketball game that was played, and it was even better than the on-court drama. Fox had his worst shooting performance of the season, going 1-10, but made for it up in the playmaking department with 13 assists. Including the late technical foul, Fox had another miscue when trying to put the nail in the coffin on Oklahoma City, and a missed fastbreak layup led to a Thunder bucket and a game that shouldn’t have been close at the end, ending up being a free-throw shooting clinic.

  • Cauley-Stein also struggled from the field, scoring nine points on 4-14 shooting, but also pulled down 14 rebounds and added five assists.
  • For the Thunder, Hamidou Diallo played excellent. It was the best game of his season, even. He shot 7-7 from the field (2-2 from three) for 18 points and there was just all-around great decision-making from the rookie. He started his second-straight game in the absence of Terrance Ferguson.

  • There were a couple times that Diallo just flat-out beat Fox down the court, a hard feat to accomplish.
  • Patrick Patterson was 0-5 from the field in this game – all missed threes – and Nerlens Noel sat out due to an illness. In Patterson’s last 10 games, he’as averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds on 30.4 percent shooting from the field in just over 15 minutes per game. That’s…. not good.

Other notes

  • The John Wall news that broke yesterday can be found here. ICYMI: Wall said “f*** you” to his head coach and the Wizards are thinking about trading him.
  • Devin Booker led the BBNBA in scoring Monday night, throwing up 37 points on 13-28 shooting in a(nother) Suns loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Booker also posted eight assists, which brings him up to nine per game over his last six. A tiny bright light in dreary ole Phoenix.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress, rising up the Rookie of the Year ladder. SGA went for 16 points on 5-9 shooting in a win over the Atlanta Hawks – who were without Alex Poythress, as he missed the game due to an ankle injury.

  • There sure were a lot of highlights for a Monday.
  • One final thing. I’m gonna talk about a Louisville player real quick. One that I actually enjoyed when he was at Louisville and have continued to root for ever since. Montrezl Harrell is dominating the NBA right now. I can’t explain it, I don’t think there is anyone alive who can, not even Harrell. But his energy has been insane. Like, robotic-levels. In his last six games, he’s averaging 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting an unreal 69.4 percent from the field. The Clippers are wild fun for several reasons, Harrell is one of them.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)114-119 L @ PHI3713-28 (6-15)38002036
Anthony Davis (NOP)140-126 W vs. SAS2913-22 (0-1)94222+732
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)104-98 W vs. DEN238-10 (3-4)55304+735
Julius Randle (NOP)140-126 W vs. SAS219-13 (0-1)1410001+1225
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)113-117 L @ SAC187-7 (2-2)11200+522
Jamal Murray (DEN)98-104 L @ MIL177-14 (2-5)89015-836
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)127-119 W @ ATL165-9 (0-2)21113-729
Darius Miller (NOP)140-126 W vs. SAS94-7 (1-3)13011+222
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)117-113 W vs. OKC94-14 (0-0)145002+831
Andrew Harrison (CLE)102-113 L @ DET71-6 (1-3)30110+817
Trey Lyles (DEN)98-104 L @ MIL63-8 (0-4)21001+515
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)117-113 W vs. OKC61-10 (0-3)313004034
Malik Monk (CHA)117-112 W vs. BOS00-3 (0-3)1100007
Patrick Patterson (OKC)113-117 L @ SAC00-5 (0-5)12000+115
Alex Poythress (ATL)119-127 L vs. LACDNP-Ankle----------------
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)117-112 W vs. BOSDNP-Ankle----------------
Nerlens Noel (OKC)113-117 L @ SACDNP-Illness----------------
Skal Labissiere (SAC)117-113 W vs. OKCDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)98-104 L @ MILDNP-Foot----------------
Jodie Meeks (MIL)104-98 W vs. DENDNP-Suspended----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Raptors @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Wizards (Wall)

7:30: Nets @ Heat (Adebayo)

7:30 (NBATV): Trail Blazers @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox)


Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

1 Comment for BBNBA: Wizards Drama Continues, Randle Posts Triple-Double



  1. michaelb
    5:09 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Hate Russ Westbrook . Love Willie