Good morning, folks. Wow, the Wolves suck. Let’s talk NBA.
“When you make a choice and say, ‘Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that … when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time, because it has been [in your mind] the whole time.” — Kobe Bryant
Fox and KAT duel in Sacramento
Another day, another Minnesota Timberwolves loss.
Monday night marked the 12th consecutive ‘L’ for the Wolves, as they fell to the Sacramento Kings 113-109. The Wolves haven’t won a game since Jan. 9 and Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t won a game since Nov 27. of 2019. Minnesota will have it best chance at winning a game in a while when they face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. At this point, a franchise-altering trade feels inevitable.
Towns recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in Monday’s loss, shooting 7-17 from the floor and 3-6 from beyond the arc. It marked his 257th career double-double, moving him past Kevin Love for second-most in franchise history (so I guess it isn’t all bad).
The Kings nearly gave this game away, leading by double-digits for the majority of the game before allowing the Wolves to make it close down the stretch. Sacramento led by as many as 21 in the third quarter but the Wolves were just a missed shot at the buzzer from sending this one to extra time. De’Aaron Fox posted a BBNBA-high of 31 points in the win, adding three rebounds, five assists, and two steals to his stat line while shooting 10-16 from the field (and 3-4 from deep).
Julius Randle to the Hornets?
The Ringer‘s Kevin O’Connor was dropping some juicy trade news regarding New York Knicks forward Julius Randle. According to his sources, the Charlotte Hornets have been in talks with the Knicks about acquiring Randle before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
The Knicks and Hornets have had trade talks involving Julius Randle, per league sources.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 4, 2020
Randle is on a reasonable contract over the next two seasons with mostly nonguaranteed money in the final season of his three-year deal he signed this past summer. He’s arguably been the Knicks best player this season (and definitely the most frustrating) but doesn’t really line up with what they should be trying to do in the future. Maybe the Hornets send Malik Monk back in a trade? These two teams appear to be talking regularly about several different scenarios.
The Knicks also played a game on Monday night, taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers 139-134 in overtime. Randle scored 20 points in addition to eight rebounds and three assists on a 9-16 shooting clip while Kevin Knox added 12 points and four rebounds for the Knicks.
- The Miami Heat absolutely trashed the Philadelphia 76ers by a final score of 137-106. Bam Adebayo went for 18 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists while making 8-15 shots. Tyler Herro had an off night, making just one of his six attempts for two points in 10 minutes. The Heat scored a franchise-record 81 points in the second half. Jimmy Butler dropped 38 points without playing a second of the fourth quarter.
- Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns were trounced by the Brooklyn Nets, 119-97. The former ‘Cat was not at his best, recording just 11 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four turnovers on a 3-15 shooting clip.
- P.J. Washington sat out his second straight game with a minor right ankle injury in the Charlotte Hornets 112-100 loss to the Orlando Magic. Malik Monk added 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||113-109 W vs. MIN||31||10-16 (3-4)||3||5||2||0||5||+14||34|
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||109-113 L @ SAC||22||7-17 (3-6)||10||6||1||2||3||-7||37|
|Julius Randle (NYK)||139-134 (OT) W @ CLE||20||9-16 (0-2)||8||3||2||0||3||-4||38|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||137-106 W vs. PHI||18||8-15 (0-0)||8||11||1||0||0||+29||35|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||139-134 (OT) W @ CLE||12||5-8 (2-4)||4||1||0||0||1||+1||17|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||100-112 L vs. ORL||11||4-12 (1-3)||5||4||1||0||1||-7||22|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||97-119 L @ BKN||11||3-15 (1-4)||4||4||1||0||4||-22||31|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||105-108 L @ LAC||10||4-8 (2-6)||5||0||0||1||0||0||25|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||123-115 W @ ATL||8||4-7 (0-0)||9||1||0||0||0||+1||15|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||137-106 W vs. PHI||2||1-6 (0-2)||0||1||0||0||0||+4||10|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||112-103 W @ IND||0||0-0||2||1||0||1||1||-5||6|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||105-108 L @ LAC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||100-112 L vs. ORL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||134-139 (OT) L vs. NYK||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||108-105 W vs. SAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||100-112 L vs. ORL||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|John Wall (WAS)||117-125 L vs. GSW||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Pelicans (Miller-out)
8:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Rockets
9:00: Trail Blazers (Gabriel, Labissiere-out) @ Nuggets (Murray-out, Vanderbilt)
10:00 (TNT): Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)