Clippers – 109 @ Pelicans – 116
- After taking down the Los Angeles Clippers at home, the New Orleans Pelicans are 3-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The man leading the charge – Anthony Davis – is already gathering his marketing team to officially introduce his MVP campaign. A 34-point, 13-rebound, five block outing is light-work at this point. I hardly bat an eye when he breaks the 30-point threshold anymore, putting up absurdly unique stat lines is synonymous with him now.
- Davis hit a big three right under the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter that extended his team’s lead to the point of no return. He went 2-3 from deep, in fact, and is 3-4 on the season. There is no logical way to guard Davis without giving up something to his teammates. But at this point, giving his teammates wide open looks may be the most efficient defense to keep Davis under control.
- The Pelicans had two quarters in this game where they did not score at least 30 points in one quarter. In their first two games, they didn’t have one such quarter. They still scored 126 points against the Kings.
- Julius Randle put up 18 points of his own on 5-9 shooting (and went 1-2 from three) before fouling out in the final minutes of the game. Darius Miller struggled to get in a rhythm, scoring only two points in 13 minutes. The return of Solomon Hill from last season’s injury has resulted in him soaking up minutes that used to be Miller’s. But, Hill is the better overall player – especially on defense – so we may see continue to see him split time with Miller. Their playing time will likely be distributed based on game-by-game matchups rather than pure talent.
25pts 8rebs on 60% shooting
13pts 14rebs on 50% shooting
18pts 5rebs on 56% shooting
THIS WAS YOUR BEST PLAYER FOR YEARS LAKERS pic.twitter.com/iso57yiN3H
— Justin Jett (@JustinJett_) October 24, 2018
– Anthony Davis telling everyone about being guarded by Gallinari pic.twitter.com/RrdqyEQMcP
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 24, 2018
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander “dripped” in nine points and four rebounds in 22 minutes, playing the last two-and-a-half minutes with the finishing Clippers lineup in a close game, the second time this season head coach Doc Rivers has gone with SGA to close a game. There aren’t many rookies that play as level-headed as SGA, the hype surrounding him is only going to build.
Kings – 112 @ Nuggets – 126
- A big matchup in the BBNBA community last night as there were seven total former Wildcats between the two rosters. While Wenyen Gabriel did not play, the other six did.
- Willie Cauley-Stein had the most impressive game on the Sacramento side, putting up 11 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. The assists are what stood out, though. WCS looks much more comfortable working on the elbows and making passes to cutters with precision. It’s something he flashed last season but is finally looking confident in. The perimeter shot might not be in Willie’s future, so finding another way to impact the game on offense outside of lob-dunks and short hook shots is a major bonus. If he can become a reliable playmaker on the block, he opens up an entirely new playbook of calls that his young and restless teammates will love to be involved in. There’s nothing easier than a backdoor layup off a perfect bounce pass.
Willie Cauley-Stein with the nice backdoor pocket pass. pic.twitter.com/vTGP0WGxeW
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 24, 2018
- De’Aaron Fox wasn’t as stellar as his first three games, adding just six points in 20 minutes, while Skal Labissiere couldn’t get anything going as he played only the final four minutes. Through three games, it’s become clear that Labissiere is the odd man out. I was worried going into the season that the Kings crowded frontcourt would cost someone minutes and it turned out to be Labissiere, at least to start the season. However, this isn’t set in stone. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for Labissiere to play himself back into the rotation. But for now, he’s on the outside looking in on a 0-3 team.
- Jamal Murray followed up a horrendous 0-9 shooting night against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday with a 6-10 performance Tuesday night for 19 points, with 14 of them coming in the third quarter. The Nuggets are now the only 4-0 team in the NBA and they sure can put up a stupid number of points. They’ve scored at least 100 in all four games and the Kings were actually the first team to drop 100 on their defense.
- Trey Lyles – who is now in the business of trying to steal some of Will Barton’s minutes while he recovers from injury – had 12 points in 23 minutes.
Trey Lyles with the putback ? pic.twitter.com/PaX4AjoZFL
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 24, 2018
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||116-109 W vs. LAC||34||11-21 (2-3)||13||2||1||5||0||+15||40|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||126-112 W vs. SAC||19||6-10 (3-6)||1||4||1||0||0||+17||18|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||116-109 W vs. LAC||18||5-9 (1-2)||5||0||2||0||2||-6||21|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||126-112 W vs. SAC||12||5-12 (0-3)||5||3||0||1||4||+6||23|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||112-126 L @ DEN||11||5-7 (0-0)||6||3||1||0||0||-4||23|
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||109-116 L @ NOP||9||3-8 (1-1)||4||2||1||1||3||-11||22|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||112-126 L @ DEN||6||2-8 (0-1)||1||4||2||0||1||-22||20|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||116-109 W vs. LAC||2||1-2 (0-1)||0||1||0||0||0||-1||13|
|Skal Labissiere (SAC)||112-126 L @ DEN||0||0-0||2||1||0||0||0||0+7||4|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||112-126 L @ DEN||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||126-112 W vs. SAC||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
Tonight in the NBA
7:00 (ESPN): Mavericks @ Hawks (Poythress)
7:00: Nets @ Cavaliers
7:30: Knicks (Kanter, Knox-out) @ Heat (Adebayo)
7:30: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Raptors
8:00: Jazz @ Rockets (Knight-out)
8:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Bulls (Ulis)
8:30: Pacers @ Spurs
9:30 (ESPN): 76ers @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)
10:00: Lakers (Rondo-suspended) @ Suns (Booker)
10:00: Grizzlies (An. Harrison) @ Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labissiere)
10:30: Wizards (Wall) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)
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