16 NBA ‘Cats found their way onto this morning’s Weekend Recap, led by usual suspects John Wall of the Washington Wizards and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.
On Friday, Wall’s Wizards fell to the home team Minnesota Timberwolves by a lousy 22-point deficit. John was his team’s only bright spot, scoring 26 points and handing out 7 assists along the way. Later that night, Cousins carried the Kings to a 108-103 upset victory over back-to-back defending world champion Miami Heat. DeMarcus posted 27 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win.
The next day, John Wall & Co. bounced back in the form of a 24-point blowout victory over former college teammate Josh Harrellson and the Detroit Pistons. Harrellson scored 10 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench, though it was Wall’s 20-point, 11-assist double-double performance that stole the show. Cousins ended the weekend with 29 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-112 Sunday evening loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
In less fortunate news, the Chicago Bulls recently reassigned point guard Marquis Teague back to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. Teague joins former Wildcats DeAndre Liggins of the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Ramon Harris of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as the only 3 ‘Cats in the NBA’s D-League. Marquis scored 21 points and dished out 6 assists in his first game last Friday, but followed up the performance with a mediocre outing of 5 points and 4 rebounds the next day. Teague, a former first round pick who started 2 games for the Bulls this year and appeared in 17 more, has struggled with his confidence in what Chicago hoped would be an increased role this season for the 20-year-old Indianapolis, IN native.
However, contrary to what some fans may fear, a D-League assignment is far from a kiss of death. The opportunity will provide a stage for Teague to improve upon his game and regain his confidence in a similar manner to which former Kentucky teammate Terrence Jones did last year as a rookie. Jones played in 24 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, en route to being named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star. After averaging 19.0 PPG and 9.0 RPG, Jones was recalled by the Houston Rockets, where he averages 25.7 minutes per game this season.
The weekend’s complete game logs for each NBA ‘Cat are compiled below:
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com & NBA.com