NBA ROUNDUP 11/6/19

(Game of the Night)

Milwaukee Bucks beat Los Angeles Clippers 129-124


The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard once again, but showed how good of a team they are. Although the Bucks won the game, the game was never safe until it was over. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with a dominant performance, finishing with 38pts/9asts/16rbs. George Hill came off the bench to the tune of 24pts/3rbs and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 20pts/6rbs.

For the Clippers, Montrezl Harrell was dominant in his start. He tallied 34pts/5asts/13rbs. Harrell’s bench partner, Lou Williams was dominant as well, adding 34pts/11asts/5rbs. Patrick Beverly Chipped in 20pts/3asts/10rbs.

Detroit Pistons blast New York Knicks 122-102

Andre Drummond led the way for the Pistons with another dominant performance. The Detroit big-man finished the game with 27pts/7asts/12rbs. Tony Snell added 24pts and Markieff Morris finished with 22pts/5asts/4rbs.

For the Knicks, Julius Randle led the way with 20pts/3rbs. RJ Barrett added 15pts/8asts/6rbs. This was a disappointing loss for the Knicks. They rallied to cut the deficit to five at half and then things just started to fall apart. Add that to the fact that Mitchell Robinson left with concussion-like symptoms and the week ahead seems bleak, as Robinson is the only true Center on the Knicks roster.


Indiana Pacers beat Washington Wizards 121-106

T.J. Warren led the way for the Pacers, finishing with 21pts/4rbs. Malcolm Brogdon continues his fast start to the season, notching a 12pt/13ast double-double. Domantas Sabonis added an all-around 13pts/7asts/17rbs.

For the Wizards, Bradley Beal (of course) led the way with 30pts/5asts/5rbs. Thomas Bryant added a 20pt/11rb double-double.


Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors 129-112

James Harden’s 20pt second quarter helped the Rockets pull away from the Warriors and put them to bed, Harden led the way for the Rockets, finishing with 36pts/13asts/4rbs. PJ Tucker added a 22pt/11rb double-double. Clint Capela added 19pts/16rbs and Russell Westbrook chipped in 18pts/6asts/8rbs.

For the ragtag Warriors, Alec Burks led the way off the bench, finishing with 28pts/3asts/8rbs. Glenn Robinson III added a 15pt/11rb double-double and Eric Paschall chipped in 19pts/3asts/6rbs.


Chicago Bulls beat Atlanta Hawks 113-93

The Hawks are definitely hurting up front without John Collins. They had no one to stop Bulls bigs or the penetration of the Bulls guards. Tomas Satoransky led the way with 27pts/8asts/7rbs. Lauri Markkanen added 17pts/4asts/5rbs and Kris Dunn came off the bench to the tune of 13pts/3rbs.

The Hawks were just ugly all around. Trae Young disappeared, going 0-8 from deep and finishing with 9pts/3asts/3rbs. Jabari Parker led the way with 18pts/5rbs.


Toronto Raptors beat Sacramento Kings 124-120

The Raptors got an all around effort from their team to put away the Kings. All five starters finished in double-digits and Ibaka came off the bench to the tune of 21pts/6rbs. Kyle Lowry led the way with 24pts/6asts and Pascal Siakam added 23pts/5asts/13rbs.

For the Kings, Harrison Barnes led the way with 26pts/4asts/4rbs. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 22pts off the bench and Buddy Hield added 21pts/8rbs.


Memphis Grizzlies beat Minnesota Timberwolves 137-121

Dillon Brooks torched the T-Wolves to the tune of 31pts/4rbs. Ja Morant added 26pts/4asts/4rbs. Brandon Clarke chipped in 18pts/8rbs off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas added 10pts/4asts/14rbs.

For the T-Wolves, Andrew Wiggins led the way with 30pts/6asts. KAT chipped in a 25pt/13rb double-double and Jarrett Culver added 15pts/7asts/5rbs.


Dallas Mavericks beat Orlando Magic 107-106

Luka Doncic. That’s really all there is to say. This Mavericks team goes as far as he will take them, and on Wednesday he took them straight to a W. He led the way with 27pts/7asts/7rbs. Maxi Klieber added 14pts/3rbs off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr chipped in 13pts/3rbs off the bench.

Aaron Gordon led the way for the Magic. Gordon continues to shoot terribly from deep, but managed to get the rest of his game together for one night to finish with 23pts/4rbs. Nikola Vucevic added 19pts/7asts/11rbs and Jonathan Isaac added 13pts/5asts/10rbs.


Utah Jazz beat Philadelphia Sixers 106-104

The Jazz are now 4-0 at home, with their latest win coming against a strong Philly team. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24pts/8asts/5rbs. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20pts/5asts/6rbs. Rudy Gobert added 14pts/3asts/16rbs and Joe Ingles came off the bench to the tune of 16pts.

Joel Embiid led the way for the Sixers, finishing with 27pts/3asts/16rbs. Josh Richardson added 24pts/4asts/4rbs. The Sixers lost Ben Simmons early due to injury.


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The Miami Heat’s 2nd Week In Review

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The Miami Heat go 2-0 in the 2nd week of the NBA season.

This week wasn’t very busy for Miami as they only played two games. The Heat went 2-0 with a comfortable 9 point win @Atlanta and a 29 point win at home over Houston. In Atlanta Butler’s shot wasn’t falling but he was a monster on the boards and on the defensive end. Nunn Herro and Leonard picked up the slack offensively as they dropped 28, 17, and 16. On a Sunday evening in Miami, Houston played like they were enjoying South Beach a little too much the night before; at one point Miami led by as much as 41 points. Duncan Robinson was the standout in this game as he led Miami in scoring with 23 points while shooting 7-11 from downtown.

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Georgetown Basketball Season Preview and Predictions

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The Georgetown Hoyas went 19-14 last season while qualifying for the NIT. This was the first time Georgetown has qualified for postseason play since the 2014-2015 season. Georgetown returns 4 of 5 starters from last season and have newcomers that can fill the hole left by outgoing seniors Jessie Govan, Greg Malinowski, Kaleb Johnson, and Trey Mourning. Georgetown has the talent to finally break through and make the NCAA tournament, however youth, and inexperience could hurt their chances.

Omer Yurtseven will be named the to All Big-East 1st Team

Jessie Govan Georgetown’s leading scorer from last season has graduated and Patrick Ewing has to find a way to replace him. Yurtseven is the main candidate to fill in for Govan as the N.C. State transfer averaged 13.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG while shooting 57% from the field and 50% from three in the 2017-2018 season.

Josh LeBlanc will average 12 PPG

LeBlanc started last season coming off the bench but his hustle, heart, rebounding, and defense quickly forced Ewing to make a change in the starting lineup. LeBlanc’s tenacity and work on the offensive boards should help his scoring numbers jump.

James Akinjo will be a finalist for the Bob Cousy award

Akinjo was the Big East Freshman of the Year last season. Georgetown has lacked a true point guard ever since Markel Starks left and now they have one in Akinjo. Akinjo averaged 13.4 PPG while leading the Big East with 5.2 APG; he did all of this while playing hard physical defense. He was only a freshman last season so expect a huge breakout season where James Akinjo becomes a household name.

Myron Gardner becomes a starter

This prediction is bolder than the previous three however it may not be impossible. Gardner is an incoming freshman that was overlooked by many and is only a 3 star that’s ranked in the 200s does that remind you of anyone? *cough Mac McClung cough* It is no secret that the likely starter Jamorko Pickett had a rough sophomore slump in a season where he was benched multiple times. If Pickett continues to struggle coach Ewing may look elsewhere to fill a spot in the starting lineup. Ewing showed last year that he’s not scared to play freshman early and often so Gardener may jump Mosley and Alexander as the next man up if Pickett was to be benched.

Georgetown finish their non-conference schedule at 10-3

They finish 11-7 in the Big East.

In the end, the Hoyas finish at 21-10 and sneak into the NCAA tournament.

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NBA ROUNDUP: Sunday 11/3/19


(Game of the Night)

Los Angeles Lakers beat San Antonio Spurs 103-96


The Lakers have now won five in a row and sit on top of the West. Dwight Howard has been a factor in many of these games, as he continues on his LA Redemption Tour. Honestly, I couldn’t see Boogie having the same impact that D12 is right now, because most of his impact is coming through a brand of bully defense that Boogie doesn’t have, and that we honestly haven’t seen from Dwight in awhile. Nevertheless, this season is different. Dwight knows there is something on the line with this team, and he seems to be mature enough (and humbled enough) this time to act on it. Anthony Davis led the way, finishing with a 25pt/11rb double-double. LeBron James poured in another triple-double, finishing with 21pts/13asts/11rbs and Dwight came off the bench to the tune of a 14pt/13rb double-double.

For the Spurs, Dejounta Murray led the way with 18pts/4asts/11rbs. DeMar DeRozan finished with 14pts/5asts/7rbs and LaMarcus Aldridge was held completely in check by the Lakers bigs, finishing with 8pts/5rbs.

Sacramento Kings trounce New York Knicks 113-92

The Knicks were never in this game and David Fizdale put on a master class on how to be a poor basketball coach in today’s NBA. First, he benches Mitchell Robinson for Bobby Portis, completely opening the paint for the Kings De’Aaron Fox to slash at will. Then, even while Mitchell Robinson was the only net positive on the team for most of the game, he limits his minutes. Even more worrisome is the fact that entering the fourth quarter, Fizdale had played star rookie RJ Barrett a total of 34 of the possible 36 minutes he could have possibly played, in a blowout. We were never even close and he chose to keep running the kid into the ground. For a team that spoke so much about their “depth” in the offseason, Fizdale is responsible for ROOKIE RJ BARRETT LEADING THE LEAGUE IN MINUTES. That’s preposterous. To put a little icing on the cake, after the game Fizdale defended RJ’s minutes by saying, “Sprewell averaged 42mins for a season one year”. Oh yeah? I forgot how similar today’s game is to that of the ’90s and early ’00s. Oh, that’s right! It’s completely different now and way more ground is covered. Not to mention the fact that we were all robbed of prime Derrick Rose because numbskull Tom Thibs left him in a game that was all but over. C’mon FIzdale, be smarter or be fired. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 24pts/6asts. Buddy Hield added 22pts/4rbs and Richaun Holmes finished with a 14pt/10rb double-double.

For the Knicks, Marcus Morris led the way with 22pts/5rbs. RJ Barrett added 22pts/3asts/5rbs.

Indiana Pacers beat Chicago Bulls 108-95


Even without Sabonis and Turner, the Pacers made quick work of the Bulls on Sunday night. T.J. Warren led the way for Indy, finishing with 26pts/3asts/5rbs. Malcolm Brogdon added 22pts/7asts/3rbs. and T.J. Lead came off the bench with a 13pt/15rb double-double.

For the Bulls, Wendell Carter Jr finished with a 20pt/10rb double-double and Zach LaVine chipped in 21pts/6rbs.

Miami Heat smash Houston Rockets 129-100


Two things are true: This Miami Heat team is real and this Rockets team is out of wack. Eric Gordon is off to a pathetic start of the year, I wonder if he’s going to get the Melo treatment after 10 games (he won’t because D’Antoni doesn’t have a personal vendetta with him). On a night where Harden eventually got it going, Westbrook took the place of poor shooting and decision making. I mean, this backcourt had 13 turnovers between the two of them. That’s not sustainable to success. I don’t know what has to give, but the Rockets need to figure something out or be doomed to mediocrity for the duration of the season. Duncan Robinson played a mans game for the Heat, finishing with 23pts/6rbs. Jimmy Butler added 18pts/9asts/7rbs and James Johnson made an appearance off the bench, finishing with 17pts/3asts/4rbs. This Heat team is deep and ready to make their mark on the East.

For the Rockets, Harden led the way with 29pts/3asts/4rbs. Chris Clemons added 16pts/3rbs off the bench.

Dallas Mavericks beat Cleveland Cavaliers 131-111

Luka Doncic was sensational once again. It’s to be expected at this point. The second-year magician notched his second straight triple-double, finishing with 29pts/15asts/14rbs. Porzingis added 18pts/9rbs and Jalen Brunson added 14pts/6asts.

For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 29pts/8rbs. Tristan Thompson added 11pts/4asts/12rbs and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 17pts off the bench.

Los Angeles Clippers beat Utah Jazz 105-94


Kawhi Leonard was Mr. Fourth Quarter on Sunday, pouring in 18pts in the period. He led the way for the Clippers, finishing with 30pts/3asts/6rbs. Montrezl Harrell added 19pts/8rbs off the bench and Lou Williams added 17pts/3asts/5rbs off the bench.

For the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell led the way, finishing with 36pts/6asts/5rbs. Rudy Gobert added a 12pt/14rb double-double and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 19pts/4asts/3rbs.


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NBA ROUNDUP: Saturday 11/2/19


(Game of the Night)

Philadelphia Sixers survive Portland Trailblazers 129-128

The Sixers entered the night undefeated and were on a mission to leave undefeated. This wasn’t an easy one, with star Joel Embiid is serving his suspension, but with .4secs remaining on the clock, Furkan Korkmaz drilled a three to lift the Sixers over the Blazers (dealing with their own injuries) and keep the perfect record. Furkan’s game-winner came after the young Anfernee Simons nailed a corner three to give Philly the lead with 2.2secs left. As late as the third quarter Philly found themselves down by at least 20, but utilized their depth to rally back into this game. Al Horford led the way, finishing with 25pts/7asts/5rbs. Ben Simmons added 18pts/8sts/11rbs and Tobias Harris chipped in 23pts/3asts/7rbs.

For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 33pts/9asts/5rbs. Rodney Hood added 25pts before leaving with a knee injury and Mario Hezonja chipped in 11pts/4asts/12rbs.


Oklahoma City Thunder beat New Orleans Pelicans 115-104

Talk about small-ball. With Adams out and Nerlens Noel limited, for stretches of this game the Thunder would trot out Gallinari at center, surrounded by a bevy of guards and smaller wings. And it worked. SGA went off for 23pts/4asts/8rbs. Chris Paul finished with 15pts/9asts and Darius Bazley and Dennis Schroder each dropped 17pts off the bench to lift the Thunder.

For the Pels, Brandon Ingram left the game early after being injured. JJ Redick led the way off the bench with 17pts/3rbs. Jahlil Okafor added a 15pt/12rb double-double and Jrue Holiday added 16pts/6asts/3rbs.


Detroit Pistons beat Brooklyn Nets 113-109

Two words…Andre Drummond. Dude has been playing some outrageous basketball this season, and now has more 20/20 games this season than non-20/20 games. Drummond led the Pistons with a ridiculous stat-line of 25pts/6asts/20rbs3stls/5blks. I had to re-read that twice to make sure I wasn’t typing any typos. Jeez, and mix in the fact that the Pistons are playing some great ball all around, while dealing with a bevy of injuries, and we could have something interesting with this Detroit team. With backcourt injuries to go around, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown started and did not disappoint. Brown finished with 22pts/7asts and Kennard chipped in 24pts/4asts/3rbs.

For the Nets, this team is just missing depth. A lot of the crucial depth they had last year is gone. Hell, every single player that finished the season with a positive on-court net rating is gone. Literally. And sure, chase that star power, but Kyrie just can’t do it alone. Kyrie led the way with a 20pt/10asts/11rb triple-double. Taurean Prince added 20pts and Caris LeVert chipped in 14pts/6rbs.


Denver Nuggets beat Orlando Magic 91-87

Nikola vs Nikola never disappoints. This time, it was Nikola Jokic getting the dub on the road. Jokic finished the game with 20pts/4asts/7rbs. It seemed to start the season he wasn’t really forcing the action looking for his own offense, but sometimes this team will need that from it’s star center, and he took the challenge Saturday night. Jamal Murray added 22pts/4rbs.

For the Magic, Nikola Vucevic finished with 24pts/7rbs. Aaron Gordon added 21pts/3asts.9rbs. Markelle Fultz got his first start of the season, but only finished with 9pts. However, Fultz was a decent enough defender in those minutes and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start some more for this team.


Milwaukee Bucks beat Toronto Raptors 115-105

The Raptors got the best of the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals en route to their first NBA Championship, so the Bucks were clearly looking for revenge. Giannis led the way in dominant fashion, finishing with 36pts/8asts/15rbs. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 14pts/5asts/9rbs and Khris Middleton added 11pts/7asts/4rbs.

For the Raps, Kyle Lowry led the way with 36pts/6asts/4rbs. Marc Gasol added a 10pt/12rb double-double and Pascal Siakam was held relatively quiet before fouling out, finishing with 16pts/5rbs.


Phoenix Suns beat Memphis Grizzlies 114-105

Well, shit. The Suns are 4-2. Aaron Baynes put on his best Steph Curry impression, finishing with a career-high four three’s and 20pts/4asts. Devin Booker added 21pts and Kelly Oubre Jr chipped in 15pts/3asts/4rbs.

For the Grizzlies, Ja Morant led the way with 24pts/7asts/3rbs. Brandon Clarke (a personal favorite of mine) added a 16pt/11rb double-double off the bench and Dillon Brooks chipped in 16pts.


Minnesota Timberwolves beat Washington Wizards 131-109

Poor, poor Bradley Beal. Hey, at least he got that money. Beal dropped 30pts in under 30mins and still got absolutely trounced by the T-wolves. That’s all I gotta say about the Wizards.

For the T-Wolves, they got a solid effort all around without their star Towns. Andrew Wiggins led the way, finishing with 21pts/6asts/5rbs. Robert Covington chipped in 20pts/4rbs Jeff Teague added a 16pt/13ast double-double and rookie Jarrett Culver had the best game of his young career, finishing with 20pts/5rbs off the bench.


Charlotte Hornets beat “Golden State Warriors” 93-87

The casual fan would have no shot at naming the Warriors starting lineup last night, and the diehard fans would have a problem too. This isn’t the Warriors of old. No Steph, no D-Lo, no Draymond, and that’s not to mention all the guys they were already missing from last year. This team is in a pickle though. They are hard capped, so they can’t really add anyone besides league minimum guys. Their best bet at a depth improvement move would be trading someone like D-Lo to clear up space for multiple signings or to net a return of a few depth pieces. The season is basically over out their in the new Chase Center. The Hornets found themselves down at the half (not exactly brimming with talent themselves) but woke up long enough to realize they weren’t playing against the 73-win juggernaut Warriors and put these misfits to bed. Dwayne Bacon led the way with 25pts/6rbs. Terry Rozier added 20pts/7asts/5rbs.

And now for the Warriors, Eric Paschall, of Villanova fame, led the way with 25pts/4rbs. Ky Bowman added 16pts/4asts/7rbs.


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NBA Gameday Preview: Saturday 11/2/19

Disclaimer: All matchup predictions are via ESPN.com

NOLA @ OKC

Game Time: 4:00 PM CT

Following their first victory of the 2019-2020 season, the young Pelicans will be looking to start a win streak of their own against the OKC Thunder. Given both teams now withhold a record of 1-4, they are hoping to capture their second W of the season.

Matchup Predictor: NOLA: 37.1% OKC: 62.9%

Players to watch:

  • Brandon Ingram (NOLA): 26.8 PPG, 51.0 FG%, 8.2 REB
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC): 21.6 PPG, 44.3 FG%, 7.0 REB

BKN @ DET

Start Time: 7:00 PM ET

The Nets are coming off of a HUGE win against the star-studded Houston Rockets and hoping this will carry over to tonight’s matchup. This win proved that Brooklyn doesn’t need a 40-50 piece from Kyrie Irving to win games, so I’m sure they’ll look to spread the love across the board.

Both teams will be coming into a back-to-back after the Detroit Pistons took a hard 112-106 loss in Chicago last night. Andre Drummond finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds, but the outside shooting from the squad was horrendous (20%).

Matchup Predictor: BKN: 44.7% DET: 55.3%

Players to watch:

  • Kyrie Irving (BKN): 32.6 PPG, 46.2 FG%, 7.0 AST
  • Andre Drummond (DET): 21.7 PPG, 60.7 FG%, 18.5 REB

DEN @ ORL

Game Start: 7:00 PM EST on NBATV

Both of these squads are coming off of very disappointing losses with hopes of turning things around.

The Nuggets have now faced back-to-back losses, bringing their record to 3-2. On the bright side, Nugget fans got their first glimpse of Michael Porter Jr. They will be hoping to see more of the young talent on the floor tonight.

Matchup Predictor: DEN: 51.1% ORL: 42.9%

Players to watch:

  • Jamal Murray (DEN): 17.8 PPG, 41.9 FG%, 5 REB
  • Evan Fournier (ORL): 18.0 PPG, 48.6 FG%, 3.4 REB

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TOR @ MIL

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST

Matchup Predictor: TOR: 33.1% MIL: 66.9%

Players to watch:

  • Pascal Siakam (TOR): 28.0 PPG, 51% FG%, 9.2 REB
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL): 24.8 PPG, 56.1 FG%, 13.6 REB

PHX @ MEM

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST

Matchup Predictor: PHX: 56.9% MEM: 43.1%

Players to watch:

  • Devin Booker: 24.4 PPG, 47.4 FG% , 6.0 AST
  • Ja Morant: 17.5 PPG, 50.0 FG%, 5.0 AST

MIN @ WSH

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST

Matchup Predictor: MIN: 50.5% WSH: 49.6%

Players to watch:

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN): 27.3 PPG, 54.4 FG%, 11.5 REB
  • Bradley Beal (WSH): 26.8 PPG, 39.1 FG%, 7.8 AST

CHA @ GSW

Game Time: 8:30 EST

Matchup Predictor: CHA: 25.3% GSW: 74.7%

Players to watch

  • Devonte’ Graham (CHA): 16.4 PPG, 45 FG%, 7.6 AST
  • Draymond Green (GSW): 9.4 PPG, 7.8 REB, 5.2 AST

PHI @ POR

Game Time: 9:00 PM CT on NBATV

Matchup Predictor: PHI: 50.3% POR: 49.7%

Players to watch:

  • Joel Embiid: 23.3 PPG, 51.1 FG%, 10.3 REB
  • Damian Lillard: 29.2 PPG, 44.4 FG%, 7.6 AST

NBA ROUNDUP: Friday 11/1/19

Los Angeles Lakers overcome Dallas Mavericks 119-110

(Game of the Night)

Man, what a game this was. A back-and-forth battle all night long, keeping my eyes glued to the screen.

Danny Green forced overtime with a buzzer-beating three (on a play where Dwight Howard got away with a clear holding on Seth Curry) and then the stars took over in the extra period. The two Lakers stars, James and Davis, fueled a 10-0 run that put the young Mavs to bed. LeBron James had a monstrous 39pt/16asts/12rb triple-double. Anthony Davis added 31pts/8rbs and Danny Green chipped in 14pts.

For the Mavs, Luka Doncic matched LeBron’s pace for pace with a trip-dub of his own, finishing with 31pts/15asts/13rbs. Per ESPN, the duo becomes the youngest and oldest pairing for two players with triple-doubles in the same game. Kristaps Porzingis added 16pts/9rbs.

Boston Celtics outlast New York Knicks 104-102

With 1.3 seconds remaining on the clock, Jayson Tatum smacked in a game-winning jumper to lift the Celtics against the Knicks for their fourth straight victory. Tatum finished with 24pts/3asts/6rbs. Kemba Walker led the way with 33pts/5asts/6rbs and Gordon Hayward added 13pts/4asts/9rbs.

The Knicks lost another tough game on the season and now stand at 1-5. The hard part is, they could easily be 5-1. This team has shown a willingness to defend and rally that a Knicks team hasn’t shown in a while. In all but one game (the first meeting against the Celtics last Saturday), the Knicks were either leading or within a possession of tying in the final minutes. Part of these problems can be attributed to a group of guys getting to know each other and building chemistry, but some of this has to fall on the coaching and what plays to draw up. Nevertheless, this Knicks team is going to be annoying for opposing teams to play all season, because they absolutely bring it on the defensive end, which for a Knicks fan, is a beautiful sight. Marcus Morris led the way with 29pts/3asts/9rbs. RJ Barrett added 15pts/5asts/7rbs.

Brooklyn Nets beat Houston Rockets 123-116

LOL. What in the world happened to Harden’s shot? He shot 2-16 from three in this game and is now shooting a cartoonish 20% on the season from deep. It’s almost as if all those ridiculous, integrity damning one-legged shots he practiced over the summer broke his real shot, which is hilarious. Three Nets starters finished with 20pts or more. Taurean Prince led the way, with 27pts/12rbs. Caris LeVert added 25pts/4asts/4rbs and Kyrie Irving chipped in 22pts/10asts/4rbs.

For the Rockets, James Harden (despite his hilarious shooting woes) finished with 36pts/8asts/5rbs. Thankfully he is still a master at manipulating the free throw line and hit 14-15 threes. Russell Westbrook added 27pts/8asts/7rbs.

Indiana Pacers Defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-95

Malcolm Brogdon has been spectacular for the Pacers since the beginning of the season and he’s done it all while minimizing mistakes and not turning the ball over. The former Rookie of the Year was often overlooked cast beside Giannis in Milwaukee. However, in a larger role you can see the talent in this kid, and you can imagine what a duo he will be with a healthy Oladipo. Brogdon led the way for the Pacers, finishing with 25pts/6asts/8rbs. Jeremy Lamb added a 21pt/10rb double-double and Domantas Sabonis chipped in an 18pt/17rb double-double.

For the Cavs, Kevin Love led the way with 22pts/4asts/17rbs. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to the tune of 20pts/5asts and Collin Sexton finished with 21pts/3rbs.

Milwaukee Bucks trounce Orlando Magic 123-91

The Magic came out rolling, starting off with a 20-7 lead. After that? The Bucks answered with a 40-9 run of their own and there was no going back. Giannis led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 29pts/6asts/14rbs. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18pts/6asts/6rbs and Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to the tune of 14pts/3asts/3rbs.

For the Magic, Evan Fournier led the way with 19pts/4rbs.

Chicago Bulls beat Detroit Pistons 112-106

Zach Lavine led the way, finishing with 26pts/3asts/5rbs. Otto Porter Jr chipped in 22pts/4asts/6rbs and Wendell Carter Jr added a 16pt/11rb double-double.

For the Pistons, Andre Drummond finished with a ridiculous 25pt/24rb double-double. Derrick Rose came to play against his former team, finishing with 23pts/7asts. Luke Kennard added 15pts/4asts/3rbs.

Sacramento Kings beat Utah Jazz 102-101

The Luke Walton Kings have finally won an NBA game!! Harrison Barnes scored off an offensive rebound with 2.9secs remaining to lift the Kings over the Jazz. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings, finishing with 25pts/4asts/5rbs. Buddy Hield added 18pts/5rbs and Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to the tune of 14pts.

For the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24pts/4rbs. Mike Conley added 19pts/4asts/4rbs and Rudy Gobert chipped in a 15pt/16rb double-double.

San Antonio Spurs beat Golden State Warriors 127-110

Patty Mills torched the Warriors off the bench, finishing with 31pts/3rbs. Rudy Gay added 16pts/6rbs off the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22pts/8rbs.

The Warriors did what they could without Curry, but fell short once again. D-Lo led the way with 30pts/8asts/3rbs. Jordan Poole added 20pts and Damion Lee came off the bench to the tune of 16pts/4rbs.


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NBA Gameday Preview: 11/1/19

NY @ BOS

The New York Knicks will now get their rematch with Boston after falling to them 118-95 in last Saturday’s outing.

Following the loss, the Knicks bounced back strong with a come-from-behind 105-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls. The squad then traveled to Orlando on Wednesday, losing 95-83. Look for Coach David Fizadale to change up the game-plan by instituting Frank Ktilikina into the starting lineup.

The Celtics are looking to capitalize once again on the young Knicks, especially coming off of a three-game winning streak.

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST

HOU @ BKN

Two of the leagues’ top scorers will go head-to-head in this matchup, with James Harden (36.8 PPG) and Kyrie Irving (35.3 PPG) looking to get the W.

Harden will be coming off of a miraculous 59 point game while shooting 18-32(56%) from the field. With the recent struggles from the field in the Rocket’s first three games, Harden will be hoping Wednesday nights hot-streak will carry over.

On the other hand, Kyrie will be looking for Brooklyn’s first W since playing the New York Knicks last Friday.

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on ESPN

CLE @ IND

The Pacers will be very happy to be back in Indiana against the Cavaliers coming off a 3 game road trip. The squad will be coming off of their first victory of the season (1-3) against the Brooklyn Nets, looking to start a win streak of their own.

The Cavs, who have already defeated Indiana once this season, will be coming off a hard-fought 117-111 W against the Chicago Bulls.

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST

MIL @ ORL

DET @ CHI

LAL @ DAL

UTAH @ SAC

SA @ GS

NBA ROUNDUP 10/31/19

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(Game of the Night)

San Antonio Spurs beat Los Angeles Clippers 103-96

Looks like load management paid off big for Kawhi Leonard. I know, I know. A lot of people are going to gripe about Kawhi’s rest over the course of the season. However, Toronto laid the blueprint. The Raptors gave Leonard frequent rest last year, the move paid dividends throughout the playoffs, where a rested Leonard was utterly dominant. More so, Leonard was able to push through some of those nagging injuries we saw during the playoffs last year, something that might not have been possible had he didn’t receive rest during the season. On Thursday, Kawhi led the way for the Clippers, finishing with a 38pt/12rb double-double against the team that started his career. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to the tune of 24pts/4rbs and Lou Williams chipped in 12pts/5asts.

For the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 29pts/7rbs. The only other player to finish the game in double-digits for the Spurs was Derrick White, with 20pts/5rbs off the bench. This marked the Spurs first loss of the season, after starting 3-0.


Miami Heat beat Atlanta Hawks 106-97

The Heat were able to beat the Hawks without Trae Young, once again. Kendrick Nunn continues his rise in the NBA. He now has the third most points scored to start NBA career in the last 25years and the fifth most threes through the first five games. If Nunn continues the pace he is on, he will make an extremely strong case to be the first ever undrafted rookie to win Rookie of the Year. The willingness of his coach and his teammates has been the deciding factor. They let him takeover and do his thing, and that type of empowerment can go a long way in boosting a players confidence. Nunn led the way for the Heat with 28pts. Jimmy Butler did a little bit of everything, finishing with 5pts/11asts/9rbs/6stls. Tyler Herro came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/3asts/4rbs.

For the Hawks, Jabari Parker led the way off the bench, finishing with 23pts/8rbs. Deandre Bembry had a near triple-double, finishing with 18pts/8asts/10rbs.


New Orleans Pelicans beat Denver Nuggets 122-107

The Pelicans earned their first win of the season Thursday night. Jahlil Okafor led the charge, pounding his way to 26pts/5rbs. He looked the part of who many thought he would be coming out of Duke, scoring 20pts in the second half and going to the line a career-high 13times, with 10 makes. He also handled his assignment of Jokic very well, following the teams defensive scheme against the star center. Perhaps the big-man is taking a turn in New Orleans. Brandon Ingram continues his strong start to the season, finishing with 25pts/5asts/3rbs. Frank Jackson came off the bench to hit four threes and finish with 21pts/3rbs.

For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr made his NBA debut, and score 15pts/4rbs off the bench. Jerami Grant added 14pts/4rbs and Jamal Murray finished with 14pts/6asts/3rbs.


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