NBA Gameday Preview: 10/31/19

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MIA @ ATL

Following Tuesday’s 97-112 loss in Miami, the Hawks will face off with the Heat again without star point guard Trae Young due to an ankle injury. Stopping Jimmy Butler will be the main focus for Atlanta, given he dropped a smooth 21 in Tuesday’s matchup.

Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn has been by far the biggest surprise this season, scoring a total of 84 points in his first four games, the most in Heat history. Expect to see Nunn try to put on a show with the game being broadcast nationally on TNT!

Game Time: 7:00 pm EST on TNT

DEN @ NO

The Denver Nuggets will travel to New Orleans to face off with the young Pelicans. The Pelicans are still winless by starting out the season 0-4, while the Nuggets are 3-1.

After a dominant defensive start to the season giving up only 100.3 points in their first 3 games, the Nuggets fell to the Dallas Mavericks 109-106 on Tuesday’s matchup at home. They’re hoping to bounce back strong against the struggling Pelicans in New Orleans.

Game Time: 9:30 EST on TNT

SA @ LAC

Arguably the game of the night, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers will go against the undefeated San Antonio Spurs in LA.

Following sitting out Wednesday nights loss against the Jazz, Kawhi is looking to take down his former team. Although many would say the Clippers are still the favorites out of the West, their record may say otherwise(3-2). Yes, it’s very early and way too hard to tell but as of right now, their main focus will be to take down DeMar Derozan and the Spurs.

Game Time: 10:30 EST

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NBA ROUNDUP 10/29/19

By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)

Dallas Mavericks beat Denver Nuggets 109-106

This Dallas team has sneaky depth. Give Denver some credit, they held Dallas’ two star players in check, but couldn’t overcome the rest of the Mavs. The Mavericks finished the game with a whopping NINE players in double-digits. Maxi Kleber led the way for the lot of them, finishing with 14pts/7rbs. Tim Hardaway Jr added 14 off the bench and Kristaps Porzingis finished with a 10pt/14rb double-double.


For the Nuggets, Paul Millsap led the way with 23pts/8rbs. Nikola Jokic chipped in a 10pt/10asts/10rb double-double and Will Barton added a 19pt/11rb double-double.


Miami Heat beat Atlanta Hawks 112-97

Trae Young left the game after only 11 minutes with an ankle sprain. X-rays came back negative and the Hawks believe the injury isn’t serious, but will be cautious with their star player. Jimmy Butler made his anticipated debut for the Heat, finishing with 21pts/5rbs. Tyler Herro was moved to the bench to make room for Butler and chopped to the tune of 29pts/7rbs. Goran Dragic added 21pts/3asts/3rbs off the bench and Bam Adebayo added a 17pt/10rb double-double. This Heat team has top three seed in the East written all over it, remember that.


For the Hawks, John Collins had it going all night, finishing with 30pts/4asts/7rbs. The only other player to finish with double-digits in the scoring column was Jabari Parker, with 12pts off the bench. It’s interesting when star point-guards go down how the entire team is affected. This Hawks team looked completely different following Trae Young’s departure, he’s really the engine to that team.


Los Angeles Lakers smash Memphis Grizzlies 120-91

Anthony Davis looked amazing, and set the Lakers franchise record for made free throws in a single game (26). The star forward led the Lakers with a ridiculous 40pts/20rbs/2blks. LeBron James added 23pts/8asts and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope came off the bench to the tune of 13pts/3asts/6rbs.


For the Grizzlies, Jonas Valanciunas led the action, finishing with a 14pt/11rb double-double. Ja Morant chipped in 16pts/3rbs.


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NBA ROUNDUP 10/28/19

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(Game of the Night)

Philadelphia Sixers beat Atlanta Hawks 105-103

Joel Embiid returned to the Sixers yesterday in dominant fashion. The Philly big man finished with 36pts/5asts/13rbs/3stls and hit the game-winning free throws with five seconds in the game. The Sixers have now moved to 3-0 to start the year with their re-tooled roster. Josh Richardson added 14pts/3asts/5rbs and Ben Simmons chipped in 13pts/6asts/6rbs.


For the Hawks, Trae Young was marvelous once again, finishing with 25pts/9asts/4rbs and John Collins added 16pts/8rbs.


New York Knicks beat Chicago Bulls 105-98

LET’S GO KNICKS, BABY!!!!!!!! The Knicks picked up their first win of the season in comeback fashion. The Bulls were ahead 98-90 when David Fizdale called a timeout with three minutes to go. After that? The young Knicks rallied and went on a 15-0 run, pitching a shutout to ice the game. Bobby Portis was fantastic since the moment he entered the game, looking a lot more like he did last year on Washington. He finished with 28pts/11rbs in the win against the team that drafted him. RJ Barrett was spectacular again, finishing with 19pts/5asts/15rbs. Julius Randle added 13pts/5asts/14rbs.


For the Bulls, Zach LaVine led the way with 21pts/3asts/5rbs. Wendell Carter Jr added a 20pt/10rb double-double and Lauri Markkanen finished with 18pts/6rbs.


Prayer to Dennis Smith Jr of the Knicks, he missed the game last night as he is out dealing with the death of a family member.

Detroit Pistons beat Indiana Pacers 96-94

The Pacers have started the season 0-3. Obviously it’s too early to panic, but this team seems to have lost its identity. The Pistons move to 2-2, with both of their wins coming against the Pacers. Andre Drummond led the way with an 18pt/18rb double-double. Christian Wood came off the bench with a double-double of his own, finishing with 19pts/12rbs and Derrick Rose added 10pts/6asts off the bench.


For the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis led the way with a 21pt/14rb double-double. TJ Warren added 19pts/5rbs.

Toronto Raptors beat Orlando Magic 104-95

The Raptors did not disappoint while they wore their throwback dino unis. The Magic rallied late, but this game was never in serious jeopardy of being turned over to them. Kyle Lowry led the way for the champs, finishing with 26pts/6asts/5rbs. Pascal Siakam added 24pts/3asts/9rbs and Fred VanVleet chipped in 14pts/6asts/5rbs.


For the Magic, Jonathan Isaac led the way with 24pts/7rbs. Evan Fournier added 18pts/4rbs.

Milwaukee Bucks beat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-112

Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 21pts/8rbs. Giannis added 14pts/7asts/10rbs and George Hill came off the bench to the tune of 19pts/3asts/8rbs.


For the Cavs, Collin Sexton led the way with 18pts/3rbs. Tristan Thompson added 17pts/4asts/13rbs and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to the tune of 17pts/4asts.

Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 134-123

The Dubs bounced back against the Pelicans after their rout against the Thunder. For the first win of the season, Steph curry led the way with 26pts/11asts/3rbs. D-Lo added 24pts/8asts/7rbs and Draymond Green chipped in a triple-double, finishing with 16pts/10asts/17rbs.


The Pelicans now move to 0-4 on the season, despite having a much better roster than last year. Coach Alvin Gentry even sounded a little despondent, remarking about how the Pelicans never even had a chance to win. Brandon Ingram led the way with 27pts/6asts/10rbs. Jaxson Hayes added 19pts/3rbs off the bench.

Houston Rockets beat Oklahoma City Thunder 116-112

Chris Paul returned to Houston for the first time since the trade that sent him to OKC and brought Russ to Houston. Something tells me this game is going to be much more emotional when the city is reversed. Nobody knew what to expect from Russ. Russ is always cold on the court, before and after games, rarely even acknowledging his former teammates. That same competitive spirit is what makes him such a respected player around the league. However, on Monday night things were different. I mean, they HAD to be different. Russ spent the first 11 years of his illustrious, stat-filled career with the Thunder, and he acknowledged his respect for the organization by greeting everyone on their side before the game, and then entering their locker room after the game to mingle once again. This just reminds everyone that there’s zero ill will with that trade. Both parties recognized what had to be done for both parties to move forward, and there will always be a lot of love there. James Harden led the way with 40pts/7asts/3rbs. Russ fell on assist shy of a trip-dub, finishing with 21pts/9asts/12rbs.


For the Thunder, SGA led the way with 22pts/4asts/9rbs and Dennis Schroder came off the bench to the tune of 22pts/7asts/5rbs.

San Antonio Spurs beat Portland Trailblazers 113-110

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Spurs, finishing with 27pts/7rbs. Derrick White came off the bench to the tune of 21pts/3asts/5rbs and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15pts/3asts/7rbs.


For the Blazers, Damian Lillard is just an unreal basketball player. When all seemed lost, he nearly willed his team to victory, even scoring 18 straight for the Blazers to erase a huge lead in the fourth. He finished the game with 28pts/7asts/9rbs. CJ McCollum added 27pts/5asts/3rbs.

Denver Nuggets beat Sacramento Kings 101-94

Well, last year was a fun little fantasy world where the Kings looked like a bright up and coming team. Now, the Kings are shit again, being guided by the inept Luke Walton. The Nuggets almost blew their lead, but stood fast to beat the Kings and remain undefeated. Jamal Murray led the way, finishing with 18pts/3asts/4rbs. Gary Harris added 17pts/4rbs and Nikola Jokic added 9pts/13rbs.


For the Kings, Richaun Holmes led the way off the bench with a 24pt/13rb double-double. De-Aaron Fox added 20pts/9asts.

Utah Jazz beat Phoenix Suns 96-95

It took a free throw by Spida Mitchell with .4secs left on the clock to ice the game over the Suns. The Suns have honestly looked like a better team under the guidance of Monty Williams. The season is still young, but I expect the Suns won’t be the mockery they have been for the last few years. I don’t think they will make the playoffs, but they certainly will be respectable (think last years Hawks team). Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 29pts/5rbs. Donovan Mitchell added 25pts and Rudy Gobert chipped in a 15pt/18rb double-double.


For the Suns, Devin Booker led the way with 21pts/3rbs. Kelly Oubre Jr added 18pts/3asts/3rbs and Jevon Carter came off the bench to add 15pts/3asts/4rbs.

Los Angeles Clippers beat Charlotte Hornets 111-96

Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers, finishing with 30pts/6asts/7rbs. Lou Will came off the bench to the tune of 23pts/4asts/4rbs and Montrezl Harrell added 19pts/7rbs off the bench to secure the win.


For the Hornets, Terry Rozier led the way, finishing with 17pts/3rbs. Cody Zeller added a 14pt/13rb double-double and Devonte Graham added a 14pt/11ast double-double off the bench.


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The Miami Heat’s First Week In Review

The Miami Heat have started their season off 2-1 without their star Jimmy Butler.

The big news to come out before the first game is that the undrafted rookie, out of Oakland, Kendrick Nunn was to start even if Butler was playing. At the time that drew a lot of questions however everyone in Miami now knows why; as the rookie is averaging 22.3 PPG while shooting 51.9% from the field and 42.1% behind the arc. Nunn isn’t the only unknown undrafted rookie to make an impact on this new-look Miami team. Chris Silva brings hustle, and heart to the team that has many comparing him to Heat legend Udonis Haslem. Silva is not only hustle he is also productive as he has a PER of 28.25 and he leads Miami in blocks with 1.7 per game. Miami impressed in week one in the win over Memphis and a road win in Milwaukee. Miami’s week 2 schedule has them facing Atlanta twice in two days and it also contains a trip to Houston. We’ll see if Miami can build on a good start especially with the likely return of Jimmy Butler.

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NBA Power Rankings Week 1

By: Justin Girshon

(Written before the start of games played on Monday, October 28th).

1. Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers have started the season off hot! After a big offseason acquiring Josh Richardson and Al Horford, the 76ers have so far lived up to the hype. The Sixers started the year off strong by defeating the Celtics and Pistons en route to a 2-0 record. So far, Tobias Harris is the teams leading scorer at 22 points per game, Ben Simmons is the teams top passer at 9.5 assists per game, and Joel Embiid 13 rebounds per game (only played one game due to ankle injury).

2. Denver Nuggets

After being eliminated in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in the 2019 playoffs, the Nuggets retained their main core of players for the 2019-2020 NBA season. So far, the Nuggets have started off strong by defeating the Trail Blazers and Suns leading them to a 2-0 record. To start off the season, Nikola Jokic has looked like an MVP. Jokic is the Nuggets leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, top passer at 7 assists per game and top rebounder at 13.5 rebounds per game.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

After a HUGE offseason acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers immediately became Finals contenders. Although Paul George is currently out until at least some point until November, the Clippers are still very well built around Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers started the year strong with a statement win against LeBron and the Lakers. The Clippers then proceeded to beat the reigning Western Conference Champion, Golden State Warriors. Although the Clippers started off the year strong, the team unexpectedly lost to the Suns who are nowhere near as good as them. Kawhi leonard hasn’t skipped a beat since winning NBA Finals MVP starting the 2019-2020 NBA season at an MVP level. So far, Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring at 26 points per game, Kawhi Leonard is the teams top passer at 8 assists per game, and Patrick Beaverly is the teams top rebounder at 7 rebounds per game.

4. Milwaukee Bucks

After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2019 Playoffs, the Bucks resigned Khris Middelton and Brook Lopez. The Bucks defeated the Rockets in their first game of the season but then blew a 21 point lead in a loss to the Heat. Although the Bucks are only 1-1, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing at an MVP level. Giannis is so far averaging a triple double with 29.5 points per game, 10 assists per game, and 15 rebounds per game. Giannis leads the team in scoring, assists, and rebounding.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

After a blockbuster offseason trade to acquire Anthony Davis and LeBron James returning to full health, the Lakers are primed to make an NBA Finals run. Although the Lakers dropped their first game of the season to the Clippers, they responded with wins against the Jazz and Hornets. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have played well together averaging a combined 48.8 points per game, 13.3 assists per game, and 17.7 rebounds per game. Anthony Davis leads all scorers at 25 points per game and rebounders at 10 rebounds per game. LeBron James is the team leader in assists at 10 assists per game.

6. Utah Jazz

After acquiring Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Jazz made it clear that they will be NBA Finals contenders. The Jazz have started the season 2-1 defeating the Thunder and Kings and losing to the Lakers (Bogdanovic didn’t play due to injury). The Jazz currently have the best defense in the NBA and will certainly take pride in their defense all season long. To start the season, Donovan Mitchell is the leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, Mike Conley is the assist leader at 5.3 assists per game, and Rudy Gobert leads the team in rebounding at 9.7 rebounds per game.

7. Portland Trail Blazers

After being swept in the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 playoffs, the Trail Blazers have a chip on their shoulder. The Trail Blazers acquired tenacious rebounder Hassan Whiteside this past offseason while retaining their main core of players. After an opening night loss, the Trail Blazers have responded well with two straight wins. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have proved themselves as a dynamic backcourt by averaging 53.7 points per game. Lillard leads the team in scoring and assists with 31.7 points and 6 assists per game. Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounding at 14 rebounds per game

8. Boston Celtics

In a crazy offseason, the Celtics have still put together a good enough roster to contend in the Eastern Conference. Although Kyrie Irving and Al Horford walked in free agency, the Celtics were able to retain their young core while adding Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter. The Celtics started the season off on the wrong foot by getting destroyed by the 76ers but have responded well with two straight wins. Kemba Walker has led the team in scoring with 22 points per game. Marcus Smart leads the team with 5 assists per game. Jayson Tatum leads the team in rebounds with 9.3 rebounds per game.

9. Toronto Raptors

After winning the 2019 NBA Finals, the Raptors will look to defend their title during the 2019-2020 season. Although Kawhi Leonard departed during free agency, the Raptors still have a solid core built around Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet and company. The Raptors are 2-1 with a close loss to the Celtics. Fred VanVleet is continuing to stay hot from the Finals as he’s averaging 19.3 points per game. Pascal Siakam currently leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 28.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry leads the team in assists with 7 assists per game.

10. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have started the year an unexpected 3-0. The Timberwolves are playing extremely well thanks to franchise player, Karl-Anthony Towns. In their first three games, the Timberwolves have defeated the Nets, Hornets, and Heat. The team is so far being led by Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and their defense. Towns and Wiggins are averaging a combined 52.7 points and 19.3 rebounds per game. Towns is leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 32 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Shabazz Napier currently leads the team with 6 assists per game.

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11. Houston Rockets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Miami Heat

14. Atlanta Hawks

15. Dallas Mavericks

16. Phoenix Suns

17. Brooklyn Nets

18. Orlando Magic

19. Golden State Warriors

20. Oklahoma City Thunder

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21. Memphis Grizzlies

22. New Orleans Pelicans

23. Detroit Pistons

24. Chicago Bulls

25. Washington Wizards

26. Sacramento Kings

27. Indiana Pacers

28. Cleveland Cavaliers

29. Charlotte Hornets

30. New York Knicks

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NBA ROUNDUP 10/27/19

By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)

Portland Trailblazers beat Dallas Mavericks 121-119

-Damian Lillard sealed the game for the Blazers. He nailed an acrobatic layup with 26seconds remaining the game, and then implored his coach to challenge a foul called on him that would have sent Dorian Finney-Smith to the line. The Blazers won the challenge, and then won the tip ball, even though they were down to no remaining big men to jump with Kristaps Porzingis (Zach Collins left with injury and Hassan Whiteside fouled out). CJ McCollum led the way, finishing with 35pts/4asts/6rbs. Damian Lillard added 28pts/5asts/3rbs and Rodney Hood chipped in 20pts/6rbs.

-For the Mavs, KP was sensational, finishing with 32pts/5asts/9rbs/2blks. Luka Doncic added 29pts/9asts/12rbs.

Minnesota Timberwolves beat Miami Heat 116-109

-The Miami Heat were in this game through much of it, despite a sloppy first quarter. That is until Andrew Wiggins went from lackadaisical loser to Prime TMac in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins hit shot after shot, nailing four three pointers in the final six minutes of the game. He led the team in scoring, finishing with 25pts/6rbs (Who’s laughing now Jimmy Butler?). Karl-Anthony Towns added 23pts/4asts/11rbs and Jeff Teague chipped in 21pts/8asts.

-For the Heat, they continue to battle through adversity and being short manned. Without Jimmy Butler. Derrick Jones Jr, and to a lesser extent Dion Waiters and James Johnson, they have had to rely on younger players who definitely look the part of NBA talent. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn was great again, finishing with 25pts/4rbs. Duncan Robinson came off the bench with 21pts and Justice Winslow finished the game with 20pts/6asts/8rbs.

Oklahoma City Thunder clap Golden State Warriors 120-92

-Yikes, lol. The Warriors were thoroughly embarrassed by this random glued together Thunder team, being held to a measly 37pts in the first half. Don’t go throwing a pity party though. This is still a team that has THREE ALL-STARS. I don’t care who they lost in free agency or to injury, some teams don;t even have one All-Star. If you have that much star power and a coach who is considered one of the better ones in the NBA, you have to figure it out. Time will tell.

-For the Thunder, Dennis Schroder led the way off the bench, finishing with 22pts/6asts/8rbs. Danilo Gallinari added 21pts and SGA finished with 19pts/4asts/9rbs.

-For the Warriors, Steph Curry finished with 23pts/5asts/8rbs. No other player scored more than 10pts. D-Lo, however, was ejected after playing only 22mins after getting in the refs face, aggressively.

Memphis Grizzlies beat Brooklyn Nets 134-133 in OT

-Ja Morant has his fingerprints all over this Memphis victory. The rookie scored 17pts in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying field goal. He then ran to the other end to block what would have been Kyrie’s game-winning shot. Then, in OT, Ja set up Jae Crowder beautifully to hit the game-winning three-pointer. The rookie led the team with 30pts/9asts/4rbs. Jonas Valanciunas added 16pts/4asts/11rbs and Dillon Brooks chipped in 21pts.

-For the Nets, Kyrie Irving led the way with 37pts/7asts/7rbs. Caris LeVert added 27pts/5asts/4rbs.

Los Angeles Lakers beat Charlotte Hornets 120-101

-Winning heals all. Just ask Dwight Howard, who found himself on the cheering end of the LA fans, after spurning them so many years ago. He finished the game with 16pts/10rbs/4blks. Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers, with 29pts/3asts/14rbs/3blks, including 16pts in the first quarter. LeBron James added 20pts/12asts/6rbs.

-For the Hornets, Miles Bridges led the way, finishing with 23pts/3asts/6rbs. Cody Zeller added 19pts/14rbs and Terry Rozier chipped in 19pts/4asts/6rbs.

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NBA ROUNDUP 10/26/19

By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)

Miami Heat outlast Milwaukee Bucks in OT 131-126

-Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo forced OT, but the Bucks couldn’t hold on as the Heat got the upset win without star Jimmy Butler. The Heat continue to trust their rookie backcourt in Herro and Nunn, but it was Dragic who was the catalyst off the bench. Dragic torched the Bucks to the tune of 25pts/8asts/6rbs. Bam Adebayo had one of his best career games, finishing with 19pts/8asts/13rbs. Kendrick Nunn was impressive again before fouling out, finishing with 18pts/5asts/4rbs. It’ll be interesting to see how good this Miami team will be, but they have all the elements of a top-seeded team in the East. A star player in Jimmy Butler, hard-nosed defense, and plenty of three point shooters, not to mention a great coach in Erik Spoelstra.

-For the Bucks, Giannis led the way with 29pts/9asts/17rbs. Khris Middleton added 25pts/3asts/4rbs and Kyle Korver finished with 14pts off the bench.

Philadelphia Sixers beat Detroit Pistons 117-111

-The Pistons really let this one go. Granted, they were without key players once again, but they were up big in the third quarter before letting the Sixers dice them up with cut after cut. Besides that, Detroit couldn’t seem to hit any of their free throws to keep the game within a scores reach, missing fifteen total on the game.

-Tobias Harris led the way for a Sixers team missing Joel Embiid. He finished with 29pts/7rbs. Al Horford added 23pts/5asts/9rbs and Mike Scott came off the bench torching with five three’s and 17pts. Ben Simmons added 13pts/10asts/4rbs. Horford was the catalyst for the Sixers for much of the third quarter helping them climb back into this game.

-The Pistons beat themselves this game, but there’s a lot of positive signs about this team. For one, they’re well-coached and have a roster capable of upsetting teams. They’re still without Blake Griffin and are now missing Reggie Jackson as well. The story-line most worth watching is without a doubt Derrick Rose. He’s playing well enough to be a starter. There’s some merit to having his scoring off the bench, but perhaps a flip-flop of him and Reggie could add some more scoring to the starting unit, and help Reggie Jackson get himself right by going up against bench units. Derrick Rose led the way for the Pistons, finishing with 31pts/3asts/3rbs. Andre Drummond added a 13pt/12rb double-double.

Boston Celtics embarrass New York Knicks 118-95

-Things unraveled quickly for the Knickerbockers. They found themselves up by five at the half and then the Celtics just took over in the third quarter. It all seemingly came apart when Dennis Smith Jr. was reinserted back into the game after an absolutely terrible showing in the first half. Bricked shot after bricked shot, turnover after turnover, and mindless foul after mindless foul. In one sequence, Smith Jr. completely abandoned an easy layup attempt to turn around and jack a hitched three point shot into the air. At that point, the Garden crowd erupted with a chorus of boos and chants for Frank Ntilikina. After that, the poor play and boos sapped the life out of this Knicks team and the Celtics executed them.

-Kemba Walker torched his hometown team to the tune of 32pts/4asts/5rbs. Jaylen Brown added 19pts/4rbs and Jayson Tatum finished with 15pts/9rbs. Grant Williams was a factor outside of the stat sheet. He registered 7pts/3stls/2blks, but was a menace all over the court with game altering defense. The Celtics have a really nice versatile defender in the rookie.

-For the Knicks, RJ Barrett is clearly the teams best player. I think his teammates need to just accept that now and fall into the roles they’ve played for their entire careers. A lot of the guys on this team are trying to prove they are THE guy now, when they;ve been role players their whole careers. Even with the pissing contest, RJ Barrett still stands out as the best player through the first three games. He is constantly the catalyst behind the Knicks comebacks, he plays hard on both ends and you can tell by watching him he is THE guy. Barrett finished with 26pts/3asts/7rbs. The only other bright spot for the team was Mitchell Robinson, with 17pts/6rbs/3blks. Even with Mitch though, his early foul trouble continues to be a problem for the young center, especially with the Knicks not having another true center on the roster.

Atlanta Hawks beat Orlando Magic 103-99

-A battle between two of the upstart bright teams in the East did not disappoint, and the Hawks earned the edge behind Trae Young’s performance. He led the way for the Hawks, carrying the team with 39pts/9asts/7rbs. The only other two players on the team to finish with double digits in scoring were Jabari Parker and Kevin Huerter, who each had 10 off the bench.

-The Magic were absolutely DREADFUL from deep, converting only 16% of their three-pt shots. Amazingly enough, they only lost by four. Just goes to show if they hit at least AVERAGE from deep they would’ve won this game easily. Evan Fournier led the team in scoring with 23pts. but was 1-6 from three himself. Nikola Vucevic added a 16pt/10rb double-double

Houston Rockets beat New Orleans Pelicans 126-123

-Russell Westbrook posted his first triple-double as a Rocket, the 139th of his career. If that number isn’t staggering enough to think about on it’s own, he passed Magic Johnson for second on the all-time list for triple-doubles. Staring up at Oscar Robertson at 181, Russ should be #1 on that list sometime early next season (highly unlikely he notches 43 in the next 80 games). Besides the triple-double fun, Russ led the charge with two clutch free-throws to give the Rockets a three point cushion against a surprisingly tough Pelicans team, with six seconds remaining. He finished the game with 28pts/13asts/10rbs. James Harden added 29pts/5asts/4rbs.

-Don’t look now, but if Ingram keeps this pace he could be staring at a Most Improved Player trophy in June. The young forward led the way for his new team, finishing with 35pts/5asts/15rbs. Josh Hart added 23pts and Lonzo Ball finished with an 18pt/10ast double-double. This Pelicans team is pretty fun, and only looking to get better once they get Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson back.

Toronto Raptors blast Chicago Bulls 108-84

-Chicago couldn’t get it done against the reigning champs in their home opener. They were in it during the beginning of the game, but when Otto Porter Jr left during the second quarter to receive stitches, the Raps pulled away and there was no looking back. Pascal Siakam continues to carry the load for the Raps, he led the way with 19pts/4asts/6rbs. Serge Ibaka came off the bench to the tune of 18pts/7rbs and OG Anunoby added 17pts/6rbs.

-For the Bulls, Wendell Carter Jr led the way with a 12pt/11rb double-double.

Cleveland Cavaliers beat Indiana Pacers 110-99

-Tristan Thompson led the way for the Cavaliers, and even made his first three-pointer much to the delight of Kevin Love. The Pacers lose their first two games of the season now, against two teams that, arguably, they were ahead of coming into the season. Thompson finished with a 25pt/13rb double-double. Kevin Love had a near triple-double channeling his inner UCLA teammate, finishing with 21pts/9asts/13rbs. Collin Sexton added 18pts/3asts/5rbs.

-For the Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon led the way with a 30pt/10ast double-double. TJ Warren finished with 12pts and Domantas Sabonis added 14pts/5rbs.

San Antonio Spurs beat Washington Wizards 124-122

-After looking sloppy in the Spurs first game, DeMar DeRozan came alive in their second outing on the season, even hitting the game winning shot. He led the way for the Spurs, finishing with 26pts/3asts/4rbs. LaMarcus Aldridge added 27pts/3asts/9rbs and Dejounta Murray added 19pts/3asts/10rbs.

-During the summer frenzy of free agency, the Spurs originally agreed to a deal with Marcus Morris, To clear cap for the move, they had to trade Davis Bertans to the Wizards, but as we know Morris eventually rescinded and took his “I wanna be Melo” show to New York. The Spurs felt the absence of Bertans Saturday, as Bertans was lights out from deep, smacking five threes to finish with 23pts off the bench. Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards, finishing with 25pts/11asts/5rbs, he had the chance to make a game-tying basket but was ultimately blocked by Derrick White.

Utah Jazz beat Sacramento Kings 113-81

-The Jazz clobbered the Kings. I’m sorry, but the Kings deserve it. They took a monster leap with coach Dave Joerger last year, and responded by firing him and hiring a sad sack coach in Luke Walton. Just as he did in LA, Luke is proving to be painful to watch coach once again. The Kings are now 0-3 on a season where they were expected to take yet another leap forward. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Jazz, finishing with 26pts/4rbs. Donovan Mitchell added 15pts/4asts and Mike Conley chipped in 12pts/8asts/3rbs.

-For the Kings, not much to talk about here. This was about as dreadful of a performance as you’ll see this season. Dewayne Dedmon led the way (LMAO) with 11pts.

Phoenix Suns shock Los Angeles Clippers 130-122

-Who’s laughing now, NBA? Perpetual cellar dwellers, the Phoenix Suns, pulled off an early season upset against what has been the best team in the NBA so far, even forcing wiley Patrick Beverly to foul out of the game. All of this came without their starting center and former #1 draft pick Deandre Ayton. Devin Booker led the way with 30pts/8asts/6rbs. Kelly Oubre Jr added 20pts/5rbs and Dario Saric chipped in a 15pt/10rb double-double. Shoutout to Frank Kaminsky, who came off the bench to the tune of 18pts/6asts/8rbs (BADGER BALL!)

-For the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard led the way with 27pts/10asts/8rbs. Montrezl Harrell added 28pts/7rbs off the bench and Lou Williams chipped in 23pts off the bench.

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NBA ROUNDUP 10/24/19

By Adolfo Lopez
(Game of the Night)

Milwaukee Bucks beat Houston Rockets 117-111

– Giannis Antetokounmpo, the backbone of this Milwaukee Bucks team, fouled out of the game with five minutes left and the Bucks holding on to a lead after a back an forth affair all night. The rest of the Bucks executed though, and put away this new look Rockets for their first win of the season. Giannis notched a monster triple-double, finishing with 30pts/11asts/16rbs. New addition to the roster, Wesley Matthews, finished with 14pts/4rbs in a start band Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to the tune of a 13pt/11rb double-double.

-The news around the Rockets is obviously their new dynamic duo, in former OKC teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Harden was abysmal as a shooter, but still managed to get to the free throw line and go 14-14. He finished the game with 19pts/14asts/7rbs after going 2/13 from the field. Russell Westbrook had an impressive start to his Rockets career, filling up the stat sheet as well. He finished with 24pts/7asts/16rbs. PJ Tucker added 17pts/7rbs.

Atlanta Hawks beat Detroit Pistons 117-100

-The Pistons had a dominant win over the Pacers on Wednesday night, but couldn’t follow up on Thursdays back-to-back. Trae Young exploded on the Pistons, finishing with 38pts/9asts/7rbs. Jabari Parker came off the bench to the tune of 18pts and John Collins added an 18pt/10rb double-double. Old man Vince Carter also set history while wearing a Hawks uniform, becoming the first NBA player to play in 22 seasons.

-Andre Drummond followed up his performance from Wednesday night with another dominant one, finishing with 21pts/12rbs/4stls. Derrick Rose came off the bench to the tune of 27pts/3asts. Once again, there is no reason Derrick Rose should not be starting over Reggie Jackson, he of the five points as a starter fame. Luke Kennard added 13pts/3asts/4rbs.

Los Angeles Clippers blast Golden State Warriors 141-122

-Fun time is over for the Dubs. After the game Steve Kerr admitted that they’ve been living in a world that really isn’t supposed to exist in the NBA, for the last five years. Well, surprise Steve, all that is over. The Clippers came out to a rousing 14-0 lead and then slaughtered the Warriors in the third quarter, scoring 46pts in the period. Kawhi Leonard continues to dominate, finishing with 21pts/9asts/5rbs. The season is still young, but Kawhi is showing more willingness to be a playmaker for this team, which should be a fun development to keep an eye on. Patrick Patterson dropped 20, Lou Williams finished with 22pts/8asts/3rbs off the bench and Zubac notched himself a 16pt/10rb double-double to go with two blocks.

-For the Warriors, Steph Curry led the way with 23pts/4asts/4rbs. D’Angelo Russell added 20pts/8asts.