Month: December 2017

The Hawks pull off a comeback as they hand the Blazers a 104-89 loss

The Hawks pull off a comeback as they hand the Blazers a 104-89 loss

Things have not been going well for the Atlanta Hawks this season as they are sitting at the fifteenth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 9-26 record.  They would hope to avoid a second straight loss when they host the Portland Trail Blazers, who are looking to capture their third straight win.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  The Hawks and the Trail Blazers have battled each other a total of 110 times as the Hawks won 56 games while the Portland team pulled 54 wins.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

C.J. Wilcox (knee)
Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 60.0 FG%, 53.8 3P%)
Damian Lillard (hamstring; 25.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 41.8 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
Wade Baldwin (G-League)
Caleb Swanigan (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)

Atlanta Hawks:

Dewayne Dedmon (leg; 11.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 60.1 FG%, 48.3 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.9 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Josh Magette (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Mike Muscala (G-League; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
DeAndre’ Bembry (G-League; 4.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 35.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be competitive as the Portland Trail Blazers shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Atlanta Hawks shot forty-two percent.  Shabazz Napier would score 13 points while knocking down a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while dishing off four assists.  C.J. McCollum had 9 points on forty-four percent shooting, which included a three-pointer in the first period.  Jusuf Nurkic got his hands on six rebounds while Al-Farouq Aminu collected four rebounds.  Maurice Harkless played 11 minutes off of the bench as he knocked down two three-pointers in the second quarter.

Dennis Schroder would struggle at the beginning as he only had four points in the first half.  Taurean Prince collected six points from beyond the arc while he had five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Kent Bazemore would contribute with five points while Ersan Ilyasova chalked up eight points.  Marco Belinelli played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for ten points but it was the visiting team would hold onto a 52-46 lead at halftime.

The Georgia team would respond in the second half as they went on a 58-37 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  Schroder made up for the first half as he lit the floor up with 18 points while dishing off three assists.  Bazemore helped out with seven points while Prince had five defensive rebounds.  McCollum would score nine points for the Trail Blazers but it was the Hawks who came back to top the Trail Blazers, 104-89.  Dennis Schroder finished the game with 22 points, one rebound, 8 assists, and one steal.  Shabazz Napier ended up with 21 points, a career-high 8 rebounds, a season-high 6 assists, one steal, and a career-high 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Atlanta Hawks will travel to Arizona to take on Devin Booker (24.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 45 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (14-23) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 124 times in the past as the Suns took 71 games while the Hawks ended up winning 53 games.

The Portland Trail Blazers will visit Illinois to battle Nikola Mirotic (18.1 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-22) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Trail Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 129 times as the Bulls won 66 games while the Trail Blazers won 63 games.

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The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Houston Rockets are coming fresh off of a disappointing 99-98 loss to the Boston Celtics, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they visit the Nation’s Capital to take on the Washington Wizards.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from the loss they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Rockets and the Wizards will mark the first of two games that these ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have battled each other a total of 153 times in the past as the Rockets won 73 games while the Wizards ended up 80 games.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Sheldon Mac (Achilles)
Mike Young (G-League)
Devin Robinson (G-League)
Mike Scott (personal; 9.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 57.4 FG%, 40.5 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (eye; 14.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nene (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 59.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Washington Wizards would have full control of this game as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Otto Porter would light the floor up with 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers in the first quarter.  Bradley Beal contributed with nine points while John Wall was limited to just six points on fifty percent shooting.  Markieff Morris was able to get his hands on eight defensive rebounds while Jodie Meeks grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Kelly Oubre played 14 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up eight points.

As for the Houston team, James Harden scored 12 points on sixty percent shooting.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter while Trevor Ariza had seven points and five defensive rebounds.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he also had seven points but it was the Wizards who walked into the locker room with a 59-48 advantage.

The Washington Wizards would continue to play well as they went on a 62-55 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent while holding the visiting team to forty-eight percent.  Kelly Oubre ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Otto Porter knocked down four three-pointers to give himself 12 points while earning himself three defensive rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Bradley Beal would collect 12 points while John Wall settled for 11 points.  Former Pacers’ center Ian Mahinmi played 12 minutes off of the Washington bench as he was kept to just two points.

New player Gerald Green would come off of the Houston bench to chalk up 13 points which contained 3 three-pointers.  Harden would contribute with eight points while Tarik Black had four points and eight rebounds.  2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon helped out with nine points but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Wizards handed the Houston Rockets a 121-103 blowout loss.  Otto Porter finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, a season-high 7 assists, and 2 steals.  James Harden settled for 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Nikola Mirotic (17.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (12-22) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 233 times in the past as the Bulls won 123 games while the Wizards ended up pulling 110 wins.

The Houston Rockets will host Kyle Kuzma (17.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 48 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Rockets and the Lakers have met up a total of 249 times as the Rockets won 93 games while the Lakers ended up winning 156 games.  The last time they battled each other was on December 20 when the Lakers pulled away with a 122-116 victory.  In that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and blocked one shot.  James Harden finished with 51 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Timberwolves escape with a 128-125 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Timberwolves escape with a 128-125 overtime win over the Nuggets

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been playing very impressively lately as they are on a four-game winning streak, hoping to extend it to five as they host the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets, on the other hand, are looking to grab their fourth straight win against the Timberwolves.  This game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.

They have battled each other a total of 124 times in the past as the Nuggets won 73 games while the Timberwolves pulled 51 wins.  December 20 was the last time they played each other as the Timberwolves handed the Nuggets a 112-104 loss.  In that game, both Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler scored 25 points each, as Towns had 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.  Butler pulled down 2 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed 2 steals.  Jamal Murray finished with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

INACTIVES:

Minnesota Timberwolves:

Justin Patton (toe)
Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Shabazz Muhammad (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Anthony Brown (G-League)
Aaron Brooks (illness; 2.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 52.2 FG%, 54.5 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Malik Beasley (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.8 FG%, 31.7 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 55.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 30.8 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 9.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 39.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Juan Hernangomez (3.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Minnesota Timberwolves would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Denver Nuggets to forty-eight percent.  Jimmy Butler scored 14 points on sixty-seven percent shooting, including a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Andrew Wiggins would help out with four three-pointers as he collected three defensive rebounds.  Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up ten points while gobbling up eight rebounds and dishing off five assists.  Gorgui Dieng played 11 minutes off of the bench as he posted up six points with a three-pointer early in the second period.

As for the Denver team, both Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray scored 13 points each while Jokic collected four rebounds and Murray dished off five assists.  Wilson Chandler ended up with eight points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Will Barton played the most minutes off of the Nuggets’ bench as he recorded eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a huge 71-58 advantage.

The Denver Nuggets would respond in the second half as they went on a 56-43, shooting forty-four percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-two percent.  Barton played 17 minutes off of the bench as he scored 20 points, which contained 3 three-pointers.  Trey Lyles came off of the bench, as well, as he earned himself 11 points on seventy-five percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, Butler posted up 13 points while giving out three assists.  Taj Gibson had 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Jamal Crawford played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.

Just when the Timberwolves thought they had the game in their hands, Will Barton would hit two free-throws to send it into overtime.  During overtime, the Timberwolves shot seventy-five percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty percent.  The Timberwolves eventually closed it out on a 14-11 run, escaping with a 128 to 125 win.  Jimmy Butler finished the game with a season-high 39 points, along with 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.  Will Barton would settle for 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will host Joel Embiid (23.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (15-18) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  They have battled each other a total of 84 times in the past as the Nuggets pulled 37 wins while the 76ers won 47 games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 55 FG%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (17-15) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will be the first of two games that these teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 54 times as the Timberwolves won 30 games while the Bucks ended up winning 24 games.

The Dallas Mavericks handed the Toronto Raptors a 98-93 loss

The Dallas Mavericks handed the Toronto Raptors a 98-93 loss

After the Cavaliers and the Celtics lost their Christmas games last night, the Toronto Raptors gained the number one spot in the Eastern Conference with a 23-8 record.  The Raptors are currently on a six-game winning streak, hoping to capture their seventh straight win as they take on the Mavericks in Texas.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, are looking to avoid a third straight loss.  This game will mark the first of two matchups between the Mavericks and the Raptors this season.  They have met up a total of 41 times in the past as the Mavericks pulled 24 wins while the Raptors ended up winning 17 of the games.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (calf; 3.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.6 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Dallas Mavericks:

Seth Curry (leg)
Dorian Finney-Smith (knee; 3.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Josh McRoberts (knee)
Nerlens Noel (thumb; 4.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 52.8 FG%)
Kyle Collinsworth (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 50.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Johnathan Motley (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Dallas Mavericks would impress at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-nine percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Raptors at thirty-six percent.  Harrison Barnes scored 13 points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  Maxi Kleber ended up with 13 points, as well, which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds while Dirk Nowitzki chalked up 11 points and five rebounds.  Yogi Ferrell played 12 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless.

As for the Canada team, Kyle Lowry got hot for 16 points as he dropped 3 three-pointers.  Jonas Valanciunas contributed with seven points, three offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.  Serge Ibaka had five rebounds while DeMar DeRozan was kept to just four points.  Pascal Siakam played the most minutes off of the bench but was also kept to four points as the home team went into halftime with a 57-53 lead.

The Mavericks continued to have control as they shot thirty-six percent from the field in the second half while the Toronto Raptors ended up shooting thirty-one percent.  Valanciunas would score 10 more points, earning six of those points from the charity stripe.  He also got his hands on five rebounds while Kyle Lowry ended up with seven points.  Fred VanVleet played 12 minutes off of the bench as he drilled a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter.

On the other end of the court, Nowitzki had seven points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  J.J. Barea played the most minutes off of the Dallas bench as he lit the floor up with 15 points.  He also grabbed three rebounds and dished off two assists as the Mavericks escaped with a 98 to 93 victory.  J.J. Barea finished the game with 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Kyle Lowry had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will visit Oklahoma to battle Russell Westbrook (23.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 9.9 APG, 42 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (19-15) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The Thunder and the Raptors have battled each other a total of 41 times as the Raptors won 16 games while the Thunder ended up winning 25 games.

The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Indianapolis to take on Victor Oladipo (25.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the Indiana Pacers (19-14) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.  They have battled each other a total of 71 times in the past with the Mavericks winning 40 games while the Pacers won 31 games.

The Thunder pull away with a 120-117 win over the Hawks

The Thunder pull away with a 120-117 win over the Hawks

Things have been rough for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the beginning of this season but they would look to make up for it as they tried to grab their third straight win last night.  They will host the struggling Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first time this season as they look to take a lead in this two-game regular season series.  The Thunder and the Hawks have met up a total of 131 times in the past as the Thunder won 65 games while the Hawks pulled 66 wins.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83.3 FG%)
Terrance Ferguson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 38.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.6 FG%)
Kyle Singler (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
P.J. Dozier (G-League)

Atlanta Hawks:

Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.9 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Dennis Schroder (ankle; 19.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Tyler Dorsey (2.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Josh Magette (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Dewayne Dedmon (leg; 11.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 60.1 FG%, 48.3 3P%)
Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 31.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Oklahoma City Thunder would start the game off well as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Atlanta Hawks to forty-six percent.  Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points as he pulled down one rebound and dished off one assist.  Paul George would chalk up 12 points while he drilled two three-pointers early in the second period.  Russell Westbrook ended up with ten points to put along with his two defensive rebounds and eight assists.  Josh Huestis played 9 minutes off of the bench as he was kept to five points with a three-pointer in the first quarter.

As for the Hawks, Marco Belinelli posted up 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers.  He also collected two assists while former Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova earned ten points on sixty percent shooting.  John Collins ended up playing the most minutes off of the bench to score six points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 64-50 lead.

The Hawks would respond in the second half as they go on a 67-56, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  Belinelli scored 13 more points as he knocked down two three-pointers.  He also gave out three assists while Ilyasova earned 12 points and three rebounds.  Collins contributed with ten additional points while pulling down six rebounds.  Malcolm Delaney played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 11 points.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook scored 20 of the Thunder’s 56 second-half points.  He also pulled down five rebounds, gave out seven assists, and prevented one shot from succeeding.  Anthony contributed with ten more points but only shot thirty percent from the field.  Steven Adams had five rebounds to put with his nine points in the 16 minutes that he played.  After a clutch three-pointer by Westbrook with two seconds remaining in the game, the Thunder would escape with a 120 to 117 victory.  Russell Westbrook finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 15 assists, 2 steals, and one block.  Marco Belinelli had a season-high 27 points, along with one rebound, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Utah to take on Rodney Hood (18.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 43 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (15-18) tonight at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these two teams will play each other this season.  They have met up a total of 205 times with the Thunder winning 115 games while the Jazz ended up winning 90 games.  The last time they played each other was on December 20 when the Thunder handed the Jazz a huge 107 to 79 loss.  In that game, Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed 4 steals.  Rodney Hood finished with 17 points and one steal.

The Atlanta Hawks will head to Texas to battle Harrison Barnes (18.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (9-24) tonight at 7:30 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time the Hawks and Mavericks will play against this season.  They have battled each other a total of 73 times with the Hawks winning 41 games while the Mavericks pulled 32 wins.  October 18 was the last time they played each other as the Hawks pulled away with a 117-111 win.  In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Dennis Smith finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

The Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to hand the Rockets their second straight loss

Two days ago, the Houston Rockets’ fourteen-game winning streak came to an end in the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.  They would look to get another winning streak started as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center.  The Clippers, on the other hand, are seeking their second straight win but it will not be easy against the best team in the West.  This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other.  The Rockets and the Clippers have met up a total of 204 times with the Rockets winning 125 games while the Clippers won 79 games.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (heel; 14.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Chris Paul (hip; 17.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 9.0 APG, 47.7 FG%, 40.8 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bobby Brown (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.5 FG%, 28.9 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Zhou Qi (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 19.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (wrist)

Los Angeles Clippers:

Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.5 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Blake Griffin (knee; 23.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
Wesley Johnson (foot; 6.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 8.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.6 APG, 32.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Brice Johnson (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Houston Rockets would have full control at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Clippers to forty percent.  James Harden got extremely hot for 30 points which included five three-pointers.  He also had four defensive rebounds, four assists, and two steals.  Eric Gordon would contribute as he scored 13 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second quarter.  Ryan Anderson managed to get his hands on seven rebounds as he chalked up seven points.  Former Suns forward P.J. Tucker played 15 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless as he grabbed six rebounds.

As for the California team, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he chalked up 12 points on forty percent shooting.  DeAndre Jordon had nine points along with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  Austin Rivers contributed with six points with a three-pointer late in the second period but it was the home team that went into halftime with a huge 65-52 advantage.

The Clippers would respond in the second half as they went on a 76-53 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field while holding the Texas team to forty-eight percent.  Austin Rivers would go off for 30 points as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  He would earn 15 of those points from beyond the arc as he dished off four assists.  C.J. Williams helped out with seven points while Jordan collected seven rebounds.  Lou Williams played 19 minutes off of the bench as he posted up 20 points which held six three-pointers.

James Harden continued to impress as he had 24 additional points on fifty-four percent shooting from the field.  Tucker played the most minutes off of the bench but was held to just a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers overcome a 13-point deficit to beat the Rockets, 128-118.  Austin Rivers finished with a career-high 36 points, along with 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.  James Harden had 51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals.  This would be the second straight game where James Harden has scored 50 or more points, making him the first player in more than a decade to do such.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will visit Oklahoma to take on Russell Westbrook (23.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 9.7 APG, 40 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-15) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.  The Thunder and the Rockets have battled each other a total of 255 with the Thunder pulling 132 wins while the Rockets ended up winning 123 games.

The Los Angeles Clippers will visit Tennessee to battle Marc Gasol (18.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42 FG%) and the Memphis Grizzlies (9-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four meetings between the Grizzlies and the Clippers this season.  They have met up a total of 97 times as the Grizzlies won 48 games while the Clippers pulled 49 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 4 when the Grizzlies handed the Clippers a 113-104 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley scored 22 points, pulled down one rebound, dished off 3 assists, and committed one steal.  Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

The Miami Heat slip away with a 90 to 89 win over the Boston Celtics

It’s been nearly a month since the Miami Heat put an end to the Boston Celtics’ early winning streak.  During that game, Goran Dragic had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, one rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Since then, the Celtics have been 10-4 in the league while the Miami Heat were 7-6.  The Celtics would look to grab their third straight win as they host the Heat, who are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.  The Heat and the Celtics have battled each other a total of 132 times in the past as the Celtics pulled 78 wins while the Heat won 54 games.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Marcus Morris (knee; 12.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.2 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Miami Heat:

James Johnson (ankle; 10.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49.4 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
Rodney McGruder (leg)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Hassan Whiteside (knee; 14.9 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 58.1 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Justise Winslow (knee; 6.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 42.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%)
Goran Dragic (elbow; 16.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Matt Williams (coach’s decision)
A.J. Hammons (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would begin competitive as the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent. Jaylen Brown scored 12 points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. He also had two defensive rebounds as Kyrie Irving earned 12 points of his own with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Al Horford would settle for five points as he collected five rebounds. Marcus Smart played 17 minutes off of the bench but was just kept to a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter.

Josh Richardson chalked up eight points as he shot twenty-nine percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk would end up with 7 points as he connected for a three-pointer early in the second quarter.  He also had three defensive rebounds while Dion Waiters gathered up six points and two assists.  Wayne Ellington played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the home team went into the locker room with a 44-36 advantage.

The South Beach team would respond as they shot fifty percent from the field in the second half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-six percent.  Kelly Olynyk would get extremely hot as he scored 25 points which included five three-pointers.  He also managed to get his hands on four defensive rebounds while Richardson contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Tyler Johnson chalked up only three points in the 21 minutes that he played but he did manage to grab 9 rebounds.  Ellington played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Boston team, Irving collected a huge 21 points on forty-six percent shooting.  Smart played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points but it was the Miami Heat would manage to pull away with a 90-89 win over the Celtics.  Kelly Olynyk finished the game with a career-high 32 points, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block.  Kyrie Irving had 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will travel to New York to take on Kristaps Porzingis (25.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 47 FG%) and the New York Knicks (16-14) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second of four games between these two balls clubs this season.  The Celtics and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 535 times as the Knicks won 211 games while the Celtics ended up winning 324 games.  The last time they met up was on October 24 when the Celtics handed the Knicks a 110-89 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, committed one steal, and blocked one shot.  Enes Kanter had 16 points, 19 rebounds, and one block.

The Miami Heat will host Harrison Barnes (18.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (8-23) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The game will mark the first of two matchups between these two teams this season.  The Heat and the Mavericks have played each other a total of 73 times as the Heat won 36 games while the Mavericks took 37 games.

The Milwaukee Bucks stun the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-116

The Milwaukee Bucks stun the Cleveland Cavaliers, 119-116

It’s been a week since the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost a game, which was to Victor Oladipo and Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.  They are now looking to pick up where they left off as they are on a five-game winning streak, looking to grab a sixth straight win against the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

This matchup will mark the third of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the Bucks have battled each other a total of 209 times as the Cavaliers pulled 92 wins while the Bucks ended up winning 117 games.  The last time they met up was on November 7 when the Cavaliers handed the Bucks a 124-119 loss.  In that game, Kevin Love scored 32 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 50.0 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Milwaukee Bucks:

Matthew Dellavedova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (calf; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.6 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
Sean Kilpatrick (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 29.1 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Rashad Vaughn (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
D.J. Wilson (0.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Joel Bolomboy (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

Even though the Bucks had a slow start at the beginning of the first quarter, the first half was fairly competitive as the home team shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot fifty-three percent.  Khris Middleton scored 17 points which held a three-pointer in the middle of the second period.  He also had six assists while Eric Bledsoe, who has been playing very well for the Bucks, chalked up 15 points.  Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points to put along with his four rebounds and three assists.  Malcolm Brogdon played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points with 3 three-pointers in the second quarter.

As for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love would put up 19 points which held five three-pointers.  He also managed to gobble up six defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored 18 points with two three-pointers in the second period.  Jae Crowder had two defensive rebounds and two points while Jose Calderon was kept to just three free throws.  Dwyane Wade played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for five points while the Milwaukee Bucks headed into the locker room with a 69-58 advantage.

The competitiveness would drift into the second half as the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Bucks ended up shooting forty-six percent.  Antetokounmpo continued to impress as he scored 16 more points to put with his ten rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Bledsoe contributed with 11 points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  John Henson would also put up 11 points on seventy-one percent shooting.  Tony Snell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

LeBron James earned 21 points which included two three-pointers in the third quarter and two others in the last quarter.  Wade knocked down 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter as he grabbed four rebounds.  Kyle Korver played 16 minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points as the Bucks slipped away with a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.  LeBron James ended up with 39 points, one rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Nikola Mirotic (20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 52 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (9-20) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  They have met up a total of 243 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 101 games while the Bulls ended up winning 142 games.  December 4 was the last time they played each other as the Cavaliers handed the Bulls a 113-91 blowout loss.  In that game, both Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade had 24 points.  Love also had 13 rebounds and one block while Wade finished with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.  Kris Dunn scored 15 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and blocked one shot.

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Kemba Walker (21.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (11-19) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four games between these two teams this season.  The Hornets and Bucks have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Hornets won 56 games while the Bucks won 57 games.  The last time they met up was on November 1 when the Hornets pulled away with a 126 to 121 win.  Kemba Walker finished that game with 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Khris Middleton had 43 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Chicago Bulls slip away with a 117-115 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers

It seems like the Chicago Bulls have decided to pick things up as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, hoping to push it to six as they host the 14-14 Philadelphia 76ers.  The 76ers, on the other hand, are coming off of a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that went through three overtimes.  The Bulls and the 76ers have played each other a total of 237 times in the past with the Bulls winning 114 games while the 76ers won 123 games.  This game will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.

INACTIVES:

Chicago Bulls:

Zach LaVine (knee)
Cameron Payne (foot)
Kay Felder (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 30.3 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Cristiano Felicio (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG,

Philadelphia 76ers:

Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Trevor Booker (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 24.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 49.0 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be a competitive one as the Bulls shot fifty-four percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot fifty percent. Justin Holiday would score 20 points on fifty-eight percent shooting, which included five three-pointers.  Kris Dunn contributed with 12 points while chalking up two defensive rebounds and three assists. David Nwaba played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.

As for the 76ers, Ben Simmons had 13 points on fifty-five percent shooting from the field. He also managed to pull down three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while giving out three assists. J.J. Redick ended up with nine points which held two three-pointers early in the first period. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off of the bench but only scored four points as the Bulls headed into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The game would still remain competitive as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-six percent from the field while the Bulls ended up shooting forty-one percent.  Kris Dunn continued to impress as he recorded 10 additional points while collecting two defensive rebounds and throwing out three assists.  Bobby Portis had seven rebounds and three points off of the bench while Denzel Valentine had four points.  Nikola Mirotic played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for fifteen points.  Dario Saric scored 20 of the 76ers’ 56 points but it was the Chicago Bulls who slipped away with a 117-115 victory.

Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 22 points, a season-high 13 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block.  Kris Dunn also had 22 points, along with 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.  Dario Saric scored a season-high 27 points, collected 8 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Chicago Bulls will host Aaron Gordon (18.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (11-20) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  The Bulls and the Magic have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Bulls won 61 games while the Magic pulled 52 wins.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Bulls handed the Magic a 105 to 83 blowout loss.  In that game, Justin Holiday had 19 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Evan Fournier finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Zach Randolph (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 51 FG%) and the Sacramento Kings (9-20) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  These ball clubs have met up a total of 307 as the Kings won 134 games while the 76ers pulled out 173 wins.  November 9 was the last time they battled each other as the Kings slipped away with a 109-108 win.  Zach Randolph had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Robert Covington finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Wizards get revenge over the Clippers with a 100-91 win

The Wizards get revenge over the Clippers with a 100-91 win

Things have not been going well for Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers this season as they are sitting on an 11-15 record, hoping to pick things up soon.  They will travel to the Nation’s Capital to take on the 16-13 Washington Wizards for the second and last time this season.  These two teams have met up a total of 125 times with the Wizards winning 79 games while the Clippers won 46 games.  The last time they played each other was on December 9 when the Clippers slipped away with a 113-112 win.  Lou Williams finished that game with 35 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists.  Otto Porter had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Clippers:

Milos Teodosic (rest; 7.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 30.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Danilo Gallinari (buttocks; 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 34.5 FG%, 25.8 3P%)
Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Blake Griffin (knee; 23.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 42.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
Austin Rivers (concussion; 14.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, 40.5 FG%, 40.3 3P%)

Washington Wizards:

Mike Young (G-League)
Devin Robinson (G-League)
Sheldon Mac (Achilles)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game will be competitive as the Wizards shot thirty-nine percent from the field in the first half while the Clippers shot forty percent.  Mike Scott played 13 minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Bradley Beal had nine points which included a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  John Wall chalked up only four points while Kelly Oubre contributed with four points and six rebounds.

As for the California team, Lou Williams dropped 11 points with three coming from beyond the arc and six from the charity stripe.  DeAndre Jordan had five points and nine rebounds while Wesley Johnson was held to just three points.  Rookie Jawun Evans played the most minutes off of the bench to put up seven points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 48-43 lead.

The Wizards would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-eight percent.  Wall would make up for the first half as both he and Beal collected 11 points, six defensive rebounds, and three assists each.  Marcin Gortat earned himself six points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes off of the bench as he was only held to a three-pointer and one free-throw.

Lou Williams earned 12 of the Clippers’ 48 second-half points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  Sindarius Thornwell was limited to just two points as former Rockets’ forward Montrezl Harrell collected five points and two rebounds.  Evans played 22 minutes off of the bench as he earned eight points but it was the Washington Wizards who escaped with a 100-91 victory.  Mike Scott finished the game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.  Lou Williams would settle for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host LeBron James (28.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 9.1 APG, 58 FG%) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-8) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet this season.  They have battled each other a total of 237 times with the Wizards pulling 118 games while the Cavaliers won 119 games.  The last time they played each other was on November 3 when the Cavaliers beat the Wizards, 130-122.  In that game, LeBron James had a season-high 57 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  Bradley Beal finished with 36 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Los Angeles Clippers will travel to Florida to take on Goran Dragic (16.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.5 APG, 45 FG%) and the Miami Heat (14-14) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two teams will play each other this season.  They have met up a total of 58 times in the past with the Heat winning 34 games while the Wizards won 24 games.  The last time they played each other was November 5 when the Heat defeated the Clippers, 104-101.  Hassan Whiteside finished that play with 21 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.  Blake Griffin had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.