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The Magic pull an upset as they bury the Bucks, 122-110, taking a 1-0 series lead

The Magic pull an upset as they bury the Bucks, 122-110, taking a 1-0 series lead

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

 

Today marks the first game between the first-seed Milwaukee Bucks and the eighth-seed Orlando Magic. The last time these two teams met up in the playoffs was back in 2001 when the Ray Allen-led Bucks defeated the Tracy McGrady-led Magic, 3-1. During this regular season, the Bucks swept the Magic in the four games they played against each other.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Melvin Frazier Jr. (coach’s decision)
-BJ Johnson (coach’s decision)
-Vic Law (coach’s decision)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee)
-Michael Carter-Williams (foot)
-Mo Bamba (COVID)
-Aaron Gordon (hamstring)

Milwaukee Bucks:

-Sterling Brown (coach’s decision)
-D.J. Wilson
-Thanasis Antetokounmpo
-Ersan Ilyasova (elbow)

GAMETIME:

The Orlando Magic would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot 51% from the field, keeping the Milwaukee Bucks to just 41%.  Nikola Vucevic chalked up 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal while Gary Clark helped out with 12 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other three from the free-throw line.  Markelle Fultz and James Ennis combined for 17 points while Evan Fournier was held scoreless.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench but only had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 17 points which held two three-pointers.  He also had ten rebounds and four assists while Wesley Matthews scored eight points.  Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton scored 11 points combined while Brook Lopez was held to just two points.  Former Indiana Pacers’ guard George Hill played 13 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Magic who went into halftime with a 62 to 52 advantage.

The Orlando team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 60-58 run, shooting 48% from the field.  Vucevic added 19 more points to his scoring total which included 3 three-pointers.  Fournier had nine points while Fultz and Ennis combined for nine points, as well.  Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo chalked up 14 more points while both Middleton and Bledsoe scored nine points each.  Pat Connaughton played 14 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer while the Magic came away with a 122-110 victory over the Bucks.  Nikola Vucevic finished with a playoff career-high 35 points and a playoff career-high-tying 14 rebounds.  He also had four assists and a playoff career-high-tying one steal.  Giannis Antetokoumpo settled for 31 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks will battle each other again on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

The Celtics take a 1-0 series lead as they defeat the 76ers, 109-101

The Celtics take a 1-0 series lead as they defeat the 76ers, 109-101

Monday, August 17, 2020

 

This evening marks the first game between the third-seed Boston Celtics and the sixth-seed Philadelphia 76ers.  The last time these two ball clubs met up in the postseason was during the 2018 Playoffs when the 76ers defeated the Celtics, 4-1.  During this regular season, the Celtics beat the 76ers only once out of the four games they played against each other.

INACTIVES:

Philadelphia 76ers:

-Raul Neto (coach’s decision)
-Kyle O’Quinn (coach’s decision)
-Norvel Pelle (coach’s decision)
-Marial Shayok (coach’s decision)
-Glenn Robinson (oblique muscle strain)
-Ben Simmons (knee)

Boston Celtics:

-Javonte Green (coach’s decision)
-Semi Ojeleye (coach’s decision)
-Carsen Edwards
-Vincent Poirier
-Tremont Waters
-Tacko Fall

GAMETIME:

The first half of the game would be kept fairly close as the Philadelphia 76ers shot 56% from the field while the Boston Celtics shot 44%.  Joel Embiid chalked up 13 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had nine rebounds, one steal, and a block while Josh Richardson contributed 10 points on 44% shooting.  Tobias Harris and Shake Milton combined for 13 points while Al Horford had just two points.  Shooting guard Matisse Thybulle played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Jayson Tatum got hot with 21 points on 54% shooting.  He was able to knock down two three-pointers while Jaylen Brown helped out with 12 points which also included two three-pointers.  Brown was also able to record three rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Daniel Theis had seven points.  Former Charlotte Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker was kept to just six points while Gordon Hayward had five points.  Marcus Smart played 14 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Celtics went into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

The Celtics would close things out in the second half as they shot 41% from the field, limiting the 76ers to 39%.  Brown added to his scoring total by recording 17 more points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Walker and Tatum dropped 24 points combined.  Smart played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points.

On the other end of the floor, Joel Embiid scored 13 points on 38% shooting.  Missouri-native Alec Burks played 17 minutes off the bench as he had ten points but it was the Boston Celtics who escaped with a 109-101 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Jayson Tatum finished the game with 32 points and 13 rebounds (both playoff career-highs).  He also had one assist and a playoff career-high-tying three blocks.  Joel Embiid settled for 26 points, 16 rebounds, one assist, a playoff career-high-tying 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics will meet up again on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Houston Rockets fall to the San Antonio Spurs, 123-105

The Houston Rockets fall to the San Antonio Spurs, 123-105

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

 

The Houston Rockets are looking to grab a third straight victory as they are coming fresh off of a 129-112 win against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.  They will look to do that as they take on the San Antonio Spurs today.  As for the Spurs, they will also hope to capture a third consecutive win, coming off of a 122-113 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Today’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 16 when the Rockets crept away with a 109-107 win.  During that game, Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs have battled each other a grand total of 221 times as the Spurs won 119 times while the Rockets were kept to 102 victories.

INACTIVES:

Houston Rockets:

-Eric Gordon (ankle; 14.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 37.0 FG%, 31.9 3P%)
-James Harden (rest; 34.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Danuel House (toe; 10.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.7 FG%, 36.3 3P%)
-Tyson Chandler (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 77.8 FG%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-Bryn Forbes (quad; 11.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Trey Lyles (appendicitis; 6.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.7 3P%)
-Tyler Zeller (knee; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%)
-Patty Mills (coach’s decision; 11.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.9 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The San Antonio Spurs would have full control of things in the first half as they shot 50% from the field, keeping the Houston Rockets to 42%.  DeMar DeRozan warmed up with 15 points while grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists, committing one steal, and blocking one shot.  Shooting guard Lonnie Walker contributed with ten points which included two three-pointers.  Jakob Poeltl also had ten points while Dejounte Murray and Derrick White combined for six points.  Keldon Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he had ten points.

On the other end of the floor, Jeff Green chalked up 11 points while missing just one of his five shots attempted.  Former Sacramento Kings’ guard Ben McLemore recorded ten points while Russell Westbrook also had ten points, along with three rebounds and six assists.  Austin Rivers played 17 minutes off the bench as he dropped ten points but it was the Spurs who went into halftime with a huge 66 to 49 advantage.

The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the second half as they shot 48% from the field, keeping the Houston Rockets to 40% shooting.  DeRozan ended up cooling down as he only had eight points but he was able to grab three rebounds, dished out two assists, and committed one steal.  Murray had seven points while Poeltl and Walker combined for just six.  Johnson played 13 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.

As for the Houston team, Westbrook added 10 more points to his scoring total, which included two three-pointers.  DeMarre Carroll played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Spurs ran away with a 123-105 victory.  Keldon Johnson finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Russell Westbrook settled for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Houston Rockets will play T.J. Warren (19.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 53.6 FG%, 40.3 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (43-28) on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 15 when the Pacers fell to the Rockets, 111-102.  James Harden finished that contest with 44 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals while Domantas Sabonis had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs will battle Donovan Mitchell (24.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (43-28) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  It will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will fight each other this season.  August 7 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs handed the Jazz a 119-111 loss.  During that game, Derrick White scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed a steal and blocked a shot while Jordan Clarkson had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Phoenix Suns hand the Oklahoma City Thunder a 128-101 blowout loss

The Phoenix Suns hand the Oklahoma City Thunder a 128-101 blowout loss

Monday, August 10, 2020

 

The Phoenix Suns have been undefeated since the NBA restart and they will look to capture a sixth consecutive victory today as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming off of a 119-112 win against the Washington Wizards, hoping to grab a second straight win.

Today’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 31 when the Suns fell to the Thunder, 111-107.  During that game, Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and grabbed four rebounds while Devin Booker had 27 points, three rebounds, and five assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Thunder and the Suns have fought each other a grand total of 266 times as the Thunder won 126 games while the Suns went on to grab 140 victories.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (leg; 11.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 59.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Nerlens Noel (ankle; 7.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 68%, 33.3 3P%)
-Isaiah Roby (foot; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Dennis Schroder (personal; 18.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.0 APG, 46.9 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
-Danilo Gallinari (ankle; 19.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 44.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)
-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (calf; 19.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, 46.8 FG%, 34.4 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Aron Baynes (knee; 11.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.0 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Elie Okobo (ankle; 4.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 39.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Kelly Oubre (knee; 18.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be kept close in the first half as the Thunder shot 52% from the field while the Suns shot 51%.  Devin Booker got hot for 19 points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and one block while Cameron Johnson helped out with 15 points.  Dario Saric recorded nine points while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for five points.  Jevon Carter played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Darius Bazley chalked up 16 points on 67% shooting.  He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block while Chris Paul contributed with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.  Former Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala scored eight points which included two three-pointers while Abdel Nader and Luguentz Dort combined for 12 points.  Deonte Burton played 16 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Suns went into halftime with a 65-64 lead.

The Arizona team would come out of the locker room blazing hot as they went on a huge 63 to 37 run.  During that run, both Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker had 16 points each while Ricky Rubio and Cameron Johnson combined for seven points.  Dario Saric helped out with seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and one block.  Cameron Payne played the most minutes off the bench as he had two three-pointers.

As for the Thunder, Abdel Nader chalked up just eight points while Bazley had six points.  Deonte Burton played 16 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Phoenix Suns ran away with a 128-101 blowout win.  Devin Booker finished the game with 35 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 blocks while Darius Bazley had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will meet Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.6 FG%, 24.8 3P%) and the Miami Heat (43-27) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 17 when the Heat handed the Thunder a 115-108 loss.  Kendrick Nunn finished that game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal while Danilo Gallinari had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

The Phoenix Suns will play Joel Embiid (23.5 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 47.8 FG%, 33.1 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (42-28) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they battle each other this season.  November 4 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers lost to the Suns, 114-109.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 40 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and blocked one shot while Al Horford settled for 32 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, two steals, and a block.

T.J. Warren seals the deal as the Pacers defeat the Lakers, 116-111

T.J. Warren seals the deal as the Pacers defeat the Lakers, 116-111

Saturday, August 8, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to recover from a 113-97 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on Thursday.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they battle the Indiana Pacers tonight.  As for the Pacers, they will try to avoid a second consecutive loss, coming off of a 114-99 loss handed to them by the Phoenix Suns.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Pacers crept away with a 105-102 win.  During that game, Domantas Sabonis scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists while LeBron James had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers have played each other a grand total of 97 times as the Lakers won 64 games while the Pacers were limited to 33 victories.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Markieff Morris (coach’s decision; 9.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 43.9 FG%, 37.4 3P%)
-Rajon Rondo (thumb; 7.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 41.8 FG%, 32.8 3P%)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (coach’s decision; 10.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.8 FG%, 28.2 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok
-Danny Green (hip; 8.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.7 3P%)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG)

Indiana Pacers:

-Jeremy Lamb (knee; 12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
-Domantas Sabonis (foot; 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 54.0 FG%, 25.4 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 46.7 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 4.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (3.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 35.3 FG%, 16.7 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The contest would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 47% from the field while the Indiana Pacers shot 51%.  Three-time NBA champion LeBron James got hot for 17 points while shooting 80%.  He was also able to knock down a three-pointer while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists.  Anthony Davis chalked up six points while shooting just 29%.  He did have six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks while both Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a three-pointer each.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench but only had three points.

On the other end of the floor, T.J. Warren recorded 18 points which included two three-pointers in the first period.  Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo combined for 21 points while Aaron Holiday helped out with four points.  Texas-native Myler Turner would be held to just a free-throw.  Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer while the Lakers went into halftime with a 59-54 advantage.

The Indiana Pacers would come back to close things out in the second half as they went on a 62 to 52 run, shooting 54% from the field.  During that run, Warren stayed hot as he dropped 21 more points on 73% shooting.  He was able to knock down 3 three-pointers in the process while Brogdon had 13 points.  Victor Oladipo chalked up 12 points which included two three-pointers.  T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the California ball club, James added 14 more points to his scoring total while Anthony Davis was held to two points.  Quinn Cook played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Pacers who escaped with a 116-111 win, thanks to two clutch shots by T.J. Warren.  Warren finished the game with 39 points, along with 5 rebounds, and one assist while LeBron James had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will battle Nikola Jokic (20.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 30.9 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (45-24) on Monday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 12 when the Nuggets fell to the Lakers, 120-116.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Jamal Murray had 32 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Indiana Pacers will meet up with Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.6 FG%, 24.8 3P%) and the Miami Heat (43-26) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these teams will fight each other this season.  January 8 was the last time they played each other as the Heat ran away with a 122-108 victory.  During that game, Tyler Herro scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Domantas Sabonis had 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Dallas Mavericks fall to the Los Angeles Clippers, 126 to 111

The Dallas Mavericks fall to the Los Angeles Clippers, 126 to 111

Thursday, August 6, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to recover from a disappointing 117-115 loss they took in the hands of the Phoenix Suns.  They will try to avoid a second straight loss as they take on the Dallas Maverick tonight.  The Mavericks, on the other hand, will hope to capture a second straight victory.

This evening’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 21 when the Clippers slipped away with a 110-107 win.  During that game, Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked 2 shots.  Luka Doncic had 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 blocks.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Clippers and the Mavericks have battled each other a grand total of 158 times as the Mavericks won 93 while the Clippers were held to just 65 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-Jalen Brunson (shoulder; 8.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.6 FG%, 35.8 3P%)
-Willie Cauley-Stein (personal; 7.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 57.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Seth Curry (leg; 12.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 49.7 FG%, 45.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (calf; 4.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 48.8 FG%, 44.7 3P%)
-Dwight Powell (Achilles; 9.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 63.8 FG%, 25.6 3P%)
-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 7.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 3.7 APG, 40.7 FG%, 38.2 3P%)
-Antonius Cleveland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Josh Reaves (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Patrick Beverley (calf; 7.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.1 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Montrezl Harrell (personal; 18.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 58.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Clippers shot 48% from the field while the Mavericks shot 50%.  Four-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard got hot for 17 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had two rebounds, three assists, and a steal while both Ivica Zubac and Paul George had nine points each.  Marcus Morris recorded eight points while Landry Shamet had just two points.  Lou Williams played the most minutes off the bench but only contributed with four points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic chalked up 14 points while knocking 3 three-pointers in the second quarter.  Former New York Knicks’ forward Kristaps Porzingis helped out with 12 points, along with five rebounds and four assists.  Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 13 points while Boban Marjanovic had just two points.  Maxi Kleber played 14 minutes off the bench as he scored five points but it was the Clippers who went into halftime with a 59-58 lead.

The Los Angeles team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 67-53 run, shooting 60% from the field.  During that run, George added 15 more points to his scoring total while Kawhi Leonard had 12 points.  Zubac also had 12 points while Morris and Shamet combined for 11 points.  Williams played 10 minutes off the bench but only scored two points.

As for the Dallas Mavericks, Porzingis and Doncic combined for 33 points but it was the Clippers who came away with a 126 to 111 victory.  Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.  Kristaps Porzingis settled for 30 points, 9 rebounds, a career-high-tying 5 assists, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will take on Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.2 FG%, 31.2 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (54-14) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 16 when the Mavericks came away with a 120-116 victory.  Kristaps Porzingis finished that game with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks while Antetokounmpo had 48 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Los Angeles Clippers will battle Damian Lillard (28.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.0 APG, 45.4 FG%, 39.1 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (31-38) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these teams will play each other this season.  December 3 was the last time they saw each other as the Clippers handed the Trail Blazers a 117-97 blowout loss.  During that game, Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out one assist and committed one steal while C.J. McCollum had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.

The Spurs fall to the Nuggets, 132-126

The Spurs fall to the Nuggets, 132-126

Thursday, August 5, 2020

 

The Denver Nuggets are coming fresh off of a 121-113 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.  They will try to grab their second straight victory tonight as they battle the San Antonio Spurs.  As for the Spurs, they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, 132-130.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 10 when the Spurs fell to the Nuggets, 127-120.  During that game, Jamal Murray scored 26 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed one steal.  LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs have fought each other a grand total of 221 times as the Nuggets won 80 games while the Spurs grabbed 141 victories.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Will Barton (knee; 15.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 45.0 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Vlatko Cancar (foot; 1.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.2 APG, 40.0 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Gary Harris (hip; 10.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 42.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jamal Murray (hamstring; 18.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision; 6.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 42.8 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Bol Bol (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tyler Cook (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 70.0 FG%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.7 FG%, 20.0. 3P%)

San Antonio Spurs:

-LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder; 18.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 49.3 FG%, 38.9 3P%)
-Marco Belinelli (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 38.9 FG%, 36.3 3P%)
-Bryn Forbes (quad; 11.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.7 FG%, 38.8 3P%)
-Trey Lyles (appendicitis; 6.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 44.6 FG%, 38.7 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tyler Zeller (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%)
-Luka Samanic (0.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close during the first half as the San Antonio Spurs shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Denver Nuggets shot fifty percent.  Derrick White scored 11 points which included two three-pointers while he dished off three assists.  Former Toronto Raptors’ player DeMar DeRozan contributed with eight points while Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray were both held scoreless.  Keldon Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only dropped seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Michael Porter Jr. recorded 14 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had seven rebounds while Monte Morris chalked up 11 points, including a three-pointer.  Nikola Jokic was kept to just seven points but was able to record one rebound, six assists, and one steal.  Paul Millsap had four points while Torrey Craig was limited to just two points.  Jerami Grant played 16 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while Spurs went into halftime with a tight 65-62 lead.

The Colorado ball club came out of the locker room, blazing hot as they shot sixty-one percent from the field, limiting the Spurs to forty-six percent.  Jokic made up for his poor scoring performance in the first half as he poured on 18 points on sixty-three percent shooting.  He was also able to knock down 3 three-pointers while Porter Jr. added 16 points to his scoring total.  Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he chalked up 14 points.

As for the Texas team, White and DeRozan combined for 22 points while Murray had just four points.  Rudy Gay played 13 minutes off the bench but only scored nine points as the Nuggets handed the Spurs a 132-126 loss.  Michael Porter Jr. finished the game with 30 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and one block while Rudy Gay settled for a season-high-tying 24 points, along with 4 rebounds, a season-high-tying 4 assists, one steal, and a season-high-tying 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets will battle Damian Lillard (28.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.0 APG, 45.4 FG%, 39.1 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (31-38) on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will see each other this season.  February 4 was the last time they went head-to-head as the Nuggets handed the Trail Blazers a 127-99 blowout loss.  Nikola Jokic finished that game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks while Lillard had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, and one steal.

The San Antonio Spurs will fight Donovan Mitchell (24.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 45.1 FG%, 36.3 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (42-25) on Friday at 1:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.  February 21 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs came away with a 113-104 win.  During that game, Dejounte Murray scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and committed 4 steals while Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Brooklyn Nets escape with a 118-110 win over the Washington Wizards

The Brooklyn Nets escape with a 118-110 win over the Washington Wizards

Sunday, August 2, 2020

 

The Washington Wizards are coming fresh off of a 125-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.  Today, they will try to avoid a second consecutive loss as they battle the Brooklyn Nets.  The Nets, on the other hand, will hope to avoid a second straight loss, as well.  They were handed a 128-118 loss by the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Today’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on February 26 when the Wizards crept away with a 110-106 win.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored 30 points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off five assists, and committing three steals.  Caris LeVert finished with 34 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY;

The Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards have played each other a grand total of 193 times in the past as the Nets won 75 games while the Wizards went on to win 118 games.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Bradley Beal (shoulder; 30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (undisclosed; 15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.4 FG%, 42.4 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (personal; 5.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-Gary Payton (COVID; 3.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.4 FG%, 28.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Ian Mahinmi (coach’s decision; 7.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 19.2 3P%)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 39.0 FG%, 29.2 3P%)
-Johnathan Williams (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrod Uthoff (1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Brooklyn Nets:

-Michael Beasley (COVID)
-Wilson Chandler (undisclosed; 5.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.4 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (shoulder; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Spencer Dinwiddie (COVID; 20.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.8 APG, 41.5 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-DeAndre Jordan (COVID; 8.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 66.6 FG%)
-Taurean Prince (COVID; 12.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
-Justin Anderson (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Donta Hall (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%)
-Jeremiah Martin (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.9 FG%, 24.2 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-three percent from the field while the Brooklyn Nets shot forty-two percent.  Wizards’ Thomas Bryant got hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one block while Troy Brown had ten points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Shabazz Napier and Rui Hachimura combined for seven points while Isaac Bonga was held to just a free-throw.  Ish Smith played 12 minutes off the bench but only had two points.

As for the Nets, Jarrett Allen chalked up 14 points while shooting sixty-three percent from the field.  He also had seven rebounds while Joe Harris gave ten points which included two three-pointers.  Caris LeVert had nine points while Lance Thomas and Tyler Johnson were both held scoreless.  Chris Chiozza played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points while both teams went into halftime tied at 54 apiece.

The Brooklyn Nets would come out of the locker room shooting forty-two percent in the second half while the Washington Wizards shot forty-eight percent.  LeVert added 25 more points to his scoring total while Harris helped out with 17 points.  Former Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the floor, both Troy Brown and Thomas Bryant would put up 12 points each while Hachimura had seven points.  Jerome Robinson played 16 minutes off the bench but only scored six points as the Nets come away with a 118-110 win.  Caris LeVert finished the game with 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while Thomas Bryant had a season-high 30 points, along with a season-high 13 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will face T.J. Warren (19.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 53.5 FG%, 39.8 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (40-26) tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season.  November 6 was the last time they saw each other as the Pacers handed the Wizards a 121-106 loss.  During that game, T.J. Warren scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and committed one steal while Bradley Beal had 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets will battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.8 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (54-12) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 18 when the Nets fell to the Bucks, 117-97.  Antetokounmpo finished that game with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.

The Jazz slip away from the Pelicans with a 106-104 victory in NBA’s restart

The Jazz slip away from the Pelicans with a 106-104 victory in NBA’s restart

Friday, July 31, 2020

 

It has been 141 days since the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before the suspension, the New Orleans Pelicans were on a two-game winning streak.  They are now looking to push it to three as the Utah Jazz are hoping to avoid a second straight loss.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 16 when then Jazz fell to the Pelicans, 138-132.  Brandon Ingram finished that game with 49 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block while Donovan Mitchell settled for 46 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Jazz won 38 games while the Pelicans were kept to just 23 victories.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

-Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist; 20.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44.7 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Juwan Morgan (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Nickeli Alexander-Walker (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.9 FG%, 34.2 3P%)
-Kenrich Williams (coach’s decision; 3.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.0 3P%)
-Zylan Cheatham (1.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sindarius Thornwell
-Jahlil Okafor (7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 61.1 FG%, 50.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have the upper hand in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Utah Jazz at thirty-three percent.  Brandon Ingram scored 15 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jrue Holiday contributed with 12 points which also included two three-pointers.  Zion Williamson scored nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  Josh Hart played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the court, Mike Conley put up 14 points while knocking down two three-pointers.  Donovan Mitchell was kept to just seven points while Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale combined for 11 points.  Jordan Clarkson had ten points off the bench but it was the Pelicans who went into halftime with a 60-48 lead.

The Utah team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 58-44 run, shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  During that run, Mitchell chalked up 13 points which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Rudy Gobert helped out with ten points while O’Neale had seven points.  Clarkson ended up giving 13 points off the bench.

As for the Pelicans, Holiday and Ingram scored eight points each while Williamson was kept to just four points.  Derrick Favors and Lonzo Ball were both limited to just two points each.  J.J. Redick played 15 minutes off the bench as he recorded 13 points but it was the Jazz who slipped away with a 106-104 win.  Jordan Clarkson finished the game with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Brandon Ingram had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Utah Jazz will battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.3 FG%, 35.1 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  This will mark the third and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 9 when the Thunder defeated the Jazz, 104-90.  During that game, Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 2 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The New Orleans Pelicans will battle Kawhi Leonard (26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 46.9 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-20) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  It will be the fourth and final time that these teams will see each other this season.  January 18 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers crept away with a 133-130 victory.  Leonard finished that game with 39 points, along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and one block while Derrick Favors settled for 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

The Charlotte Hornets come away with a 109-98 win over the Miami Heat

The Charlotte Hornets come away with a 109-98 win over the Miami Heat

Thursday, March 12, 2020

 

The Charlotte Hornets are coming fresh off of a double-overtime thriller against the Atlanta Hawks, where they ended up losing.  Tonight, they will try to avoid a second consecutive as they battle the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena.  The Heat, on the other hand, will try to grab a second straight victory.

Tonight’s meeting will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 25 when the Heat defeated the Hornets, 117-100.  Bam Adebayo finished that game with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block while Terry Rozier had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets have battled each other a grand total of 123 times in the past as the Hornets won 49 games while the Heat went on to grab 74 victories.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

-Dwayne Bacon (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 34.8 FG%, 28.4 3P%)
-Nicolas Batum (coach’s decision; 3.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 34.6 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Willy Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.2 FG%, 22.7 3P%)
-Terry Rozier (illness; 18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 42.3 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Ray Spalding (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)
-Malik Monk (suspension; 10.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 28.4 3P%)

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (toe; 20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.4 FG%, 24.8 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (illness; 1.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held somewhat close in the first half as the Hornets shot forty-five percent from the field while the Heat ended up completing fifty-four percent of their shots.  P.J. Washington scored 14 points which included two three-pointers.  Devonte Graham helped out with 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller combined for 15 points while Cody Martin had six.  Caleb Marin played 16 minutes off the bench but only had nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Derrick Jones got hot for 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had one steal and 2 blocks while Kendrick Nunn earned 13 points.  Bam Adebayo helped out with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists while Duncan Robinson drilled two three-pointers.  Jae Crowder played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless as the Hornets went into halftime with a 59-51 lead.

The Charlotte Hornets would close things out in the second half as they went on a 50-47 run.  During that run, Graham chalked up 18 points, which held four three-pointers.  He also had four assists while Bridges had eight points.  Zeller gave seven points while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out one assist, and blocking one shot.  Caleb Martin played the most minutes off the bench as he had 10 points.

As for the South Beach team, Nunn and Adebayo combined for 21 points while Jones had eight points.  Solomon Hill was kept scoreless while Duncan Robinson had six points.  Crowder played 15 minutes off the bench but had just eight points as the Hornets came away with a 109-98 win.  Devonte Graham finished the game with 30 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and one steal while Kendrick Nunn had 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.