BBNBA: Davis Returns From Injury and KAT Scores 28
Pacers – 107 @ Knicks – 101
- Enes Kanter was limited to 21 minutes in the Knicks Wednesday night loss to the Pacers, as he brought in seven points and six rebounds on a disappointing 3-11 shooting. This was Kanter’s third consecutive game coming off the bench. The Knicks have favored rookie Mitchell Robinson (Remember him? The Western Kentucky University “enrollee” who never played a game before declaring for the NBA Draft) over Kanter for the last three games. Robinson – who is a legitimate prospect despite what I’m about to say – did not score a point in 17 minutes.
- Kevin Knox was with the team Wednesday but did not play. He’s expected to fly with the team when they begin their road trip on Friday, although his exact return date is still murky.
Nuggets – 108 @ Bulls – 107 (OT)
- The Denver Nuggets squeaked out another tight victory after failing to land a knockout punch on the Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter. A game-winning tip-in shot with .01 seconds left on the clock by Paul Millsap in overtime secured the victory for Denver. Jamal Murray was 0-4 from deep with only 12 points, but still made a significant impact on the game with his eight rebounds, six assists, and only one turnover. The Nuggets also picked up Murray’s team option for next season.
- Trey Lyles added nine points of his own on 4-9 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds.
PAUL MILLSAP PUTBACK, FTW pic.twitter.com/ZV8Muny0pz
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 1, 2018
Jazz – 125 @ Timberwolves – 128
- With no Jimmy Butler in action on Wednesday night (supposedly due to rest, although we have a better idea as to why), Karl-Anthony Towns had to step up. And step up he did. Towns tallied 28 points and 16 rebounds on 9-17 shooting (4-9 from deep) in a big win over the Utah Jazz – who have looked a bit suspect to begin the season after finishing last season as one of the best teams in the entire league.
- It was arguably the biggest win of the season for the Wolves, as they were missing Butler along with both their primary point guards, Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague. But, the return of Andrew Wiggins from injury and one of KAT’s best games of the young season allowed them to pull off the win.
- The ghost of Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points, too. When media outlets are blindly praising a player like Rose, we also shouldn’t discount his past and the upcoming court hearing.
Pelicans – 121 @ Warriors – 131
- Anthony Davis made his return to the court after missing two games due to a sprained elbow but did not look to be 100 percent. For the first three quarters, Davis seemed unengaged and could never find a rhythm. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic had to do the bulk of the scoring and ball-handling while Davis tried to work his way back in. Davis finished with 17 points on 6-16 shooting as he finally got some shots to fall late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Warriors season-high 39 assists. In addition to his 17 points, Davis also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
- Julius Randle was extremely limited against the Warriors frontline. He was hounded all night when he got the ball in the paint, scoring only 11 points on 3-6 shooting, but he also added 10 rebounds.
- Darius Miller missed his third straight game due to a quad injury. He’s questionable to return for Thursday’s matchup against Portland.
- There was also plenty of sideline interactions involving former Pelican and current Warrior DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins made it a point to his teammates that he wanted to beat the Pelicans and beat them badly, for not offering him the contract in the offseason that he expected. He chit-chatted with Davis during the game, as well, discussing god knows what.
Just conversation between Anthony Davis and his former teammate DeMarcus Cousins. Nothing to see here pic.twitter.com/trfC1BTu1A
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 1, 2018
- I will spend the rest of my life searching for that teddy bear shirt Boogie is sporting.
Mavericks – 113 @ Lakers – 114
- Rajon Rondo was hardly impactful in this game, scoring only five points on 2-7 shooting with zero rebounds and three assists, but it was the blunder from Wes Matthews that secured the win in the end for Rondo and the Lakers.
- Matthews inexplicably fouled LeBron James with only seconds left and the game tied. Why you might ask? Well, I have literally no explanation.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||128-125 W vs. UTA||28||9-17 (4-9)||16||4||2||2||3||+10||40|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||121-131 L @ GSW||17||6-16 (1-4)||12||7||0||1||2||-2||41|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||108-107 OT W @ CHI||12||5-13 (0-4)||8||6||0||1||1||+9||43|
|Julius Randle (NOP)||121-131 L @ GSW||11||3-6 (0-0)||10||2||0||0||4||-23||22|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||108-107 OT W @ CHI||9||4-9 (1-3)||10||3||1||1||2||-6||20|
|Enes Kanter (NYK)||101-107 L vs. IND||7||3-11 (0-0)||6||2||0||0||2||-4||21|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||114-113 W vs. DAL||5||2-7 (1-3)||0||3||2||0||2||-21||17|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||131-121 W vs. NOP||DNP-Achilles||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||101-107 L vs. IND||DNP-Ankle||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||108-107 (OT) W @ CHI||DNP-Foot||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||121-131 L @ GSW||DNP-Quad||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||90-120 L vs. SAS||DNP-Hamstring||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||107-108 (OT) L vs. DEN||DNP-Inactive||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)
7:00 Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Cavaliers
7:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ 76ers
7:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labissiere) @ Hawks (Poythress-probable)
8:00 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended) @ Celtics
10:30 (TNT): Pelicans (Davis, Miller-questionable, Randle) @ Trail Blazers
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