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BBNBA: Wizards Collapse and the Kings are Good?



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RECAP

Heat – 113 @ Hornets – 125

  • The Charlotte Hornets have found their go-to bench duo. Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have thrived as the team’s leaders of the second unit, especially MKG, who has seemingly redefined his career in only eight games.
  • Monk followed up his 1-8 shooting performance on Saturday with a lethal 20 points on 7-10 shooting, including 4-6 from deep. Alongside veteran Tony Parker, the Hornets have a viable backcourt duo off the bench that is capable of putting up points in a hurry. Monk even got some run during a critical stretch in the fourth quarter playing next to Kemba Walker and Parker. Perhaps the Hornets picking up Monk’s third-year team option on his contract had something to do with him shooting with no remorse.
  • MKG had his best outing of the young season, adding 14 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes.
  • Bam Adebayo had another solid game, scoring eight points and bringing in six rebounds in 15 minutes, but he can’t seem to escape that 15-20 minute range. Adebayo’s counterpart, Hassan Whiteside, has played rather well to start the season, so it’s understandable as to why Adebayo hasn’t received more minutes. But, Adebayo is consistently bringing at least eight points and five rebounds per game while Whiteside has been a bit more erratic in a higher dosage of playing time. If Miami’s 3-4 record doesn’t see an improvement, this playoff hopeful team might be willing to make some minor changes and it could start with Adebayo and Whiteside (or trading for Jimmy Butler?).

Kings – 107 @ Magic – 99

  • Well, I’m not sure what else to say about the Sacramento Kings. Through eight games they have proved me wrong in every possible fashion and I am 100 percent okay with that. It’s about time they tasted some success and I couldn’t be happier that it’s happening in the arms of Willie Cauley-Stein and De’Aaron Fox.
  • Are the Kings going to make the playoffs? No. Are they going to win 40 games? I still highly doubt it. But are they going to be one of the most exciting teams to watch? Absolutely. Their current success is based off sneaking up on the opponent and straight up out-running them. If the Kings don’t tire out midway through the season, then they might be able to keep some of this going, but that’s to be determined. But right now, who cares. The Kings are 5-3 with plenty of impressive wins.
  • Fox scored 14 points on 6-13 shooting to go along with five assists. He was scoreless in the first half before pouring it on in the second. He almost didn’t even suit up for the game because of a sore back. WCS was dominating against everyone not named Mohamed Bamba (Bamba surprisingly locked down WCS every time he touched the ball) and registered another double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. That’s now four straight double-doubles for the big man.

Wizards – 95 @ Grizzlies – 107

  • John Wall led his Wizards team with 22 points on 9-15 shooting (4-7 from deep) in addition to his five rebounds and seven assists but turned the ball over nine times. The Wizards took their fourth straight loss Tuesday night and oh boy, things just continue to get worse in the nation’s capital.
  • The Grizzlies opened the second half on an 18-1 run and never looked back. The Wizards look defeated, dead in the water, out of answers, only seven games into an 82-game season. The postgame quotes from Wall and Beal just continue to paint the picture of ineptitude that surrounds them. They share some of the blame, too, but this team just needs to make some changes. It’s been years now with this roster construction and it’s clear things are only going to continue to get worse before they get better. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear murmurs about a players-only meeting or head coach Scott Brooks getting canned.
  • Your daily reminder that Dwight Howard still hasn’t even played a game for the Wizards this season. He’s expected to make his season debut on Friday night.

Clippers – 110 @ Thunder – 128

  • The Los Angeles Clippers held a 67-54 lead at halftime. By the time the third quarter was over, they were losing 77-93. The Thunder ran off a 39-10 run in the third quarter and crushed the spirit of every single Clippers player on the court in the process. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded only five points on 2-4 shooting in 22 minutes while the Clippers starting point guard was getting into needless scuffles with Russell Westbrook. Those two have a complicated history together and rehashed some of it Tuesday night, with Westbrook ultimately leading his team to the win.
  • Patrick Patterson was 3-3 from the floor, including 2-2 from deep and a nice fast break dunk. Hamidou Diallo added four points in 10 minutes while Nerlens Noel brought in two points and two rebounds in only eight minutes.

STATISTICS

Player Result Points FG (3FG) Reb. Ast. Steals Blocks TOs +/- Mins.
John Wall (WAS) 95-107 L @ MEM 22 9-15 (4-7) 5 7 3 0 9 -14 34
Malik Monk (CHA) 125-113 W vs. MIA 20 7-10 (4-6) 2 1 0 0 1 +1 23
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA) 125-113 W vs. MIA 14 5-9 (0-0) 8 1 0 0 0 +19 25
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC) 107-99 W @ ORL 14 6-15 (0-0) 11 1 1 0 1 +13 29
De’Aaron Fox (SAC) 107-99 W @ ORL 14 6-13 (0-2) 2 5 2 0 5 -13 30
Bam Adebayo (MIA) 113-125 L @ CHA 8 4-5 (0-0) 6 2 0 0 0 0 15
Patrick Patterson (OKC) 128-110 W vs. LAC 8 3-3 (2-2) 2 0 1 0 1 +1 20
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC) 110-128 L @ OKC 5 2-4 (0-1) 0 3 0 1 2 -10 22
Hamidou Diallo (OKC) 128-110 W vs. LAC 4 1-5 (0-1) 3 0 1 0 1 -4 10
Nerlens Noel (OKC) 128-110 W vs. LAC 2 1-3 (0-0) 2 0 1 0 0 -5 8
Andrew Harrison (MEM) 107-95 W vs. WAS DNP-CD
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL) 99-107 L vs. SAC DNP-CD
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC) 107-99 W @ ORL DNP-CD
Skal Labissiere (SAC) 107-99 W @ ORL DNP-CD
Brandon Knight (HOU) 85-104 L vs. POR DNP-Knee
Alex Poythress (ATL) 114-136 L @ CLE DNP-Knee

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:30: Pistons @ Nets

8:00 (ESPN): Pacers @ Knicks (Kanter, Knox-out)

8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Bulls (Ulis)

8:00: Jazz @ Timberwolves (Towns)

10:30: Pelicans (Davis-questionable, Miller, Randle) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)

10:30: Mavericks @ Lakers (Rondo)

10:30 (ESPN): Spurs @ Suns (Booker)

Update: Devin Booker has been ruled OUT for tonight’s game on ESPN.


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