December 19, 2017, 10:38 pm
Hello Hoop-Ballers! It may have been a light Tuesday, but we were treated to a LeBron James vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo matchup at the Bradley Center, and it lived up to expectations. Yes, Tuesday night wouldn’t be complete without an Anthony Davis injury scare as well. More on that below. Let’s get in to the three-game slate.
BUCKS 119, CAVS 116
The Cavs erased a 15-point Bucks lead in the fourth quarter to take the lead late, but the Bucks survived with late heroics in a 119-116 thriller. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points, 13 boards, eight assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes. The NBA needs to ensure these two teams get in to a playoff series this season.
Eric Bledsoe had one of his best games as a Buck, shooting 10-for-16 from the field for 26 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He came up big all night to keep the Cavs off their scent.
Khris Middleton double-doubled with 18 points, 10 assists, two boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. His value has remained steady even with Bledsoe in the way.
In a losing effort, LeBron James dropped 39 points (14-for-22 FGs) with one board, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He got his lone rebound on a missed Giannis free throw with under two seconds left in the game. It was his 16th game with one or less rebounds in a game.
Kevin Love double-doubled with 21 points, 10 boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes. The Cavs didn’t get much help elsewhere and still have a huge problem on the defensive side of the basketball. They still have five months to figure it out.
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WIZARDS 116, PELICANS 106
The Wizards survived big games from the Pels’ twin towers behind a balanced team effort all around. Bradley Beal led the way with 26 points (9-for-19 FGs), five boards, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
After the game, Beal said he rolled left ankle and will have it looked at tomorrow. He played through it and did well, so it shouldn’t be much of a concern. At worst, he is day-to-day. The Wizards don’t play again until Friday against the Nets.
John Wall double-doubled with 18 points, six boards, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He looks fully recovered. Marcin Gortat also added a double-double with a 10-14-2-0-3 line in 29 minutes. He will always be a viable mid-to-late round center.
The big story in this game was the play of Mike Scott, who has caught fire in recent games. Scott finished shooting 11-for-15 from the field for 24 points with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. The Wizards beat writers peg Scott as the biggest surprise of the Wiz’ young season. He is worth a flier in standard leagues.
Another game, another Anthony Davis injury scare. Davis stayed in the locker room to start the second half, getting X-rays on his right wrist. The X-rays came back negative and Davis was back in the third quarter with a heavy wrap around his wrist and finger. He still posted a nice line, finishing with 37 points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes. Owning him isn’t for the faint of heart.
DeMarcus Cousins shot 8-for-17 from the field for 26 points with 13 boards, four assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. He is holding second round value and shows no signs of slowing down.
It was a short night for Rajon Rondo, who sat out the final quarter and a half, finishing with zero points, two boards and three assists. He banged left knees with Kelly Oubre early in the game and sat for most of the second half. Stay tuned for updates on his status for Friday.
KINGS 101, SIXERS 95
Zach Randolph turned back the clock for 27 points in an upset of the Sixers. Randolph finished shooting 12-for-19 from the field for 27 points with five boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Buddy Hield added 24 points (9-for-19 FGs) with five boards, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes. He wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger all night and it worked for him this time.
George Hill (strep throat) sat this one out but said he expects to play on Wednesday against the Nets.
The Sixers sat Joel Embiid (rest), starting Amir Johnson (7-9-0-0-1) in his place. With Trevor Booker and Richaun Holmes clogging the backup center role, it’s hard to trust any of the three Embiid handcuffs at this point.
Robert Covington led the Sixers with 17 points, three boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers. He shot 2-for-13 from deep. RoCo has always been a streaky shooter. Hopefully the streak doesn’t last long.
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