Does it feel like injuries are piling up across the league to anyone else? In nearly every game from Sunday, a key player – or sometimes multiple – is missing from a lineup or two from established stars like Chris Paul, Ja Morant, and Jimmy Butler to young cornerstones like LaMelo Ball or Cade Cunningham, the league looks like an infirmary at times.
The NBA show, nevertheless, must go on, and I won’t be stopped in overreacting to the motion anyway.
Suns clamp down on Knicks, 116-95
Regular Season Suns notched one other victory of the “total team effort” variety. No single player logged greater than 33 minutes, and 6 different players scored a minimum of 13 (none greater than 21). Additionally they out- rebounded the Knicks, 60-39, and out-assisted them, 35-20. All this despite yet one more missed game from key starters Chris Paul and Cam Johnson.
Since a 3-1 start, the Knicks have done nothing but hover around .500 (8-9 now) and get people calling for Thibs’ job.
Wizards squeak by Hornets, 106-102
Nearly an ideal storm for the Wizards’ starters, we got good games from Kuz (28/10/5), Brad Beal (26/4/5), and Deni Avdija (12/13), but Washington struggled to generate much from their bench, which scored just 14 points combined.
It didn’t matter though, because the Hornets usually are not too keen on winning games for the time being, especially without LaMelo Ball again.
Kings’ streak growing with 137-129 win over Pistons
When you aren’t yet aware, the Kings have been sending a purple beam of sunshine into the sky after every victory, they usually’ve had quite a couple of probabilities recently. Sacramento is on their first 6-game win streak because the 2004-05 season. De’Aaron Fox, who finished with 33 points and seven assists on this one, is now averaging 24.0 and eight.7 over the win streak.
Ben Simmons continues hot stretch, Nets beat Grizzlies, 127-115
Shoutout Ben Simmons man. Nine straight games of single digit points and now three straight of double, including a season-high 22 (11-13) on this one, including a couple of shots from outside the restricted area. Shutting the haters up in front of our very eyes, including myself.
Standard, usual for the Grizzlies, who’re goin’ through it with injuries to Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. I wish to think in some unspecified time in the future in my life, I’ll think as highly of myself as Dillon Brooks does of himself; who saw the absences as a possibility to take 30 shots in 34 minutes, which is wild.
Cavs cool down Heat, 113-87
The Heat might suck! Or it might be that Jimmy Butler is the straw that stirs the drink, because they’re now 1-3 without him (including this one) with a -6.5 point differential per game and 6-7 with him within the lineup (+.077).
The Cavs, nevertheless, are only a buzzsaw, especially once they have their core 4 all playing, and that’s with still figuring out the fifth starting spot for somebody who gels. After Caris LeVert wasn’t figuring out from that spot, Cleveland has tried Lamar Stevens, who’s been a minus each day trip, including 20 points worse than the subsequent worst starter vs Miami by plus-minus. Cedi Osman, already averaging 20 minutes per game, looks as if the candidate for the subsequent shot.
Klay Thompson catches fire as Warriors beat Rockets, 127-120
What a breath of fresh air to see Klay appear like the old Klay as a substitute of old Klay. Also very cool for the Warriors to affix the club of 28 other teams who’ve won a minimum of one road game (Detroit at 0-10, we’re all waiting on you).
Nuggets outlast Mavericks, 98-97
There was some weirdness on this one. To finish the half, Luka hit a 3 that will or may not have been from out of bounds. It was reviewed after which overturned to be out of bounds, then a rainbow halfcourt heave from fellow Slovenian Vlatko Cancar to provide the Nuggets momentum going into the half. Luka admitted to a momentum switch after the sport, but didn’t need to use it as the rationale Dallas lost.
Lakers are going streaking with 123-92 win over Spurs
Three straight wins, three straight 30-burgers for Anthony Davis, and three straight DNP’s for the LeBron. I can’t help but wonder how that feels to see your team find its stride without you. Is that this a legit trend or simply a handful of victories over some sub-.500 teams. We’ll see. The Lakers close out the month with games against the Phoenix Suns (10-6), Portland Trail Blazers (10-6) and Indiana Pacers (9-6) but in addition see the Spurs two more times. It ought to be an excellent reality check for the Lakers.