Light night of NBA action last night, but as always, there are takes to be had. Let’s jump right in.
Atlanta Hawks (104) vs Brooklyn Nets (116)
- D’Angelo Russell continues his rejuvenation in Brooklyn, posting 16 points, seven rebounds, and ten assists. His Most Improved Player of the Year bid is coming along nicely, albeit only three games into the year.
- Dennis Schroder was injured in last night’s game, although thankfully it was nothing serious. None the less, he will probably be out for their game tonight, so expect to see a lot more minutes from Malcolm Delaney.
- Allen Crabbe had a solid night, scoring 20 points, grabbing five rebounds, and shooting 4-7 from behind the arc. The Nets didn’t give up much to get Crabbe, but they were willing to pay him a ridiculous amount last off-season, and this is the kind of production they were hoping they would get.
Minnesota Timberwolves (115) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (113)
- Great games last night from Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who combined for 54 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and one game-winning three.
- Hidden detail from last night’s box score: Russell Westbrook had five rebounds and Steven Adams had 13. Forget the result from last night, that’s the recipe for prolonged success in this league — centers getting rebounds.
- Jimmy Butler hasn’t looked like the same all-star player that left Chicago back in June. Through three games, he’s averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4 assists, and shooting 39.5% from the field. I’m sure it’s just an adjustment period, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on going forward.
New Orleans Pelicans (119) vs Los Angeles Lakers (112)
- Lonzo Ball is proving to be exactly what we thought he would be: an excellent passer and solid point-guard rebounder who would struggle to score in the NBA. His line tonight was eight points, eight rebounds, 13 assists compared to five turnovers, 23% shooting from the field, 0-5 from three, and a -24 on the game.
- The Boogie-AD combo last night: 49 points, 28 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and five blocks. In case you didn’t already know or you’ve been living under a rock, those guys are pretty good at basketball.
- They do, however, need some support from the other players to, you know, actually win games. And they got it against the Lakers. E’Twaun Moore had 19 points and only missed one shot, and Jrue Holiday had 14 points to go along with five rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
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