There were only three games due to the football game last night and none of them were close. Here’s how it went down while you were watching DeShaun Watson make history.
Pelicans 110, Knicks 96 – Anthony Davis went off for 40 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks and hit 14-of-22 shots, while only Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Terrence Jones joined him in double figures. The Pelicans are basically being carried on the back of Davis this season, but there is some bad news here. Davis left the game late with a hip injury after being flagrantly fouled by Kyle O’Quinn. It’s technically being called a hip pointer and X-rays were negative so he’s simply being listed as day-to-day now. The Pelicans play again on Thursday and my guess is Davis will be a game-time decision. If he can’t go, look for a whole lot of Jones against the Nets.
For the Knicks, Derrick Rose was a literal no-show last night. As in he didn’t show up for the game and the Knicks didn’t even know where he was last night. They didn’t hear from him until after the game and Rose may have been protesting being benched late in the previous game, but details are still lacking and we still don’t know exactly what is going on. The good news is that Rose is alive and well, which wasn’t a certainty earlier in the evening. Brandon Jennings should be picked up across the board and had 20 points, five boards, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 before being ejected for arguing with officials. Kristaps Porzingis was awful, hitting just 3-o-13 shots for nine points, four boards and two blocks. He’s seen better days. Jennings and Melo were the only two Knicks to score in double figures and just to be clear, Jennings is now a must-own player across the board. Go get him.
Thunder 109, Bulls 94 – Russell Westbrook had 21 points, nine boards and 14 assists, Steven Adams added 22 points, five boards and a block, and Enes Kanter racked up 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the Thunder win. Victor Oladipo was efficient with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, but added just two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer. Owners were hoping for more.
The Bulls were led by Dwyane Wade’s 22 points and he added four rebounds, six assists, a block and two 3-pointers in the loss. Michael Carter-Williams is still starting for the Bulls and had 15 points and two assists on 6-of-11 shooting and is averaging 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his last five games. Cristiano Felicio had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, but the Bulls bigs were worked over by Kanter and Adams. Feliciano is averaging 5.2 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five games, so keep an eye on him. As for Jimmy Butler, he left the game in the third quarter and was sent home due to an illness. It was a tough night all the way around for NBA superstars. And as for Rajon Rondo, you know things are pretty bad when he didn’t get into the game on his own bobblehead night. Considering that Rondo is the Bulls point guard who replaced Rose in Chicago, it was a pretty weird night.
Wolves 101, Mavericks 92 – Karl-Anthony Towns had it going early and often, finishing with 34 points, 11 boards, a steal and three blocks on 15-of-19 shooting and Ricky Rubio went off for 13 points, five rebounds, a season-high 15 assists and five steals, despite hitting just 3-of-9 shots in the win. Andrew Wiggins (13), Gorgui Dieng (12) and Shabazz Muhammad (11) were the other Wolves to hit double digits in scoring. Which means Zach LaVine had another bad night. He’s scored eight and five points in two of his last three games, and left early last night with a bruised left hip. He was visibly limping and the Wolves say he’ll be re-evaluated at today’s practice. Hold your breath if you own LaVine and look for Muhammad, who has scored in double digits off the bench in six of his last eight games, to benefit if LaVine is going to miss time.
Harrison Barnes racked up 30 points and four 3-pointers and Dirk Nowitzki added a season-high 26 points and five 3-pointers in the loss. Only Deron Williams joined them in double digits and he just barely got there with 11 points and seven dimes. Wesley Matthews had a really rough night, finishing with two points, four rebounds and five assists on 1-of-7 shooting. The Mavs’ bench saw six people score, but none of them did much. Seth Curry scored eight points with two 3-pointers, but that was about it. Center Andrew Bogut missed the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and finished with two points. Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri will both benefit if Bogut it going to miss some time.
Now that the college football season is officially over, we have a full slate with nine games tonight. Hopefully things go a little more smoothly tonight, as Monday was a little too injury riddled and drama filled for my liking.