Last night was a busy one for the NBA. A total of 11 games were played, highlighted by Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook facing each other on their former teams, the Clippers trying to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Phoenix, and the Knicks, Kings, Pelicans, and Pacers all looking to get their first ‘W’ of the season.
Harden Makes a lot of Free Throws
Last night, the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Houston Rocket fashion, behind James Harden’s 40 points. James Harden scored those 40 points in James Harden Fashion, with more than half of them coming from the free throw line.
He shot 21/22 while continuing to struggle from everywhere else. He shot 8/21 from the field and 3/14 from downtown. Through three games he is 18/63 from the field (.286), 6/40 from the three (.150), and 46/48 from the free throw line (.958).
Russell Westbrook on the other hand has been very efficient so far. Last night he scored 21 points on 9/16 shooting, and was one assist shy of his second straight triple-double. He’s shooting 50% for the year, something he has never accomplished in a season in his 12 year career.
The Clippers Bounce Back
After a disappointing showing against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday in which the Clippers allowed 130 points, they looked much sharper last night, holding the Charlotte Hornets to just 96.
Speaking of efficient, Kawhi Leonard continued his domination on both ends of the floor, finishing the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
He was able to do all that in less than 30 minutes!
Kawhi is like the anti-Harden, scoring efficiently, playing great defense, and not turning it over like crazy.
The most impressive thing about Kawhi this year has been his passing. He’s got a career assist average of 2.4 per game, yet here he is through 4 games averaging 7.5. This drastic improvement passing the ball puts him as my early favorite to win MVP.
Four Teams Entered Monday Night Without any Wins
The New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and the New York Knicks all entered Monday night without a win. Of the four teams, only one was able to capture a victory, and that was your New York Knicks.
The Pacers are without star guard Victor Oladipo due to a knee injury, the Pelicans are without first overall pick Zion Williamson and have had the toughest schedule in the NBA through 4 games, and the Kings have Luke Walton as their head coach…
Is anyone surprised those teams haven’t won yet?
There is a silver lining in all of this misery however, and that is the New York Knicks. They beat the Chicago Bulls 105-98 behind Bobby Portis’s 28 points off the bench. Who’s Bobby Portis you ask?
R.J. Barrett continued to silence his doubters, adding 19 points to the winning effort. Through 4 games the 19 year old is averaging 20 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists… Maybe New York fans should just boo every one of their draft picks going forward and they’ll all turn into super stars.
Right Kristaps? Right R.J.?
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