It’s Friday! Yay, we’ve made it! To get your weekend kicked off, let’s recap last night’s NBA action so you can go back to pretending to like your kids or whatever.
Golden State Warriors- 129 Minnesota Timberwolves- 116
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) November 13, 2015
So when I made the proclamation earlier this week that the Warriors would not lose a game this season, that was a joke.
Now, I am here to seriously say that the Warriors are going to go 82-0 this season and not lose a single game.
They are freakish and beautiful and absurd in how good they are. Last night, they toppled the rising T’Wolves in relatively easy fashion, led by the man-beast that is Steph Curry dropping 46 points (why yes, that is his third 40-point game of the season so far) on 8-for-13 shooting from behind the arc because damn it, he’s Steph Curry, and that’s just what he does. Draymond Green added a 23-8-12 line as Golden State moved to a franchise all-time best 10-0.
To Minnesota’s credit, they showed up. Which is something of an achievement for teams facing off against the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both looked like the future superstars they’ll be, with Towns going for 17 and 11, while Wiggins poured in 19 points. The Timberwolves fell to 4-4 on the year, but maintain their status as Warriors Of 2018, when they’ll be at maximum strength and force opponents to flee for their safety.
Miami Heat- 92 Utah Jazz- 91
Remember when the Heat traded Mario Chalmers to the Grizzlies and everyone acted like he could save Memphis? Well, maybe he can or maybe he can’t, but it clearly isn’t having a drastic effect on Miami. Chalmers’ replacement, Tyler Johnson, went 8-for-12 from the field for 17 points off the bench, including a couple of late buckets to push the Heat to 6-3 on the season. Chris Bosh would add 25 and 8 to Miami’s efforts.
Despite falling to 4-4, the Jazz continue to look like a team that can contend in the Western Conference in the near future, Derrick Favors went for 25 and 12 while shooting 10-18 on FGA while Gordan Hayward dropped 24 and 11. Alec Burke came off the bench to go for 24 points. Sadly, those three would combine for 73 points, which is great and all but also problematic when the entire team scores just 91. Favors, Hayward, and Burke are all going to be intricate parts of the Jazz’s growth over the next few years, but they’ll need more firepower to carve a niche in the West.
Phoenix Suns- 118 Los Angeles Clippers- 104
Simply put, last night was just one of those nights for the Clippers. They looked sluggish on defense, allowing the Suns to shoot 55% from the field and were forced to rely on Jamal Crawford’s 18 points to lead them offensively. Every team will have nights where the ball just doesn’t bounce their way, and tonight was one of them for Los Angeles. I mean, look at that video above. Suns players were literally just falling everywhere and throwing the ball up and somehow, it found it’s way in. It happens.
Speaking of Phoenix, the Suns backcourt of Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe saw an offensive explosion. Bledsoe ended just an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists while Knight ended with a season high 37 points on 14-22 shooting.
NBA Roundup will be taking the weekends off because believe it or not, we do have lives to live! I’ll be back Monday to catch you up on Sunday’s hoops action. Until then, get through your Friday with the knowledge that Kristaps Porzingis plays tonight! Have a good day.
Kristaps plays tonight https://t.co/S5dCichROz
— Sean Linhares (@LINhares_Sanity) November 10, 2015