Connect with us

The Rundown w/T-Money

Rundown v01.11.20 – Utah Gains Ground, Grizzlies on the Move, What Lakers are Available in Trade?

The Lakers take care of business against the Mavs, Jordan Clarkson leads Utah to a convincing win, Morant has been 'Ja' dropping in Memphis' run, and Jaxson Hayes stuffed Kevin Knox and the New York Knicks last night.

While the latest buzz is over Andre Drummond being eyed by the New York Knicks, there are other irons in the fire as the trade deadline approaches in the next few weeks.

When will Andre Drummond peel off that Pistons jersey for the last time? Is Kevin Love headed to Portland? Marcus Morris would look nice in Thunder blue, if not Kyle Kuzma. And I am not giving up on my Tristan Thompson-for-Aaron Gordon trade. Thursday, February 6th will be here sooner than we think.

There’s still the possibility of a Kevin Love trade out of Cleveland. His desire (and my early season prediction) is for him to go to his hometown Portland Trailblazers. Granted, Love is nowhere near his Minnesota Timberwolves numbers and has languished in Cleveland at best, but that’s not to say that his trade value has diminished. He still has a lot left in the tank for the right situation with the right team. Question is, who wants that $120.4M over the next four years and who does Portland give up to get him? Is Oklahoma City a dark horse candidate?

Speaking of Oklahoma City, does Sam Presti even think about tinkering with what no one expected – a team that has jumped out to an unexpected 22-16 record nearly halfway through the season?

Danny Ainge faces the same quagmire in Boston, although a three game skid isn’t quite the catalyst to get Ainge to start dealing cards … but he’s looking and we’ll have to see if he’s wearing his poker face or is content with the core he has.

The Knicks are certainly keeping an eye on and have a keen interest in Drummond, and I doubt it happens the way I’d like it to (I’d like to see Drummond go to a contender like the Dallas Mavericks, where’s he’d be a difference maker against teams like L.A., who’s beaten the Mavs three times this season), but he may be the next big name swapped. Personally, I’d move Blake Griffin. Phoenix would be a nice destination. I used to wish for him to go back home to Oklahoma, but not with Chris Paul (and their history) there.

And, lastly, just to make it interesting, allegedly every Laker but LeBron James and Anthony Davis is reportedly available.

Kyle Kuzma? Really?

Go get him, David Griffin. Complete the swap that Dell Demps didn’t. Or let Presti swap out Paul (and his contract) for Kuz, Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins. I also would love to see Presti chase Marcus Morris in the next three weeks.

Who would you most like to see traded?

  • Kevin Love
  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Andre Drummond
  • Marcus Morris
  • Derrick Rose

Sound of with your thoughts – hit me in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter here.

********************

Atlanta Hawks  101
Washington Wizards  111

The Washington Wizards bookended a couple of 30 point quarters on offense and contained Trae Young on defense, limiting the sharpshooter to 19 points and no three pointers (he missed all seven attempts) as the kept Atlanta from its ninth win of the season last night. Washington earned its 13th victory behind #VFL Jordan McRae’s game high 29 points. Bradley Beal missed his seventh game in the last eight due to a right leg issue; Jabari Parker’s shoulder caused him to miss his fourth game for the Hawks.

HAWKS (8-31) 15th in the EastWIZARDS (13-25) 11th in the East
Trae Young
19 points – four rebounds – seven assists – two steals
#VFL Jordan McRae
29 points – eight rebounds – six assists – one steal 
Kevin Huerter
16 points – three rebounds – two assists – one block
Troy Brown, Jr.
18 points – 10 rebounds – one assist – two steals
John Collins
15 points – 15 rebounds – one assist – four blocks
Davis Bertans
14 points – seven rebounds – one assist

NEXT GAMES
Hawks at Nets – Sunday
Jazz at Wizards – Sunday

********************

New Orleans Pelicans  123
New York Knicks  111

How do you eat the elephant in the Garden? One bite at a time. And that’s just what the New Orleans Pelicans came to Madison Square Garden and did last night, outscoring the New York Knicks by two points, four points, three points and three points to take the 12 point win between two No. 14 teams. New York certainly needs to make a move or two to make any moves up the depth chart, and while I feel Detroit center Andre Drummond should go to a contender, the Knicks feel Drummond will make them a contender. Depends on who they put around him, as they haven’t been a contender for over 20 years. Personally, I’d take a runner on Jaxson Hayes and develop him – but that’s New Orleans’ plan and they way he’s playing, I don’t see David Griffin parting ways with the former Longhorn.

PELICANS (14-25) 14th in the WestKNICKS (10-29) 14th in the East
Brandon Ingram
28 points – six rebounds – nine assists – one steal
Taj Gibson
19 points – eight rebounds – one block
Jaxson Hayes
18 points – 10 rebounds – one assist – one steal – two blocks
R.J. Barrett
16 points – nine rebounds – two assists – two steals
Lonzo Ball
15 points – six rebounds – 11 assists – one steal – one block
Elfrid Payton
15 points – six rebounds – seven assists – five steals

NEXT GAMES
Pelicans at Celtics – Tonight
Heat at Knicks – Sunday

********************

Miami Heat  113
Brooklyn Nets  117

After the Miami Heat rolled out a 42-32 first quarter, the (un)faithful in the Barclays Center began chants in favor of the Heat. That was all the impetus the Brooklyn Nets needed to focus on the task at hand and end their seven game losing streak. The Nets would go on to outscore the Heat 85-71 over the final three quarters and get their 17th win of the season as they hang on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with Charlotte four games behind.

HEAT (27-11) 2nd in the EastNETS (17-20) 8th in the East
Jimmy Butler
33 points – nine rebounds – two assists – one block
Spencer Dinwiddie
26 points – four rebounds – 14 assists – two steals – one block
Bam Adebayo
22 points – six rebounds – seven assists – two steals – one block
Rodions Kurucs
19 points – three rebounds – one steal
Goran Dragic
17 points – two rebounds – five assists
Taurean Prince
17 points – four rebounds – four assists – one steal – one block

NEXT GAMES
Heat at Knicks – Sunday
Hawks at Nets – Sunday

********************

Indiana Pacers  116
Chicago Bulls  105

Zach LaVine and Coby White put on a show for the Chicago Bulls last night in the United Center, but Myles Turner’s coming out party had him setting season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while getting teammates involved and nice bench performances from Aaron Holiday (19), Doug McDermott (16), Edmond Sumner (10-5-4), and Justin Holiday (nine points, six assists) in the critical divisional win.

PACERS (24-15) 6th in the EastBULLS (13-26) 12th in the East
Myles Turner
27 points – 14 rebounds – three assists – one steal – two blocks
Zach LaVine
43 points – six rebounds – one assist – one steal
Aaron Holiday
19 points – three rebounds – eight assists
Coby White
23 points – five rebounds – one steal – one assist
T.J. Warren
17 points – five rebounds – two assists – two steals
Tomas Satoransky
13 points – three rebounds – three assists – one steal – one block

NEXT GAMES
Bulls at Pistons – Tonight
Sixers at Pacers – Monday

********************

San Antonio Spurs  121
Memphis Grizzlies  134

They should change their name to the San Antonio Catfish, as they’ve reeled us in again only to be a dead piece of wood in the end. Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins obviously knows a thing or two about how to beat his former mentor, Gregg Popovich. For the second time this season, Jenkins and his Memphis Grizzlies have embarrassed the San Antonio Spurs, last night by 13 points. Granted, the season series stands at 2-2, with the Spurs having won by 30 two days before Christmas, but give the Grizzlies credit as they’re (1) on a four game ravenous tear, and (2) they’re ahead of the Spurs in the Western Conference standings, even if it’s .04 percentage points, they’ve got the advantage and may increase that this weekend as they welcome the Golden State Warriors while the inconsistent Spurs travel to Toronto. 

SPURS (16-21) 9th in the WestGRIZZLIES (17-22) 8th in the West
DeMar DeRozan
36 points – nine rebounds – nine assists – one steal
Jaren Jackson, Jr.
24 points – three rebounds
LaMarcus Aldridge
21 points – nine rebounds – three assists – one block
Ja Morant
22 points – seven rebounds – 14 assists – two steals
Bryn Forbes
21 points – two rebounds
Dillon Brooks
22 points – four rebounds – six assists – one steal – two blocks

NEXT GAMES
Spurs at Raptors – Sunday
Warriors at Grizzlies – Sunday

********************

Orlando Magic  94
Phoenix Suns  98

The Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic may have traded strong second quarter and third quarter performances last night at Talking Stick Resort Arena, but that only made the game interesting, with Phoenix up 77-75 going into the final stanza. A 21-19 fourth quarter ended up as such because Devin Booker – who only had two points previously in the second half, saved the Suns with back to back three pointers in the waning moments of the game to get the Suns their 15th win of the season.

MAGIC (18-21) 7th in the EastSUNS (15-23) 12th in the West
Evan Fournier
28 points – three rebounds – one assist – three steals
Devin Booker
24 points – three rebounds – five assists – three steals
Nikola Vucevic
18 points – 13 rebounds – three assists – two steals
Kelly Oubre, Jr.
22 points – nine rebounds – one block
Terrence Ross
18 points – two rebounds – three steals
Deandre Ayton
13 points – nine rebounds – three assists – one block

NEXT GAMES
Hornets at Suns – Sunday
Magic at Kings – Monday

********************

Charlotte Hornets  92
Utah Jazz  109

The nice thing about the Utah Jazz right now is their consistency and teamwork. Two years ago, this was Donovan Mitchell’s team, et al. The ‘et al’ has now become a cast of serviceable and interchangeable players who’s individual strengths complement one another and work toward the ultimate goal of proving my dark horse hunch correct – all the while, Mike Conley recovers from his hamstring issue for the stretch run. Utah bested the Hornets last night for their eighth straight win, and after languishing in the sixth spot in the West for the first part of the season, they now own the fourth spot by a half game and .08 percentage points thanks to Jordan Clarkson’s team high performance off the bench and the defense of Rudy Gobert.

HORNETS (15-26) 9th in the EastJAZZ (26-12) 4th in the West
Terry Rozier
23 points – five rebounds – four assists – one steal
Jordan Clarkson
20 points – four rebounds – two assists – one steal
Guillermo Hernangomez
15 points – six rebounds – one assist
Bojan Bogdanovic
16 points – three rebounds – three assists
Miles Bridges
11 points – four rebounds – two assists – one steal – two blocks
Rudy Gobert
15 points – 13 rebounds – three assists – one steal – five blocks

NEXT GAMES
Hornets at Suns – Sunday
Jazz at Wizards – Sunday

********************

Los Angeles Lakers  129
Dallas Mavericks  114

The Los Angeles Lakers opened November by beating the Dallas Mavericks, 119-110. The Mavericks responded a month later by toppling the Lakers, 114-100, a lone blemish in what would have been an 18 game run that would have kept pace with, even rivaled, Milwaukee’s 18 game run in that same time period. The Lakers have never forgotten that loss to the Mavs, and have taken the last two games to own the season series 3-1 after last night’s 15 point win without Anthony Davis. Last night was L.A.’s seventh straight win after a four game skid.

LAKERS (31-7) 1st in the WestMAVERICKS (23-15) 6th in the West
LeBron James
35 points – 16 rebounds – seven assists – one steal
Luka Doncic
25 points – 10 rebounds – seven assists
Kyle Kuzma
26 points – six rebounds – two assists
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
22 points – seven rebounds – one assist – one steal
Dwight Howard
10 points – six rebounds – one block
Seth Curry
16 points – one rebound – two assists – one steal

NEXT GAMES
Lakers at Thunder – Tonight
Sixers at Mavericks – Tonight

********************

Milwaukee Bucks  127
Sacramento Kings  106

The reigning MVP didn’t have to do a whole lot last night in Sacramento – that’s how good, and deep, the Milwaukee Bucks are, as they crowned the Sacramento Kings by 21 points in California’s capital city. Giannis Antetokuonmpo took a night off from being the Bucks’ top scorer (he was their fourth leading scorer with 13, 10 and five) and let his teammates grab the league best 34th win of the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee raced out to a 34-18 first quarter, then put together back to back 37-31 quarters for a 74-62 second half to lope away with the game.

BUCKS (34-6) 1st in the EastKINGS (15-24) 13th in the West
Khris Middleton
27 points – 11 rebounds – four assists – two steals
De’Aaron Fox
19 points – nine rebounds – 10 assists – four steals – two blocks
Eric Bledsoe
24 points – four rebounds – five assists – one steal – one block
Harrison Barnes
19 points – one rebound – three assists – one steal
Donte DiVincenzo
18 points – three rebounds – one assist – three steals
Buddy Hield
16 points – five rebounds – four assists

NEXT GAMES
Bucks at Blazers – Tonight
Magic at Kings – Monday

********************

Golden State Warriors  100
Los Angeles Clippers  109

The Warriors’ lineup looked more like a trade bait audition than the Warriors’ conventional lineup if that can even be said and understood in Golden State’s tumultuous season less than a year removed from winning the Western Conference championship and playing in the NBA Finals. That makes it all the more difficult to explain why the Warriors were up 93-83 on the vaunted Los Angeles Clippers going into the fourth quarter last night. Paul George invoked the true meaning of load management by resting a hamstring issue, but Montrezl Harrell hit seven points in the Clippers’ 21-6 run in the fourth and Patrick Beverley was one dime shy of a triple double performance in support of Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams. The Clippers have now won two in a row and four of their last five. 

WARRIORS (9-31) 15th in the WestCLIPPERS (27-12) 3rd in the West
Omari Spellman
17 points – five rebounds – three assists – three steals
Kawhi Leonard
36 points – nine rebounds – five assists – three steals – one block
Glenn Robinson III
17 points – three rebounds – four assists – two steals
Lou Williams
21 points – two rebounds – eight assists – one block
Alec Burks
16 points – eight rebounds – five assists
Patrick Beverley
12 points – 11 rebounds – nine assists

NEXT GAMES
Warriors at Grizzlies – Sunday
Clippers at Nuggets – Sunda

********************

SATURDAY’S LINEUP
(All times Eastern)

5 p.m.
Minnesota Timberwolves
Houston Rockets
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
7 p.m.
New Orleans Pelicans
Boston Celtics
NBC Sports Boston
7 p.m.
Chicago Bulls
Detroit Pistons
Fox Sports Detroit
8 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
Spectrum SportsNet
8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia 76ers
Dallas Mavericks
NBC Sports Philadelphia
9 p.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Altitude
10 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks
Portland Trailblazers
NBC Sports Northwest

********************

Tracy Graven is a Senior NBA Analyst for BackSportsPage.com.
He has written the NBA, and done NBA radio, for the last two decades for HoopsWorld, Swish Magazine, and HoopsHype, the Coach Scott Fields Show and NBARadioShow.com, and is also tackling the NFL, NCAA, and will be pinch-hitting on some Major League Baseball coverage for BackSportsPage.
He’s spent 20 years in locker rooms in Orlando, Boise (G League), San Antonio, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.
A corporate trainer by day, he currently resides in Tennessee.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia 

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in The Rundown w/T-Money