After a facial fracture dealt from a mohawked Aaron Baynes, Kyrie Irving is set to play against the Brooklyn Nets with a mask on November 14th. Just when the Celtics thought that their predicament couldn’t get any worse, Irving went down. Yet, Jayson Tatum’s ankle scare turned out to be nothing, and somehow, the C’s have still maintained their 12-game winning streak. Many worry about a possibility of another injury, but I personally assure all Boston fans by saying that their only worry should be the shooting woes of Marcus Smart (29.1%). Although injuries have made this team a hobbling pirate, talent is prevalent and ‘Luck of the Irish’ seems to be on their side.
Yes, Lonzo Ball was the youngest rookie to record a triple-double. Needless to say, he must accumulate more accolades before I compare him to the G.O.A.T. of Lebron ‘LeGod’ James. To make a comparison after Lonzo’s 13th NBA career game is just plain disrespect to the name of ‘LeGod.’ Lonzo was also benched during the fourth quarter of the Lakers win and Jordan Clarkson started in his place against the Phoenix Suns. This is bad news for the former number two pick. Hopefully he can turn things around quickly.
Can the Magic be considered a playoff team now? Short answer, yes, long answer, maybe. I’m not ready to make any commitments, since 1/6th of the season has yet to be completed and most know what the Miami Heat did last year, BUT, as of right now, the combinations of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier seem to be working well. So my answer is maybe.
Rudy Gobert has been predicted to be out for two months. If this holds to be true, and Draymond ‘Ball Kicking’ Green remains healthy, Draymond will probably three-peat as NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Utah Jazz to favor Favors now? The big man has been the odd man out for most offensive sets for the Jazz this year, but he was still getting minutes before the injury to Rudy Gobert. We’ll see if the French big man, Derrick Favors, can take advantage of this once-in-a-season opportunity.
If the East NBA All-Star lineups were to come out today, Ben Simmons would be on the starting lineup. He’s looking like a larger version of Russell Westbrook with shrunken averages of 17.8 Points, 9.2 Rebounds, and 7.5 Assists on the year. He could improve his free throw shooting, though (60.6%).
DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers faced off against Joel Embiid and the 76’ers. Safe to say, DeAndre was outplayed by Joel. DeAndre fouled out with 2 Points, 5 Rebounds, and 3 Turnovers in 30 Minutes. Embiid, on the other hand, went off for a career-highs in Minutes Played (36) and Rebounds (16). He also had a season-high of 32 Points. Yikes, is Joel Embiid actually better than DeAndre Jordan? Only time will tell.