October 27, 2017 results
Chicago Bulls 91 – Atlanta Hawks 86
Memphis Grizzlies 96 – Dallas Mavericks 91
Boston Celtics 96 – Milwaukee Bucks 89
LA Clippers 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 103
New Orleans Pelicans 114 – Sacramento Kings 106
Three things that happened in the NBA today:
1. Blake wins it for the Clips
Blake Griffin has led the LA Clippers to their second best start in franchise history at 4-0. A lot of fans and analysts had them as a borderline to middle of the road playoff team. But behind Griffin’s leadership and balanced all-around play from the rest of the team, they’re one of the two undefeated teams in the league.
Today’s game was the undeniable proof that Griffin is the new leader of the Clippers.
With the game on the line against a tough Playoff contender, the Clippers went to Griffin to win the game. They interesting thing is that they needed a three-pointer to win the game. They didn’t go to Danilo Gallinari or Lou Williams or Partick Beverley, all historically better shooters than Griffin.
They went to their captain. And he delivered.
Look at him NBA world, he’s the captain of the Clippers now.
2. Bucks returned to the Mecca
The Milwaukee Bucks are celebrating their 50th season. Part of their celebration is to play in a replica home floor of the Mecca, which was their home court for the first three seasons of the franchise.
They hosted the Boston Celtics in the UW Milwaukee Panther Arena which was decked out in the replica of the the Mecca floor used in 1968.
This, of course, got some people confused.
Kyrie not thrilled with Mecca throwback court: “It took me 3 steps to realize this is not the same NBA court I’m used to playing on.” pic.twitter.com/UnFjSJDEsA
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) October 26, 2017
Kyrie Irving thought that they were playing on the original Mecca floor from the late 60s. He said in the clip above, “I’m all about safety… I know that this is a pretty old court..”
It looks like the Bucks “old court” didn’t matter to Irving. He scored 27 points and dished out seven assists to lead Boston to a win.
3. Boogie puts up big numbers in against his former team
Seems like DeMarcus Cousins wanted to prove a point.
In his return to Sacramento, Cousins was received warmly by a fan base that genuinely loved their former All-Star center.
In return, Boogie dropped 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists on his former team.
The Pelicans needed every bit of his production as they were playing without Anthony Davis who’s out with an injury.
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