NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Boogie bullies the Bulls


NBA results, January 23, 2018

Charlotte Hornets 112 – Sacramento Kings 107

Atlanta Hawks 104 – Utah Jazz 90

Houston Rockets 99 – Miami Heat 90

Memphis Grizzlies 105 – Philadelphia 76ers 101

Milwaukee Bucks 109 – Phoenix Suns 105

New Orleans Pelicans 132 – Chicago Bulls 128

Dallas Mavericks 98 – Washington Wizards 75

Denver Nuggets 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 101

Minnesota Timberwolves 126 – LA Clippers 118

Five things that happened in the NBA today

1. DeMarcus Cousins puts up a historic line

In the past few weeks, Anthony Davis has been lording it over the New Orleans Pelicans. He started off 2018 with back-to-back games of at least 45 points. This has also led to increased rumors surrounding the unibrowed unicorn. He’s been in the limelight a lot to start this year.

Somehow lost in the shuffle is a 6’11”, 270-pound behemoth in DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie has been chugging along, putting up his usual numbers and content to sit back while Davis went berzerk. Cousins was due for a break out game and unluckily for the Chicago Bulls it came against them.

Cousins put up a historic statline against the Bulls. He erupted for 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and a block in 51 minutes. The Bulls dragged the game into overtime which meant more time for Cousins to beast on them.

This was the first 40-20-10 line since 1968 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 44-20-11.

Cousins joined an elite group of players to have achieved such a monstrous statline.

The Pelicans are now in the sixth seed having won five out of their last six games. They continue to rise up the Playoff ladder behind the dominance of their Twin Towers.

2. Andrew Wiggins carries the Timberwolves

DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t the only forgotten player to score 40 points today. Andrew Wiggins is another player that somehow gets lost in the shuffle out in Minnesota. The former top pick is the third option of the Timberwolves behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.

But today, it was Wiggins that did the heavy lifting. With Butler out, Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and led Minnesota to a win over the LA Clippers.

Even with Wiggins’ 40-point bomb, the Timberwolves still needed a last-second brainfart moment from Blake Griffin to pull out the win. The Clippers pulled to within three points in the final seconds. They had a chance to tie it when they recovered a loose ball after a miss. Griffin brought up the ball but committed a double-dribbling violation, giving Minnesota the win.

3. DeAndre Jordan trade rumors never end

A few days ago, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that showed heavy interest in DeAndre Jordan. Today, it’s the Portland Trail Blazers. According to a report by the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Blazers have joined the group of teams looking to acquire the All-Star center.

Interest is one thing. But an actual offer that the LA Clippers would bite on is another thing.

This move by the Blazers to acquire Jordan could be one that keeps another All-Star on the team. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen to get a better understanding of the direction of the organization.

Lillard wasn’t asking for a trade but a commitment from Allen that they were going to build a team that could contend for a championship. A team with Lillard, Jordan and CJ McCollum isn’t championship-ready yet. But it’s definitely a step forward.

4. Hornets will only trade Kemba Walker for another All-Star

The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell had an important update on the Kemba Walker trade rumors. A few days ago, it was reported that the Charlotte Hornets were open to trading Walker for a young player and draft picks.

Bonnell interviewed Hornets owner Michael Jordan and asked him about their All-Star. Jordan basically confirmed that the Hornets were open to trading Walker.

“I’m not looking to trade Kemba, but I would listen to opportunities.”

But instead of the package that was initially reported, Jordan is looking for another All-Star in exchange for Walker if ever they do let go of him.

“It’s not like we are shopping him. We would not just give him up. I love Kemba Walker. I would not trade him for anything but an All-Star player.”

Jordan continues to believe that the Hornets can get back to the heights they achieved when they made the Playoffs in 2016.

5. Drama ensues in the NBA

First there was this report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that there’s turbulence in the San Antonio Spurs camp between management and Kawhi Leonard.

This stems from Leonard being upset about how the Spurs have treated his recovery from a quad injury.

This story seemed fishy because Leonard is one of the most low maintenance players in the league and the Spurs have a solid history of taking care of their players.

This news was quickly denied by Spurs GM RC Buford and Leonard’s camp, namely his uncle Dennis Robertson.

The Spurs weren’t the only champion team having internal problems. Wojnarowski also reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers held an emotional team meeting where players challenged whether Kevin Love’s illness that forced him to miss the OKC game was legit.

Love defended his side to the entire team. But of course, this being the Cavaliers, this isn’t the end of the drama on the team.

The Cavs are on a downward trend with several big losses in the past five games.

Did an NBA superstar get ejected today?

He’s no superstar but Salah Mejri was ejected today with two quick Ts after he argued a call on him.

Getting ejected is one thing but having your coach ream you as you leave the court is another.

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