NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Even Joel Embiid’s missed dunks are vicious

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

NBA Results, October 19, 2017

Detroit Pistons 102 – Charlotte Hornets 90

Indiana Pacers 140 – Brooklyn Nets 131

Orlando Magic 116 – Miami Heat 109

Washington Wizards 120 – Philadelphia 76ers 115

Milwaukee Bucks 108 – Boston Celtics 100

Memphis Grizzlies 103 – New Orleans Pelicans 91

Atlanta Hawks 117 – Dallas Mavericks 111

Utah Jazz 106 – Denver Nuggets 96

San Antonio Spurs 107 – Minnesota Timberwolves 99

Portland Trailblazers 124 – Phoenix Suns 76

Houston Rockets 105 – Sacramento Kings 100

Five Things that happened in the NBA today:

1. Joel Embiid tried to commit murder

A few days before the NBA season began, Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside got into some Twitter beef. It all started when Embiid fired shots at Whiteside for getting into foul trouble in their preseason game. Whiteside answered back about Embiid’s playing time and the two went back and forth from there. Whiteside said, there wasn’t any beef and it’s all in good fun.

Then, in his very first possession of the regular season, Embiid did this:

It seems like Embiid was thinking of Whiteside as he tried to take Jason Smith’s head off. Speaking of the Wizards…

2. John Wall schooled the young Sixers

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Sixers coming into the season. They were finally trotting out a (relatively) healthy Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and rookie Markelle Fultz. The Wizards? Nothing much happened during the offseason. They were bringing back the same core from last season.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Washington still had one of the best point guards in the league, John Wall. He blocked Fultz on one end and dunked on the Sixers frontline on the other end. At the end of his lesson, Wall locked in 28 points, five boards, eight assists and the win.

3. D-Lo was fully loaded

D’Angelo Russell never really got his shot to lead the Lakers. He was stuck playing in Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour in his rookie year and was stuck in the middle of tanking last year. When new Laker brass stepped in, D-Lo was shipped out to usher in the Lonzo Ball era.

He landed in the Nets where he gets a fresh start. Russell looked good as the main scoring option of Brooklyn. He looked smooth as he played on and off the ball in Brooklyn’s offense. Russell scored 30 points and dished out five assists and the Nets strung up 131 points in their loss.

It wasn’t all good for the Nets though as they lost Jeremy Lin to a knee injury in the game. The reaction of Lin as soon as he realized how bad the injury was just heartbreaking.

4. Dennis Smith Jr., Aaron Gordon and Giannis Antetokounmpo are very good at dunking

Smith Jr.’s very first basket was an alley-oop slam, Gordon pulled off a T-Mac and Antetokounmpo used his length to finish an insane alley-oop yak on Aron Baynes.

Here’s every dunk from a wild 11-game night.

5. The Portland Trail Blazers made history

The Portland Trail Blazers beat whooped embarrassed demolished the Phoenix Suns by 48 points. It was a historic margin of victory as it is the largest spread for a debut game ever. They also eclipsed the worst loss in the 49-year history of the Suns.

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 27 points, five boards and five assists. Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. Pat Connaughton scored 24 points off the bench.

With such a historic win, the Blazers had every right to be a bit cocky.

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