NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Lakers got good Lonzo today

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

NBA results, November 20, 2017

Toronto Raptors 101 – Washington Wizards 91

Indiana Pacers 120 – Miami Heat 95

Golden State Warriors 118 – Brooklyn Nets 111

Detroit Pistons 100 – Minnesota Timberwolves

Phoenix Suns 113 – Chicago Bulls 105

LA Lakers 127 – Denver Nuggets 109

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. The Lonzo rollercoaster continues

Here are highlights of the past few weeks of the Lonzo Ball experience:

  • The Lakers lose to the Celtics, Lonzo plays just fine. The match-up against Jayson Tatum who was picked after Lonzo Ball didn’t happen because Tatum left the game with an injury.
  • John Wall outplays Lonzo, getting revenge for earlier this season.
  • Lonzo becomes the youngest player to record a triple-double (20 years, 15 days) beating out LeBron James (20 years, 20 days).

  • Lonzo Ball gets benched in the fourth quarter but the Lakers win over the Suns.
  • Lonzo gets benched in the fourth quarter and Ben Simmons utterly dominates Lonzo as the Lakers lose.
  • Lonzo gets a haircut
  • Lonzo walks away from a fight because he wants to avoid a technical foul. But he just looks like a bad teammate instead.

Just to update the timeline above, it seems like the Lakers got the good kind of Lonzo Ball experience today. He started out aggressive and set the tone for the Lakers with his passing. But he wasn’t passive in the game against the Denver Nuggets. When he found the chances to attack, he did so aggressively.

The Lakers are a circus. Everything that they do will be magnified. This goes double for Ball who was put in the spotlight by his loud father even before he got to the league. Coach Luke Walton has already accepted that.

2. Steph Curry has been cooking

In their epic comeback win against the Philadelphia 76ers, Steph Curry dropped 35-5-5. They needed his production to be able to get that comeback win over the Sixers.

In the second game of a back-to-back, the Warriors needed Curry to go off again just so that they can stave off the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 39 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists.

The Warriors were resting Kevin Durant in this game and Draymond Green’s shooting. That’s why they needed another Chef Curry special to save them from a loss.

3. Reggie Jackson trolls Jimmy Butler so hard

Two of the young, rising teams in the league went head-to-head today. The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Detroit Pistons.

It seemed like the Timberwolves would continue to roll but the Pistons came back from 11 points down in the fourth period to win the game.

It was a tightly contested game that cam down to free throws in the final seconds by Jimmy Butler. Butler had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled taking a three-pointer. He sank the first two but clanked the third. Not shown in the highlight packaged was how Reggie Jackson interrupted Butler’s free throw routine to “talk” to Stanley Johnson

In the clip above, after the final buzzer, Johnson and Jackson were laughing about how their stunt led to Butler’s missed free throw. That’s one way to win via diskarte.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

Nope. But make sure you unearth every version of David Lee’s jerseys to celebrate his career.

The veteran big man announced that he is calling it quits from the NBA through his Instagram post.

David Lee played for the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors with stops in Boston, Dallas and San Antonio.

Lee averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in his 12-year career. His best season was with the Knicks in 2009 where he averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds in 81 games.

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