NBA Results, October 20, 2017
Toronto Raptors 117 – Chicago Bulls 100
Oklahoma City Thunder 105 – New York Knicks 84
LA Clippers 108 – LA Lakers 92
Three things that happened in the NBA today:
1. This OK3 experiment is going to be fun
It’s already been established that forming a super team doesn’t necessarily equate to an immediate championship. The LA Lakers with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash are a shining example of a failed super team. Even LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t win a championship in their first try. So everyone should temper their expectations for this new super team featuring Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
They might not win a championship this season. But at least they’re going to be fun.
In the very first possession of the game, Paul George missed an attempt. Westbrook collared the rebounds, ran it back out, found Anthony wide open and got him the ball. Westbrook ran past Anthony with his hand raised in celebration BEFORE Anthony even released the ball. The trey splashed and the Thunder trio were off and running in their very first NBA game.
I love how Russ celebrated before Melo even released his shot. pic.twitter.com/8Yp3YGxKGI
— Polo Bustamante (@polo_bustamante) October 20, 2017
Russ started off the new NBA season the way he finished the last one. With a triple double. Melo and PG combined for 40 points and nine treys. Sure, they were up against the Kicks that only had Kristaps Porzingis. But in their first game together, the OK3 looked good. Westbrook is going to have fun playing with All-Stars again while Anthony and George will have fun playing in a contender.
2. Aggressive Blake Griffin is awesome
Ever since he got into the league, Blake Griffin has played with a point guard that can set him up. First it was Baron Davis and then he transitioned to Chris Paul leading the way in Lob City. Griffin showed glimpses of his ability when Paul would go down with an injury in the past years. But ultimately, they would return to the same rhythm of Paul setting up him up.
Now that CP3 is in Houston, BG showed that he can take charge himself. Griffin was aggressive against the Lakers. He wasn’t waiting for his guards or wings to set him up. He took it upon himself to bulldoze the Laker frontline. Griffin finished the game with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and one nasty poster.
Those glimpses can now be a new norm for the Clippers. Griffin is now the best player in LA.
3. Patrick Beverley was mean to Lonzo Ball
Patrick Beverley welcomed Lonzo Ball to the NBA the only way he knew how. He played in your jersey defense on the rookie and woofed at him all game long.
Patrick Beverley got Lonzo Ball shook pic.twitter.com/RUOhZNpexV
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 20, 2017
Ball had a terrible game. This kid had a better game than him (JR Smith celebration!!!).
He finished with only three points and four assists on 1/6 shooting. Beverley had 10 points, three assists two steals and one last reminder to the rookie.
Patrick Beverley hit Lonzo with the “You can’t see me.” pic.twitter.com/5Kf6GG8uh0
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 20, 2017
Welcome to the NBA, Lonzo.
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