It was a light night of BBNBA action yesterday, but Anthony Davis is back and more. Check it out.
AD returns in moderation
Anthony Davis went down with an Achilles injury back in February and hasn’t appeared in a game in over two months, but last night he finally returned to the Lakers’ lineup. Davis was under heavy a minutes restriction and only played 17 minutes (all in the first half) in a loss to the Mavericks.
It’s just baby steps for Davis at this point, but with the season drawing to a close in a few weeks, Davis needed to get back on the court to develop some rhythm before the postseason starts. If anything is clear, L.A. needs Davis. They were the two-seed in the West when he went down and went just 14-17 during his absence and have dropped to fifth in the standings without he and LeBron James.
Maxey scores in double figures again
Tyrese Maxey only averages 7 points a game but had the highest-scoring game of any rookie so far this season with a 39-point outburst back in January. Since then, he hasn’t scored more than 20 in a single game and simply hasn’t gotten to see the floor very much on a Philly team that’s competing for a Finals appearance.
Over the last week, he’s gotten back into a bit of a groove, scoring in double figures in the last three games, and in four games over the past week, he’s averaging 11 points and 3 assists. Gonna be tough for Tyrese to crack the rotation in a serious way in year one, but he’s showing signs of future promise in the last seven days.
Scheduled losses for Booker, Washington
Sometimes in the NBA, there are games viewed as “scheduled losses.” Usually, games where a team is missing a number of players or is at the very end of a big road trip. Last night, Phoenix mustered just 86 points in a loss in Boston, their third game in four nights off the heels of two hard-fought matches with East powerhouses Milwaukee and Philadelphia, all on the road. Devin Booker scored just 15 in limited action.
P.J. Washington and Nick Richards barely played and didn’t produce much as most of Charlotte’s key pieces sat on the bench in the loss vs. Chicago. Charlotte has sunk under .500 and has been mauled by injuries throughout the year, and never more so than right now. They’re still in the playoff hunt, but they’ll need to get healthy to make any serious noise.
|Devin Booker (PHO)||99-86 L @ BOS||15||6-13
|Eric Bledsoe (NOP)||135-100 W @ ORL||15||5-7
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||124-117 L @ MIL||11||4-11
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||115-110 W vs. LAL||11||4-7
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||106-91 W vs. DET||10||4-12
|Hamidou Diallo (DET)||106-91 L @ SAS||5||2-6
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||115-110 L @ DAL||4||2-10
|PJ Washington (CHO)||108-91 L @ CHI||2||1-4
|Nick Richards (CHO)||108-91 L @ CHI||0||0-0
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:30: Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Hawks
7:30: Celtics @ Nets
8:00: Cavaliers @ Hornets (Monk, Washington, Richards)
8:00: Clippers (Patterson, Rondo, Cousins)
8:00: Wizards @ Thunder (Gilgeous-Alexander)
10:00: Nuggets @ Warriors (Mulder)
10:00: Grizzlies @ Trail Blazers (Kanter)