Well, another really small night of UK action in the NBA. Regardless, check it out!
The most important game of the night for Kentucky alums involved zero of them. A night after helping lead Los Angeles to a big win over the Knicks (imagine that), Anthony Davis sat out for the Lakers in the second game of a back-to-back vs. the worst team in the NBA: Houston.
As of last night, the Lakers were still one game behind Portland for the six-seed to avoid the play-in games, so this Rockets matchup was a must-win even though they were without Davis and LeBron James.
Luckily, Houston is outright trying to lose every game it can. They’re doing a remarkable job, honestly. Since February 5th, they are FIVE and FORTY-FOUR. Absolutely amazing. And the Lakers still barely won! Kenyon Martin’s son and Kelly Olynyk gave LA all they could handle, but a late bucket by Kyle Kuzma gave the Lakers a two-point win.
However, Portland didn’t do Los Angeles any favors last night. They went on the road and defeated Utah to stay one game ahead of LA in the standings. For the Blazers, Enes Kanter chipped in 5 points and 4 rebounds as the backup big and also made a three-pointer for the first time since 2019.
I’m like that ?? pic.twitter.com/ljjJHarAD5
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) May 13, 2021
I think Utah wanted to lose to the Blazers. For them and every other team in the West, LAL possibly being eliminated in the play-in game would be a huge win. The Blazers and Lakers each have two games to play with Portland facing two of the top four teams in the West and the Lakers playing a pair of below-.500 squads. So, things are still up in the air.
Over in New Orleans, three former Cats dueled out in a mostly meaningless game. That’s probably why Wenyen Gabriel played 26 minutes. He scored 7 and grabbed 5 boards while his teammate Eric Bledsoe started and led the Pelicans in scoring with 15. They fell in Dallas by 18 and Willie Cauley-Stein was a slight help adding 5 points and 2 rebounds as a reserve.
The only other ‘Cat to see action was Keldon Johnson, who scored 7 on 3-9 shooting as his Spurs lost in Brooklyn to a Landry-Shamet-led Nets team.
That’s all for today, but feel free to check out the full stat sheet:
|Eric Bledsoe (NOP)||125-107 L @ DAL||15||5-11
|Wenyen Gabriel (NOP)||125-107 L @ DAL||7||3-5
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||128-116 L @ BKN||7||3-9
|Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)||125-107 W vs. NOP||5||2-3
|Enes Kanter (POR)||105-98 W @ UTA||5||2-5
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:00: Clippers (Patterson, Rondo, Cousins) @ Hornets (Monk, Richards, Washington)
7:00: Bucks @ Pacers
7:30: Magic @ Hawks
7:30: 76ers (Maxey) @ Heat (Herro, Adebayo)
7:30: Spurs (Johnson) @ Knicks (Randle, Quickley, Noel, Knox)
8:00: Raptors @ Bulls
8:00: Kings (Fox) @ Grizzlies
8:00: Nuggets @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10: Trail Blazers (Kanter) @ Suns (Booker)