It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining and Boogie Cousins is back and healthy earning minutes for an NBA franchise. As far as I’m concerned, all is right with the world. Let’s talk about it.
Boogie scores 7 in first look with L.A.
In the midst of a heated race at near top of the Western Conference standings, the L.A. Clippers have employed a radical yet brilliant strategy: fill the bench with old UK players, and hope for the best. Since trading for Rajon Rondo on March 25, the Clips are 5-2. Yesterday they made the league’s worst-kept secret official by signing DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract. In his first taste of NBA action since he was released by the Rockets in mid February, he did what he does best, leading L.A. to a glorious 133-116 victory over the Trail Blazers
Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. Boogie scored seven points in just eight minutes of play off the bench, but he did shoot an efficient 3-4 from the field and pulled down four rebounds in the win. Rondo added two points in 15 minutes, while Patrick Patterson posted five and five with a team-best +26 in his 19 minutes. On the other side, Enes Kanter put forth another Kanterian double-double with 13 points and 15 boards.
Check out DeMarcus’ first bucket in the new colors:
— NBA (@NBA) April 7, 2021
The signing marked a Los Angeles reunion for Cousins and Rondo, both of whom earned rings with the Lakers last season. Boogie may never have actually seen the court for the purple and gold last year while rehabbing from an ACL injury, but according to Rondo, he was a valuable clubhouse presence and one of his closest friends on the team. Here’s what the veteran PG had to say about his newest teammate getting another shot.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 6, 2021
However long it lasts, its nice to see those guys representing the BBN with their leadership on a winning club.
Bam’s triple-double not enough, Griz halt Heat streak again
For the second time in three weeks, the Miami Heat entered a contest with the middling Memphis Grizzlies riding a 4+ game winning streak. And for the second time in three weeks, they left with a loss. This one was a 112-124 defeat in Miami, wasting Bam Adebayo’s fifth career triple-double.
Memphis led by six at the break, but Miami’s comeback effort was thwarted almost single-handedly by Dillon Brooks, who scored 23 of his 28 in the third quarter (we can blame Andre Iguodala for inspiring the outburst, apparently). Bam finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals, his second trip-dub of the season and fifth in the last 16 months. He was joined in the effort by Tyler Herro, who scored 19 with four makes from deep. Since the trade deadline, Herro has averaged 18 points per contest on 41% three-point shooting, both upticks after his early-season struggles.
Hopefully this loss is just a bump in the road for the Heat, which are a fun team to watch when they’re rolling. Last time they fell to the Grizzlies it was the start of a seven-game schneid, which they escaped by winning the next four until yesterday. They should find out against the Lakers tomorrow night on TNT.
Misc. News & Notes
– Eric Bledsoe scored in double figures for the seventh straight game in the Pelicans loss to the Hawks, shooting 4-8 from three en route to 14 points. Bledsoe’s 37% shooting rate from outside this year is his best since 2016.
– Jamal Murray got a rare off night in Denver’s 134-119 win over Detroit after reports of right knee soreness. It was only the third game Murray hasn’t played in all season, because as we all know, the Blue Arrow doesn’t miss much. Hami Diallo scored eight off the bench for the Pistons.
– If you find yourself in the late night crowd, I recommend tuning in to the Jazz-Suns game at 10:00 tonight on ESPN. It’s Devin Booker v. Donovan Mitchell leading the two best teams in the NBA. What more could you want?
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||112-124 L vs. MEM||19||7-10 (4-7)||2||4||0||1||4||-13||27|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||112-124 L vs. MEM||18||9-14 (0-0)||10||10||3||0||0||-8||33|
|Eric Bledsoe (NOP)||107-123 L vs. ATL||14||4-10 (4-8)||2||4||0||0||1||-18||33|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||116-133 L vs. LAC||13||5-8 (0-0)||15||1||0||1||2||-1||36|
|Hamidou Diallo (DET)||119-134 L vs. DEN||8||3-4 (1-1)||1||0||1||0||2||-17||17|
|DeMarcus Cousins (LAC)||133-116 W vs. POR||7||3-4 (0-0)||4||2||0||0||1||-7||8|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||133-116 W vs. POR||5||2-5 (1-3)||5||0||0||0||0||+26||19|
|Wenyen Gabriel (NOP)||107-123 L vs. ATL||3||1-2 (1-2)||1||0||0||0||2||+3||4|
|Rajon Rondo (LAC)||133-116 W vs. POR||2||1-4 (0-2)||2||1||0||1||2||+9||15|
|Tyrese Maxey (PHI)||106-96 W vs. BOS||0||0-1 (0-0)||0||0||0||0||0||-4||1|
|Mychal Mulder (GSW)||122-121 W vs. MIL||DNP – Coach’s decision||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||134-119 W vs. DET||DNP – Knee soreness||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||110-101 W vs. TOR||DNP – Calf injury||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
TODAY IN THE NBA
7:00: Timberwolves (KAT, Vanderbilt) @ Pacers
7:00: Wizards @ Magic
7:30: Knicks (Randle, Quickley, Noel, Knox) @ Celtics
7:30 (ESPN): Pelicans (Bledsoe, Gabriel) vs. Nets
8:00: Mavs (WCS*) @ Rockets (Wall)
8:00: Grizzlies @ Hawks
8:00: Hornets (Washington, Richards, Monk*) @ Thunder (SGA, Miller)
9:00: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Nuggets (Murray*)
10:00 (ESPN): Jazz @ Suns (Booker)
* – inactive/questionable