Tatum boosts Boston, Kevin Love is alive and well

The results of the night in the NBA

Celtics @ Hornets: 140-129, after extra time
Bucks @ Pacers : 119-109
Pistons @ Hawks : 104-122
Wizards @ Nets : 90-104
Magic @ Heat : 90-107
Bulls @ Raptors : 111-108
Pelicans @ Wolves : 107-98
Cavs @ Nuggets : 99-87
Blazers @ Clippers : 86-116

– Whether or not it is linked to his hectic offseason – between the Olympic Games and the rumors surrounding his departure – Damian Lillard is in the hard. The leader of the Blazers shot again 0/8 to 3 points (4/15 in all) and was very far from the level of activity that we know him, even in bad evenings in terms of address. Portland conceded a second defeat in three games on the floor of the Clippers and we also did not feel the usual leadership of “Lady”, able to take everyone on his back to reverse situations.

The Blazers were bumped without the Clippers needing to force or play their executives more than reason. Luke Kennard even ended up leading Californian scorer with 23 points (6/7 at 3 points). Good news, Tyronn Lue will eventually remember his name. Nicolas batum played him 22 minutes for 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.

– The craziest stat of this match and also the most worrying for Portland, it is undoubtedly the number of ball losses (30), almost equal to that of their number of scored baskets (32) …

– The thriller of the night was played on Charlotte’s side, where the Celtics won in overtime. We saw 28 team changes in the lead in the score, confirmation of the awakening of Jayson Tatum (41 points), a Dennis Schröder involved (23 points including 9 in overtime) and one Robert “Time Lord” Williams still very active (12 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks).

Alright, and then there was this wild tomar of Jaylen Brown (30 pts) despite the courageous defense of Miles Bridges, aka “the best player of the week in the East”, who definitely shifted the dynamic in favor of Boston in overtime.

– Coming back to Jayson Tatum, we were a little afraid at the very start of the season that the Olympics and his intense physical preparation (he nevertheless badly gained muscle) would penalize Boston for a few weeks. Tatum just missed out on the first game shooting at 7/30, but has been on the upswing ever since, scoring cards and leadership.

– Speaking of big tomar that stains, Nikola Jokic usually manages not to be on the posters. The Serbian knows how to step aside and take “business decisions”. Let’s say that this time it was still a bit cold and didn’t have time to dodge Lauri Markkanen. The Finn went there cool and surprised everyone by paying the MVP in the process.

The Nuggets were simply surprised by the Cavs, who came to win in the heights of Colorado. The altitude woke up Kevin Love, came slam 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench, to support the effort of Jarrett Allen (21 points, 16 rebounds). We almost forgot that Love could still weigh so much in an NBA game and that’s good news for him, as for the Cavs, whatever their intentions about him …

Denver, despite Jokic’s big double-double (24 & 19), was having a bad night.

– The Bulls are 4-0 after their success in Toronto, for the best start in their history … since the retirement of Michael Jordan. Against his former team, DeMar DeRozan took matters into his own hands in the 4th quarter by scoring 11 of his 26 points.

The Raptors ruined a real recital by passing Fred VanVleet (15 points, 17 assists).

Jonas Valančiūnas was hungry that night. The Lithuanian signed two double-doubles in one. One at each half in fact: 10 points, 12 rebounds in first, 12 points, 11 rebounds in second. The Pelicans pivot had a pretty phenomenal game inside (22 points, 23 rebounds, 2 blocks) to help his team dominate the Wolves and finally start their season.

The success of Valanciunas visibly annoyed Patrick Beverley, who changed jersey, but no method.

Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have compiled 60 points and 23 rebounds. Unfortunately, the tandem was let go by D’Angelo Russell, a little off the mark at 3/14 in the shoot and not very inspired by the creation.

– In the absence of Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis, it took Giannis Antetokounmpo raise the tone when traveling to Indianapolis. The MVP of the 2021 Finals bent the gripping Pacers with an “almost triple-double” at 30 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.

– The Hawks gave themselves a quick walk at home against the Pistons, for a 24th win in their last 30 home games. Bring young (32 points, 9 assists) was the most active side Atlanta.

Killian Hayes started for Detroit and finished with 12 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 interception, 1 block and no loss of ball in 27 minutes. A promising perf where the French sophomore has shown confidence. Hope it lasts !

– In back to back, the Nets found enough energy to dominate Washington. The 25 points of Kevin Durant and the beautiful impact of Patty Mills off the bench (21 points with 5 3-point baskets) allowed Brooklyn to bounce back. James Harden is still not himself (14 points and 9 assists at 5/17), but since the victory is at the end …

– With the starting five with the lowest average age in NBA history, Orlando lost the derby to Miami. Jimmy Butler was not there to joke and stuck 36 points in 33 minutes with 5 steals. Bam Adebayo accompanied the effort of his comrade with a double-double (16 & 13) and Tyler Herro again did good things off the bench (13 points, 9 assists).

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