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1) LaVine and the Bulls bounced back and broke the Celtics’ winning streak
The Boston Celtics came out Monday night winning nine games in a row and looking the best team in the league in every way.
The Chicago Bulls entered the game with four consecutive losses and a star player. Zach LaVine on the bench for the last 3:43 of his last loss after a night of 1 of 14 shooting.
The tables turned on Monday night. Chicago played desperately and couldn’t seem to miss with 3 (LaVine and DeMar DeRozan a total of 8 out of 13 came out of the deep), while the Celtics looked even. The Bulls attack was in full swing on Monday night.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 22, 2022
The result was a 121-107 win for Chicago, which the Celtics might throw away and call a bad night, but the Bulls needed it.
It was just such a night. The Celtics followed a pattern that has worked for many teams, such as Patrick Williams as well as Alex Caruso and daring the duo to shoot 3s. They teamed up to hit 5 out of 8 from deep. It was just such a night.
Chicago essential Zach LaVine had a solid night, scoring 22 goals and looking active at both ends of the floor. It looks like his spare in the final stretch of the game against Orlando worked, forcing him to quit and sending a signal to the team.
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) November 20, 2022
Those protesters who brought the “energy” were members of Israel United in Christ, which supports many of the things from the film that Irving tweeted about that got him hot water in the first place. They handed out flyers titled “The Truth About Anti-Semitism” and “The Truth About Slavery” to people who came to the Sunday game.
I didn’t know what group was outside the Barclay Center tonight. I was celebrating the unification of our people, welcoming Kairi’s return to court, at first glance I thought it was a well-known brotherhood (C/Que’s) Omega psi phi (step’n) providing support
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) November 21, 2022
Brown addressed the issue courtesy of ESPN’s Jamal Collier.
“I saw a large group of our people from our community showing support [Kyrie] and his return,” Brown said on Monday. “Just because I’m proud of this support and proud of our community for it doesn’t mean that I approve or glorify some of the things that have been done or said.
“When I saw this, I instinctively knew that I had not noticed what kind of group this was. I just noticed the support and that’s what I commented on. I emphasize again that I do not think that everything that is said, done or said is something that I endorse or represent.
Both Irving and Brown serve on the executive committee of the players’ union.
2) Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates, loses 37 in Bucks win
In a season when many stars have gone through incredible years – Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry, Jason Tatum and others – somehow Giannis Antetokounmpo is taken for granted. He is the best player in the world but he didn’t even make it into the top five players of all countries.
As a reminder, Antetokounmpo dominated and lost 37 of 16 of 24 shots, leading the Bucks to outscore the Trail Blazers 119–111.
Giannis went to work in @bucks win 💪
— NBA (@NBA) November 22, 2022
Milwaukee is 12-4 for the season, without their best half-court handler. Chris Middletonplus starter Pat Connaughton. Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, and if you knock him out because his two-point shooting is down to 57% this season, it’s like looking for reasons to go against him.
It’s still too early to have a serious MVP conversation, but if you have one, Antetokounmpo should be in the spotlight.
3) For the second time this season, the Warriors are sitting stars in New Orleans.
Imagine you live in New Orleans and you decide you want your team to take on Stephen Curry and the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. You would have two chances, Curry and company came to town on November 4th and 21st.
Except that November 4 was the second night in a row and the last game of five games for the Warriors, so Steve Kerr rested Curry. Clay Thompson, Draymond Greenas well as Andrew Wiggins. Anthony Lamb started and played 36 minutes for the Warriors and the Pelicans won.
Monday night was the second time the Warriors had come to town — and again it was the second night in a row, the third game in four days, and Kerr had all his stars rested (Lamb played 34 minutes). The Pelicans went on to an easy 128–83 win with 34 points. Brandon Ingram.
It’s bad for the fans in New Orleans. It’s not Steve Kerr’s fault, he should be doing everything he can for the long-term health of his team, they’re in contention for the title (despite a slow start to the season) and he should be looking at the schedulers losing and getting some from his guys. rest.
The league needs to do better city-by-city. By fans. No doubt there will be nights when the players will rest at the end of a long journey and that will disappoint the fans, there is simply no other way (you can reduce the impact by playing less than 82 games, but luck is running out). that road). But the NBA can’t give the city two of those games, essentially telling fans, “You’re not going to see the best defending champions because we have a schedule to follow and money to make.”
This is not fair to the fans in New Orleans and many other cities who are hoping to see the best players in the world.
I am Morant had to be out week after week with a first degree ankle sprain, but he might not even miss a week.
Morant has been promoted to questionable and could return tonight when the Grizzlies play the Kings.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) November 22, 2022
While there is no certainty that he is playing, this leaves the door open to possibility. Memphis needs him — especially against a hot Sacramento team — the Grizzlies were a shockingly impressive 20-5 when Morant missed games last season but are 0-3 this season.
The Grizzlies are already without partner Morant in the backcourt Desmond Bain aside with a dislocated toe. Morant plays at the All-NBA level to open the season, averaging 28.6 points per game along with 7.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds per night.
In Philadelphia, the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo received a hard foul from Joel Emnbiid, but there was little discussion after the game because there were stairs on the court.
It’s really a mystery why Giannis scores so many free throws. pic.twitter.com/65epWWry49
— Hoops (@HoopMixOnly) November 22, 2022
The referees reviewed the play and retained her regular foul. After the game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the league needed to do more to protect players. via Jack Maloney…