Game Threads Index (October 02, 2022):
|1:00 AM ET||Link||Washington Wizards||FINAL 95 to 104||Golden State Warriors|
|1:00 PM ET||Link||Charlotte Hornets||FINAL 93 to 134||Boston Celtics||Link|
|6:00 PM ET||Link||Utah Jazz||FINAL 82 to 114||Toronto Raptors||Link|
|7:00 PM ET||Link||San Antonio Spurs||FINAL 96 to 134||Houston Rockets||Link|
|10:00 PM ET||Link||Adelaide 36ers||FINAL 134 to 124||Phoenix Suns||Link|
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|Memphis Grizzlies||Milwaukee Bucks||107 - 102||Link||No PGT Found|
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Kyrie posting about Alex Jones: "Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people who look up to athletes."
Full bit on Kyrie here:
There is some irony in this news item coming right after the previous one about the miseducation of American youth. Because Kyrie Irving’s thought process is an example of what happens when the education system fails.
Last October, I wrote a piece about Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (“Should We Just ‘Leave Kyrie Alone?”) and why this reckless choice was destructive to the country and especially the Black community where he would be an influential role model. The facts proved that accusation to be true. Irving didn’t care. He continued to promote his anti-vax sentiments—regardless of the cost in lives and health to others—proclaiming himself a “martyr.” Not kidding.
We might have just left him alone to stew in his own gelatinous ignorance. Rich and famous people get away with saying dumb things all the time because their money isolates them from consequences. They surround themselves with Yes-people whose job is to confirm whatever hare-brained ideas they have. Yes, sir, Mr. Irving, the Earth has never been flatter.
But now Irving is back and more destructive, insensitive, and just plain silly than before. He decided it would be a good idea to post a 2002 video clip from Infowars founder Alex Jones. Yeah, the guy who has been on trial for denying the Sandy Hook shootings and who previously admitted in open court that he’s a performer and his onscreen persona is just a character (that bilks millions of dollars from unaware viewers). The main gist of the clip is a warning about a cabal of international leaders who are secretly releasing plagues on the world from which they can profit. (Of course, we know who really profits from making this claim.)
Alex Jones is one of the most despicable human beings alive and to associate with him means you share his stench.
Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people who look up to athletes. When I look at some of the athletes who have used their status to actually improve society—Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russel, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and more—it becomes clear how much Irving has tarnished the reputations of all athletes who strive to be seen as more than dumb jocks.
Irving does not seem to have the capacity to change, but we have the capacity to keep fighting against his brand of destructive behavior. One way to do that, beyond shaking our heads and nasty tweets, is to write to his sponsors and tell them to drop Irving—or you will drop them. Nike has likely decided not to renew his contract past this season. But he is still sponsored by Pepsi and 2K Sports. (Don’t feel bad for Irving: his career earnings at the end of the 2022-’23 season will be $230 million. That buys a lot of Yes-people.)
Post Game Thread [Post Game Thread] In a preseason game, the Adelaide 36ers (1-0) defeat the Phoenix Suns (0-1) 134-124 behind 35 points from Craig Randall II and 32 from Robert Franks
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News [Wojnarowski] Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro – the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year – has agreed on a four-year, $130 million contract extension, his agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman of @Excelbasketball tell ESPN.twitter.com
A couple shots from Craig Randall II as he dropped 35 Points with 9 made 3s to lead the Adelaide 36ers to victory over the Phoenix Suns. This is the first time in history that a NBL team has beat an NBA team.streamable.com
Highlight [Highlight] Mitch McCarron of the Adelaide 36ers loses Cam Johnson and Mikal Bridges with a no look over the back passstreamable.com
[Kevin Pelton] It appears the Adelaide 36ers are the first non-NBA team to win a preseason game (134-124 at the Phoenix Suns) in the U.S. since Fenerbahce beat Brooklyn in October 2015
It appears the Adelaide 36ers are the first non-NBA team to win a preseason game (134-124 at the Phoenix Suns) in the U.S. since Fenerbahce beat Brooklyn in October 2015
The Nets finished 21-61 that season.
Post Game Thread [Post Game Thread] The Boston Celtics destroy the Charlotte Hornets 134-93, behind 41 assists and 22 threes. Jaylen Brown set the tone with 25 points on 8-11 shooting.
News [Ira Winderman] Correcting the previous: Tyler Herro‘s four-year deal is $120 million guaranteed, with $10 million also in possible incentives.mobile.twitter.com
[StatMuse] Players in NBA history to average 20 PPG on 50/40/90% shooting in the Finals (min 10 games): — Kevin Durant — End of list KD actually averages 30.3 PPG.twitter.com
Tari Eason had a great showing in his first game with a 20 point double-double. He plays with an incredible amount of hustle and energy.
+14 in 21 minutes
Craig Randall led the way with 35 points and nine threes (9-17)
The 36ers shot 55.8% from 3 on 43 attempts
Meanwhile the Suns shot 9-34, coming out to 26.5%
Highlight [Highlight] Mason Plumlee displays his mid-career free throw hand switch form from right-handed to left-handedstreamable.com
|82 - 114|
|Box Scores: NBA & Yahoo|
|Location: Rogers Place(17100), Clock:|
|Officials: Marc Davis, Dedric Taylor and Matt Kallio|
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Post Game Thread [Post Game Thread] The Houston Rockets (1-0) defeat the San Antonio Spurs (0-1), 134 - 96 behind amazing debuts from Jabari Smith Jr (21 PTS / 7 REB / 5 3PM / 70% TS) and Tari Eason (21 PTS / 10 REB / 2 STL / 73.3% TS)
|96 - 134|
|Box Scores: NBA & Yahoo|
|Location: Toyota Center(10640), Clock:|
|Officials: Tony Brothers, Derrick Collins and Sha'Rae Mitchell|
|San Antonio Spurs||17||20||30||29||96|
|San Antonio Spurs||96||33-93||35.5%||11-42||26.2%||19-29||65.5%||16||44||19||25||9||18||8|
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Highlight [Highlight] The Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets display both ends of the alley-oop spectrum during their first preseason gamestreamable.com
Several days before the 36ers dropped 134 on the Suns, they only mustered 86 points against Overtime Elite, a prep team for 17-20 year old prospects.
Notable in that game is that Amen and Ausar Thompson, presumptive high lotto NBA draft prospects in next year's draft, acquitted themselves well. Also, the stars against the Suns, Randle II and Franks, played much fewer minutes.
Obviously it's pre-season, so it doesn't really mean anything. The Suns starters were well in the positives for +/-, and many speculated that their bench might take a hit with the impending departure of Crowder anyway.
If anything, it simply underscores just how talented players are even outside the NBA and how shooting increases the variance we can expect from game to game.