January 15th, 2022
Stat of the Day:
Against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Warriors were down by 39 points at halftime. Last night, against the Chicago Bulls, the Warriors were up by 31 points. The 70-point halftime margin differential between the two games is the most by any NBA team since the introduction of the shot clock in 1954-55. The final score of the blowout was 138-96, and Jonathon Kuminga scored 25 points off the bench while Klay Thompson didn’t suit up. Jordan Poole also dropped 22 points, and Andrew Wiggins 21.
Injury of the Day:
In Friday’s matchup between the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors, Zach LaVine left the game in the first quarter due to a knee injury. After the Bulls-Warriors game concluded, the Bulls were headed to Boston, for a January 15th matchup against Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. LaVine did not go on the trip with the team, remaining in Chicago to have an MRI done on his knee. In addition to LaVine, the Bulls are without Alex Caruso, Derrick Jones Jr, Javonte Green, and Tyler Cook.
Play(s) of the Day:
Against the Orlando Magic, LaMelo Ball intercepted a pass and started a fast break. He saw teammate and dunker extraordinaire Miles Bridges behind him, so in a spur of the moment idea, he jumped up and through the ball between his legs to Bridges. Bam!
Meanwhile, a few hundred miles away, Andre Iguodala threw one of the best full-court bounce passes in NBA history, which you can see here. In addition, Stephen Curry had another one of those moments where he shot a three, and then turned away from the hoop and started running back up the court before it splashed into the net. Keep in mind, he did this against the Bulls earlier this year. They just can’t catch a break from Curry.