January 24th, 2021
Performance of the Day:
Jayson Tatum dropped 51 points on the Washington Wizards yesterday in a blowout 116-87 win yesterday. His shooting was on point, as Tatum shot 18-of-28 from the field and 9-of-14 from three. Tatum also had 10 rebounds and 7 assists, and this game became his fifth 50-point game of his career. This performance was well-timed, as the next highest-scoring Celtic was Jaylen Brown with 18, followed by Marcus Smart with 11.
Fine of the Day:
Grayson Allen of the Milwaukee Bucks was suspended for one game without pay after he did this to Alex Caruso. Normally, a flagrant two wouldn’t cause such a suspension, but Caruso’s wrist was broken, and he’s going to be out for a few weeks. It’s a shame for Bulls fans, as he had just came back from a previous injury and is crucial to their core of himself, DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and Nikola Vucevic. Allen lost $28,000 of his salary due to this one-game suspension.
Question of the Day: Is Losing Good for the Nets?
Last night, the Nets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, with a final score of 136-125. James Harden had a solid 13 points and 13 assists, Kyrie Irving put up 30 points, and Patty Mills had 21. Unfortunately, they were outplayed by Anthony Edwards (who had 25 points), Karl-Anthony Towns (23 points, 7 rebounds), and D’Angelo Russell (23 points, 10 assists).
If the Nets are able to lose enough games, then they will drop from the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, which they currently hold. If they can drop to the fifth seed without Durant, then that means come playoff time, the Nets won’t have home court advantage. Considering Irving still isn’t vaccinated, this means the Nets would have the majority of games in a seven-game series with Irving rather then without him.