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NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 4

Houston’s James Harden has 81 career games with 40 or more points.Who are the only four players with more such games? - (Keith Allison photo)

 

 

 

Kristaps Porzingis - (NBA Photo)

 

LA Clippers’ Paul George - (NBA Photo)

 

 

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain exemplified how to play the game without Showtime hot-dogging. The two battled for over a decade during the 60's. Since that time no NBA center could compare to their brute talent - (Library of Congress photo)

 

For those in the know the former LA/Minneapolis Lakers great Elgin Baylor is the best pound for pound NBA player ever.

 

 

 

LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 10 steals to pass Derek Harper for 14th place in NBA history. Also needs 45 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career - Rookie Eric Paschall, Warriors: The 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is averaging 22 ppg on 52.1% shooting - Houston’s James Harden has 81 career games with 40 or more points.Who are the only four players with more such games? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK USA

Monday, November 11, 2019

ROOKIES ON THE RISE

Ja Morant, Grizzlies: The rookie leader in scoring (18.9 ppg) and assists (5.5 apg) is the NBA’s only qualifying player averaging at least 18 ppg/5 apg in fewer than 30 minutes. Morant and Memphis host Utah on Friday on ESPN.

Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro, Heat: The undrafted Nunn (16.6 ppg) and Herro (13.1 ppg) are averaging nearly 30 points combined during Miami’s 6-3 start.

RJ Barrett, Knicks: Barrett is one of nine qualifying play-ers averaging at least 15 ppg/5 rpg/3 apg/1.25 spg. He leads New York against Dallas on Thursday on TNT.

Eric Paschall, Warriors: The 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is averaging 22 ppg on 52.1% shooting from the field in five starts. He is set to face childhood friend Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz tonight. Golden State is also on ESPN twice this week, visiting the Lakers on Wednesday and hosting the red-hot Celtics on Friday.

Rui Hachimura, Wizards: The first Japanese player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg) has recorded two games with at least 20 points on the heels of a double-double in his debut.

PJ Washington, Hornets: Washington (13.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) has made 17 threes in 10 games, shooting 48.6% from deep. He hit 33 threes in 35 games at Kentucky last season.


FAMILIAR FOES

Several standouts face former teams in national TV games during Week 4.

•Monday: Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers(6-3) host the Raptors (7-2) on NBA TV.Leonard (29.0 ppg) and the Raptors’ PascalSiakam (27.4 ppg) rank among the top sevenin the NBA in scoring.

•Thursday: Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks visit the Knicks on TNT. New York defeated Dallas 106-102 in Week 3.

•Friday: Mike Conley leads the Jazz intoMemphis to face the Grizzlies on ESPN.Conley is the Grizzlies’ franchise leader ingames played, points and assists.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

Houston’s James Harden has 81 career games with 40 or more points.Who are the only four players with more such games?


A RETURN BY GEORGE

The Clippers’ Paul George is closing in on making his season and team debut.

Last season, George finished third in voting for both the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards. The six-time All-Star became the second player to average at least 28 ppg/8 rpg/2 spg in a season, joining Michael Jordan (1988-89).

After tonight’s game against the Raptors, the Clippers visit the Rockets on Wednesday (ESPN) and the Pelicans on Thursday.


GO FIGURE

At 6-3, the Suns are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season (8-1). Two of their three losses came by one point.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first Buck to score at least 30 points in five straight games since Marques Johnson in 1978.

The Spurs will retire Tony Parker’s No. 9 jersey tonight after hosting the Grizzlies


NBA BACK IN THE DAY

Nov. 14, 2009: Ten years ago this week, the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings scored 55 points against the Warriors in his seventh career game.

Nov. 15, 1960: Fifty-nine years ago this week, the Lakers’ Elgin Baylor scored 71 points against the Knicks – an NBA record at the time.


SAVE THE DATE

Nov. 23: Jimmy Butler and the Heat take on the 76ers in Philadelphia.

Nov. 27: Kyrie Irving and the Nets are in Boston. Anthony Davis and the Lakers meet the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Dec. 11: Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers visit Toronto.

Dec. 12 & 14: NBA Mexico City Games 2019 presented by Nike, with Mavs vs. Pistons (12th) and Spurs vs. Suns (14th).


MILESTONE WATCH

LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 10 steals to pass Derek Harper for 14th place in NBA history. Also needs 45 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career.

Rajon Rondo (Lakers) and Russell Westbrook (Rockets): Rondo (6,975) and Westbrook (6,960) are closing in on 7,000 assists – a mark achieved by 17 players.

James Harden, Rockets: Needs 39 points to reach 19,000 for his career.

DeAndre Jordan, Nets: Needs 33 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

The four players with more 40-point games than James Harden are Wilt Chamberlain (271), Michael Jordan (173), Kobe Bryant (122) and Elgin Baylor (88).


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

November 11, 1980 Billy Knight of the Indiana Pacers scored a team-record 52 points at San Antonio to lead the Pacers to a 119-113 victory. Reggie Miller broke the record by scoring 57 points in a 134-122 win over Charlotte on November 28, 1992.

November 11, 1992 Shaquille O’Neal made his NBA debut for the Orlando Magic against Miami. Orlando won 110-100.

November 11, 1993 New Jersey retired the #3 jersey worn by the late Drazen Petrovic prior to a game at the Meadowlands Arena with Indiana. Petrovic was killed in an auto accident in Germany on June 7,1993. On hand for the ceremony were NBA Commissioner David J. Stern, Petrovic’s former Croatian teammates Dino Radja and Stojko Vrankovic, his father Jole, mother Biserka and brother Aleksander.

November 11, 1993 The NBA Board of Governors voted to adopt a modified NBA Draft Lottery system that increased the chances of the teams with the worst records in the league of winning one of the first three picks in the NBA Draft.

November 11, 1995 Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon scores 21 points in the Rockets’ 119-97 victory over visiting Minnesota, becoming the ninth NBA player to collect 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds in a career.

November 11, 1996 New York’s Patrick Ewing became the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points, scoring 24 in the Knicks’ 92-88 win at Orlando.

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