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NBA NEWS - WEEK 2 - PREVIEW

Rookie Showdown: ESPN’s doubleheader Wednesday starts with Dallas visiting Atlanta as rookies Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Trae Young of the Hawks go head-to-head for the first time since being traded for each other - (NBA photo)

 

 

Atlanta’s Trae Young is the second player ever to have at least 30 points and 10 assists (Oct. 21 at Cleveland) within his first three NBA games, joining Isiah Thomas (1981) - (NBA photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rookie Showdown: ESPN’s doubleheader Wednesday starts with Dallas visiting Atlanta as rookies Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Trae Young of the Hawks go head-to-head for the first time since being traded for each other - Nuggets: Denver is 3-0 for the first time sincethe 2009-10 season - LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 100 points to pass Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

THREE POINTS

Rookie Showdown: ESPN’s doubleheader Wednesday starts with Dallas visiting Atlanta as rookies Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Trae Young of the Hawks go head-to-head for the first time since being traded for each other during the 2018 NBA Draft. This marks the home opener for the Hawks, who are celebrating their 50th year in Atlanta while playing at the renamed and renovated State Farm Arena.

Kemba Clicks: Charlotte’s Kemba Walker is on a historic tear. The two-time All-Star has made the most three-pointers in the first three games of a season (19) in NBA history, helping him average 35.3 points. He racked up other milestones in Week 1, becoming the first player to score 10,000 points as a Hornet and matching Glen Rice’s franchise record for 40-point games (10).

Select Company: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich is two wins shy of becoming the fifth head coach in NBA history with 1,200 regular-season victories. He is set to join Don Nelson (1,335 wins), Lenny Wilkens (1,332), Jerry Sloan (1,221) and Pat Riley (1,210). The Spurs play three times in Week 2, starting with a game at the Los Angeles Lakers tonight on NBA TV


WHAT’S TRENDING

• Nuggets: Denver is 3-0 for the first time sincethe 2009-10 season, holding each opponentunder 100 points. The Nuggets are the earlyleague leaders in defensive rating.

•NBA Roster Survey: The 2018-19 NBA Roster Survey compiles data on all opening-nightrosters, including player height, weight, ageand experience. Check out the results here.

•Nikola Mirotic, Pelicans: Mirotic opened the season with back-to-back games of 30or more points. He produced three 30-pointgames in his first four seasons combined.

•Caris LeVert, Nets: LeVertis averaging 24.7 pointson 65.0 percent shootingfrom the field through three games, with career highs(27 and 28 points) in each of Brooklyn’s first two games.


GO FIGURE

Atlanta’s Trae Young is the second player ever to have at least 30 points and 10 assists (Oct. 21 at Cleveland) within his first three NBA games, joining Isiah Thomas (1981).

Denver’s Nikola Jokic shot 11-of-11 against Phoenix in Week 1, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to be perfect from the field while recording a triple-double with at least 30 points.

NBA opening-night rosters featured at least 100 international players for the fifth straight year. This season’s total was 108.


MILESTONE WATCH

LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 100 points to pass Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place all time. Also needs 33 field goals made to pass Shaquille O’Neal (11,330) for sixth place all time in that category.

Stephen Curry, Warriors: After passing Paul Pierce for sixth place all time in three- pointers made on Oct. 21, Curry (2,145) now trails No. 5 Jamal Crawford (2,153) of Phoenix by eight threes.


NBA PRIMETIME

The 2018-19 season features 42 games on Saturdays and Sundays during primetime for fans in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The schedule continues Sunday with Golden State visiting Brooklyn at 5 p.m. ET, airing live on the NBA’s broadcast partners in those regions.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

October 23, 1967 The New Jersey Americans (today the New Jersey Nets), a new ABA franchise sold to Arthur Brown, played its first game. October 23, 1975 Bill Willoughby made his debut for the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the youngest player in league history at 18 years, five months and three days old.

October 23, 1987 The Milwaukee Bucks defeated Tracer Milan of Italy 123-111 in the opening game of the first McDonald’s Championship, held at the Milwaukee Arena. The Bucks defeated the Soviet National Team 127-100 in the championship game of the tournament, sponsored by the NBA and FIBA.

October 23, 1993 In the finals of the sixth McDonald’s Championship, held at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, the Phoenix Suns defeated Italian League champion Buckler Bologna 112-90, as Charles Barkley led all scorers with 28 points. Barkley was awarded the Drazen Petrovic Trophy as MVP of the tournament, after scoring 52 points in two games.

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