1. Day of triple-doubles.
Owners of Hassan Whiteside, Russell Westbrook, and Marcus Smart were having a field day last night. All three of them recorded triple doubles, the most impressive one on Whiteside. The Miami Heat big man stepped up without Dwyane Wade, tallying 19 points, 17 rebounds, and a crazy 11 blocks!
Westrbook and Smart were not so bad, dropping almost the same numbers. The Thunder dynamo had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists while Smart had 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
2. Jimmy Butler again made history…
after recording only FOUR points as a follow-up to his 53-point explosion versus Philly. That’s the fewest points in a game following a 50-point game since Vernon Maxwell also had 4 points in the 1990-91 season.
3. Product of the system?
The question whether Kawhi Leonard will be as good as he is nowwithout the system in San Antonio will never be answered. However, if you’re thinking in the negative side of the spectrum, this might convince you that he indeed is a product of a system. Statistics show almost half of Leonard’s two-point field goals (49%) and 92% of his three-pointers were assisted by teammates.
In comparison, LeBron James (37% and 57$) and Kevin Durant (49% and 65%) live more difficult offensive lives than the Spurs small forward.
4. Larry Nance
Larry Nance Jr.’s six steals were the most by a rookie Laker since Eddie Jones on Dec. 13, 1994.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 15, 2016
5. The Chicago Bulls could have recorded back-to-back 72-10 seasons if they haven’t lost 3 of their last 4 games in ’96-’97. They were standing at 68-10 but lost to Detroit, won versus Toronto, and then lost to Miami and New York to close the season at 69-13.
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