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March 26th, 2019

BBNBA: Devin Booker drops 59, Suns still lose by 33

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Recap:

  • Yes, you read that headline correctly. Devin Booker put up a monster night, finishing with 59 total points last night. For anyone who follows the NBA closely, Booker putting up 59 and the Suns still managing to get their doors blown off by the Utah Jazz is not all that surprising, but the 33 point loss is the worst loss in NBA history when a player on the losing team goes for 50 or more points. As the Athletic’s Kyle Tucker tweeted last night about the Booker-Suns relationship “Horrible team. Terrific young player.” Booker shot 19 of 34 from the field, 5 of 8 from three, and 16 of 17 at the free throw line in his white hot shooting night. His scoring burst gave him the Phoenix Suns’ record for most 35+ points games in a single season. Unfortunately for Booker, no other Phoenix player scored in double figures and his 4 assists were the highest on the team. The Suns now sit at a 17-58 record, which ranks second to last in the entire NBA, just three wins above the league-worst New York Knicks. Here’s what Book had to say about his performance last night.

  • Outside of Devin Booker’s crazy scoring night, there were only a few NBA games being played. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Brooklyn Nets went to a double overtime thriller with the Blazers finally coming out on top by the score of 148-144. Former Cat Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench for the Blazers, knocking down two threes in the process. Unfortunately for the Blazers, their starting big man, Jusuf Nurki?, landed awkwardly on a rebound attempt late in the second overtime, and his leg snapped in one of the more gruesome injuries you’ll see on a basketball court. I won’t link the video because it truly is hard to watch, but if you really want to see it, a quick search on Twitter will show you a few videos. Thoughts are with him, you just hate to see a player get injured that badly and this late in the season too with the playoffs right around the corner.
  • In Memphis, the Grizzlies took home the win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Neither Patrick Patterson or Hamidou Diallo checked into the game for the Thunder, but Nerlens Noel did log a few minutes, scoring two points on his only shot and pulling down a board.

Stats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)125-92 loss to Jazz5919-34 (5-8)44106-1341
Enes Kanter (PORT)148-144 win over Nets124-8 (2-3)103000-621
Nerlens Noel (OKC)115-103 loss to Grizzlies21-1 (0-0)10000+73

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (Brandon Knight), 7pm ET
  • San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk), 7pm ET
  • Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe) at Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo), 7:30pm ET
  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors (Jodie Meeks), 7:30pm ET
  • Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) at Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns), 8pm ET
  • Houston Rockets (Terrence Jones) at Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe), 8pm ET on TNT
  • Atlanta Hawks (Alex Poythress) at New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Darius Miller), 8pm ET
  • Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein) at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm ET
  • Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles), 9pm ET
  • Washington Wizards (John Wall) at Los Angeles Lakers (Rajon Rondo), 10:30pm ET on TNT

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UL Fans Are Actually Pretty Great

I understand that everybody is focused on the game Friday night. PJ’s foot, and all the excitement that surrounds a NCAA Tournament run. But if you will allow me one post about something else, I would appreciate it.  There is something that has always been an opinion of mine –probably an unpopular opinion with most of this fanbase — but it has especially come to the front of my mind over the last couple days.

Let me start off by saying I have lived in the city of Louisville for 30 of the 34 years of my life.  Despite all of the dirty details that have emerged about the athletic program in the last few years, you can not dispute the fact that the University of Louisville as a school and as an athletic program have absolutely improved the look and reputation of the city of Louisville.  The Yum Center is a key focus of the downtown skyline.  The athletic facilities on campus are absolutely spotless. Ss someone who lives on the fringes of the UL campus, I believe the the university has helped create one of the biggest booming housing markets in the city.  I say all of that to point out to those who don’t live in this city: you may not recognize the positive impact UL and its athletics have had over the last 20 years.

Being from Louisville of course means that my family is here.  Both my parents and my only sibling have degrees from the University of Louisville.  And while my household was mostly a UK household growing up, there wasn’t the hatred for UL that exists around the state.  We watched UL every time they were on TV and I have certainly attended more UL sporting events in my life than UK events, simply because I live here.

Outside of my immediate family, I exist mostly in a UL family, especially on my mom’s side.  There are a scattering of UK fans among us, mostly by marriage.  But in general, there is far more UL gear at family outings than UK gear.  Far more discussion about UL success and failure than UK.  And nobody is a bigger UL fan than my uncle Bobby.  His wardrobe almost certainly is made up of 75% UL gear.  He was a season ticket holder in football and basketball.  He has seen all of the highs and lows.  He married a UL fan.  His two children are UL fans.  His grandchildren are UL fans, or soon will be once they are old enough choose their fanhood.  His passion has funneled down through generations.

You know who that sounds like?  UK fans.  Because living in the city of Louisville for 30 years and being in a UL family has taught me one important lesson than many/most in the fanbase don’t understand: UL fans and UK fans are the same damn group of people.  Are there more UK fans?  Of course.  Is the history deeper and probably filled with more great moments for UK?  Yes.  But at the end of the day, UL fans and UK fans are the same, except they cheer for different teams.  They live and die with their team’s successes and failures.  They wear the gear.  They tailgate.  They take incredible pride in their team.  And they hate Bobby Petrino, too.

Those in this fanbase who think UL fans are below them are pathetic.  It means they either don’t know UL fans or simply base their opinion on Twitter fans.  Guess what?  Our twitter fans are largely losers too.  But the real UL fans?  They are our equals.  They are just like us.  And that is exactly why this rivalry is the best in college sports.  If UL fans didn’t care about their team like we do, the rivalry would be nothing.  The rivalry is great because their passion matches ours.  The rivalry is great because they care like we do.  I enjoy every conversation with my uncle Bobby because the knowledge of his team and interest in his school matches mine for UK.

My uncle Bobby suffered a heart attack on Selection Sunday and died 2 days ago in Louisville.  In what is a completely insignificant opinion, and probably just a strange way of coping, I’ve thought how glad I was he didn’t have to watch UL lay a dud and lose to Minnesota in the 1st round of the tournament.  But I will certainly miss the friendly ribbing I would have given him about it.  And I would have missed his passion about UL wins.  The same passion we have when we win games in the tournament.

I know many of you claim to hate UL fans, and that’s fine.  I think that says more about you than about them.  But for those of us who actually know, live with, and love our UL family and friends, we are LUCKY to have that special relationship with fans as passionate as us.  They make being a UK fan MORE enjoyable.  While my uncle left this earth far too soon, he left a legacy of fanhood in his family.  He not only created two children and 5 grandchildren who are great people, he created great UL fans, too.  My special relationship when it came to this rivalry is not gone with his passing.  It continues with what he passed on.  Instead of using social media as your barometer for what a fanbase really is, I hope you have the chance to meet UL fans as great as the ones I have known.  I think you’ll quickly figure out they are just like you — except wearing red and a logo of a bird with teeth. (He would appreciate that dig.)


KSR Show Thread (3/26): Getting ready for the tournament

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McDAAG Day One Notes: Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney turn heads at Powerade Jam Fest

McDonald’s All-American Game festivities tipped off yesterday, and future Kentucky Wildcats Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney made sure their presence was known from the jump.

The Wildcat duo, both suiting up for the West squad this week, got things started on Monday morning with their first practice, followed by a brief media opportunity. Yesterday evening, Maxey and Whitney each participated in the Powerade Jam Fest event, where they both turned heads.

Let’s dive right in.

Practice/Media Availability

With over 90 NBA scouts in Atlanta watching the top high school basketball players in America compete, both Wildcats participating this week let those watching know that they are two of the most impressive players in high school basketball.

For Maxey, it was his elite shooting ability and competitive nature that had onlookers fascinated.

Here are just a few of the reactions:

Here is Maxey’s entire highlight tape from this morning, where his ridiculous shooting stroke separated himself from his peers:

As for Whitney, while his athleticism and defensive intensity is always the center of attention, his improved jump shot was also quite impressive.

Here is one look at it:

And another look:

As early as last year, Whitney had a Hamidou Diallo-like hitch in his shot that really hurt his ability to find consistency as a shooter. He has always been able to drive and finish in the paint, but opponents could neutralize him a bit on the floor by sagging off of him and forcing him to work from the outside.

Now that he has tweaked his form and has developed that muscle memory, he has truly become a threat on all three levels of the floor. Every time I watch him play (especially now) I see a more-advanced Jaylen Brown at this stage. Going into college, Brown was a low-30s 3-point shooter, and he followed it up with a “meh” 29.4 percent clip in his lone season at Cal-Berkeley.

In the NBA, though, Brown has shot 36.3 percent from three over the course of his career and has become just enough of a consistent threat to keep defenders.

If he’s even an above-average perimeter shooter at Kentucky, the rest of his game will more than make up for it.

As far as media availability is concerned, we only got about ten minutes or so for quick interviews after practice, so it’s slim-pickings with news (from yesterday, at least).

The biggest updates of the day, though, are as follows:

  • 2019 five-star forward Matthew Hurt will make a decision on April 19, down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, and Minnesota. He’s still working on visits to Memphis and Minnesota, and he claims all six schools are on equal ground.
  • 2019 five-star forward Jaden McDaniels still has no idea where he wants to go and has no timeline for a decision.
  • Kahlil Whitney talked about how excited he is to get pushed to the limit by John Calipari in Lexington, says the elite competition makes him want to get on campus as soon as possible.
  • Tyrese Maxey believes Kentucky is going to win the national title this year, says he thinks his group can make another run next year. Still recruiting a piece or two to close out the 2019 class.

As far as light-hearted content is concerned, Jake Rosen of JakeInThePaint.com sat down with Maxey and asked him about his favorite food, movies, music, and more.

You can check that out here:

With Media Day taking place this afternoon, we’ll have more time to talk with the players, where I’ll be able to ask more Kentucky-specific questions to those in attendance. Be on the lookout for that in a bit.

Powerade Jam Fest

After practice and media opportunities, we packed into buses and drove to Wheeler High School (EJ Montgomery’s former school) in Marietta, GA for the Powerade Jam Fest.

There, Maxey competed in the Legends and Stars Shootout, where he absolutely dominated the event.

After going 1/2 from the 3-point line (both shots looked good, if we’re being honest), the future Wildcat jogged over to the half-court line and drilled it in one attempt.

Take a look:

No one else came close. Maxey ran away with the easy victory in this one.

From there, Kahlil participated in the Slam Dunk Contest, where he unleashed his ridiculous athleticism.

On his first attempt, Superman cape and all, Whitney got Maxey to toss him an alley-oop off the backboard:

On his second attempt, Whitney went with the self-oop back-scratcher, where his entire head was above the rim.

Maxey also helped out future Florida Gator Scottie Lewis in his insane dunk attempt:

This was the contest-winning dunk from Stanford women’s basketball commit Francesca Belibi:

Overall, it was a fun event and the Cats looked impressive in the national spotlight.

Evening Media Opportunity

After the Powerade Jam Fest, Maxey, along with Belibi, five-star recruit Cole Anthony, and Notre Dame women’s basketball signee Samantha Brunelle, each talked to the media about their performance.

Maxey, in particular, talked about his Lewis jumping over him in the Dunk Contest, his favorite dunk from the night, and practicing specifically for the half-court attempt in the Legends and Stars Shootout.

Take a look:

Practice will be from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this morning followed by Media Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I’ll have several updates with all the footage, interviews, and analysis you could ever need throughout the day.

See you then.


Kentucky to release Midwest Regional Tickets

Need tickets to see the Cats in the Sweet 16?  You’re in luck.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET the UK ticket office is releasing a limited number of tickets for the Midwest Regional in Kansas City.  You can get seats in the UK allotment (sections 211-214) by calling (800) 928-2287 (Option 4).  Tickets to the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are $250 and can be picked up in Kansas City at will call.

Secure your spot in the Sprint Center by calling as soon as the ticket office opens.  Hurry, they won’t be around for long.


March 25th, 2019

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Michael Rains

The trifecta! I love it.

#9 PJ’s Scooter

I love this account, but I hope PJ’s scooter is short lived.

#8 Joe Lay

*GONG*

#7 John Newman

Boom. Roasted.

#6 Jared Young

As am I.

#5 Barrett

It’s only cool when Pantelis does it.

#4 Ahmed/Nav’s Shill

When hip hop culture and sports collide, I am a fan

#3 Isaiah

Power K forever.

#2 Billy Sewell

Better than Shakespeare.

#1 jcolliver

Smart kid.


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Catch up with the Cats on Hey Kentucky!

The Hey Kentucky crew was in the UK locker room after the Cats took down Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  See what Jemarl Baker, Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis and more had to say about the win in Jacksonville.

Click here to see the rest of today’s episode with Matt Jones and Lee Cruse.