Daily MikeDrop is meant to be a recap of the previous days’ news with some fun facts and stats sprinkled in.
In addition to this revitalized daily email article, there is also a weekly podcast! Be sure to subscribe to iTunes and check us out. This week’s episode, is titled “NFL Primetime Pick ‘Em”. There are four huge games in the NFL this weekend featuring teams with winning records on both sides and we break it down and give our predictions.
We start with recapping the NBA on Wednesday as there were a few major stories.
NBA Recap – Wed 11/20
1. HE DID IT!!! HISTORY IN PHILLY!
BEN SIMMONS HIT A THREE!!!!!! So about a video of Ben Simmons hitting a three with the Titanic music in the background for dramatic flare?
In three years, Ben Simmons has played 172 games. He “attempted” 11 threes as a rookie and 6 threes last year (some of these are last second heaves, not necessarily a set, spot up shot). For his career, including last night, he has made 1,157 shots out of 2,083 attempts. And now, he finally has his first career three.
As for the game, Knicks went on a ridiculous 24-7 run in the third quarter, but then because the Knicks top two players are Julius Randle and Marcus Morris, they naturally blew the 15 point lead they built up and ultimately lost.
2. Top 5? How about #1?
Yesterday. I claimed I would fight anyone that disagreed with my statement that Luke Doncic is a top 5 player in the NBA. I appreciate Luka backing up my claim.
Last night against the Mavs, Doncic trailed 38-33 at the half. Yeah, that’s right, he was only outscored by 5 points by an entire team. He had 20 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds in the first quarter! Warriors only scored 16 points in the first quarter.
That makes Luka the first player to outscore, outrebound and out-assist a team in a quarter since 2003 when Allen Iverson did it.
Mavs won the game 142-94. And Doncic finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists.
Warriors are now 3-13 this season and Eric Paschall led them in scoring last night with 22 points.
3. Clippers win exciting overtime game
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together for the first time as Leonard made his return from injury. With both of them on the floor, plus pure shooter Lou Williams, naturally, it was Patrick Beverly who hit the put away shot for LA.
Lou led the Clippers with 27 points, George had 25, and Leonard finished with 17. With the way these two teams have played, this is possibly a matchup that could be played in a best-of-7 series in June with serious implications.
The NCAA case involving Memphis center James Wiseman is just stupid. For one, I blame the school and head coach Penny Hardaway. When Hardaway committed the penalty of paying money to move Wiseman and his family to Memphis from their home in Nashville, he did it before he was actually the Memphis head coach, but come on. Everyone he knows anything about Memphis basketball knew about those aspirations and knew he was working behind the scenes to oust Tubby Smith and get the job, which he ultimately did.
He knew moving Wiseman nearby was the key to recruiting him. Wiseman is just a kid. He should know the rules, but he should also be guided by an adult. Not a cheating adult. Penny is 100% at fault here. Not Wiseman. So why is Wiseman being suspended 12 games for following orders of an influential adult? Penny should be suspended. He committed the violation.
Even worse, the NCAA is essentially fining Wiseman $11,500. That’s the amount he alledgedly borrowed from Penny and as part of his punishment the NCAA is making him donate that amount to a charity of his choosing. Are you serious???? An unpaid 18 year old, who obviously couldn’t afford to move on his own, has to pay a fine???
Honestly, I hope Memphis pulls some shady shit and Penny or the University some how float the cash to Wiseman to cover this. Because the expectations that he would pay out of his own pocket, that much money, is an absurd and rather unprecedented idea.
Punish Penny, punish Memphis. Don’t punish the kid. Or better yet, don’t punish anyone. Who cares. The whole NCAA is corrupt and makes it illegal to put cream cheese on your bagels. Just do away with the whole group.
Colts vs Texans
Colts face the Texans tonight on Thursday night football in a battle between AFC south rivals who both come into the game at 6-4.
The Colts are 27-8 against the Texans since 2002, when the Texans first entered the league. 6 of those 8 Texans wins have come since 2011, when Peyton Manning was out with injury and later released by Colts.
Jacoby Brisset has done an excellent job keeping the Colts in the playoff mix followingthe abrupt pre-season retirement of Andrew Luck. Brisset knows Texans QB Deshaun Watson well. The two quarterbacks faced each other twice in ACC play in college, before their first pro meeting during week 7 earlier this year.
Brisset started for NC State from 2014-2015 and Watson started for Clemson from 2014-2016.
In 2014, Clemson won 41-0. Watson threw for 267 yards and led the team with 62 yards rushing. He had 4 total TDs (2 pass, 2 rush). Brisset completed just 4 passes (out of 18 attempts) in a miserable performance.
2015 game was very high scoring, Clemson won in Raleigh 56-41. Watson completed 23-30 passes, for 383 yards and threw 5 TDs and also ran for a TD (and 54 yards). Brisset was much better, throwing for 254 yards, 3 TD (0 turnovers) and ran for a TD too.
What to Watch For – 11/21
Only 2 NBA games on tonight, both are part of a TNT double header – Blazers @ Bucks and Pelicans @ Suns.
Blazers vs Bucks
This is a battle between conference finals runner ups in 2019. Blazers lost in 4 games to the Warriors and the Bucks lost in 6 games to the Raptors.
Terry Stotts has been the Blazers head coach since 2012 and after missing the playoffs his first year, the Blazers have made it in each of the last 6 seasons.
Stotts previously coached the Bucks for 146 games (just under two seasons) from 2005-2007. Bucks went 40-42 in his first year, making the playoffs and losing in 5 games as the 8th seed. He was fired towards the end of his second season with a 23-41 record.
Pelicans @ Suns
Alvin Gentry has been the Pelicans head coach since 2015. His only playoff appearance with the team was 2018. They swept Stotts’ Blazers and got swept by the Warriors in the conference semis.
Gentry previously coached the Suns for 5 years from 2008-2013 and made the playoffs just once. The Suns lost in the conference finals in 2010. Gentry replaced Mike D’antoni in Phoenix.
And in New Orleans, Gentry replaced Monty Williams. Williams was fired after the 2014-15 season after losing in the first round. He led the Pelicans to two playoff appearances in five seasons. Williams is now in his first year as head coach of the Suns.
2K Empire Classic
College hoops double header tonight at Madison Square Garden, with #1 Duke playing in their second home against Cal. And legendary Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing returns to MSG, as head coach of Georgetown, to face Texas.
One college football game tonight. NC State (4-6) plays at Georgia Tech (2-8). Despite the Yellow Jackets having 2 wins, and only 1 in ACC play, they are 2 point favorites tonight against a struggling Wolfpack team. NC State needs to win out (UNC next week) to qualify for a bowl game.