All the need-to-know info from Sunday’s slate.
Oladipo, Ola-Three-Po, Ola-Oh-Sheeeet-Po
Hoodie is to Melo as Indiana is to Victor.
Oladipo’s emergence as a born-again Hoosier continued Sunday as he threw down a career-high 47 points to beat the (Nikola Jokic–and–Paul Millsap–less, whatever) Nuggets, 126-116, in overtime.
Dipo, who was a 34.6 percent career 3-point shooter before becoming a Pacer, flooded in six of his 12 deep tries. He managed 13 trips to the line, made 11 of those, and piled onto the glory with seven rebounds and six assists. Oladipo also piloted Indiana’s late-game runs: The Pacers scored eight straight to tie the game with five seconds left, then held the Nugs to two points while scoring 12 of their own in OT.
Michael Beasley Is Using 11 Percent of His Brain and 10 Minutes of Jeff Hornacek’s Time
Beasley became the first Knick to foul out this season after racking up SIX FOULS IN [checks ankle watch] 10 MINUTES. He scored one point.
Boban Throws a Dime, Trevi Fountain Style
Kyrie Irving and Guerschon Yabusele Do the Instant Replay
(Plus, Semi Ojeleye with the Eurostep.)
No Pistons Firing
Falling to the Celtics, 91-81, marks the Pistons sixth consecutive L—the franchise’s worst streak since 2014-15. Four of the six losses finished within five points; Sunday’s had the same differential with 2:11 to go in the fourth.
Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond combined for [covers children’s eyes] eight points on [calls the FCC] 1-for-14 shooting.
Toronto Breaks Its Most Unlikely Curse
Of all the Raptors’ potential kryptonite—say, climate change or, like, a meteorite—the least-likely would seem to be the Sacramento Kings. But before Sunday’s 102-87 win, Toronto had lost its last four meetings with Sac. The Raptors were one of the few teams the Kings beat the past two years (they went 32-50 in 2016-17 and 33-49 the season before that). In DeMar DeRozan’s nine-season career, he had never won in Sacramento.
After the game, DeRozan, who finished with 25 points on 60 percent shooting and nine assists, noted that he was happy “to have that monkey off of my back.” We’ll see if the aberration of the Raptors winning outlasts the larger aberration of Sacramento finding a team it can consistently beat: They rematch next Sunday.
Just Three Ben Simmons Highlights <3 <3 <3
Start the week off right:
Especially you, Philly fans. You need it.
(Is staring down DeMarcus Cousins covered by health insurance?)