It was a slow Saturday for former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA with only four UK alum were in action.
Anthony Davis put in another solid outing against the Chicago Bulls in a 98-94 defeat. The Brow scored 22 points, on a 8-24 field shooting with 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. The New Orleans Pelicans are now 6-17 on the season as the complete collapse of a promising team continues.
Two Kentucky frontcourt stars, Terrence Jones and Julius Randle, both played as the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers squared off. Oddly enough, both came off the bench for their respective squads. Reduced minutes led to struggling play by both players. Randle put up 7 points on 3-11 shooting with 10 rebounds. Jones had 9 on 4-13 shooting with 9 rebounds.
James Young has yet to crack the barrier in terms of becoming a good NBA player, but he is making strides with the Celtics. Young played 13 minutes in Boston's 98-93 victory over Charlotte. Young also previously played 19 minutes against Golden State, 16 against Chicago, and 20 minutes against New Orleans over the past four games.
Though he's not putting up great numbers yet, what that means is that Brad Stevens and company are starting to see something in Young and are finally starting to get him to that "role player" segment of development. There's also a good Boston Globe piece on Young's rise you should check out.
As for Sunday's action, it was another slow day in terms of Cats in action. Enes Kanter helped lead the Thunder to a 104-98 OT win over the Jazz thanks to his 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with 6 boards. Jazz forward Trey Lyes didn't score on 0-of-2 shooting, but did pull down 7 boards.
The big matchup of former Cats saw Karl-Anthony Towns' Timberwolves take on the Suns' trio of Cats, and it was Phoneix that came away with a 108-101 win. Towns was held in check with just 8 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with 6 boards and 2 assists. Tayshaun Prince didn't attempt a shot and grabbed one board.
As for Phoenix, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe led the way with a combined 48 points on 16-of-32 shooting to go with 8 steals, 15 assists, 6 blocks and 8 boards. Devin Booker chipped in 5 points on 1-of-5 shooting. Archie Goodwin got a DNP.
The 76ers lost another game (shocker), this one a 96-66 defeat to the Raptors. Nerlens Noel was unable to help Philly's cause much with 2 points on 1-of-3 shooting, but did chip in 4 assists, 5 boards and 1 block.