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Monday Quickies: The Rise of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Edition

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SGA is coming on strong in his sophomore season.

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It wasn’t long ago when many followers of the Big Blue Nation believed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would flourish in the NBA after one quick year at Kentucky.

While he’s certainly played well in just over a full season, most didn’t anticipate him playing for his second team in many years. In fact, many probably expected Gilgeous-Alexander to be paired with Patrick Beverly to boast a nightmare backcourt defensively for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Instead, LA sent their prized rookie to Oklahoma City (along with many other assets) in exchange for All-NBA forward Paul George. This season, the Clippers are of course contending for the NBA title. But OKC are, respectfully, winners of four straight with Gilgeous-Alexander playing his best basketball of the season.

During that four game streak, the former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging more than 22 points per game with last night’s win ironically coming against the Clippers. Despite a drastic change in chemistry and coaching at such a young age, Gilgeous-Alexander is everything the Big Blue Nation knew he would be.

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Quickies

What Went Wrong In UK’s Loss To Ohio State - Kentucky Sports Radio

Kentucky’s sluggish start to the season is uncharacteristic and concerning.

Devin Askew Shows Out at Tarkanian Classic - Kentucky Sports Radio

Wipe away those weekend blues with highlights from a promising 2020 commit.

Seahawks fear RB Chris Carson’s injury might end his season - ESPN

Back-breaking blow for Seattle as the playoffs near.

Jerry Jones disappointed, as Cowboys no longer control destiny - ESPN

Dallas could very well go from Super Bowl contenders to watching the playoffs from home.

Sestina shines for Kentucky, but it’s not enough against Ohio State - Herald-Leader

Kentucky’s veteran big man found his groove, but those efforts ultimately came up short.

LeBron James out vs. the Nuggets; Kyle Kuzma available - ESPN

Could this be the beginning of the injury bug for Los Angeles?