🏀 The Boston Block Party

Plus, this player was shooting like Steph before it was cool…


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Answer: the Cleveland Cavaliers! Before you digest today’s hoops news, check out our latest NBA team collab on IG, where we celebrated one of this season’s breakout sharpshooters.

Today’s Lineup

🍀 The Boston Block Party
Some last-second swats spoiled the Pacers’ upset bid in Beantown.

🚀 Houston, We Have a Solution
The young Rockets are seriously starting to gel.

📖 Hoops History Spotlight
This player was shooting like Steph before it was cool…

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Last Night’s Action

Pacers’ comeback falls just short as Celtics win 129-124

Big ups to the Pacers for taking this game down to the wire despite Tyrese Haliburton’s minutes restriction. And MAJOR ups to Aaron Nesmith for deciding one career-high wasn't enough, as he set new bests in rebounds (12) and assists (7) while pouring in 26 PTS on his former team.

But alas, the TD Garden has been the toughest place in the league to win this year. Derrick White and Jayson Tatum put up tough back-to-back blocks to shut the door on the Pacers’ potential comeback.

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Embiid’s injury scare clouds 119-107 Warriors win

Steph Curry masterpiece? Check. Andrew Wiggins resurgence game? Check. Ridiculous Jonathan Kuminga transition jam? Duh, check! The Warriors had all the ingredients for a much-needed win tonight.

Sadly, it was tough to really savor all those incredible performances because of Joel Embiid’s knee injury in the closing minutes. We can only hope the big man is okay and back to playing MVP-level basketball ASAP!

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Knicks finish magical month with 118-103 win over Jazz

The January 2024 New York Knicks just completed the 10th-best month by point differential in NBA history. That’s a real fact. And we would say it's because of the OG Anunoby trade, but the thing is... he didn't even play last night. Without him and Julius Randle, the rest of the Knicks’ starters stepped up to take down the Jazz, led by Donte 'Klay Thompson' DiVincenzo’s career-high nine threes. Shout-out to Josh Hart for scraping together his first-ever triple-double. We see that 10-10-10!

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Raptors clamp up and grit out 118-107 win over Bulls

Thaddeus Young stuffing the stat sheet like it's 2015? Jordan Nwora hitting 4-point stepbacks and trying to take defenders' lives? These are the type of games that separate the casuals from the real ball-watchers. The stars might not have come out to play in this one, but the Raptors’ bevy of solid role-players carried the W on both ends, holding the Bulls to just seven points in the last seven minutes.

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Hawks in cruise control, breeze by Lakers 138-122

After a grueling double OT game on Saturday and another gritty outing on Monday, it was pretty clear that the Lakers were running on (close to) empty in this one. With Trae Young leading the charge and throwing lobs to Jalen Johnson from a different zip code, the Hawks grabbed a 10-point lead just a minute into the second Q and never let it get within single digits again.

Monday Night Notes

  • The youth movement in H-Town is SCARY. The Rockets, led by stellar all-around performances from Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun, controlled this game against the Lakers from the opening tip to the 135-119 finish. But it was this crazy sequence from rookie Cam Whitmore that really caught our eye.

  • The Stifle Tower’s DPOY case gets stronger and stronger by the day. Rudy Gobert was instrumental in shutting down the Thunder’s high-powered offense in the Wolves’ Monday win. And who else but Anthony Edwards to ice the game with this smooth blow-by jam on SGA?!? Minnesota is back on top of the West.

  • Down 16 at halftime? No problem if you have Luka Doncic putting up video game numbers for your team. The Slovenian superstar started his week with a 45 PTS, 15 AST, and 9 REB game to lead the Mavericks over a feisty Orlando squad 131-129.

  • It seems like Domantas Sabonis is starting to make this “not since Wilt” thing a routine occurrence. Domas put up a stat line that hasn’t been done since the Big Dipper for the second time this season, dropping 20 PTS, 25 REB, and 5 AST while shooting over 90% from the field in the Kings’ W.

  • Let’s take a sec to celebrate a face we haven’t seen in a while! Ben Simmons had missed the last couple of months with a back injury, but he came back with a sense of vengeance last night and posted 10 PTS, 11 AST, and 8 REB with a +27 in just 18 minutes during the Nets’ blowout win.

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Hoops History Spotlight

There's being ahead of your time, and then there's being so unfathomably far ahead that we're seriously considering whether you're a time traveler. That second category is exactly where Oscar Schmidt, the all-time leading scorer in the history of professional basketball, belongs.

Schmidt, a Brazilian basketball legend, is the ultimate “streets won't forget” player. A 6'9" power forward from Natal, he poured in nearly 50,000 points throughout his career. Schmidt won an almost-impossible-to-believe 20 scoring titles across multiple countries, including the Brazilian League at the ripe old age of 45. Oh yeah, and he’s also the all-time top scorer in the Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup. Like, what?

But what's even more impressive is how he did it. Despite playing almost all of his career before the three-point shot became a huge part of basketball, Schmidt was helping to invent the stretch four position, launching bombs at a rate even prime Steph Curry would have trouble keeping up with. Let's put it this way—at the 1996 Olympics, a 38-year-old Schmidt shot nearly 39% from beyond the arc... on over 13 attempts per game. Ridiculous. He may never have played in the NBA, but Oscar Schmidt's career is a must-know for any real hoops lover.

Three in the Key

⛏️ Warriors x Niners
Steph finds Deebo Samuel in the crowd after a trey.

🏀 Sabrina vs. Steph
This three-point contest is about to be a MOVIE!

🤯 Giannis did WHAT?
The Greek Freak defies physics with this nasty jam.

What We’re Enjoying

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