🏀 Who got snubbed?

Plus, our midseason award picks.


Enjoyers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read this newsletter and catch up on the last few days of NBA action. While completing your mission, you may run into our official midseason award picks. Be cautious, as they may cause you to Enjoy Basketball at dangerously high levels… 👀

Today’s Lineup

🔥 Last Night’s Action
Two playoff rematches made for a thrilling night of NBA hoops.

✍️ Wednesday Night Notes
Some Minnesota magic, an under-the-radar career-high, and more.

🏆 Midseason Awards
The EB team hands out some hardware…

Last Night’s Action

Kings avenge playoff series loss with 134-133 win over Warriors

This was a nailbiter for 48 minutes, and the Kings (25-18) victory was, in large part, thanks to heroics from Harrison Barnes, who posted a career-high 39 points against his old team. With just seconds remaining, the Warriors (19-23) were down one and Steph Curry (33 PTS) had the ball in his hands… but De’Aaron Fox (29 PTS, 5 AST) stifled him and forced a turnover, clinching the win for Sac-Town.

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Wolves squeak past Nets 96-94 thanks to late missed FTs

Karl-Anthony Towns (27 PTS, 10 REB) picked up his teammates’ slack and put Minnesota (32-13) in position to win the game. The Nets (17-27) surged in the fourth quarter and had the chance to tie the game at the line with just seconds remaining, but Mikal Bridges (21 PTS) missed both free throws.

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Elsewhere around the Association…

  • The Pacers (25-20) used a balanced attack to defeat Joel Embiid (31 PTS, 7 REB) and the 76ers by 12, 134-122. Pascal Siakam (26 PTS, 13 REB, 10 AST) and Myles Turner (20 PTS, 9 REB) were two of the seven Pacers in double-digits.

  • Nikola Jokic (31 PTS, 11 REB) got his double-double, but the Nuggets (31-15) were blown out by 38 points in New York (28-17) last night. OG Anunoby (26 PTS) continued his dark horse DPOY campaign with a six-steal night.

  • The Heat (24-21) found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout in this ECF rematch, losing 143-110 to the Jayson Tatum (26 PTS, 8 REB) and Kristaps Porzingis (19 PTS) led Celtics (35-10).

  • This Bulls- vs. Lakers game was close in the first quarter, but Chicago got sloppy (16 turnovers) and Los Angeles came out on top in a 141-132 win thanks to D’Angelo Russell’s (29 PTS, 8/13 3PT) lights-out shooting.

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Wednesday Night Notes

  • Devin Booker (46 PTS, 17/23 FG) outdueled Luka (34 PTS, 9 AST, 8 REB) and the Mavericks in the Suns’ 132-109 win. That’s seven straight for Phoenix!

  • Giannis (35 PTS, 18 REB, 10 AST) excelled in the first game of a new Bucks era, notching his seventh triple-double of the season in the Bucks (32-13) ten-point win against Cleveland (26-16).

  • Finally, it was a career night for Jonathan Kuminga, who scored 25 PTS on perfect 11/11 shooting from the field in Golden State’s 22-point win over Atlanta.

🧠 Daily Trivia 🧠 

Which of these players has NEVER recorded a 5X5 game? (at least 5 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals)

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⭐️ All-Star Starters Announced

The 2024 All-Star Starters were revealed last night, and the announcement came with the expected amount of controversy. Check out who got their name called below.

Eastern Conference: Damian Lillard, Tyrese Haliburton, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo (captain), Joel Embiid

Western Conference: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luka Doncic, LeBron James (captain), Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic

Who was the biggest All-Star starter snub?

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🏆 Midseason Award Picks

The halfway point of the NBA season is upon us, which means it’s time to hand out some awards. We’ll hit you with our Most Valuable and Most Improved picks today, and stay tuned for some more awards next week. Let’s get to it!

Most Valuable Player: Joel Embiid

70 points on 59% shooting. The third-highest game score in forty years. The highest scoring game for a 76er EVER. If that wasn’t an MVP moment, then we don’t know what is.

But Joel Embiid’s incredible game on Monday is far from the only reason why he deserves this award. JoJo’s ability to score from literally everywhere (and we mean everywhere) on the court makes him a near-impossible player to guard. A career-high and league-leading 36.1 PPG on 54/36/89 efficiency should be enough to secure Embiid his second-straight MVP—if he can reach the games played threshold.

Who's your MVP? 🤔

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Most Improved Player: Scottie Barnes

MIP is always the hardest to predict, and you can’t go wrong with the incredible crop of contenders this year. But for us, Scottie Barnes takes the 🎂. The third-year player has improved on both sides of the ball (20.2 PTS, 5.7 AST, 1.6 BLK) as Toronto needs him most. Barnes’ statistical increase speaks for itself, but you also must give him credit for taking the mental jump of becoming the face of this Raptors team, especially after the Pascal Siakam trade.

Three in the Key

🦌 They’re dancing in MKE!
The Bucks aren’t letting a big change get their vibes down… 🤔

👀 Watch out, Jokic!
The 2X MVP got a pretty nasty poke in the eye on Sunday.

The Mavericks forward defied gravity for this giant-slaying finish!

What We’re Enjoying

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Signing Off

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