🏀 Just Jokic Things!

Plus, this new Maverick is fitting in well.

Here here! Sundays have been reclaimed by hoops! We are kings once again!

Today’s Lineup

🏃‍♂️ Sunday’s Slate
Milwaukee found their rhythm, Jokic and Sabonis amazed, and more.

👨‍⚕️ All-Star Sidelined
Trae Young will miss extended time with a finger injury.

🎥 Unsung Heroes
This new Maverick is making his presence felt.

Sunday’s Slate

Bucks begin to find rhythm, beat Sixers 119-98

In case you weren’t paying attention this weekend, Milwaukee (36-21) has started to look a little more like how we expected when they traded for Dame. Sure, Philadelphia (33-24) is still without Joel Embiid, but a wire-to-wire win in a hostile environment is a good sign for MKE regardless.

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O’Neale hits six threes as Suns top Lakers 123-113

LeBron vs. Kevin Durant was the main storyline, but sometimes role players power a team to victory. That’s exactly what happened for Phoenix (34-24) in this one, as Royce O’Neale hit six threes in his first start as a Sun and Jusuf Nurkic posted 18 points, 22 rebounds, and seven assists. Phoenix is fifth in the West!

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Jokic posts stupid statline, Nuggets beat Warriors 119-103

A game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 16 assists, and 4 steals would be the greatest game ever for about 99% of NBA players. For Nikola Jokic, it’s a regular Sunday night. This game was tied at halftime, but the 2X MVP was masterful in all facets as Denver (39-19) dominated the second half against Golden State (29-27).

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Fox, Sabonis lead Kings past Clippers 123-107

It’s not rocket science—which is good, because we don’t know anything about rocket science—but when De’Aaron Fox scores 30+ and Domantas Sabonis posts a triple-double, a Sacramento (32-23) win seems just about 100% likely. And Sunday’s was an impressive win against Los Angeles (37-18), who shot just 8-27 from deep.

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  • When the game gets tight, get #11 the ball and get out of the way! DeMar DeRozan did what he does best—hit clutch shots—and Chicago (27-30) escaped New Orleans (34-24) with an impressive W.

  • Myles Turner scored a season-high 33 PTS as Indiana (33-25) ran away with a 133-111 win against Dallas (33-24).

  • Cleveland got Donovan Mitchell back and got back into the win column with a 114-105 dub over Washington behind big points (43) from big men (Jarrett Allen + Evan Mobley).

  • Utah beat San Antonio 128-109— and saw some flashes from rookie Taylor Hendricks.

  • One thirty-point game is impressive. Forty-two of them? A lot more impressive. That’s how many times Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has dropped 30+ this season after doing it in a 123-110 win over Houston.

  • In their first game without Trae Young, Atlanta relied on Jalen Johnson (21/10/7) and Dejounte Murray (25/9/11) to lead the way in a 109-92 victory over Orlando.

  • And finally, Charlotte beat Portland 93-80 in what was—if nothing else—a basketball game. The Hornets have won five of their last six!

Weekend Wind-Down

  • Paolo. Last second and-1. Game. Magic win, 112-109.

  • This scuffle in New Orleans led to multiple suspensions: three games for Jose Alvarado and Thomas Bryant and one game for Jimmy Butler and Naji Marshall.

  • We should probably start a section called What Record Did Wemby Set Today? This weekend, he became the youngest player ever to record a 5×5. He doesn’t stop!

When you ask Paolo how it feels to miss a clutch shot

🧠 Daily Trivia 🧠 

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Trae Young to have finger surgery

Hawks fans, avert your eyes. All-Star point guard Trae Young will undergo surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left pinky, according to the team. He hurt his hand in Friday’s game and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Atlanta currently holds the 10th seed in the East and is three games ahead of Brooklyn for the final play-in spot—here’s hoping Ice Trae can get back on the floor for the homestretch!

Unsung Heroes: Daniel Gafford

Daniel Gafford has been playing really well all season, but since he was doing so on a struggling Wizards team, not a lot of folks noticed. Now, after being traded to Dallas, he’s contributing in a big way for a team with a set of expectations that just keeps rising.

Gafford scored in double-figures in three straight games to start his career in Dallas, including a 16 PTS/17 REB/5 BLK/2 STL game on February 12th. He brings much-needed size to the Mavs’ interior and has helped transform Dallas into a serious Western Conference threat.

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Three in the Key

🏆 KD keeps moving up
The legendary scorer is now ninth all-time in points.

👩‍🚀 Thompson —> Whitmore
Rockets fans are seeing the future…

🤯 Clark made her mark. Literally.
Check out how Iowa honored the NCAAW leading scorer.

What We’re Enjoying

Thinking Basketball x NBA: Seeing hardworking folks succeed in the basketball media space is always so fulfilling, and Ben Taylor from Thinking Basketball is undoubtedly one of those people. Check out his breakdown of SGA’s top-tier isolation play on the NBA’s YouTube channel:

Signing Off

And we’re out! Did you play a board game last week like we asked? If not, that’s okay, because we have a new task for you this week. Compliment someone on their work—if you like something they create, tell them! They’ll appreciate it more than you know. Talk soon.

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