In other news, NBA Twitter got into a “Shovegate” discussion, following an incident that occurred in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
On that note, here are all the latest news from across the NBA as of November 24, 2022.
Kevin Durant makes more NBA history
Kevin Durant passed NBA legend Kevin Garnett to move up to 18th on the NBA’s all-time leading scorer list Wednesday night against Toronto. Garnett (26,071 career points) was part of the Celtics ‘Big Three’ team that led Boston to the championship in 2008.
If he can stay healthy, Durant (26,074 career points) should pass at least a few NBA greats this season. Durant is within 1,000 points of Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson and Hakeem Olajuwon. The next Durant to surpass is Havlicek with a career-high 26,395 points.
Kevin Durant finished the game against the Raptors with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Brooklyn cruised to an easy 112-98 victory.
The netting was led by All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who finished with 29 total points. After the win, Brooklyn improved to a 9-10 record and tenth place in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto fell to 9-9 and eighth in the East.
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NBA Twitter discusses ‘Shovegate’
Near the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, veteran Lakers guard Patrick Beverley was fired.
Beverley’s ejection came after he took a cheap shot at Suns center Dendre Ayton, who was trash-talking while standing next to Lakers guard Austin Reeves. Beverley hit Ayton from behind and knocked him out, which led to heated debates on NBA Twitter about whether Beverley was right to do so.
The incident is now called “Shovegate”:
Many took issue with Beverly’s actions, calling him crazy and saying he was always trying to be tough.
Others supported Beverley, calling him an amazing teammate.
There were also many who just made fun of Beverly and said the Lakers would benefit from his potential suspension.
Also read this: “You know, make them feel like they’re not a man” — Anthony Davis on Deandre Ayton’s staredown on Austin Reaves that triggers Pat Bev’s response
Or this: “I’m 1000% with Pat Bev … I wish he could push him harder” – NBA analyst Patrick Beverley supports the Suns player.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse describes Gary Trent Jr.’s weak defense
Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. has struggled on both sides of the field this season. However, it was Trent’s slump on defense that led Raptors coach Nick Nurse to question his fit for the franchise on Tuesday, via on TSN Josh Leuenberg:
“It’s disappointing,” said a nurse. “We want to make him a little more aggressive on defense this year.”
“I would say that was, well, I don’t know what the word was — it was a little negative. He’s really capable of chasing the ball and putting his hands on the ball a lot, and that’s what we want him to do.”
The nurse continued, “We’ll get him shots and get his points, but we want him to be disabled. He kind of works for us if he does, and if he doesn’t, he doesn’t work for us.” .
Nurse’s comments come as Trent has an upcoming player option worth $18.8 million for the 2023-2024 season. Trent could turn this option down and become an unrestricted free agent next season.
Trent averages 16.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 40.7% and 31.1% from outside the arc over 15 games. As mentioned earlier, Toronto is now only 9-9 and eighth in the Eastern Conference. Raptors fans will have to wait and see if Nurse’s comments can spark a fire under Trent and the rest of the Raptors team.
Khris Middleton returns to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks called up All-Star Chris Middleton from Major League G on Wednesday night, via Eric Nahm from the athlete. This comes after the Bucks reassigned Middleton to the G League’s Wisconsin Herd earlier Wednesday for training/conditioning. Middleton has now gone through multiple practices with the herd.
Middleton did not play with Milwaukee this season due to his recovery from left wrist surgery. But with the Bucks calling him out so quickly, it looks like he’s about to get back into the NBA.
Milwaukee went 12-5 in Middleton’s absence, the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Last season Middleton averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game on 44.3% shooting. So the Bucks will definitely receive a major offensive boost upon his return.
Bob Myers says the Warriors playing so many guys together never looked very good
At 9-10 and 11 in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors season did not go as expected. Much of this had to do with the Warriors’ overreliance on guys like James Wiseman, Jonathan Cuminga, and Moses Moody early in the season.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Tuesday spoke about the challenges of benching an inexperienced youngster during an interview with 95.7 The game:
“You craft what you think is the best man, and then the challenge is to find a way to make it fit. And I think early on, at least in this season, we found that playing a lot of youngsters together didn’t look very good,” Myers said.
Since then, the Warriors have recaptured their youth minutes and sent James Wiseman to the NBA. As a result, the Warriors have gone 6-3 over their last nine games, after starting 3-7.