NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Welcome to the GIANNIS! show Eric Bledsoe

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NBA results, November 11, 2017

Detroit Pistons 111 – Atlanta Hawks 104

Boston Celtics 90 – Charlotte Hornets 87

Indiana Pacers 105 – Chicago Bulls 87

OKC Thunder 120 – LA Clippers 111

Milwaukee Bucks 94 – San Antonio Spurs 87

Orlando Magic 128 – Phoenix Suns 112

Miami Heat 84 – Utah Jazz 74

Brooklyn Nets 101 – Portland Trail Blazers 97

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Giannis welcomes Bledsoe with a BANG!

The Milwaukee Bucks welcomed their newest addition, Eric Bledsoe. The former Phoenix Suns point guard played his first game with his new team and he had a very solid outing. He scored 13 points, grabbed four boards and dished out seven assists in 28 minutes of play.

Bledsoe was warmly welcomed to the team by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak put on a show for his new teammate. He showed Bledsoe just how fun it can be to play with him. Here are a few favorites from today’s game against the San Antonio Spurs:

  • Khris Middleton throwing up a shot off the board and Giannis snatching it from mid-air before slamming it home (I think this is a legit Bucks play where they trust Giannis’ unli-arms to just reach up and grab misses.)
  • Malcolm Brogdon passing towards (not to) Giannis and Giannis not aware that the ball was flopping around his legs. He then picks it up and Gyro Steps all over the Spurs
  • Giannis block, outlet to Bledsoe then Bledsoe tossing it over his head and Giannis reaching up to the high heavens to slam it home
  • Giannis steal then gather a step into the three-point line land then reverse jam with ease.

Giannis is ridiculous. Bledsoe is going to have so much fun playing with him.

2. Paul George shows why OKC went hard to nab him

The OKC Thunder were in the middle of a four game losing streak. The OK3 experiment with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony wasn’t going so well. Their offense was isolation heavy with three ball dominant superstars and their defense was a mess. Things hit rock bottom a few days ago when they lost to the lowly Sacramento Kings.

Paul George has had enough. He went ballistic against the LA Clippers, dropping 42 points, with nine rebounds and four assists. He showed everyone that even if he’s playing with the reigning MVP, he’s still every bit a superstar in his own right.

The Thunder still have a lot of things to figure out. But this win against the Clippers could be the start of something. Westbrook shot a tidy 50% on 16 shots and Anthony held his own against the burly Blake Griffin.

3. Are the Celtics the new Spurs

The running joke in the NBA is how Greg Popovich could trot out a line-up with the ageless Manu Ginobili, three former D-League players and a broom from the closet and still win games. The Spurs epitomized the “next man up” mentality of the Army.

It seems like The Boston Celtics have adopted that mentality as well. When Gordon Hayward went down, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown stepped up to the the main wing options of the Celtics. Against the Lakers without Al Horford, Daniel Theis and Aron Baynes played big.

Against the Charlotte Hornets, Kyrie Irving left the game after an accidental elbow to the face by Baynes. Stepping up in his place was Terry Rozier. The sophomore guard scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in Irving’s place.

The Celtics relied on balanced scoring where five players scored in double figures. Helping Rozier were Tatum and Brown who combined for 26 points.

Did an NBA jersey rip today?

No, all jerseys stayed intact.

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