Hassan Whiteside dominated within the Warmth’s 95-88 win over the Spurs, imposing his will early with 18 factors, 14 rebounds and eight blocks (!) within the first half alone. He turned the primary participant in franchise historical past to report eight blocks in a half.
The 7-foot heart completed with 29 factors, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks, a line no participant has posted since Hakeem Olajuwon in Dec. 1989.
He was in every single place Wednesday night time, disrupting pictures and instantly operating the ground to feast on the opposite finish. His offense lifted a workforce with out Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, but it surely’s his protection that wreaked havoc and helped maintain the Spurs to a season-low 88 factors.
“You seen guys, they stopped taking pictures, they stopped taking pictures round me,” Whiteside said on Spurs gamers feeling his presence within the paint. “They began kicking it out to the three. And guys had been simply turning the ball over simply to maintain me from blocking their pictures.”
Certainly they had been. Here is an instance of the Spurs turning it over within the fourth quarter as a result of Whiteside’s presence.
Miami earned its first victory over San Antonio since 2014.
Flashback in L.A.
It looks as if 2011 over again. LeBron James was wearing a headband. Tyson Chandler was giving his workforce further alternatives with traditional tip outs. And Derrick Rose scored over 30 factors only for Tom Thibodeau’s squad to fall brief to a James-lead workforce. Are we positive it is the correct yr?
Let’s take a short second to have a look at a number of the mesmerizing posters from Wednesday, please.
We noticed Donovan Mitchell take flight within the throwback Jazz threads throughout final yr’s Slam Dunk competitors. He is now hovering within the contemporary uniform in stay motion and making precise defenders his props.
Andre Drummond would possibly have to make Domantas Sabonis his realtor.
All in Rodney’s neighborhood.
Some traditional slams
Aaron Gordon goes full “Mailman” to the delight of the Jazz.
LeBron James brings the “Statue of Liberty” dunk to Los Angeles.
Then there was this…
Rookie Allonzo Trier sends the veteran Hawk flying.
From NBA to WWE?
Enes Kanter mentioned earlier this yr he plans to significantly contemplate a transfer to the WWE as soon as his profession is over.
He clearly seems to be well-prepared.
“Clearly, I used to be within the air, after which I flipped,” Kanter mentioned after the sport. “I’m OK proper now. I’m making an attempt to prepare for my subsequent WWE profession. I’m superb… I watch plenty of wresting so I understand how to duck. I understand how to save lots of my neck.”
Shout out to @WWE
Engaged on my subsequent profession 💪 pic.twitter.com/HEMHSO68Wl
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 8, 2018
Very a lot alike
FAMILY ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7PaXdL15hR
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 8, 2018
Nothing higher than a jersey swap between blood bros. Nothing crazier than each of them having the identical actual stat line. Each Jrue and Justin Vacation scored 17 factors on 6-for-16 taking pictures of their first matchup of the season.
Make it six straight wins for OKC