John Beilein Out as Head Coach of Cavaliers; College Coaches Who Didn’t Pan Out in the Pros

So, this isn’t necessarily a discussion of the Cleveland Cavaliers parting ways with head coach John Beilein but more of a discussion of how college coaches have not panned out in the professional level.

Now to start with Beilein, I was actually stunned in the first place he would leave Michigan to begin with. The guy is 67 years old and honestly I didn’t pen him as being one of those coaches later on that would try the NBA. Beilein when he arrived at Michigan turned the Wolverines program from being a mediocre Big Ten squad to being near atop of the conference and making fans reminisce a bit of the old days of the Fab Five. When the Cavaliers came calling and he listened it was stunning because it just didn’t seem like it would be a fit especially in today’s NBA. And the feeling came to fruition as Cleveland is 14-40 in 2019-2020 while Beilein looked like he was in way over his head with the Cavaliers. So we can chalk up another head coach who did not pan out in the pros. And it made me think of other head coaches in basketball and football who were great on the college level but could not translate into success at the pros. So for every Jimmy Johnson and Larry Brown, there are about 5 Bobby Petrinos and 5 Rick Pitinos. But I will go with the notable ones of modern times (which eliminates Lou Holtz in his one year with the New York Jets in 1976).

Tarkanian’s arguments with ownership compiled with a slow start by the Spurs pretty much ended his run nearly before it started.

JERRY TARKANIAN (UNLV TO THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS): Tark the Shark is a controversial figure in college with methods that would infuriate the NCAA and became a lightning rod for controversy pretty much allowing players at UNLV to succumb under improper benefits or bringing in guys with checkered pasts. However, nobody will ever deny Tark the Shark was a great college basketball coach. However, after a year off of college basketball, the San Antonio Spurs hired Tarkanian to run the team led by David Robinson. After quarreling with owner Red McCombs about how he wanted to run the team, and a slow start for San Antonio, the Spurs fired Tarkanian after a 9-11 start. Tarkanian went back to college and coached at his alma mater at Fresno State, but probation for the Bulldogs would follow him after he retired.

For a moment it seemed Calipari was going to make the transition form college to the pros before it collapsed on him in 1999.

JOHN CALIPARI (UMASS TO THE NEW JERSEY NETS): Today John Calipari (albeit controversially) is known as one of college basketball’s elite coaches. And many feel his methods of bringing guys into programs are questionable. With that said, he has been an amazing head coach for nearly 30 years now. However, Calipari left UMass to try his chances in the NBA by coaching the New Jersey Nets. After a “meh” first year in 1996-1997 where New Jersey went 26-56, the Nets made a move in the draft getting Keith Van Horn compiling him next to Jayson Williams on the frontcourt to be a formidable tandem. New Jersey made the playoffs under Calipari in 1998 before being swept by the Bulls but the next season was a disaster. Calipari lost starting point guard Sam Cassell and New Jersey floundered to 3-17 before Calipari got the ax. After spending one season in Philadelphia as an assistant to Larry Brown, Calipari went to Memphis and then Kentucky building powerhouses wherever he went.

Pitino’s quick trigger moves in Boston going for his Kentucky players prevented the Celtics from moving forward; Pitino only gave rookie Chauncey Billups a half-season before trading him elsewhere.

RICK PITINO (KENTUCKY TO BOSTON CELTICS): Now it isn’t lost on me that Pitino had success when he was with the Knicks in the late 80’s winning a division title with them in 1989 before he went back to college. When Pitino went back to Kentucky, he built a powerhouse squad that was always a threat to win a national championship, getting to the Final Four three times in five years, including a National Championship in 1996. Rumors always persisted late that Pitino was ready to make the jump back into the NBA with the Boston Celtics not just being the head coach but president of basketball operations. Boston in the mid-90’s was an epic disaster of a basketball franchise, a far cry from the glory years of Bird-Parish-McHale. The hope was that Pitino would take over and that the Celtics would draft first overall to get Tim Duncan, which would set up another great Boston dynasty. Instead, nope. Boston got the 3rd pick, used it on Chauncey Billups (and later traded mid-season of his rookie year), drafted Kentucky player Ron Mercer and traded for another Kentucky standout in Walter McCarty. However, it didn’t work as Boston failed to get into the playoffs in each of PItino’s 4 seasons and Celtics fans were more disgusted with him than his predecessor ML Carr. Pitino left Boston midway in the 2000-2001 season and returned back to college basketball with Louisville where we all know how that ended up.

The note Bobby Petrino left the Falcons players when he abruptly split for Arkansas in 2007-and the response by Lawyer Milloy after.

BOBBY PETRINO (LOUISVILLE TO THE ATLANTA FALCONS): Bobby Petrino has been blasted by everyone with a pulse for the past 15 years. And for good reason as this was how it started. Petrino signed a 10 year contract extension with Louisville after the 2006 season. Six months later he left Louisville to coach the Atlanta Falcons. Now Petrino was thinking he would have ended up with superstar quarterback Mike Vick, but Vick was imprisoned and wasn’t around. So Petrino went from having Mike Vick to a tandem of Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich in Atlanta. Petrino’s tenure as coach was a disaster as it seemed he had no control over the Falcons players. The players didn’t seem like they wanted him there and near the end of the season when the Falcons were 3-10 Petrino left for Arkansas. What was so disgusting about it was Petrino promised owner Arthur Blank he would stay in Atlanta to coach and then 24 hours later accepted a job with Arkansas while leaving a 4-sentence laminated letter to the Falcons players. Petrino had some success at Arkansas (including a Sugar Bowl appearance), but karma has a funny way of working things out as Petrino was fired for not fully disclosing the truth of a motorcycle accident where he and a female assistant coordinator were involved (and he was having an affair with). Of course, some people will never learn.

Saban’s fortunes may have been different had he convinced Miami to get Drew Brees, but it didn’t seem Dolphins players embraced Saban’s no-nonsense mentality.

NICK SABAN (LSU TO THE MIAMI DOLPHINS): Many possibly thought Saban would have joined the ranks of Jimmy Johnson of finding great success in college AND the NFL. However, one reason why Saban even today is still vilified by some was his issues of upping and leaving programs. He left a sour taste in Michigan State’s fans mouths when he left the Spartans for LSU in 1999. After building a powerhouse program at LSU, Saban left for the Dolphins after the 2004 season. Saban started off well in 2005, getting Miami to a 9-7 record after being 4-12 in 2004. And hope was abound in Miami and Saban wanted Drew Brees to take over at quarterback. Saban wanted Brees but Miami’s medical staff was skeptical Drew’s shoulder would ever be the same. So Brees opted to go with the Saints for more guaranteed money and Miami traded a second round pick for Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper. It was something that I think bothered Saban in Miami and probably put a major strain on that relationship. Then 4 games into the 2007 season Culpepper was injured, the Dolphins struggled on offense, and Brees becomes a New Orleans hero. Miami goes 6-10 but in the final month of the season, Saban was plagued constantly with questions of him leaving the Dolphins to coach at Alabama, who had an opening. After a month of denial, Saban left the Dolphins for Alabama, thus also giving him a label of a guy who couldn’t stick around with one team for a lengthy period of time. However it seemed like in his two seasons, Saban was really a college style head coach that at points Dolphins players didn’t seem to embrace too much with. But things have changed at least on Saban’s end where he is still at Alabama and probably for the remainder of his coaching career and has probably become the greatest coach of his era in college football. Maybe it was his possible interesting relationship with the Dolphins braintrust that really doomed him from the NFL.

Spurrier believed he would run roughshod in the NFL like he did at Florida. Instead teams ran roughshod over him.

STEVE SPURRIER (FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON REDSKINS): Steve Spurrier was that head coach everybody wanted to beat. He talked the talk when he was with the Gators but more importantly he walked the walk. His fun n gun offense propelled Florida as the team to beat in the SEC for pretty much a decade. His comments towards rivals Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee made him a lightning rod of hate for fan bases of those programs while running the scores up on teams. After thinking he did all he could do with the Gators including a national championship, Spurrier thought he could take his coaching style to the NFL as the free spending Redskins gave him the keys to the car and restore them back to prominence. However, Spurrier’s style in the NFL of fun n gun was a disaster as teams blitzed the snot out of the Skins, who were pretty much a pass only squad primarily composing of Florida players at QB and WR (and most of them were second string caliber guys). And prior to the 2002 season, Spurrier tried to do his thing of talking a lot towards Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants but instead had a heavy taste of his own medicine of teams trying to run the score up on him. It wore thin after the second year as Spurrier was shown the door in Washington after being 11-21. He went back to college in South Carolina, pretty much humbled.

Kelly’s philosophy on offense and then pretty much running the Eagles team like a college team with constant roster turnover showed he wasn’t cut for the NFL despite early successes.

CHIP KELLY (OREGON TO THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND THEN SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS): “Those who do not learn from history…” Kelly, who nearly perfected the spread and the quick-strike style offenses at Oregon left the Ducks to join the exciting Eagles teams of the mid 2010’s. With Mike Vick at quarterback, many hoped the Eagles offense would be stout. They were actually pretty stout…with Nick Foles at quarterback. The Eagles had their man with Foles after Vick went down and won the NFC East but losing to New Orleans in the Wild Card round. Despite a great start in 2014 at being 9-3, the Eagles fell apart down the stretch going 10-6, largely with injuries to Foles and having to rely on Mark Sanchez down the stretch, really doomed Philadelphia and failed to make the playoffs. The next season, Kelly moved what many were viewing their MVP in LeSean McCoy to Buffalo, which really ended up being his own downfall. Kelly then started shipping all the stars that helped them win a division title and finish 10-6 the next season such as McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Foles, and others. Kelly’s offense was a mess which put strain on the defense by November where they were getting blown out by teams who were not in any form of playoff contention (Buccaneers, Lions) and he was shown the door for the mess he had made. Kelly joined the Niners in 2016 when they were pretty much in shambles and the only storyline had been Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem. The team continued the trend of Kelly’s Eagles team in 2015 where they were just getting ran out of the building in games and finished dead last in defense. Needless to say he didn’t come back in 2017. Kelly had early success, but his ego like so many others really kept him from being a true success story in NFL but given his mentality of trying to run an NFL team like a college program, he proved he was not a fit for the pros. At all.

Many feel like Switzer was given a Super Bowl championship thanks to Jimmy Johnson’s roster and the following years of the Cowboys fall.

BARRY SWITZER (OKLAHOMA TO DALLAS COWBOYS): Okay, this one IS pushing it. Unlike everyone else on here, Switzer was given the keys to the top of the line Porsche in Dallas with the likes of Aikman/Smith/Irvin in their primes. We all know the story with Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones bickering which caused Jimmy to be ousted in Dallas. So Jerry hired Switzer, pretty much a “yes man” to him. Switzer garnered a lot of success at Oklahoma in his time there but also had been ridiculed for lack of controlling his players which netted some NCAA issues. And yes, Switzer helped the Cowboys to two 12-4 seasons including one with a Super Bowl attached to it. However, many viewed it as the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys that won it and not his. Is that assessment fair? Perhaps not, but many felt like that Dallas team in 1995 was a far cry from the ones in 1992 and 1993 when they flat-out dominated the NFL landscape. In 1996, with Dallas starting to reach infamy with off-the field issues with Michael Irvin and Kevin Williams, the pure arrogance of the likes of Deion Sanders, the Cowboys dynasty fell after a loss to the Panthers in the divisional round. The next year, the bottom fell out as Dallas fell to 6-10 as Switzer just flat-out lost control of the players and really, the franchise has never been fully the same. Again, was it Switzer’s doing? Perhaps not, but many feel like the minute that Switzer joined and just kept the status quo and let the “boys be boys and make sure my boss is happy” really ended Dallas’s dynasty which honestly could have been something similar to the New England Patriots as we have come to see.

In the end, coaches who tend to dominate the landscape in college will have egos and rightfully so. You can’t have an inflated ego if you aren’t a successful coach. But it also comes a time that the things coaches do that isn’t working on the next level, is that you have to change your methods and styles. College coaches think their styles will work in the pros but once they don’t they seem more driven to make sure it does and they continue to spiral down and the end result is a disaster for them and the franchise they were brought in to lead. And we will see more Beileins come and go, we will see more Spurriers come and go, but it will be somebody who will have to check their ego at the door in order for those teams to be successful with them under their watch.

-Fan in the Obstructed Seat

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Clippers Take Down Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks had a huge game at home at Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas wanted to prove they belong on the same court as them and Los Angeles wanted to prove to them that they were not at the same level yet.

Paul George dropped 17 of his 26 points in the first-quarter and it led the Clippers to a commanding 114-99 win on the road against the Mavericks.

George shot 38.1 percent from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded six steals.

Los Angeles’s defense made it rough all game long for Dallas. It got them frustrated because the Dallas Mavericks were scoring a bunch of points during their five-game winning streak.

The Los Angeles Clippers defense made Dallas’s star Luka Doncic have an off night. He scored 22 points. Doncic shot 28.6 percent from the field. He also made 14-of-16 free throws. Luka Doncic also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded three steals.

Kawhi Leonard led Los Angeles with 28 points. He shot 52.4 percent from the field. Leonard grabbed eight rebounds, recorded four assists, and one steal.

Ivica Zubac scored 11 points for the Clippers. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Zubac also grabbed seven rebounds.

Their bench scored 44 points. Lou Williams scored 21 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed six rebounds and recorded six assists.

Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points off the bench. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded one assist, and one steal.

Dallas had issues getting scoring from their supporting cast in this game.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 points. He shot 30.8 percent from the field. Porzingis grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Dwight Powell scored 10 points. He shot 80 percent from the field. Powell also grabbed three rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded three steals.

Their bench scored 37 points, but it felt like the bench didn’t really do much throughout the game.

Seth Curry scored 13 points. He shot 62.5 percent from the field. Curry also grabbed two rebounds.

J.J. Barea scored 12 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Barea also grabbed two rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal.

At the moment, the Los Angeles Clippers are currently in the third spot in the Western Conference. They have won six consecutive games. Los Angeles is 13-5 so far this season.

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in the fourth spot in the Western Conference. They have the same record as the Houston Rockets at 11-6.

The biggest lead in this game for the Clippers was 24 points.

The biggest lead in this game for Dallas was three points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

Los Angeles’s next game will be on Wednesday night on the road against the Memphis Grizzles.

The Mavericks’s next game will be on Friday night on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

 

James Harden Sparks Rockets over Clippers

James Harden was clutch for the Houston Rockets down the stretch. He scored 15 points in the final 4:18 of the game and it was one of the reasons why Houston took down the Los Angeles Clippers at home by a score of 102-93.

Harden finished with 47 points in the game. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. James Harden also grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded three steals.

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points for the Rockets. He shot only 30 percent from the field. Westbrook grabbed two rebounds and recorded two assists.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double with 12 points and 20 rebounds. He shot 85.7 percent from the field. Capela blocked two shots.

Houston’s bench only scored 12 points in the game. Austin Rivers scored seven points. He only shot 25 percent from the field. Rivers also grabbed four rebounds.

Tyson Chandler scored five points off the bench. He shot 100 percent from the field. Chandler also grabbed nine rebounds.

Kawhi Leonard led the way for Los Angeles with 26 points. He shot 41.7 percent from the field. Leonard also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench scored 45 points. Lou Williams scored 20 points. He shot 36.4 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four assists.

JaMychal Green scored 14 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Green also grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Paul George was hoping he would return in this game for Los Angeles, but he will most likely make his season debut on Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

A lot of players in this game disappeared for the Los Angeles Clippers. For some reason, Patrick Patterson only played for four minutes in this game. He didn’t score a basket. Patterson only grabbed one rebound.

Montrezl Harrell was horrendous in this game. He only scored four points. Harrell shot 16.7 percent from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

Los Angeles’s Head Coach Doc Rivers was ejected in the fourth-quarter. I am not sure what the exact reason was why he was ejected from the game and what caused him to go off.

It was funny when Austin Rivers decided to taunt his dad about calling him up after he got ejected. Rivers played for him when he was with the Clippers a couple of years ago.

Maurice Harkless scored nine points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Harkless also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Ivica Zubac scored seven points. He shot 42.9 percent from the field. Zubac also grabbed four rebounds and recorded two assists.

The biggest lead for Los Angeles in this game was seven points. The biggest lead for Houston in this game was 17.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season. The Los Angeles Clippers will play against the New Orleans Pelicans on the road on Thursday night. The Houston Rockets will play against the Indiana Pacers at home on Friday night.

 

76ers Escape Against Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers were on the ropes at home on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Philadelphia trailing 97-96 with 21.9 seconds remaining, Head Coach Brett Brown called timeout to set up a play.

It led to a go-ahead Joel Embiid dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Cleveland called a timeout. Kevin Love missed a three-point shot with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Cavaliers had a chance to grab an offensive rebound, but time ran out as the 76ers survived in a 98-97 victory.

Embiid scored 27 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Joel Embiid also grabbed 16 rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal for Philadelphia.

This was Ben Simmons’s first game back from injury. He scored 15 points. Simmons shot 77.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals.

Josh Richardson scored 17 points. He shot 41.2 percent from the field. Richardson also grabbed one rebound, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.

Furkan Korkmaz scored 10 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Korkmaz also grabbed four rebounds and recorded one assist.

The Philadelphia 76ers scored 21 bench points. Mike Scott scored nine points. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Scott also grabbed eight rebounds.

Kevin Love led the way for Cleveland with 20 points. He shot 31.2 percent from the field. Love also grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded one assist.

Collin Sexton scored 18 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Sexton grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded two steals.

He is starting to play better as of late and that is a good thing for the Cleveland Cavaliers moving forward.

Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double for Cleveland with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 53.8 percent from the field. Thompson also recorded one steal.

Their bench scored 32 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Cavaliers. He shot 50 percent from the field. Clarkson also grabbed four rebounds and recorded two assists.

This game was a back-and-forth affair none the less. Cleveland’s biggest lead in this game was seven points. Philadelphia’s biggest lead in this game was nine points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their next game against the Miami Heat at home on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers will play their next game against the Orlando Magic on the road on Wednesday night.

 

Rockets Top Warriors

The Houston Rockets would be at full strength against a depleted Golden State Warriors team at home. James Harden led the way with 36 points on 43.5 percent shooting and Houston easily handled Golden State by a score of 129-112.

Harden also grabbed four rebounds, recorded 13 assists, blocked three shots, and recorded three steals. He continues to be the anchor of this team.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Caepla shot 64.3 percent from the field. He recorded two assists, blocked six shots, and recorded one steal for the Rockets.

P.J. Tucker scored 22 points on 64.3 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points for Houston. He scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, recorded six assists, and recorded two steals.

Danuel House Jr. scored 17 points. He shot 83.3 percent from the field. House Jr. grabbed six rebounds and recorded one assist.

The Houston Rockets scored 17 bench points and Austin Rivers scored 12 of them. He shot 57.1 percent from the field. Rivers also grabbed three rebounds and recorded three assists.

The leading scorer for the Warriors was Eric Paschall with 19 points. He shot 40 percent from the field. Paschall grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. Robinson III also grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded one assist.

Golden State’s bench scored 58 points. Alec Burks scored 28 points. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Burks also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Omari Spellman and Damion Lee each scored 13 points. Spellman made all six of his shots and Lee shot 21.4 percent from the field. Spellman grabbed seven rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Lee grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

This has been a much different reality for the Golden State Warriors in 2019-2020. They are currently in 14th in the Western Conference with a 2-6 record.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and D’Angelo Russell are all injured so far this season.

Curry and Thompson may not even return in 2019-2020.

Head Coach Steve Kerr enjoys seeing the young guys develop and he admits that it is interesting in coaching them up and he also has to be up on his feet more often.

The biggest lead in this game for Golden State was six points. The biggest lead in this game for Houston was 23 points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season. They will play each other again on Christmas Day at the Chase Center.

The Golden State Warriors next game will be on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road.

The Houston Rockets next game will be on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Bucks Avoid Letdown Against Cavaliers

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers played with a fast pace early in the game on Monday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee had seven players score in double figures in this game and it was one on the reasons why they took down Cleveland by a score of 129-112.

Khris Middleton led the way with 21 points. He shot 64.3 percent from the field. Middleton also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.

Brookl Lopez scored 16 points. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Lopez also grabbed five rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked two shots, and recorded three steals. He was an anchor on the defensive end of the floor and Brook Lopez disrupted plays all game long.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Wesley Matthews, and Eric Bledsoe each scored 14 points, but Antetokounmpo was the most effective one. He grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded seven assists, and blocked two shots. Giannis Antetokounmpo shot 33 percent from the field.

The Bucks bench scored 50 points. George Hill scored 19 points. He also shot 70 percent from the field. Hill also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded two steals.

Pat Connaughton scored 17 points on 75 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and recorded four assists.

Collin Sexton led the way for the Cavaliers with 18 points. He shot 53.3 percent from the field. Sexton also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double for Cleveland with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Thompson also recorded four assists.

Kevin Love scored 15 points. He shot 41.7 percent from the field. Love also grabbed 16 rebounds and recorded two assists.

Cedi Osman scored 10 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Osman also grabbed one rebound and recorded two assists. He signed a four-year contract extension worth $30.8 million earlier in the week.

The Cleveland Cavaliers bench scored 43 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points. He shot 46.2 percent from the field. Clarkson also recorded four assists.

Larry Nance Jr. scored 15 points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field. Nance Jr. also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded one assist, and blocked two shots.

Cleveland’s biggest lead in the game was four points. The Milwaukee Bucks biggest lead in the game was 21 points.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season.

The Cavaliers next game will be at home on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Milwaukee’s next game will be on the road on Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics.

76ers Stay Undefeated in Win over Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks trailed 103-101 when Trae Young was on the free throw line. Young missed the free throw and John Collins put the shot back in and it tied the game at 103 with 7.4 seconds remaining.

Joel Embiid was fouled on the next possession for the Philadelphia 76ers. He made two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Atlanta had no more timeouts. Philadelphia did a tremendous job of denying Trae Young the ball and Vince Carter attempt a three-point shot as time expired and he missed. The 76ers were able to hang on against the Hawks by a score of 105-103.

Embiid finished with 36 points on 63.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded three steals.

Josh Richardson scored 14 points. He shot 42.9 percent shooting from the field. Richardson also grabbed five rebounds, recorded three assists, and blocked three shots.

Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons each scored 13 points. Harris shot 31.2 percent from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.

Simmons shot 54.5 percent from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Philadelphia’s benched scored 24 points. Shake Milton scored nine points and Matisse Thybulle scored eight points.

Trae Young led the way once again for the Hawks with 25 points. He shot 35 percent from the field. Young also grabbed four rebounds and recorded nine assists.

John Collins scored 16 points. He shot 60 percent from the field. Collins also grabbed eight rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

De’Andre Hunter scored 14 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Hunter also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal.

Atlanta’s bench scored 39 points. Bruno Fernando scored 11 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked two shots.

Jabari Parker and Kevin Huerter each scored six points off the bench.

The Philadelphia 76ers biggest lead was four points and the Atlanta Hawks biggest lead was 13 points.

These two teams will play each other two more times this season.

Philadelphia’s next game will be at home on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Atlanta’s next game will be on the road on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat.

Clippers Trounce Warriors

This would be the first time that Kawhi Leonard would face the Golden State Warriors as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The last time Leonard played them was in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena as a member of the Toronto Raptors and winning their first championship in franchise history.

This would be the first regular season at Chase Arena and Leonard scored 21 points on 52.9 percent shooting, along with five rebounds and nine assists, in a 141-122 win for Los Angeles over Golden State.

Patrick Patterson scored 20 points on 53.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded one assist.

Ivica Zubac scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He shot 80 percent from the field. Zubac also recorded one assist and blocked two shots.

Landry Shamet scored 11 points. He shot 80 percent from the field. Shamet also recorded three assists and blocked one shot.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench was strong once again as they scored 68 points as a unit. Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points. He shot 88.9 percent from the field. Harrell grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists.

Lou Williams scored 22 points. He shot 45.5 percent from the field. Williams also grabbed three rebounds, recorded eight assists, and recorded one steal.

Maurice Harkless scored 10 points. He shot 71.4 percent from the field. Harkless also grabbed two rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

This team jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first-quarter before Golden State scored their first basket of the game.

Los Angeles led by as many as 31 points. The Golden State Warriors did not have a lead in this game.

Steph Curry led the way for Golden State with 23 points. He shot 40 percent from the field. Curry grabbed four rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal.

D’Angelo Russell made his debut with the Warriors after being with the Brooklyn Nets the last couple of years. He scored 20 points. Russell shot 37.5 percent from the field. He also recorded eight assists.

Glenn Robinson III scored 13 points. He also shot 50 percent from the field. Robinson III grabbed three rebounds and recorded two assists.

Draymond Green scored 11 points. He shot 50 percent from the field. Green also grabbed four rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded one steal.

Golden State scored 52 bench points. Eric Paschall and Jacob Evans each scored 14 points. This was Paschall’s NBA debut. He was a second-round pick out of Villanova.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season.

Klay Thompson did not play in this game for Golden State because of a knee injury that will sideline him until after the All-Star Break potentially.

Paul George was sidelined in this game once again because of offseason shoulder surgery. He is expected to return sometime in November.

The Los Angeles Clippers next game will be on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

The Golden State Warriors next game will be on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

Bucks Rally Against Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks trailed by as many as 16 points on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Milwaukee trailed 87-78 entering the fourth-quarter.

Giannis Antetokoumnpo fouled out in the fourth-quarter, but other players stepped up for the Bucks. They outscored Houston 39-24 in the fourth-quarter and Milwaukee was able to win by a score of 117-111.

Antetokoumnpo finished the game with 30 points on 64.7 percent shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds, recorded 11 assists, one block, and one steal.

Wesley Matthews scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Eric Bledsoe each scored 11 points.

The Milwaukee Bucks bench scored 40 points. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 75 percent shooting. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked one shot.

Pat Connaughton scored 10 points on 50 percent shooting. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

This was also the debut of the James Harden-Russell Westbrook era in Houston. Westbrook scored 24 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 16 rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Harden scored 19 points, but he shot only 15.4 percent from the field. James Harden also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded 14 assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

P.J. Tucker scored 17 points on 60 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked one shot.

Clint Capela recorded another double-double in his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the field. Capela blocked three shots and recorded one steal.

The Houston Rockets bench scored 30 points. Eric Gordon scored 11 points on 21.1 percent shooting, He also grabbed one rebound.

Tyson Chandler scored 10 points on 83.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds.

This was the first game in a long time that Houston Head Coach Mike D’Antoni used 10 players in one game.

These two teams will play each other one more time this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Miami Heat. The Houston Rockets next game will be at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Clippers Take Down Lakers in Battle of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers would take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Battle of Los Angeles on opening night.

This game lived up to the hype. At one point in this game, the Clippers led by as many as 14 points in the third-quarter.

The Lakers went on a run in that third-quarter and Danny Green was unconscious. He finished with 28 points on 71.4 percent shooting along with seven rebounds, one block, and two steals. The game was tied at 85 after three quarters, but the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed in a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Clippers with 30 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

The rest of the starters combined for 22 points.

The Los Angeles Clippers bench went off for 60 points. Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points on 63.6 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

Lou Williams scored 21 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded seven assists. Williams also recorded one steal.

Anthony Davis and Lebron James played together for the first time in an NBA regular season game in this contest. They played great through the first three quarters, but they both combined for only two points in the fourth-quarter.

Davis scored 25 points on 38.1 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.

James scored 18 points on 36.8 percent shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.

The Lakers bench only scored 19 points. Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley each scored six points.

The Los Angeles Lakers led by as many as 11 points in the first-half.

Both of these teams had at least one key injury in this game. Kyle Kuzma was out for this game for the Los Angeles Lakers with a back injury.

Paul George was out for this game for the Los Angeles Clippers because of a shoulder injury and he is still recovering from offseason surgery and George’s projected return month is November.

These two teams will play each other three more times this season. The Lakers next game will be against the Utah Jazz at home on Friday night. The Clippers next game will be against the Golden State Warriors on the road on Thursday night.