Breakfast Special: Chef Curry Gets Spicy

So…you think Stephen Curry got a little bit cheesed off at that unflattering comparison to John Wall that was all over Twitter yesterday?

Repeat after me: JOHN WALL IS NOT BETTER THAN STEPH AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE DON’T KNOW S—.

Ahem. Now then.

Curry had 51 points in three quarters, the Warriors pounded the Wizards like cheap steak 144-122, Steph’s performance came on just 24 field goal attempts (15-24 FG, 11-16 3PT, 10-10 FT), and the Warriors’ Big Three combined for 100 points as Kevin Durant added 30 and Klay Thompson notched 19.

Wall? 13 points, 5-of-12 shooting, six assists, four turnovers, complete non-factor in the game.

Take that, Twitter.

The Warriors as a team shot 53-of-92 (57.6 percent), and hilariously the Dubs not named Steph shot 4-of-17 from three (combined team total: 15-of-33.) 37 of those 53 baskets were assisted.

Look, let’s just watch Steph do what Steph do, huh?

And hell, how about some love for just how dominant this roster truly is:

From Shaqtin’ MVP to Lakers MVP

No, not LeBron James.

I’m talking about JaVale McGee, or I should say JAVAAAAAAAALE MCGEE!

Consider this just plain insane stat, courtesy of more-talented-than-me NBA writer Shane Young:

The Lakers finally got a win, thanks to the fact that they get to play against wretched teams like the Suns, by a 131-113 count.

It was a Total Team Effort in which Lance Stephenson (!) led the team with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, doing the kind of stuff that Pacers fans wish he would’ve brought with him on those nights when he was puking up dumb heat-check shots.

The moral of the story is LeBron is a better coach than Nate McMillan and possibly also Luke Walton.

McGee had 20 points of his own, and LeBron had 19 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds.

Even Lonzo Ball hasn’t been complete garbage with LeBron around to keep him in check; he was 5-of-9 on his way to 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists (OK, some things never change, he’s still Dollar Store Westbrook with those stat lines.)

The Suns defense was awful from literally the opening tip (no, seriously, watch the highlight vid, it’s in the first ten seconds.)

#Saboner

I am completely in love with Pacers Twitter’s new nickname for Domantas Sabonis.

And maybe, just maybe, Indiana should’ve let Sabonis have some more run before they gave $72 million to Myles Turner, but that’s a Pacers Tuesday column for another day.

Anyway, Indiana beat San Antonio in Texas 116-96, and the game wasn’t as close as the score; the Spurs made a little run at the end in garbage time.

Sabonis was 7-of-9, and…well…

Sabonis was also a team-best plus-32 on the court.

And let’s talk about the Pacers’ shot selection, because it’s a strong sign of improvement and that maybe, just maybe Nate McMillan isn’t a complete loss as a coach.

Indiana shot 29-of-55 (52.7 percent) on two-point shots and 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) on threes.

The Spurs? 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) on three-point shots and 29-of-68 (42.6 percent) on twos.

No, this doesn’t mean that Gregg Popovich has Scott-Hollins Syndrome. Bluntly, if your two best players are LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, neither of whom can hit a three with any reliability, that’s just the way you have to play. It’s a personnel problem. But it’s also why the Spurs are losing at home by 20 to teams that, if only for one game, finally grasp the principles of modern basketball.

Meanwhile, you know you’re getting a good game from the Pacers when Victor Oladipo does Vic things, and 21 points on 7-of-12 to go with nine assists is doing Vic things.

Lightning Round!

Dallas blew a 26-point first half lead and lost by seven at Atlanta, 111-104.

Luka Doncic had 21 points and nine rebounds, but what’s impressive is the way Trae Young turned a bad shooting night (3-of-12) into an efficient scoring performance.

Young had 17 points thanks to shooting 10-of-13 at the line. That’s almost James Harden-like.

But give it up for Kent Bazemore, whose 32 points on 12-of-22 made him the man of the match:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the set of a Michael Bay movie after filming is complete. Bombed-out husk of a wasteland where there are no heroes.

Nine members of the Brooklyn Nets scored at least eight points in the 102-86 win, but give it up for the defense. The Cavs shot just 38.2 percent from the field, attempted only 18 threes (making six), and straight-up got chewed thanks to Kenny Atkinson understanding modern basketball principles to the point of coaching his Dollar Store Rockets to 14-of-34 three-point shooting.

Outscoring your opponent by 24 beyond the arc is a powerful tool in a win.

D’Angelo Russell‘s 18 points and eight assists make him man of the match:

Miami thrashed the Knicks 110-87, thanks mainly to the Knicks being hot garbage and in part due to the Heat getting 22 points, 14 rebounds, and a plus-30 out of Hassan Whiteside.

The Heat outshot the Knicks at the free throw line, 19-of-28 against just 9-of-14. Combine that with the Knicks shooting just 36.3 percent from the field and you get the picture.

Whiteside is your man of the match:

A Total Team Effort from the Timberwolves was powerless in the face of 35 points from Kawhi Leonard, as the early-season MVP shot 15-of-23 from the field, contributed to a defensive environment that left Karl-Anthony Towns with an awful 5-of-17 shooting night, and powered the Raptors to a 112-105 win on basketball night in Canada.

Seriously, Kawhi is back and the world is on notice. And this might not even be Toronto’s final form, as they’re 5-0 and just eighth in the league in Defensive Rating.

The Bulls won a thriller against the Hornets, 112-110, thanks in large part to Zach LaVine going into beast mode and going off for 32 points on 10-of-22 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line.

This wasn’t much of a game, but it was a winnable one for the Hornets; they shot 26-of-29 from the free throw line, won the turnover battle 14-6, and got eight extra field goal attempts (85 to 77), but they didn’t do anything with that advantage (both teams made 37 shots and 10 threes), squandering it on rebounding (45-36), fouls (Chicago shot 28-of-35 from the line, the two extra FT makes providing the margin of victory), and letting Cameron Payne shoot 7-of-11 from three (Payne had 21 points overall.)

LaVine is the man of the match, of course, with his fourth straight 30-point game as he inserts his name into the scoring title conversation early:

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Houston Rockets.

They’ve already lost a few games’ worth of Chris Paul to a suspension, and now Harden’s injured, going down in a 100-89 home loss to the Jazz that drops Houston to 1-3 with the sole win against the LOLakers.

Utah, meanwhile, got 38 points on 14-of-25 shooting from Donovan Mitchell, added a 12-point, 13-rebound performance from Rudy Gobert, and forced Houston into famine mode with 11-of-40 (27.5 percent) three-point shooting.

This is the Jazz team that showed the promise of a deep playoff run in preseason predictions.

The Philadelphia 76ers still don’t own a road win, falling in Milwaukee 123-108 to drop to 2-3 on the season while the Bucks stay unbeaten at 4-0.

Ben Simmons posted a triple-double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 boards, and dishing 11 assists.

But Greekazoid Giannis Antetokounmpo pulled an anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better, putting up 32 points, 18 boards, and 10 assists to put a man’s triple-double up against a boy’s triple-double.

Throw in 25 points from Khris Middleton and 21 from Brook Lopez, stir, and bake, and you get the big win.

Greekazoid is, of course, your man of the match:

And finally, Sacramento, they of the offensive explosions and defensive meltdowns, scored just 97 points…and won. The world does not make sense anymore and I despair for the future.

But then again, they played Memphis, the ugliest team in the league, and won 97-92 against one of the most impotent, woeful offenses we’ve seen in awhile.

Buddy Hield led the way with 23 points, DeAaron Fox had 21, and how do you not love a social media guy who serves up tweets like this brim-full of great highlights?

OK, so maybe that’s because the Kings are the only team that follows me on Twitter so I dap ’em up whenever I can. You should follow me too, @RealFoxD. And thanks for reading!