Breakfast Special: While You Were Off Doing Football

If you’ll indulge me today, I’m going to cut straight to the lightning round in the Breakfast Special; I debated not doing one of these at all because let’s face it, absolutely nobody is talking about the NBA right now, not after the upset of the century that the Eagles pulled over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

So normal service resumes tomorrow, but a quick catch-up for you in case you missed the basketball before kickoff:

Al Horford hit a fantastic game-winner, and the Blazers got the Bad Backcourt as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum hit just 15-of-41 shooting (36.6 percent); put those two facts together and you get the ultimate squeaker, a game Boston should’ve won by more than just the one-point, 97-96 margin they pulled out.

At least something good happened in Boston sports yesterday.

And how they got to that wild finish:

Eric Bledsoe had 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting, leading the Milwaukee Bucks past the Nets in Brooklyn by a 109-94 count, a bog standard every-statistical-category beatdown (except turnovers; Brooklyn won that battle 13-9).

The Bucks shot 51.6 percent, so let’s just watch them all play great:

Memphis shot a pathetic 35.8 percent from the field against Toronto on the road; that’s a good way to get your tail kicked pretty hard, and that’s exactly what happened. The Raptors won 102-87 behind a balanced attack, including a crazy plus-36 plus/minus and 15 points from Delon Wright.

The Raptors got a crazy 52 points from the bench, so of course they got showcased:

Atlanta beat New York 99-96 on the road despite Dennis Schroder shooting 2-of-16. This is because the Knicks are terrible.

The Knicks hit just 21.7 percent of their three-pointers and 60 percent of their free throws, so it didn’t matter that the enemy point guard was garbage when the whole Knicks team was trash.

Still, Kristaps Porzingis had a monster stat line, with 22 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, and four steals. He had no assists—the rest of his team couldn’t make shots—but that was a great performance, and he gets featured just because nobody on Atlanta deserves to be spotlighted even though they won.

Kent Bazemore led Atlanta with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting. That’s disgraceful even in victory.

The Lakers beat the Thunder 108-104 despite 36 points on 15-of-25 from Russell Westbrook and 26 on 10-of-19 from Paul George.

The rest of the Thunder shot 33.3 percent.

Josh Hart had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Brook Lopez led the scoring for Los Angeles with 20.

Full highlights:

And finally, the Hornets couldn’t hit a shot to save their lives (41.7 percent, including a putrid 19-of-49 from Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker, and Nicolas Batum combined), but Howard’s 18 points and 14 rebounds still powered the 115-110 win.

Phoenix shot 53.2 percent from the field, 51.7 from three…and still lost, because 19 turnovers to Charlotte’s 8 is a lot of extra possessions, and the refs did the Hornets a solid letting them hit 25-of-29 from the line against 13-of-13 from the Suns.

Plus, the Hornets had 13 offensive rebounds. The Suns had two. Extra. Possessions.

Oh, and the Suns blew a 21-point lead at home. There’s that too:

For those few among you who showed up yesterday, thanks for coming by when everyone else was talking football.

Sports that are fun return to the spotlight and normal service resumes tomorrow. Thanks for reading!