NBA Breakfast Special: LeBron And The Canton Charge

As complete wastes of a great night went, LeBron James scoring 39 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers but watching his team play like a G-League outfit in losing to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-116 Tuesday night has got to rank right up there.

Sure, LeBron had seven turnovers, and sure, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe went for 27 and 26 respectively and shot a combined 60 percent (18-of-30) to average 1.77 points per shot while between them having fewer turnovers (six) in 72 minutes than LeBron had in 34, but the simple fact remains that when the GOAT goes for 39, his team is supposed to win.

It’s not exactly fair to call what Cleveland did a G-League night. The team did shoot 44.8 percent on shots LeBron didn’t take (and 50 percent overall), powered by Kevin Love‘s 8-of-15 night, itself good for 21 points.

But then again, Milwaukee players not named Eric or Giannis went 25-of-52 (48.1 percent). So…yeah. There’s your answer. The Bucks won because they played a team game, and Cleveland lost because they got nothing beyond their best two players.

Highlights include a duel for the ages between a pair of top 5 MVP candidates:

Man, the Bucks are fun to watch.

Processed Food

Joel Embiid wasn’t in the lineup, because with his health, you simply can’t trust The Process.

And without him, the 76ers are kind of garbage, as evidenced by a home loss to the Sacramento Kings in which Zach Randolph ate the defense’s lunch on his way to 27 points on 12-of-19, while Buddy Hield came off the bench and dumped in 24 points.

And while De’Aaron Fox continues to be a complete non-factor in his rookie season (he had four points on 1-of-4 shooting in 11 minutes), the Kings nonetheless rode a 30-17 fourth quarter margin to a big comeback and a 101-95 win.

And you know the whole “harp on turnovers” thing around here? Sacramento had 12. Philly had 19.

So even though Ben Simmons nearly notched a triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists), it wasn’t enough.

Highlights? Sure! Have some Z-Bo with your corn flakes:

And Finally…

What a breeze it is to write these when there are only three games!

The Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Pelicans 116-106. Anthony Davis had 37. DeMarcus Cousins had 26. Nobody else did jack-all, and the Pellies’ fifth-leading scorer honor was a tie between two guys with four points apiece.

Rajon Rondo started the game, played 14 minutes, and scored zero points. Zero.

Meanwhile, the Wizards got the 26 you’d expect from Bradley Beal and 24 you wouldn’t from Mike Scott off the bench. They shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent (14-of-35) from three, got double-doubles from Marcin Gortat (10 points and 14 boards) and John Wall (18 points and 10 assists), and that 24 Scott put up? It was more than the entire Pelicans bench (18 points, with as previously mentioned nobody getting more than four.)

Really, the only reason this was as close as it was came thanks to the refs getting whistle happy on the Wiz low post defense. Davis shot 14-of-15 from the line and Cousins went 9-of-11; the entire Wizards team only went 10-of-14.

It’s crazy how the referees insert themselves into the action sometimes, and if Wiz fans want to get mad about this, they’ve every right to; this should’ve been a blowout.

As it stands, the backcourt for the winners gets a highlight reel:

So it’s a slow news day, so what’s coming later? Why, it’s a few thoughts from yours truly about who’s the second-best shooting guard in the league! We all know James Harden is king of the hill among two-guards, but who’s in second place?

Stay tuned to find out (and take a wild guess if you know me at all), and thanks for reading!