Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The 30-year-old didn't want his teammates to remain rusty... So he gifted them baskets
The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Garden in preparation for the NBA's regular season, starting October 22nd.
Coming off a strong win against the Orlando Magic, the team led by Brad Stevens looked to continue their good run of form at home, now facing a depleted Cavs team. Every betting house had Boston as the favorites, and if that wasn't a good enough indicator, the first-half finished 59-26 in favor of the home team. The story of this game is straightforward. The Celtics were better in every departament than his opponent, giving significant time to their bench players so they could make an impact and show Stevens that they're ready to play if needed.
An interesting fact from this game is that Cleveland had more turnovers (27) than field goals made (26). They will need to do much better when the season starts if they want to compete for a spot in the playoffs.
You know it's been a rough first half when this doesn't even drop for the Cavs...— FOX Sports Cleveland (@FOXSportsCLE) October 13, 2019
Celtics lead 59-26 entering halftime. pic.twitter.com/OAswlM6au3
In what was the most anticipated game from yesterday's fixtures, Zion Williamson did not disappoint once again. He finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 8/11 shooting from the field.
The New Orleans Pelicans flew to Texas, San Antonio to take on Gregg Popovich team, on a game that Lamarcus Aldridge didn't feature. The Spurs were on top in the first half, with DeRozan dominating the game in limited minutes, and Demarre Carroll showing flashes of his old self, with 3/3 from the 3-point line.
However, everything changed in the second half, as the Pelicans exploded for a 19 point blowout in the third quarter. That's when Zion started to get more comfortable and more into his prefered spots on the court, allowing him to combine with Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans ended up winning 123-114, receiving nice contributions off the bench from Nicolo Melli and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Zion's statline in his last three games have been impressive:
-22 Points (8-11FG)
-26 Points (9-12FG)
-29 Points (12-13FG)
Zion has his third consecutive 20+ performance and his first preseason double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds this afternoon ???? pic.twitter.com/7ZyzLDknL3— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 13, 2019
The Bucks travelled to United States capital to take on the Washington Wizards as they tried to remain perfect in the pre-season. However, they faced a problem with Giannis out for the game, things could get tricky in Capital One Arena.
The game went on to be decided in the last minute, with the Bucks coming out on top by 7 points. Khris Middleton took control of the game with his teammate out, scoring 22 points along with 9 rebounds in 26 minutes, as he looks to capitalize on thw work he put in the summer with Team USA.
For the Wizards, Bradley Beal will have a hard time carrying his team to the playoffs, seeing John Wall is out for the remainder of the season. Even so, he had a team high of 20 points in 23 minutes of action. Last years surprise Thomas Bryant, had a good display as well, as he looks poised for another great year.
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