By Noah Camras, PSO Asst. Director of Basketball Operations
Jan 12, 2021

The best football weekend of the year concluded with the CFB National Championship where Heisman winner Devonta Smith shined again, while many fans subsequently missed two exciting NBA games coming down to the wire as the night capped off. The Blazers came back from a 17–point first-half deficit and needed a CJ McCollum game-winner to take down the reeling Raptors. The Pacers and Kings battled it out in Sac-town as the Kings held on for a narrow victory thanks to some clutch plays from Buddy Hield. 

The remaining five games weren’t as exhilarating, but Washington’s (+207) upset over Phoenix in Westbrook’s absence served as the biggest surprise of the night. Trae Young and Gordon Hayward each had solid performances while the Bucks broke away from Orlando in the fourth quarter. Zion vs. Luka in the Pelicans-Mavericks game became the third NBA game of the year to be postponed due to Covid-19. 

 

Enjoy PSO’s Game Reviews for NBA Monday on January 11th, 2021:

GAME OF THE DAY

Toronto Raptors (111) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (112) [GW-FG]

[Highlights] @BLAZERS (-169; $11.17) d. RAPTORS (+169; $7.68112-111 [TOR +4.5 | u231]

[Highlights] @KINGS (+153; $9.40) d. PACERS (-153; $10.37127-122 [SAC +4 | o229]

[Highlights] GRIZZLIES (-124; $9.25) d. @CAVALIERS (+124; $12.33101-91 [MEM -2.5 | u206.5]

[Highlights] @HAWKS (-225; $10.55) d. 76ERS (+225; $10.13112-94 [ATL -6.5 | u221]

[Highlights] @WIZARDS (+207; $8.33) d. SUNS (-207; $13.19128-107 [WAS +5.5 | o231]

[Highlights] @HORNETS (-178; $13.91) d. KNICKS (+178; $13.28109-88 [CHA -5 | u212]

[Highlights] BUCKS (-413; $9.79) d. @MAGIC (+413; $10.48121-99 [MIL -10 | u226]

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  • LaMelo Ball is the 1st player age 19 or younger to lead his team in both REB & AST in 3 straight GP in NBA history
  • Bradley Beal has the 7th most PTS (349) through his 1st 10 GP of a season in NBA history
  • 2020-21 marks the 5th 10-game start to a season of 2-8 or worse in Raptors franchise history

 

CJ McCollum facts:

  • Leads the NBA with 4.9 3PM/game & is 3rd in the NBA with 28.1 PPG in 2020-21
  • Only player in the NBA with 10+ 3PA per game and a 3P% over 37% (44.5% on 11 3PA) in 2020-21
  • CJ and Dame have combined for the most 3PM (86) through a team’s 1st 10 games in NBA history
  • CJ gets them all to fall in clutch win

 

  • Fox throws down the dagger with authority

 

  • Beal makes it look easy under the rim

 

  • AG went Air Gordon mode over the DPOY

 

  • Siakam looking fine with the no-look dime

 

  • There’s some competition for QB in Carolina

 

  • DiVincenzo’s tripping up but still picks up assist

 

  • Holmes fires it up at the buzzer

 

  • This young guy is not afraid to fly

 

  • No easy buckets on JaVale McGee

[Highlights] SG Bradley Beal, WAS (W v.PHX): 34 PTS (12-22 FG | 2-7 3PT), 9 AST, 8 REB, 1 BLK, 2 STL, 1 TO

[Highlights] G CJ McCollum, POR (W v.TOR): 30 PTS (10-19 FG | 5-11 3PT), 5 AST, 6 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 0 TO

[Highlights] PF Pascal Siakam, TOR (L @POR): 22 PTS (9-17 FG | 0-2 3PT), 10 AST, 13 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 3 TO

[Highlights] SF Harrison Barnes, SAC (W v.IND): 30 PTS (10-14 FG | 2-3 3PT), 2 AST, 8 REB, 0 BLK, 1 STL, 1 TO

[Highlights] F Gordon Hayward, CHA (W v.NYK): 34 PTS (11-17 FG | 2-2 3PT), 3 AST, 3 REB, 1 BLK, 0 STL, 3 TO

NBA TOP PERFORMERS

1. CJ McCollum’s All-Star play makes this the most talented Blazers team of the Dame-CJ era

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CJ McCollum is having a career-year for the Blazers this season. McCollum is averaging career-highs in points (28.1), assists (5.0), and three-point percentage (44.5%), while being an elite scorer alongside All-Star Damian Lillard. McCollum’s ability to knock down shots has been crucial to the Blazers’ success, as Lillard has seen double and triple teams on numerous occasions. 

On Monday, McCollum was the hero for Portland, as he knocked down a pull-up 17-footer with 10 seconds left to give the Blazers the lead, and ultimately the win. On a team where fourth quarters are known as “Dame Time,” McCollum had the ball in his hands when the game mattered most — and he delivered. If McCollum is able to sustain these numbers, he could finally be looking at his first career All-Star appearance during his eighth NBA season. But more importantly for the Blazers, if this play is sustainable from CJ, they have a real shot at beating ANYONE in the West, including the champs.

2. De’Aaron Fox is the most underrated ATHLETE in the league

De’Aaron Fox isn’t just quick… He has world-class quickness. His ability to grab a rebound and get down the court is similar to that of John Wall and Russell Westbrook, two of the fastest players to ever step inside an NBA arena. The way Fox can drive to the hoop for explosive slams is unmatched, especially for someone of his size. Speed and athleticism is not a requirement to be a great Point Guard in the NBA, but it sure does help, and the Kentucky product is proving that in his fourth season.

In a close game against the Pacers, De’Aaron Fox received a pass at the top of the key and didn’t hesitate to explode down the lane for a vicious dunk that turned out to be the dagger in the Kings’ win over Indy. Fox is not only explosive for a point guard, but he’s as athletic as anyone in the league. Though his game compares to the likes of Wall and Westbrook, Fox doesn’t earn the same recognition when it comes to being the league’s greatest athletes, even though Fox has dunk-contest level athleticism and the speed to outrun anyone in the open court. With a few more highlight dunks like the one he had on Monday, he may finally get that respect.

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