The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis tipped off the season by having a monstrous game. Davis scored 50 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, forced seven steals, dished out five dimes, and had four four blocks in last night against the Denver Nuggets. THAT’S ALMOST A QUINTUPLE DOUBLE!
Davis is the first player in NBA history to have such a productive stat line, according to Elias Sports. If that wasn’t enough, Davis became the fourth player in history to score 50 points in the season opener. The other three are Michael Jordan (twice), Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor.
“He’s one of the best players in the league,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said after the game. “It doesn’t surprise me that he has the night like he had. It’s not like this is the first time he’s ever done it.”
Despite Davis historic performance, the Pelicans still fell short and lost 107-102. Welp… Davis is going to need some help if the Pelicans want to win some games.
Let’s be honest, Davis produced over half of the Pelicans points and they still lost. The Pelicans can’t ask much more from Davis.
“The way I played, I’m going to have to – probably not 50 every night, but try to get somewhere along those lines every game to give ourselves a chance.” Davis told media after the game. “We got to go, keep finding guys and trust those guys that they’re going to make shots.”
Bottom line, Davis needs help. Both of Davis’ starting guards are out. Jrue Holiday is taking care of his newborn daughter after his wife underwent brain surgery and Tyreke Evans is dealing with a knee injury. Tim Frazier and E’Twaun Moore have stepped in the starting roles and are doing their best to have good performances.
“When you play against a great player, you have a problem you need to answer,” said Nuggets Coach Mike Malone. “Are you going to shut him down and create problems elsewhere, or are you going to let him get his and hope nobody else goes off?”
While Davis was going off, the rest of the starting lineup up (consisting of Solomon Hill, Tim Frazier, E’Twaun Moore and Omer Asik) shot a combined 11-of-28 and scored just 29 points.
During Wednesday’s loss, Frazier chipped in 15 points, 11 assists and had five rebounds. Moore added 10 points, pulled down five rebounds, had four dimes, had one steal and one block. Truth is Frazier and Moore are good backups and until Holiday and Evans the Pelicans are going to struggle in the backcourt.
Good news for the Pelicans is that Davis is back to his normal self after dealing with injuries last season. Bad news, he can’t be the only producing. First, playing at that level will take a toll on his body. Pelicans have to be smart with Davis’ minute distribution and how much contact he sustains.
The Western Conference is a tough place to win so if the Pelicans want to have a productive season they need to figure out how to help Davis.
Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan
New York Knicks owner James Dolan apparently has some thin skin when it comes to heckling over his horrendous run at the top of the Knicks empire.
That didn’t sit well with Dolan, who called the mad rude and abruptly banned him from attending anymore Knicks games and followed it up by having the man escorted out of the building by security.
NBA Announces Partnership with Puma
The National Basketball Association has officially announced that they have agreed to a multiyear partnership with Puma, who will now be recognized as an official marketing partner of the NBA, according to an official league statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring PUMA to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA, said in a statement. “This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of PUMA within the basketball industry.”
Per the new agreement, Puma will not be allowed to feature athletes in their respective NBA uniforms and team logos has the brand looks to regain it’s once prominent presence in the NBA.
“PUMA played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development, stated.
“As PUMA expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”
The NBA has been busy with partnerships as of late. Just last week we reported on their new deal for the NBA G League and Twitch, where Twitch streams will now broadcast NBA G League gameplay, and Twitch streamers will be allowed to participate, via a unique partnership with them.
NBA G League Back on Twitch
The NBAGLeague’s official channel on Twitch, stated the following about their renewed partnership with the popular streaming platform:
“Thanks to a new partnership, you can now watch and co-stream any NBA G League game that is streamed on Twitch on your very own Twitch channel! So bring your hot takes, play-by-play, stat breakdowns, and fan rants because it’s your chance to put your unique spin on the broadcasts”
The news means even more attention will be put on the Twitch marketplace, and one would assume that there may be interest in the future in leveraging Mixer streams as well, if there isn’t already talk of that occurring.
The focus on co-streaming is particularly interesting as it brings a new level of interaction to NBA G League action, and a way for fans, and other Twitch streamers, to get in on the action like never before via a new co-streaming element.
Per an official press release: “Co-streaming is a feature unique to Twitch which allows a streamer to share another channel’s video feed, but with their own commentary and community. The result is a more personalized social experience. If you’re a streamer and want to give co-streaming a try, you can find a commentary-free broadcast to use on your co-stream”
This could be, potentially, a big tool for Twitch streams featuring NBA G League content to get incredible exposure, and a way for the NBA to market G League action on other Twitch channels, and via other niches, such as IRL streams.
Furthermore, it presents a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on female streamers who have a passion for broadcasting, or sports commentary.
On the surface, it seems like a win win for all involved.
Everything kicked off, officially, on February 8th, but here is the remaining schedule of games.:
UPCOMING TWITCH SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET)
Saturday, Feb. 9 — 8:30 PM — Memphis Hustle vs. Texas Legends
Friday, Feb. 22 — 8 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, Feb. 23 — 8:30 PM — Iowa Wolves vs. Texas Legends
Friday, March 1 — 8 PM — Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Wisconsin Herd
Saturday, March 2 — 2 PM — Capital City Go-Go vs. Raptors 905
Friday, March 8 — 8:30 PM — Raptors 905 vs. Austin Spurs
Saturday, March 9 — 7 PM — Windy City Bulls vs. Greensboro Swarm
Friday, March 15 — 8:30 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Texas Legends
Saturday, March 16 — 7 PM — Erie BayHawks vs. Canton Charge
Friday, March 22— 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Saturday, March 23 — 10 PM — Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Viewers can watch the original broadcast at on the NBA G League’s official Twitch channel, or they can choose to watch Twitch Partners and Affiliates who are planning on co-streaming the NBA G League this year.
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