Tune-In Tidbits: Sunday, August 9, 2020
San Antonio Spurs (30-38) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (30-39), 3:00 ET, ABC
Zion Williamson made his NBA debut against the Spurs on Jan. 22 and had 22 points on 8-11 shooting, including 4-4 from 3-point range, as well as 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes.
San Antonio won the first meeting of the season with New Orleans, 121-117 on Jan. 22, behind 32 points and 14 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge, who is out for the remainder of the season. Four other Spurs scored in double figures, led by DeMar DeRozan’s 20 points.
Derrick White is San Antonio’s leading scorer in the restart with 21.8 points per game to go with 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He is one of only 10 players in the restart to average 20-5-5.
Brandon Ingram is New Orleans’ leading scorer in the restart with 20.4 points per game on 42.3% shooting from 3-point range. Zion Williamson is averaging 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 19.1 minutes per game during the restart.
San Antonio leads all teams in the restart in first quarter scoring, averaging 34.0 points and outscoring opponents by an average of 4.2 points in the game’s first 12 minutes. The Pelicans are tied for 10th in first quarter scoring at 28.8 points.
Philadelphia 76ers (42-27) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (32-39), 6:30 ET, NBA TV
Philadelphia won its first game without Ben Simmons, following his knee injury that will keep him out for the remainder of the season, with a 108-101 win over Orlando. Joel Embiid (23), Tobias Harris (23), Alec Burks (22) and Al Horford (21) all scored at least 20 points in the win.
Portland is coming off a loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday and will play the second game of their restart back-to-back on Sunday. This season, the Blazers were just 3-8 on zero days rest.
This game features the fifth and sixth leading scorers of the restart in Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (30.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (29.4 PPG, 10.0 APG).
Philadelphia won the first meeting with Portland this season, 129-128 on Nov. 2 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Al Horford (25) and Tobias Harris (23) combined for 48 points as the Sixers played without Joel Embiid.
Gary Trent Jr. continues to be on fire from beyond the arc during the restart. He is averaging 5.6 3-pointers made per game on 62.2% shooting (28-45) in Portland’s first five games in Orlando.
Brooklyn Nets (33-26) vs. LA Clippers (47-22), 9:00 ET, NBA TV
The Clippers knocked off the Blazers on Saturday to improve to 3-2 in the restart. Sunday’s game against Brooklyn will come on the second night of a back-to-back; this season, the Clippers are 6-4 on zero days rest.
Brooklyn improved to 3-2 in the restart with Friday’s win over Sacramento and maintain a 1.5 game advantage of No. 8 Orlando. Caris LeVert led seven Nets in double figure scoring with 22 points.
Among the 54 players that have attempted at least 25 3-pointers in the restart, Joe Harris is tied for fourth with a 3-point percentage of 56.0%.
The Clippers have been the second-best 3-point shooting team during the restart, connecting on 44.1 percent of their 3-point attempts. Paul George leads the Clippers with 4.0 treys per game on 51.3% shooting, while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 2.8 per game on 50.0% shooting.
Brooklyn has played at the third-fastest pace during the restart at 104.40 possessions per 48 minutes. The Clippers rank 18th out of the 22 teams in Orlando at 100.60.