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DOG BAG (12/4)

A few, current storylines in the Association…


CLE Streak, D. Rose is Back? - The Cavs’ winning streak is at 11 heading into tonight’s showdownw/ the Bulls. Everyone hit the panic button after their disjointed, 5-7 start. Now, Coach Tyrone Lue’s group is benefitting from contributions all over - from Dwyane Wade to Jeff Green to Channing Frye - veteran role players are settling into a rhythm. 

  • LeBron James is (possibly) having the best statistical season of his career: avg. 28.3 ppg (58%! FG, 41%! from deep), 8.7 apg, 7.9 rpg -- continues to star night in, night out -- controlling games better than ever, strong MVP candidate

How will things work moving forward, as players get healthier?

  • Derrick Rose is set to return following a 2.5 week absence. After reportedly contemplating his basketball future, Rose is back in the swing go things, could return to action this week. Likely a reserve moving forward, can he contribute in an uncertain role?


*showdown, as in demolition

'17-'18 Rookie Class Continuing to Show Out.

This current rookie crop is (easily) one of the best in years. (Just a) few names putting on:

  • Ben Simmons (PHI • 18.5 ppg!, 9.6 rpg, 7.9! apg, 53% FG)
  • Kyle Kuzma (LAL • 16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 50% FG, 38% from deep)
  • Jayson Tatum (BOS • 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 50% FG, 49%! from deep)
  • Donovan Mitchell (UTA • 16.4 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.1 rpg, 37% from deep)
  • Lauri Markkanen (CHI • 14.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 41% FG)

+ many more!

D. Mitchell exploded for 41! (highest point total by any rook since Blake Griffin in 2011) v. NOP this past weekend - it seems like every night, there's an impressive outing by a first-year.

Check out DOG's rook page below - we'll keep track of some of the better performances, awards + storylines for '17-'18: 

If The Season Ended Today...

  • UTA (7th place • 12-11) is a playoff team, OKC (9th place • 10-12) isn't
  • DEN (4) would face MIN (5) in the first round
  • CHI (3-18) would have the highest odds at the 1st pick



  • J. Harden led the pack w/ 36 pts
  • GSW led the pack w/ 123 pts
  • J. Butler scored 20 of 33 pts in final 7 min. 
  • HOU won 7th straight 
  • ORL, GSW, MIN, OKC & HOU all picked up Ws