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B/R NBA Digest: How to Feel About Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Love's Suitors and More – Bleacher Report

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Luka’s second 40-point triple-double would’ve gotten the “Lines of the Week” treatment, if not for the earlier slide dedicated to him. And this week, it was already tough to limit the selection here to five games. Just try to pick a favorite from this bunch.


Anthony Davis, Dec. 8: 39 minutes, 50 points (20-of-29 from the field, 0-of-2 from three, 10-of-10 from the line), seven rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block, 48.5 game score

As pointed out by the No Dunks podcast, Anthony Davis notched his 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves without hitting a three. It’s the third time in his career that he’s pulled off that feat.

And just 10 other players have done it in the last 20 years.


James Harden, Dec. 11: 41 minutes, 55 points (20-of-34 from the field, 10-of-18 from three, 5-of-5 from the line), eight assists, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, 41.9 game score

“Rick Barry is the only player in NBA history to score more points while attempting 5 or fewer free throws, per [Basketball Reference],” ESPN’s Tim MacMahon tweeted on Wednesday.

This, of course, will be a fun stat for Rockets fans to throw at Harden’s “haters” when they complain about his abundance of trips to the line.


Kemba Walker, Dec. 11: 35 minutes, 44 points (16-of-28 from the field, 7-of-15 from three, 5-of-7 from the line), seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, 35.4 game score

Kemba Walker told reporters his big night “didn’t really matter” because the Celtics lost, but he can take solace in earning a “Lines of the Week” shoutout.

On a more serious note, the monster performance bumped Kemba’s season-long offensive box plus/minus up to 6.1. His net rating swing is 3.9. Last season, Kyrie Irving had a 6.0 offensive box plus/minus and a 2.8 net rating swing for the Celtics.


Devonte’ Graham, Dec. 11: 37 minutes, 40 points (12-of-21 from the field), 7-of-12 from three, 9-of-11 from the line), five assists, five rebounds, 32.3 game score

The Devonte’ Graham All-Star campaign is understandably picking up steam. He’s a strong contender for Most Improved Player, as well.

After averaging just 4.7 points in 46 games last season, he’s putting up 20.0 points, 7.6 assists and 3.8 threes with an above-average true shooting percentage.

Charlotte is minus-1.5 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the court and minus-19.0 points per 100 possessions when he’s off.


Ben Simmons, Dec. 7: 26 minutes, 34 points, (12-of-14 from the field, 1-of-1 from three, 9-of-12 from the line), seven assists, three rebounds, two blocks, one steal, 34.2 game score

Ben Simmons had this week’s highest game score per minute at 1.32 (the AD game noted above was 1.24).

For 26 minutes, he simply annihilated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Philly was plus-32 in the brief time he was on the floor.

The performance was the highlight of a recent uptick in Simmons’ production. In his last six games, he’s averaging 17.2 points, 9.2 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

He’s also the spearhead of a defense that’s worked its way up to third in the league.

This is the version of Simmons people expected coming into this season. And this is who he’ll need to be for the 76ers to be legitimate title threats.

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