PHOTOS BY EDDIE MICHELS
The Houston Astros were not brought to justice. General manager Jeff Luhnow should have been exiled for five years. Their share of national TV revenue should have been revoked and reallocated among the other 29 clubs. They should have lost the entire 2020 and 2021 drafts, not just the first two picks. All their 2020…Whicker: No winners in Spyball scandal, not even the Dodgers — Press Telegram
The Houston Astros were not brought to justice.
General manager Jeff Luhnow should have been exiled for five years. Their share of national TV revenue should have been revoked and reallocated among the other 29 clubs. They should have lost the entire 2020 and 2021 drafts, not just the first two picks.
All their 2020 games against the Angels should be canceled.
Okay, too harsh.
Given all that, spare us the petitions on behalf of the Dodgers.
They did not lose the 2017 and 2018 World Series because Alex Cora was sitting in the other dugout with his two-way wristwatch, autographed by Dick Tracy.
They began losing Game 5 in 2017 because they felt it was important to pitch Brandon Morrow into puddling exhaustion, and then because Kenley Jansen walked a batter and hit another before Alex Bregman’s game-winning single.
Despite the Boston Celtics’ recent struggles, it sure seems there’s a much friendlier vibe on Causeway Street. A big reason for that was the club’s needed (and forced) change in leadership atop the roster. Out was Kyrie Irving, who ended his up-and-down Celtics tenure when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Replacing him was the…Jaylen Brown’s Praise Of Kemba Walker Says Plenty About Kyrie Irving’s Celtics Run — NESN.com
ATLANTA’S LAST GAME STARTERS
POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 22 CAM REDDISH 6-8 218 39 28 8.5 3.6 1.6 1.1 0.5 26.1 .333 .289 .787
F 12 DE’ANDRE HUNTER 6-7 225 42 41 12.0 3.7 1.7 0.6 0.2 31.0 .405 .333 .769
C 20 JOHN COLLINS 6-9 235 17 17 17.5 9.5 1.4 0.7 2.1 30.0 .502 .348 .766
G 3 KEVIN HUERTER 6-7 190 32 24 11.5 4.1 3.4 0.9 0.5 27.7 .416 .396 .844
G 11 TRAE YOUNG 6-1 180 39 39 28.8 4.6 8.5 1.2 0.1 35.0 .445 .374 .838
HISTORIC TRIPLE-DOUBLES: On 11/23 vs. Toronto, Trae Young compiled 30 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes. The second-year guard from the University of Oklahoma became just the third player in Hawks history with a 30-point triple-double, the second Hawk to accomplish the feat since the club moved to Atlanta in 1968-69 and the first since Herm Gilliam in 1974. On 1/8, Young posted 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists – the first 40-point triple-double in Hawks history. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record those minimums in a single game, surpassing Oscar Robertson whose previous record was 21 years, 357 days old.
Atlanta Hawks Players to Record 30-pt Triple-Doubles
Player Date Opponent Points Rebs Assists
Trae Young 11/23/19 Toronto Raptors 30 10 10
Trae Young 1/8/2020 Houston Rockets 42 13
10 Herm Gilliam 2/5/74 Capital Bullets 34 13 13
Lenny Wilkens 10/24/67 New York Knicks 30 12 13
GRAND OPENING: Trae Young led all players with 38 points (11-21 FGs, 6-10 3FGs, 10-12 FTs) in 37 minutes at Detroit on 10/24. The second-year guard scored 26 points in the first half alone, the most by a Hawks player in the last 20 seasons. Young’s 38 points are the most by a Hawk in a road season opener since the team moved to Atlanta in 196869 and the most in any opener since Dominique Wilkins scored 39 against the Nets on 11/1/86. Last season, Young led all rookies with nine 30-point games.
TRAEMENDOUS On 11/12 at Denver, Trae Young tied a career-high with eight triples (also 2/25/19 at Hou), notched a season-high 42 points and reached the 30-point mark for the third consecutive game (the second time in his career with three straight). He also dished out 11 assists against the Nuggets to record his fourth double-double in five games. Young became the first NBA player in the 2019-20 season, and, at the time, the youngest player in league history (21 years and 54 days) with three straight games of 30-or-more points and 10-or-more assists.
TRIPLE-THREAT TRAE: On 11/8 vs. Sacramento, Trae Young scored 30 points, handed out 12 assists and swiped a career-high five steals in 40 minutes. Young became the first Hawk to compile at least 30 points and five steals since Mike Bibby in January 2009 and the first Hawk to add at least 10 assists to that stat line since Pete Maravich in March 1974. The second-year Oklahoma product became the first NBA player with 30 points, 12 assists and five steals in a game since Victor Oladipo in the 2017-18 season.
ONE HUNDRED GAMES OF BUCKETS AND DIMES: Trae Young played the 100th game of his career on 11/30 at Houston. Through 100 games, Young compiled more than 2,000 points and 800 assists, becoming only the second player in NBA history to reach those minimums after his first 100 contests per Elias:
Players With At Least 2,000 Points and 800 Assists in 100 Games
Player Game 1 Game 100 Points Assists
Oscar Robertson 10/19/1960 12/13/1961 3,040 1039
Trae Young 10/17/2018 11/30/2019 2,089 812
DEANDRE’S SCARY GOOD HALLOWEEN: On 10/31 vs. Miami, DeAndre’ Bembry posted the fourth double-double of his career, amassing 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in 28 minutes … Bembry narrowly missed a triple-double, as he added a career-high eight assists and two steals.
EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: On 10/28, Trae Young was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Oct. 22-27. Young led the Hawks to their first 2-0 start since the 2016-17 season and averaged 38.5 points, 9.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds. He became the first player in NBA history to compile at least 38 points, nine assists and seven boards in each of his team’s first two games of the season. His 77 total points through two contests set a new franchise record, breaking the old mark of 75 set by Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87. The award was Young’s second weekly honor of his career, as he was named POW for games played March 18-24 last season.
YOUNGEST ATLANTA HAWKS TO WIN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Season Player Date of Award Age
2018-19 Trae Young March 25, 2019 20
2019-20 Trae Young Oct. 28, 2019 21
2007-08 Josh Smith Dec. 9, 2007 22
1983-84 Dominique Wilkins April 15, 1984 24
2005-06 Joe Johnson Dec. 19, 2005 24
1,500 FOR #15: On 12/10 at Miami, Vince Carter played in the 1,500th game of his NBA career and knocked down a then-season-high four three-pointers, finishing with 12 points. He became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 1,500 games played and tied Dirk Nowitzki for the highest point total in a player’s 1,500th contest. The list of NBA players to reach 1,500 games is found here:
Player Years Played Games Played
Robert Parish 1977-1997 1,611
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970-1989 1,560
Dirk Nowitzki 1999-2019 1,522
Vince Carter 1999-Present 1,517
John Stockton 1985-2003 1,504