The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Recap
Turns out 2 NBACats are better than 1, as John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Team Chuck beat Brandon Knight and Team Shaq tonight 146-133. Demarcus Cousins was a beast, John Wall was a highlight waiting to happen, and Brandon Knight hit shots from all over the court. All put together, our 3 NBACats combined to score 49 points, 19 rebounds and 18 assists. Here is what they did individually…
Brandon Knight – 14 points 7 assists in 21 minutes
John Wall – 17 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds in 27 minutes (led all players in minutes played)
Demarcus Cousins – 18 points, 11 rebounds in 25 minutes
Demarcus Cousins got things going early, scoring 15 points in the first half, and for a second #BBN thought he might take home the MVP trophy, but ultimately that was given to Kyrie Irving. Despite the MVP trophy being lost, it was John Wall who stole the show. Wall had a string of thrilling dunks at the end of the game, including one dunk where he put the ball behind his back (and one dunk that was ruined by Greg Monroe), turning the closing minutes of the Rising Stars Challenge into the John Wall dunk contest.
If you want to see Wall’s dunk you’ll have to use this link. It’s the only place I have been able to find any videos from the game and unfortunately it’s on http://www.nba.com, which has been causing my iPad to crash repeatedly for the last hour. We’ll be back tomorrow morning with more coverage from tonights game, a preview of the Skills Challenge (featuring Wall and Rondo) and hopefully some embedded highlight videos. Go NBACats!!!