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The 5: All the pieces to know for Week 6

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Ben Simmons makes his lengthy awaited return to Philadelphia Tuesday at 7:30 pm ET on TNT.

Each Monday we are going to inform you what it is advisable to know heading into a brand new week of NBA motion.

1.Welcome again? Simmons returns to Philly

When the schedule is launched through the offseason, there are matchups which can be instantly circled as must-see video games. It may be a playoff rematch, a basic rivalry, or the homecoming sport for a star returning to their earlier metropolis for the primary time since leaving through commerce or free company.

Brooklyn’s Ben Simmons enjoying in his first sport again in Philadelphia on Tuesday is certainly a type of video games (7:30pm ET, TNT). Simmons spent his first 4 NBA seasons in Philadelphia after being chosen No. 1 total within the 2016 draft.

His 4 years within the Metropolis of Brotherly Love had been bookended by seasons through which he didn’t play a sport: he missed the 2016-17 season as a result of damage (however gained Kia Rookie of the 12 months honors the next season) and his tumultuous last season in Philly included a mixture of bodily damage and psychological well being struggles that culminated with him being traded to Brooklyn on the commerce deadline for James Harden.

Simmons didn’t go well with up for the Nets final season and made his return to the court docket through the 2022-23 season opener on Oct. 19. It was his first motion in 487 days as Simmons final performed on June 20, 2021 in Philadelphia’s loss to Atlanta in Sport 7 of the Jap Convention semifinals — a efficiency that was extensively criticized and seen by many because the fracture level of the Sixers/Simmons relationship.

Whereas Simmons acquired off to a sluggish begin this season in Brooklyn as he shook off greater than 16 months of rust, he has begun to return to type in current video games. Simmons posted 22 factors on 11-for-13 capturing, eight rebounds, 5 assists and two steals in Brooklyn’s win in opposition to Memphis on Sunday. Over the previous three video games, Simmons has scored in double figures every sport and is capturing a mixed 22-for-26 as he enters Tuesday’s matchup.

After all, following the win, loads of the discuss through the postgame press convention surrounded Tuesday’s sport in Philadelphia, and this change between a reporter and Simmons sums issues up completely.

Ben Simmons gives a frank response about enjoying his former group in entrance of the rabid 76er followers in Philadelphia.

In case you continue to have to fill out your calendars, listed here are a number of different marquee homecomings developing within the weeks forward (all of that are presently set to be seen solely on NBA League Go).

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Indiana at Sacramento (Tyrese Haliburton returns to Sacramento for first time since final season’s commerce deadline deal)
  • Friday, Dec. 9: Minnesota at Utah (Rudy Gobert returns to Utah for first time since blockbuster offseason commerce)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27: New York at Dallas (Jalen Brunson returns to Dallas for first time since signing with Knicks as a free agent)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10: Cleveland at Utah (Donovan Mitchell returns to Utah for the primary time for the reason that Jazz’s second blockbuster offseason commerce)
  • Wednesday, March 1: Philadelphia at Miami (PJ Tucker returns to Miami for the primary time since signing with Sixers as a free agent; additionally a rematch final yr’s East Semifinals, which was gained by Miami in six video games)
  • Sunday, March 19: Atlanta at San Antonio (Dejounte Murray returns to San Antonio for the primary time since offseason commerce to the Hawks)

The Kings are rolling and personal the longest win streak within the Western Convention with 6 in a row.


2. Potential showdown of streaking groups

In final week’s version of The 5’s Warmth Verify, we featured the groups with the longest lively win streaks in every convention: the Boston Celtics within the East (six video games) and the Sacramento Kings within the West (three video games).

Every week later and neither group has misplaced a sport. The Celtics nonetheless personal the longest lively win streak within the league, now at 9 video games in a row, whereas the Kings have saved the beam shining with their first six-game win streak since January 2005.

With Sacramento seeking to finish the longest playoff drought in NBA historical past at 16 years, it is a good signal that they’re posting win streaks not seen in practically 18 years when the Kings had been a perennial playoff group (eight straight playoff berths from 1999 to 2006) .

The Kings and Celtics are set to fulfill for the primary time this season in Boston on Friday night time (8 pm ET, NBA League Go). Can each groups preserve their respective streaks intact main into that conflict of the highest two offenses within the league?

  • Kings upcoming schedule: Tuesday at Memphis (no Ja Morant or Desmond Bane), Wednesday at Atlanta (Okay-Von again within the ATL), Friday at Boston
  • Celtics upcoming schedule: Monday at Chicago, Wednesday vs. Dallas (ESPN), Friday vs. Sacrament

The Kings enter Week 6 with the very best scoring common (121.4 ppg) and capturing proportion (50.2%) within the NBA. The Celtics are proper behind them as they rank second in scoring (120.2 ppg) and third in capturing (48.7%).

The superior metrics favor the Celtics as their offensive effectivity (119.1) edges out the Kings (118.6) for the highest mark within the league. The Kings maintain the slight capturing edges in efficient discipline objective proportion (58.5%) and true capturing proportion (62.1%).

The Celtics personal a definite benefit on protection as they rank 14th in defensive effectivity (111.4 factors allowed per 100 possessions), whereas the Kings rank 27th (114.9). A key think about Sacramento’s hopes to return to the postseason is to enhance on their protection, which has constantly ranked within the backside third of the league for the previous decade.


3. Nationwide TV highlight: Three must-see matchups

Lauri Markkanen’s play (22.3 factors, 8.4 rebounds) has been the primary catalyst to Utah sitting atop the West.

Along with the Nets vs. Sixers sport on Tuesday, listed here are three extra must-see matchups this week.

Monday: Utah on the LA Clippers, 10:30 pm ET (NBA TV)

It is a matchup of the present Western Convention-leading Utah Jazz (12-6) and the group tabbed because the preseason favorites within the West, the LA Clippers (10-7). Utah’s wonderful 10-3 begin to the season was briefly sidetracked by a three-game dropping streak, however they’ve bounced again with consecutive wins to climb again to the highest of the standings getting into Week 6. LA additionally enters the week with two straight wins , coinciding with the return of Kawhi Leonard after he missed a dozen video games as a result of knee stiffness.

Tuesday: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix, 10 AM ET (TNT)

The Lakers enter Week 6 driving a three-game win streak powered by three monster video games from Anthony Davis. He is gone for at the very least 30 factors and 15 rebounds in every sport and is averaging 35 factors and 17.3 rebounds whereas capturing 61.7% from the sector.

Davis is now certainly one of solely 4 lively gamers with a streak of at the very least three video games with 30+ factors and 15+ rebounds, becoming a member of Giannis Antetokounmpo (5 video games in January/February 2020), Nikola Jokic (4 video games in April 2022) and Karl -Anthony Cities (three video games in February 2019). Can Davis preserve his streak alive, and the Lakers’ win streak alive, after they go to Phoenix on Tuesday?

Wednesday: Dallas-Boston, 7:30 AM ET (ESPN)

It is a matchup of the highest two gamers within the newest Kia Race to the MVP Ladder: Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Boston’s Jayson Tatum. Whereas it could be tremendous early to have critical MVP discussions only a month into the season, video games like this could possibly be necessary when it comes time to solid the ballots on the finish of the common season. Doncic and Tatum will solely meet twice this season, so having the sting in face to face conferences is all the time a lift to any participant’s MVP candidacy.


4. League Go video games to observe

Trae Younger and Dejounte Murray will sq. off in opposition to Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland.

Along with the Celtics vs. Kings matchup mentioned earlier, listed here are three extra video games to catch this week solely on NBA League Go.

Monday: Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 ET

The Hawks and Cavaliers enter Week 6 with matching 10-6 information as they presently occupy the third and fourth seeds within the East, respectively. In terms of younger backcourt expertise, it is robust to discover a matchup with extra to showcase because the Cavs boast All-Stars Darius Garland (22) and Donovan Mitchell (26) and the Hawks counter with All-Stars Trae Younger (24) and Dejounte Murray (26).

Wednesday: Minnesota at Indiana, 7 ET

The Timberwolves and Pacers each enter Week 6 driving season-long win streaks. Minnesota has gained three straight — all on the highway — behind a trio of 20+ level scorers throughout this run: Karl-Anthony Cities (23.7 factors), Anthony Edwards (23.3 factors) and D’Angelo Russell (20.0 factors). The Pacers have been one of many shock tales of the primary month of the season. After a 1-5 begin, the Pacers have gained eight of their final 10, together with 4 in a row. Tyrese Haliburton leads the league in assists (10.5 assists) and Bennedict Mathurin ranks second amongst rookies in scoring (19.1 factors).

Friday: Utah at Golden State, 10 am ET

The Jazz have climbed to the highest of the West, however now the problem is staying there. This week, Utah faces a trio of robust convention opponents: LA Clippers on Monday, Golden State on Friday and Phoenix on Saturday. The Jazz have already got wins over the Suns and Clippers this season, however have but to face the defending champion Warriors. Sunday noticed two vibrant factors for Golden State: they gained their first highway sport in 9 tries, and Klay Thompson had his greatest capturing efficiency of the season after being aimed in an prolonged droop to begin the yr.


5. Giving Thanks: The highest help servers of the season

The NBA has a uncommon night time off on Thursday as gamers, coaches and group staffs will be capable to spend the Thanksgiving vacation with their households. Within the spirit of giving thanks, it feels proper to spotlight the statistic that results in a wide range of head nods, factors and excessive fives from teammates as a strategy to say thanks for a fantastic move: the help.

We check out the highest 5 gamers in assists per sport by way of video games performed on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Help Leaders, 2022-23 Season

  • 10.5: Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana)
  • 9.5: Trae Younger (Atlanta)
  • 8.9:Nikola Jokic (Denver)
  • 8.1: Luka Doncic (Dallas)
  • 7.9: Mike Conley (Utah)

Here is a have a look at the gamers with probably the most assists in a single sport up to now this season, with Philadelphia’s James Harden main the pack.

Single Sport Help Leaders, 2022-23 Season

  • 17: James Harden (Philadelphia @ Washington, Oct. 31, 2022)
  • 15: Stephen Curry (Golden State @ Houston, Nov. 20, 2022)
  • 15: John Wall (LA Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs, Nov. 19, 2022)
  • 15: Kyle Lowry (Miami @ Washington, Nov. 18, 2022)
  • 15: Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana vs. Toronto, Nov. 12, 2022)
  • 15: Chris Paul (Phoenix vs. Houston, Oct. 30, 2022)

Now let’s dig into the file books and try the all-time leaders in profession assists per sport, highest assists common in a single season and most assists in a single sport.

Highest common, assists per sport, profession (min. 400 video games)

  • 11.2: Magic Johnson (10,141/906)
  • 10.5: John Stockton (15.806/1.504)
  • 9.51: Oscar Robertson (9.887/1.040)
  • 9.50: Chris Paul (11.071/1165)
  • 9.3: Isiah Thomas (9.061/979)

Highest common, assists per sport, season (qualifiers)

  • 14.5: John Stockton, Utah, 1989-90 (1,134/78)
  • 14.2: John Stockton, Utah, 1990-91 (1,164/82)
  • 13.9: Isiah Thomas, Detroit, 1984-85 (1,123/81)

Most assists, single sport

  • 30: Scott Skiles (Orlando vs. Denver, Dec. 30, 1990)
  • 29: Kevin Porter (New Jersey vs. Houston, Feb. 24, 1978)
  • 28: Bob Cousy (Boston vs. Minneapolis, Feb. 27, 1959)
  • 28: Man Rodgers (San Francisco vs. St. Louis, March 14, 1963)
  • 28: John Stockton (Utah vs. San Antonio, Jan. 15, 1991)

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