The night of the Blues in the NBA: a little Batum, that’s all
It was however the opening night of the Clippers, on their floor, against Memphis, but the Californians did not come out to their advantage, beaten (114-120) by the teammates of a fiery Ja Morant ( 28 pts). In this inaugural defeat, Nicolas Batum, recently crowned best French player of the year, and awarded the Alain Gilles trophy, left the Clippers’ bench for 23 minutes. He was in failure on the shot (5 points to 2/6), compensating with as many rebounds (5). Opposite, Killian Tillie did not come into play.
The only other Frenchman to have walked the floor last night was Killian Hayes, used 19 minutes in Detroit’s loss to Chicago (97-82). The back of the Pistons was also in check offensively (2 pts to 1/5 shooting), but showed activity (3 rebounds, 1 interception).
For the rest, the leader Franck Ntilikina did not have the confidence of his coach, and remained on the bench to see his Dallas team win on the Toronto field (95-103). Under the Atlanta jersey, Timothée Luwawu-Cabarrot suffered the same fate, and was able to quietly follow the defeat of his team on the floor of Cleveland, and enjoy the show of Ricky Rubio (23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists).