The Rundown: Lonzo Ball, Clint Capela put up big numbers

Published April 5, 2021, 1:20 PMMiguel Flores

The New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks got huge games from Lonzo Ball and Clint Capela, respectively, on Monday (PHT).


Bulls 115, Nets 107
Clippers 104, Lakers 86
Celtics 116, Hornets 86
Grizzlies 116, 76ers 100
Hawks 117, Warriors 111
Pelicans 122, Rockets 115
Nuggets 119, Magic 109

What went down

The season is coming down to a sprint to the end and the top seeds in the East both suffered upsets today. First, the Nets – still without Durant and missing James Harden due to hamstring tightness – dropped a close one to the Chicago Bulls. Then the Philadelphia 76ers, who were resting Joel Embiid, got blown at home by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Even with their losses, Philly and Brooklyn still comfortably sit atop the East with matching 34-16 records. The Milwaukee Bucks trail them pretty close at 32-17, but the East's fourth through ninth seeds are held by teams hovering around .500. The race for the last slot of home court advantage and for the four play-in seeds should be tight in the East.

Big-time ballers

His brand used to be Big Baller, but it's only this year that he's truly balled out. Lonzo Ball was on fire for the New Orleans Pelicans, drilling a career-high eight 3s en route to 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and three steals.

Ball came in with one of the wonkiest shooting forms in NBA history. He has since cleaned that up and worked towards becoming a steady outside threat, shooting 38.5 percent from deep this season.

In Atlanta, the Hawks let bigman Clint Capela feast on the undersized Golden State Warriors. The dark horse Defensive Player of the Year candidate dominated the paint with 24 points and 18 rebounds to go with two blocks and one steal.

Capela has been putting up high-key monstrous numbers all season and has low-key been the reason the Hawks have shot up the standings since the All-Star break.

What he said

This would be anyone’s reaction if they found out they were talking to Vince Carter.

Did you see that?

Steph Curry is one of the league’s best examples of using his outsized platform for social activism. Today, playing in Atlanta, Steph sought to make a statement on the tragic shooting of Asians last month with shoes dedicated to the Bruce Lee foundation.

Steph knows that racial issues are humanitarian issues. He also knows how to punish teams that continue to switch their big on him. He did this last week to Nikola Vucevic. He famously faked Marcin Gortat out of the league. Add defensive monster Clint Capela to his reel.

Meanwhile in New Orleans, Isaiah Thomas signed a 10-day contract. Not only is one of the NBA’s most-beloved veterans back in the league, Thomas is also paying tribute to one of the league’s most-loved legends.