Bogdan Bogdanović is starting to play more as a starter and this could possibly take him out of the competition for the best “sixth man” in the league. Once again, Bogdanović was a starter, this time alongside the recovered Trae Young, due to Dejounte Murray’s illness, and he took advantage of the opportunity to play one of his best games this season. Bogdanović finished the game with 24 points (7/11 from the field), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. However, the Serbian basketball player also had five turnovers, which was the main drawback of his performance that night, but he showed that Atlanta can count on him whether as a starter or as the “sixth man.” It is likely that he will move back to the bench once Murray recovers, remaining a favorite for the league’s best reserve award.
Among the starters, Capela played well with 19 points and Johnson contributed 17, while Okongwu from the bench added 10 points. On the other hand, the Raptors had more points from their bench players than their reserves, with Anunoby and Barnes leading with 24 points each. None of the Serbian players appeared on the court the previous night, while Phoenix suffered a shocking loss to Orlando (113:98) and was also defeated by Indiana before that. However, the biggest surprise came from the Detroit, the worst team in the league, and possibly in NBA history, as they managed to defeat the best team in the West – Oklahoma. It’s unclear how they achieved this, but they secured their sixth victory of the season.