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New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has signed a two-year extension with the organization. He was acquired in late July in a deal that sent Steven Adams to Memphis. Valanciunas is coming off a career season in Memphis. He averaged 17.1 points and a career-high 12.5 rebounds per game. There is no reason to believe he shouldn't be able to continue succeeding in New Orleans. Obviously, the organization believes he will since they signed him to an extension before having Valanciunas play a regular season game.
New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram led the team to victory with 21 points against Utah on Friday but couldn't replicate his performance in Saturday's rematch. Ingram settled for only 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting in a 127-105 blowout loss. He failed to make a single three-point shot with four attempts and gave up the ball four times in 26 minutes. The 24-year-old completed his line with four rebounds, three assists and one block. Ingram is shooting below 37 percent for the month, which has led to a lot of disappointing performances. There could be another one in store for him on Monday against the Clippers and their stingy defense.
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson shot 4-for-6 from deep and 8-for-13 overall from the field as the team easily picked apart New Orleans on Saturday. He produced 20 points in 26 minutes off the bench with three rebounds, one assist and one steal. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is a key piece for Utah's second unit again this season, but his recent performances have been rather inconsistent. Clarkson started the week with a nine-point effort against Memphis, then had 20 points versus the Thunder and settled with just seven points in Friday's meeting with the Pelicans before finding his rhythm again Saturday night.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell needed just 27 minutes of action Saturday's blowout win over New Orleans to get a game-high 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He added two steals and one block on the defensive end while shooting 9-for-17 from the field and 3-for-6 from downtown. Mitchell struggled in Friday's meeting with the Pelicans, going just 6-for-21 from the field, but he made up for it here. New Orleans sits among the league's worst defensive teams, so it was a very good bounce-back spot. Another fragile defense awaits Mitchell on Monday when Utah hosts Portland.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic matched his season high with 33 points on 13-for-25 shooting in Saturday's loss to Washington. He dished out 10 assists with four turnovers for his ninth double-double of the season and bagged four rebounds while shooting 3-for-9 from deep and 4-for-7 at the line. Doncic has averaged 29.5 points with 9.5 assists since returning from injury. He now heads into a wonderful week that features two games against New Orleans, but things start off against a much-improved Cleveland team and Doncic's post-injury form will get a proper test there.
Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma turned on the switch Saturday night against Dallas, finishing a nice road win with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. The former Laker shot 7-for-14 from the field and had a 3-for-6 record from behind the arc with 5-for-5 shooting at the charity stripe. Kuzma's scoring performances tend to be very inconsistent, but he's averaging a career-high 9.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He'll look to post a run of back-to-back 20-point games for the first time this season on Monday against the Spurs.
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal missed only four of his 14 attempts from the field while racking up a team-high 26 points in Saturday's 120-114 win over Dallas. He nailed his only attempts from deep and shot 5-for-6 at the foul line. Beal handed out seven dimes with three turnovers and recorded five rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes. Washington's star man started the week with a miserable 5-for-18 effort against Charlotte, but he's bounced back in style and will look to post his fourth consecutive 20-point game on Monday against San Antonio. This will be a nice pace-up spot for the Wizards against a mediocre defensive team.
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. recorded his third consecutive double-double in Saturday's defeat to Cleveland, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting and notching 11 rebounds. He was 1-for-4 with the three-ball and added one assist and two steals to his line in 32 minutes. The 22-year-old now boasts 10 double-doubles for the season. Carter Jr. can finish off next week with a very good matchup against Houston, but he has to face Philly and Denver first, which will seriously test his double-double streak.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Evan Mobley returned from an elbow strain in fine form on Saturday, recording 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a 105-92 win over the Magic. He also had three assists with one turnover in 33 minutes, shooting 5-for-12 from the field and 2-for-4 from downtown. The third pick of this year's draft has become one of the front-runners for the Rookie of the Year Award, so it was great to see him make a quick and productive return. Mobley finds himself in a very favorable spot to start building momentum on Monday, as Cleveland takes on a Dallas team that has struggled against opposing bigs all season.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland scored a season-high 26 points and dished out 11 assists with four turnovers in Saturday's win over Orlando. He shot 11-for-21 from the field and hit 3-for-7 from outside in 36 minutes with four rebounds and one steal. Garland has taken on more scoring responsibilities since Collin Sexton (knee) went out for the season. He's managed 20-plus points in four of the last five games, hitting a new season-high twice. He'll try to run the show next against the Mavericks, who are giving up 8.5 assists per 48 minutes to points guards, which is among the highest marks in the league.
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden posted his fourth triple-double of the season on Saturday against the Suns, but it came with an inefficient performance. The Beard had a 12-13-14 line in a 113-107 loss with 4-for-15 shooting and seven turnovers. He didn't make any of his six attempts from behind the arc. Harden finished things off with one steal and two blocks in 40 minutes. The former MVP had struggled with his shooting all season and has gone below 31 percent from the field in three of his most recent four outings. He gets a three-game slate to improve his form next week.