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Keita Bates-Diop’s Perfect (and Improbable) Evening | NBA

Facing the Clippers earlier in the week, he had to be content with four short minutes of play and two points scored. Against the Jazz, at the start of the Spurs’ road trip, he had not even entered the floor …

That night, Gregg Popovich did not hesitate to send Keita Bates-Diop, for 27 minutes, into the deep end against LeBron James and the Lakers. The strong winger stood out from the start of the second quarter by cutting a pass from the “King” precisely, before going to finish alone in the counter-attack, with a “lay-up”.

The first basket of a long series for him. Faced with the laxity of the Lakers’ internal defense, “KBP” has multiplied the smart cuts to the circle. With their passing quality, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White distributed towards their interior always well placed.

I read the defense and made my trips. I don’t think I dribbled a lot. My teammates just found me “, notes the Texan MVP of the evening. The latter, in addition to punishing in abundance under the circle, even allowed his long-distance address to speak in the last quarter with three award-winning baskets.

History of ending a perfect evening with 30 points (11/11 on shots), 7 rebounds, 35 evaluation and +20 in score when he was on the floor. The previous career record of the former Wolves and Nuggets player, drafted in 2018 in 48th place, went back to 2019 with … 22 points scored.

Keita was fantastic ”, describes his coach. “He was good on both sides of the pitch. We could hardly limit LeBron (36 points), but he did his best. He shot and moved well without the ball. “The future Hall of Famer takes the opportunity to salute the collective performance of his team, appreciating the impact of some substitutes who” have surpassed the incumbents “.

Keita Bates-Diop, who was only four points on average before this match, is obviously one of them. Did Gregg Popovich expect such a performance from him?

It would be ridiculous to expect that from him “, Logically slices the coach before describing his replacement as” the easiest player to coach, a great teammate, more and more disciplined and more and more confident. He’s not doing anything spectacular but he’s always in the right place “.

The Staples Center will remember this as Keita Bates-Diop is only the 5th player since 2000 to compile 30 points at 100% success, after Dwight Howard, Nikola Jokic, Domantas Sabonis and Thomas Bryant.

Keita Bates-Diop Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Early Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts
2018-19 MIN 30 17 42.3 25.0 64.3 0.5 2.2 2.8 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.5 5.0
2019-20 * All Teams 44 17 42.7 33.0 72.0 0.6 2.3 2.9 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.4 0.6 6.6
2019-20 * MIN 37 18 42.2 33.0 70.8 0.6 2.4 3.0 0.8 1.0 0.5 0.4 0.5 6.8
2019-20 * DEN 7 14 46.4 33.3 80.0 0.6 1.9 2.4 0.0 1.0 0.3 0.4 0.6 5.3
2020-21 SAN 30 8 44.8 29.4 66.7 0.3 1.3 1.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.2 2.6
2021-22 SAN 23 14 48.0 23.5 66.7 0.9 2.5 3.4 0.5 0.9 0.4 0.7 0.4 3.8
Total 127 14 43.6 29.6 69.0 0.6 2.1 2.7 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.4 4.8
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