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NBA Twitter reacts to James Bouknight’s monstrous putback slam

Charlotte Hornets rookie James Bouknight produced a career performance on Monday and also threw down a monstrous putback slam dunk that had social media talking afterward.

Bouknight finished with 11 points, five rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes of action in the 127-124 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He registered seven points alone in the fourth quarter and helped Charlotte keep the game within striking distance down the stretch.

With the Hornets down five players to health and safety protocols, including LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and Mason Plumlee, the team was forced to turn to Bouknight. The appearance was just his ninth of the season as he gave the team energy and effort off the bench.

Hornets head coach James Borrego liked how Bouknight played in the loss.

We believe in him. Obviously, the circumstances have put him in this position right now but he is showing

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Chiney Ogwumike takes her next step in her media career with NBA Today

Ever since she started her broadcast career at ESPN, Chiney Ogwumike has been trying to go with the flow, taking advantage of whatever opportunities she could while still being a professional athlete.

Whether that was anchoring SportsCenter Africa or being a basketball analyst on the domestic version, producing the film “144” about the WNBA bubble or even hosting a daily radio show over the past year — the first Black woman to have that national platform on ESPN — Ogwumike hasn’t had any preconceived notions about where she wants to end up. As Ogwumike tells SB Nation, “the goal at ESPN was to be a sponge and soak up and learn”.

That path has given Ogwumike a diverse skill set. She can talk about any sport now even if her specialty is basketball — she’s proud of the fact that her football knowledge has grown to the point that she

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NBA Twitter reacts to Steph Curry’s 33 point performance during Warriors’ win vs. Clippers

Carrying a six-game win streak, the Golden State Warriors made the trip to Hollywood for a matinee contest against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

After a slow start in the first quarter that resulted in a flurry of turnovers, the Warriors closed the gap against the Clippers in the second quarter to steal a two-point advantage heading into the locker room. After building on their small lead in the third quarter, the Warriors closed the door on the Clippers in the final frame behind an explosive performance from Steph Curry.

Golden State’s Most Valuable Player candidate dropped a game-high 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field. Curry got hot after receiving a technical foul, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter. The 33-year-old guard hit three of his seven 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes.

Along with a flurry of triples from Curry, the Warriors

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Who’s hot and who’s not? Taking the temperature of trends around the NBA

We’re over a month into the 2021-22 NBA season and small sample sizes aren’t so small anymore.

Hot starts have either remained scorching or fizzled out, while rough starts have either gotten uglier or bounced back to reality.

Which teams and players are trending in the right direction, and which are going the wrong way?

Members of our NBA Global staff take the temperature on some of the NBA’s latest trends.

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Stock up: Jayson Tatum

Tatum’s shooting struggles were well documented along with Boston’s rollercoaster start to the season. Through the first 10 games, the All-Star forward was shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from 3-point range, needing 22.6 field goal attempts per game to reach a scoring average of 23.6 points.

Even with some big scoring nights, Tatum was settling for bad shots and

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