Welcome to Nightly Pro Notables: a collection of the hottest sneakers and biggest moments of the night on August 17, 2020.
We got plenty of players setting career playoff highs on day 1 of the bubble NBA Playoffs. Donovan Mitchell even went off, coming points short of Michael Jordan’s playoff record. Players also showed out in Kobes, custom Breonna Taylor Reeboks, and Kawhi wore Kawhis.
Check below for all the highlights and sneakers worn on a busy day of postseason hoops.
Donovan Mitchell’s Record Setting Game
Even in a loss, Donovan Mitchell did something that the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant have not accomplished.
Spida put up 57 points in a game 1 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets. Only Michael Jordan (63) and Elgin Baylor (61) have scored more in an NBA Playoff game.
Luka’s Impressive Debut
Before tonight Luka Doncic had never played a single postseason minute. Within two minutes, the Luka Magic was on though with point after point from the Slovenian. The game was close until fellow Maverick Kristaps Porzingis was ejected for defending Doncic, shoving the Clippers Marcus Morris Sr.
Doncic did his best to keep it lose though and finished with 42 points, 9 assists, and 7 Rebounds in his first playoff game ever.
Murray Powers the W
Despite missing half of the bubble games, Jamal Murray didn’t miss a step against the Utah Jazz. Murray was hitting shots from every area of the court, powering his way to the game 1 win and a career-high 37 points.
Playoff Fred VanVleet Returns
A year removed from his coming-out party in the 2019 playoffs, Fred VanVleet continued his postseason point barrage against the Brooklyn Nets. VanVleet torched the nets and the Nets with constant three-pointers, going a blistering 8-10 from long-range.
The AND1 Attack 2.0 that Fred rocked for this career game is currently unavailable.
Touchdown, Denver Nuggets
You’ve heard of tall quarterbacks but have you seen a 7-footer throw a Hail Mary pass? Now you have. Nikola Jokic quickly used his vision after grabbing a board. The defensive back wasn’t looking at the ball here, allow Jerami Grant to snag the catch and convert for points.
Kristaps Caught Kawhi Slippin’
Before his aforementioned ejection, Kristaps Porzingis got one over on last year’s NBA Finals MVP. KP stopped on a dime on this play at the foul line, causing Kawhi Leonard to topple over. Of course, Kristaps would nail the free throw line jumper, cementing this in his career highlight reel.
I-BLOCK-A Strikes Again
Serge Ibaka went back to his roots, while narrowly digging into Jarrett Allen’s roots (and afro) on this impressive block.
New KAWHIs for the Klaw
Kawhi Leonard continues to wear more colorways of his first signature shoe with New Balance. THE KAWHI sneaker featured tonight comes in blue and gold and is dubbed the “4 Bounces” colorway for Leonard’s wild game 7 game-winner against the Sixers.
The New Balance THE KAWHI has not released just yet.
Say Her Name
Montrezl Harrell has loved the custom kicks since the NBA lifted color restrictions. This time around, Trezz’s shoes had a social message with pink and black with Breonna Taylor’s likeness. “Say Her Name” is also featured throughout, a phrase popularized on social media to apply pressure to lawmakers to arrest the cops who killed Breonna.
Kobes of the Night
Almost every single night of these Pro Notable posts have included a Nike Kobe 5 Protro and tonight is no different. One of the more popular shoes in the NBA, this time it is Norman Powell rocking the “Bruce Lee” colorway in yellow, black and red.