So anyone watch the Clippers last night? Who was cheering for Blake Griffin to go for 50? BG just obliterated the Suns interior defense in the first quarter, putting up 22 on 11-12 shooting. Then I don’t know who had their hearts broken more by Griffin not even getting to 40 – fantasy owners looking for a huge start to their week or the Clips announcers who were decorating their trapper keepers with flowery Blake Griffin pictures all game. P.J. Tucker got a little heart broken too! Blake went all dog pile on Tucker for really no reason. Tucker was like, “That’s a clown dog pile yo!” and clocked Blake right in the chinny chin chin . Pow, right in the kisser! At one point, the announcer dude said, “See Blake just loses his footing…” Pshhhhh! Griffin is kinda like a high-flying, better-at-basketball Tyler Hansbrough. Burn! Regardless, ended the night with a ridic 14-16 FG and 9-10 FT 37/6/3/1/0 line. Did rack up 6 TOs and was limited to only 32 minutes due to fouling out. Shockingly, one of those 6 fouls wasn’t for tackling a guy… I mean, I’ve seen that sort of tackle flagged in the NFL! Don’t get me wrong, I like watching Blake, it’s awesome how he can get under opposing teams’ skin, and he’s had a career fantasy year. Although, I think Slim might like him a little less since it’s probably going to cost Tucker a game with a suspension. The notice comes from the league office with a letter that reads merely: “You’ve been Silvered!” Here’s what else went down across NBA action last night:
Michael Carter-Williams – Trip-dub! 23-13-10 in a Sixers loss? The Sixers never lose! The 4 TOs is acceptable, and you love the 8-12 shooting. Sure it’s against the human blob that is Raymond Felton, but hey, trip-dub is trip-dub! That should be a fantasy proverb. Will be interesting to see what the Sixers do in the offseason and what MCW’s draft stock will look like.
Tony Wroten – 23/5/3. 5 TOs is no bueno, but 7-8 FT! Rejoice! Such a horrible FT shooter for a PG… Anyway, I said months ago I thought he’d be a great playoffs stash, and even without an MCW shutdown like I predicted, he’s stepped it up. But I still predict it.
Byron Mullens – Welllllllll, that call couldn’t have gone much worse. Hey, it was a flyer. Played 3 minutes last night and got a foul and 2 TOs. Uggo. Might as well set himself on fire and ring the doorbell and – – well I guess he can’t run away then.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – Finally breaking out of his shooting slump! Hey, it doesn’t matter if it’s against the atrocious Sixers, whatever works! 9-13 (5-7 treys) for an empty 28 Pts, but hey, ThrAGNOF!
Amar’e Stoudemire – 23/6 with a block, shot 9-10, and while I know it’s the Sixers, has actually been pretty productive the last 6. Now it could derail in an epic train wreck like Super 8, but worth mentioning.
J.J. Hickson – After that nutso 25 board outburst a couple weeks ago, hasn’t gotten a double digit boarding game since and topped 7 only once. Has a weird 5 block game in there as well, but beyond that hasn’t done too much and his FT shooting has imploded this season. Ixnay on the Hicksay.
Gary Neal – Hot off the bench! I mean, when Neal is going 7-9 it’s tough to let Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and that funky jumper get any time! 19/4/4 and a perfect 3-3 from deep, but will see a few less minutes when Gerald Henderson gets his calf back from the farm.
John Wall – Well, I hope Wall owners don’t have TOs cost them a playoff berth! 7/6/8/1/0 shooting 2-8 with 7 TOs. Rough one. But gets a pass.
Mario Chalmers – I guess guarding each other, the opposing PGs in last night’s game decided they couldn’t shoot. 0-7 and no points, but at last a 0/1/6/1/1 multi-cat[ish] line!
Drew Gooden – Was he the best Cav in this game? Maybe! 15/3/0/0/0 shooing 7-12 in 17 minutes. Shooting like there’s no tomorrow! Which is literally true since Gooden’s next team will be Uncle Drew’s street ball squad.
Dwayne Wade – Wow, played in a back-to-back! 22/5/6/1/1 = and played well! If he can finish strong, owners might not feel as awful as they did midseason.
Amir Johnson – The other game I watched last night, and Amir looked pretty good. Rainbowed! 16/5/2/2/4. He’s been on a really solid multi-cat run lately after it looked like Patrick Patterson might’ve played his way into a bigger role. Poor Pit Pat and his sprained UCL. I told him not to try out for the Blue Jays this Spring!
Jonas Valanciunas – Still looks like a piece of toast out there. 6/6/0/0/2, and both blocks could have easily been called fouls with neither impressive. One was on a driving Paul Pierce, and he literally threw his hands up and turned the other direction. He looks like George Michael from Arrested Development playing basketball against 10-year-olds. Just out there because he’s a little taller. I have no idea what happened to his energy and agility, but he’s a shell of what I saw close out last year.
Andray Blatche – Haha, I laughed pretty hard at Blatche crossing up Hansbrough. Another multi-cat 9/4/2/2/1 and I thought looked good at the eye level. Kevin Garnett eventually getting back is going to cut back into the minutes, but Blatche can still help.
Khris Middleton – The Bucks won a game! And what a night for KMid. “You can’t handle this midriff!” 21/6/7/2/1 in a near rainbow, hitting 5 treys and 6-6 FT. And all while Jeff Adrien inexplicably got 5 minutes. I mean, this is just… There are no words….
Ramon Sessions – Nice night going 16/2/8. He played 26 minutes, could get 42 tomorrow, could get a DNP-CD. I’m sorry again on that Adrien call, I’m like, literally angry for the first time this year at anything. I’m typing so hard my keyboard keys are flying around like that scene from Wanted.
Victor Oladipo – Welcome back! 19 minutes off the bench in RainbOladipo’s return going 12/3/4 shooting a very efficient 5-6 (2-2 3PTM) and only 1 TO. Might be one of his most efficient games of the year! Still a little worried about his minutes though as he gets back from this sore ankle.
Pero Antic – Got the start and went 12/3/3/0/1 sooting 4-8 (2-6 3PTM 2-2 FT) in 23 pretty effin schweet minutes. I’m taking Antic over Valanciunas the rest of the way.
Trey Burke – I never really expected it, but becoming a ThrAGNOF… Nice one last night for 23 Pts and 5 treys, but 23/2/4/0/0 is a little empty and he was ice cold with little production coming into this game.
Gerald Green – I’ve been dumping on him a lot this year, but haven’t seen a Suns game in a while and I was really impressed. I know the 16/3/3/0/1 line shooting 6-14 with 3 treys isn’t nearly as big as some of his lines, and of course with his production he’s been ballin’, but just at the eye level – yeah he looks good. Will be interesting to see what the Suns do with Eric Bledsoe set to come back Wednesday…
Next Game: SAS @ CHI tonight! Oh man, the big man passing in this game is going to be redonk. I hope everyone had a good start to their weeks and good luck tonight!