So one of my favorite directors, Darren Aronofsky, is working on a new movie Noah that is going to come out some time in 2014. Yeah, it’s about the dude in the “we’re gonna need animals in this boat”, not “we’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Russell Crowe is going to be Noah. Hmmmm. (Did you know “hm” can be played in scrabble and Words With Friends? Man, did that grind my buddy’s goat.) I don’t know how I feel about this new Aronofsky outlet, especially with a budget reported at $130 million. That’s a lot of water tanks. We all saw what happened to Waterworld. Producer Scott Fanklin said “…we stayed very true to the story and didn’t really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels.” Mind… Blown… Speaking of six-armed angels and Noahs, Joakim Noah was downright swatty last night, racking up 11 Blocks against the 76ers. Although I guess Noah would be a six-armed Bull. Something like a mix between Goro and Motaro. Hey, that might actually be a step up looks-wise. Animality! Noah’s final line of 8/12 FG 23 Pts 21 Rebs 1 Ast 3 Stls and 11 Blks gave him one of the sexiest triple-doubles since three Baywatch lifeguards ran to my aid after a jellyfish stung my tooshie. Here’s what else happened around the NBA last night:
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Spencer Hawes – Huzzah for more than one rebound! Despite Noah’s Goromotaro performance, 20 Pts on 7-18 shooting, with 15 Rebs and 2 Blks. Pretty solid line, considering his last three combined games he put up 18 Pts 12 Rebs and 3 Blks. Still not a big Hawes fan, but if you’ve held out hope, this game should keep him on your roster at least a few more games.
Chris Paul – Became the main scorer for the Clips last night going 11-18 FG 29 Pts 6 Rebs 8 Asts and a steal. His most points since Jan. 4th as he continues to play will minus one tough game against the Spurs. Health care is the issue at hand!
Danny Granger – Has played exactly 19 minutes in all three of his games back from injury, but was able to hit double digits going 5-10 FG for 12 Pts 1 3PM 2 Rebs and 1 Ast. Been a very slow road back. A tough guy to cut because you don’t want another owner to pick him up for the playoffs, but I don’t see fantasy goodness coming too soon.
Nikola Pekovic – Pek got a strain in the ab. Had to leave last night’s game after only 9 minutes. No word on the severity, but I doubt he’ll miss much time as this is his 234th injury this year.
Derrick Williams – Wasn’t spectacular, but 15 Pts (6-14 FG 2-2 FT [way to shoot better than 3-10 at the stripe D-Will!]) (punctuation overload!) 8 Rebs 1 Ast and 1 Blk. 38+ minutes in all the last three games, and if Pek misses a few games plus AK47 is out, Williams should get a lot of love in the Minnesota offense.
J.J. Barea – I picked up the Wolves backup PG for a spot start for some pequeno help in assists and was pleasantly surprised with 20 Pts 2 3PTM 4 Rebs and 5 Asts. Another guy who could benefit with a few more shots with Pek and AK out.
Earl Clark – Had boatloads (another Noah reference!) of questions about keeping/cutting Clark, who despite a lack in scoring last night, had a rainbow line of 4 Pts 4 Rebs 4 Asts 3 Stls and 2 Blks. To only get 3 shots in 30 minutes is a little intriguing as Kobe took 22 (usual), but Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks both took 11 (unusual). The peripheral stats help the scoring lull, but those stats come top down and if you’re not scoring and rebounding, you’re less likely to get a few extra minutes, thus fewer situations for steals and blocks. I have no problem dropping him for Tobias Harris now.
Tonight’s Games: I’ve got Houston @ Orlando then Thunder @ Nuggets. I’ll be watching Thomas Robinson hopefully get a few more minutes, then watching as just a plain NBA fan in what should be a thriller in Denver. Shoot me your comments below or tweet me (@jbgilpin) any of your NBA questions!