Where were you in 1999? Hard to believe that’s 14 years ago! I’m a spring chicken, so I was in 6th grade. Man, middle school was the worst. Elementary school was the shizz and in high school you could smoke good shizz. But middle school kids were just mean. Where was Tim Duncan in 1999? Oh just winning an NBA title with David Robinson. I had completely forgotten David Robinson has a 71-point game in 1994. Maybe Brittney Griner could get that. Duncan was huge last night fending off the Mavericks, grabbing the second highest total of rebounds this season with 19 and scoring 28 points on 12-20 shooting. After missing a game with a sore knee, Duncan didn’t miss a beat in the post. With the trade deadline passed, Duncan owners can have some optimism that even if he sits a game here and there down the stretch, he can still go off and be one board away from a Goromotaro.
It was a light slate of NBA games (only 2 last night), but let’s take a quick look at what happened across the NBA:
Dirk Nowitzki - Continues to play back to his former level going 6-16 (3-5 3PTM) 21 Pts 11 Rebs 3 Asts 3 Stls and 1 Blk and almost led the Mavs to a tough win at San Antonio. With Dallas jostling for that final playoff spot in the West, look for Dirk to be Diggler down the stretch.
Shawn Marion - Missed another game and will miss a start again tonight. Jae Crowder got the starting nod and played an underwhelming 23 minutes, but did contribute across the board (5-4-2-1-2).
Brandan Wright - Another fantasy usable game going 5-9 FG 10 Pts 8 Rebs 2 Asts and 2 Blks. Playing his best ball since his UNC days. Depending on the Mavs off season moves, he might be a sleeper for me next year.
Kawhi Leonard - I’m going to be all over Kawhi next year. Apparently his wingspan is 7 foot 3 inches. Let’s just say I have that size of something for him. Wasn’t huge last night – 12 Pts 1 3PTM 6 Rebs 3 Asts 1 Blk – but just does it all. He’s going to have to be a focal point of that offense next year.
Gary Neal - Scored 16 points off the bench. Popp musta been like, “You’re coming off the bench and I want you to shoot every time the ball touches your hands.” Went 6-13 in 25 minutes.
J.R. Smith - Finally got the kind of scoring you’d expect with Carmelo out. 11-21 for 33 Pts. Scored more than any 3 Knicks combined. Too bad the Knicks continue to look horrible, losing by 15 to the Blazers.
Marcus Camby - Breaking News! Camby is still in the NBA. An 8-10-3 game out of nowhere. Nahhhhh.
Next Games: I’ve got NO @ WAS then CHI @ GS tonight. Pretty lackluster first game, but will be interesting to see how Chicago can try to limit Curry in the late game. As always I’ll be on this twitter shindig (@jbgilpin) for a few updates here and there, and shoot your comment below. Have a good weekend Razzball Nation!