Remember back in the day when you played Oregon Trail every waking moment? ¬†I only sorta remember because I kept getting dysentery… ¬†But I imagine an update should have the mythical creature of LaMarcus Aldridge as some sort of omnipotent deity that you hope comes to your aid. ¬†“Your wagon is stuck in quick sand, use 1 of 3 remaining LaMarcus Aldridge summons?” ¬†Hells yea! ¬†And then I need him to save my oxen. ¬†Huge game from LA last night putting up a career-high points and a sick 44/13/5/0/2 line including 14-17 FT while the crowd chanted “M-V-P” all 4th quarter. ¬†Scored the last 15 points, went 8-8 at the stripe in the last 70 seconds, all in a 5-point win. ¬†The Nuggets just had nothing for him inside when he was crashing the glass, and LA was boarding like a beast. ¬†I know he’s had a lot of Goromotaros, but almost all the boards he got in this one were in traffic. ¬†And the Nuggets were fouling him extremely hard all 4th quarter. ¬†Gonna need an ice bath! ¬†All he has to do is come to the east coast and jump in a lake. ¬†One of my worst calls of the year was my poor Aldridge ranking, but if you can’t get it right, join em! ¬†Or something like that… Traded for him in REL and in another league. ¬†I don’t know why owners were pulling a Kurt Russell and trying to Escape From L.A., but enjoy your huge stats and the first-round value you’re accruing. ¬†Here’s what else I saw last night in NBA news and action:
Damian Lillard –¬†I’m sure owners are dismayed by the 11/2/3/0/2 line (with no treys), but in case you missed it, this dunk should cheer you up. ¬†I know there have been some other flashier ones, but that’s one of my personal favorites thus far this year. ¬†It’s no Blake Griffin‘s “the Kardashian”, but hey, it’s pretty effing nice.
C.J. McCollum –¬†Looks like an NBA player. ¬†On a ton of other NBA teams he could be killing it as a starting 1 or smaller 2. ¬†7 Pts with two treys, and I think if Wesley Matthews ever got hurt (knock on wood), McCollum might leapfrog Mo Williams to start at the 2.
Nicolas Batum –¬†Tough to score when LA is putting up 44! ¬†Whoa, sounded like a sick lyric there… 6/7/10 in a very productive night.
Robin Lopez –¬†Not that I mean to be arguing for Lopez, but helter-skelter tips around the bucket maybe shouldn’t count as FGA… 5-14 and I remember him taking like 3 shots. ¬†12/9/2/0/2 is fine, I guess, but in the last 6 has 3 duds and 3 marginally useful games. ¬†Meh.
Anthony Randolph –¬†You know, looked pretty good out there… ¬†Wanna hear something crazy? ¬†11.6/6.5/1.3/0.8/1.5 was his line in 22:41 a game in 2009-10! ¬†Just seems so long ago that he was going to be the next multi-cat big back on the Warriors… ¬†4-5 last night (2-3 3PTM 2-2 FT) 12/3/1/1/1 in a solid game. ¬†I don’t really like him that much, he’s looked awful at times when given minutes earlier in the year, but this was the best I’ve seen him in 13-14.
Evan Fournier –¬†Only 14 minutes for a saddening 4/2 line. ¬†The Nuggets played big most of this game, but was disappointing to see… ¬†“Give me minutes or Viva la Revolution!”
Wilson Chandler –¬†Battling through injuries, but this drive late in the game has me thinking he loosens up pretty well! ¬†Loose enough to stretch out that horrific looking baby on his neck/chest. ¬†The line wasn’t overly fantasy gracious at 18/3/0/1/1 with 4 TOs, but shot 7-11 and hit a three. ¬†Still am a Willllsssooonnnnnn! fan.
Dwayne Wade –¬†Sat yet again for four in a row. ¬†I was trying to think of how I would write about how he’s a buy low, and every stream of logic shattered like a Top Secret Nazi falling off a castle.¬† Obscure Top Secret reference times deux! ¬†Hold and hope he works out.
Chris Bosh –¬†Brontosaurus alert! ¬†31/6/0/0/1 shooting 15-22 and a trey. ¬†A little unilateral, but very Bronotsaurus-y.
Mario Chalmers –¬†11/3/3/1/0 shooting a very efficient 5-6 and 1-1 downtown. ¬†Still like Chalmers as a decent last PG for ya.
Nick Young –¬†Still isn’t very good. ¬†Is officially my starting 2/3 wing man on my most-hated NBA team. ¬†My lineup would be PG Nate Robinson, SG Nick Young, SF J.R. Smith, PF Carlos Boozer, but center is tough. ¬†It’ll be between Andrea Bargnani or Alex Len. ¬†I think I’ll go Bargnani because he thinks he can fly! ¬†That video might be the best clip, nay, the best thing ever. ¬†Thanks to Shaft for sharing that with us. ¬†And share your most-hated NBA line-ups in the comments!
Andrea Bargnani –¬†While we’re on the subject, out indefinitely tearing his elbow ligament on that fall. ¬†That recoil on his arm looked nasty. ¬†Droppable in all leagues, obviously. ¬†Except the all-JB’s most-hated league!
Kendall Marshall –¬†Went back to his dispensary ways, dropping off a dimebag with 11 assists. ¬†6/3/11 and still a primo-source of some dank assists. ¬†
Ryan Kelly –¬†Was off last night. ¬†26 minutes for 7/5/2/1/0 shooting only 3-10 and inexplicably going 0-2 at the stripe after going 26 for his last 26. ¬†I figured out why I hate him so much. ¬†It’s not only that he’s a Dookie, it’s because he looks like a Who! ¬†You would think they would teach him to hit his shots in the Whoville gym! ¬†After the game, he blamed the Grinch for stealing his FT ability…
Jodie Meeks –¬†Is a boss. ¬†22/0/1/2/0 didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but four threes and shot 7-13. ¬†A few more good games, then it’s sell-high time if Kobe Bryant indeed sounds like he’ll be back. ¬†Charles Barkley was sure adamant on advising Kobe to sit out the whole year…
Wesley Johnson –¬†Hit a three, but other than that, I didn’t notice him. ¬†Jordan Hill had a much better presence. ¬†It’s been a whole season we’ve been mentioning Hill should have more minutes…¬†Even if he does have pigtails…
Pero Antic –¬†I mention his strong play and he has a fractured ankle… Whoops. ¬†Be interesting to see when he’s back if he can still be a decent C that hits threes. ¬†He’ll be out there everywhere.
Rudy Gay –¬†MRI came back “negative” on his Achilles but he’s still gonna be in Das Boot for at least 3-5 days. ¬†Doesn’t sound fun at all. ¬†At least it wasn’t a tear of any sort!
DeMarcus Cousins –¬†We knew X-Rays were negative, but is also in Das Boot. ¬†Sacramento Orthopedists are going nuts right now! ¬†Might only be a week.
I hope everyone is killin’ it so far this week in their matchups, and have a great weekend Razzball Nation!