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I used to hang out with this girl waaaaaaaaay back in the day. She was not the prettiest girl. She was not the smartest girl, but we could have endless conversations about nothing and everything. And boy, could she dance. If you know what I mean. When I watch James Harden play, I always think about that girl. She did not look like him, you weirdos. Harden won’t dunk on anyone’s grill or make Superman-esque plays. His game is in the subtleties. He waits and probes until he sees a defender cheating one way or the other. Then, like a Viet Cong hiding in the bushes, attacks. And boy, can he shoot and Euro-step. If you know what I mean. Anyways, last night Harden scored 48 points on 12-of-22 from the field and 6-of-11 from downtown. Kobe’s like, “Does not compute.” Ladies, he’s a very charitable guy, as he went 18-of-18 from the stripe. It’s doesn’t end there, though. Harden also grabbed two boards, dished out seven dimes, pilfered two, and blocked one. I am excited, but that’s just a tent in my pants. Now, it was against the Phoenix Suns so there’s that. But how about this? He got busy with Chris Paul making his return with 21 minutes of run.
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Here’s what else I saw last night:
As mentioned above, Chris Paul made his return and played 21 minutes. He scored 11 points, grabbed four boards, dished out 10 dimes, and pilfered two. I was totally wrong in my assessment that CP3 would be the Alpha of this squad. The Rockets are Harden’s team and he will continue to command the usage. Now, CP3 will be very useful in fantasy, but not to the levels that I imagined in the offseason.
Ryan Anderson scored 24 points, grabbed four boards, and blocked one. He went 6-of-10 from downtown. You play Mr. Anderson on the road and sit at home. EZ PZ. Something about the matrix.
Greg Monroe got the start at center for the Suns and scored 20 points, grabbed 11 boards, dished out a dime, pilfered two, and blocked one in 26 minutes. Weren’t they just talking about buying him out? I have no idea about the center situation in Phoenix. I still think they trade Tyson Chandler if someone will take him. Now, it wouldn’t surprise me if they are playing Monroe to elevate his trade value. I’m still bullish on Alex Len, but he now has two turtles to jump over. Speaking of Len, he scored nine points and grabbed 13 boards in 22 minutes.
Devin Booker scored 18 points, grabbed two boards, and dished out 10 dimes. That was his first dime bag of the season. He didn’t have one in any game last year! Puff, puff….puff. He did have two dime baggers his rookie year. You always gotta pass the first time you sit down in a cypher.
Troy Daniels scored 23 points, grabbed three boards, and dished out a dime in 26 minutes. I wouldn’t make too much of it, as he typically only gets 10-15 minutes of run. With that said, keep an eye on if Jay Triano starts experimenting with different lineup combination and Daniels starts getting more minutes.
The Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88.
14 in a row!!! They are almost at 33. No problem. They got it in the bag. This time, I am not going to jinx the jinx. Ah, shit….
Steph Curry scored nine points, grabbed six boards, dished out five dimes, and pilfered four. He shot 3-of-14 from the field. The Celtics D is for real. They are ranked #1 in defensive efficiency.
Kevin Durant scored 24 points, grabbed three boards, dished out three dimes, pilfered one, and blocked two.
Al Horford scored 18 points, grabbed 11 boards, and dished out two dimes. Love and marriage….
Jaylen Brown scored 22 points, grabbed seven boards, pilfered two, and blocked two in 34 minutes. He shot 7-of-18 from the field and 3-of-8 from downtown. I’m saying it. The next Kawhi.