I used to love watching Animal Planet. That is, when they actually used to show freaking wild animals in their natural habitat. Now it’s a bunch of BS shows that IDGAF about. Anyways, watching a cackle of hyenas or a pride of lions working together to take down prey was always an exhilarating watch. That’s usually because the prey was a big, burly beast who could F shit up. It would take hours and a coordinated precision to take it down. Sometimes they trudged home empty-handed, but every once in a while, they would overcome and feast. Last night, a pack of Pacers Voltron’d up and took down the hurly-burly Grizzly for a 132-125 victory. Domantas Sabonis produced 18 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, and one steal. Malcolm Brogdon contributed 29 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal. Caris LeVert went for 34 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks. It took 48 minutes, but the Pacers finally defeated the Grizzlies, 132-125 as Jonas Valanciunas was a freaking beast, going for 34 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. He shot 16-for-25 from the field.
Here’s what else I saw last night:
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Tied for fourth in dub-dubs on the season with 36. Jokic leads the league with 46. L. O. L. Capela is leading the league in boards per game, is 10th in field goal percentage, and is third in blocks, although he did not get one yesterday.
Got his second start of the season because Trae Young was out with a calf contusion. Or was he just too tired from putting up 42 points, eight boards, and nine dimes on Friday?
In 41 minutes. Garnered a usage rate of 28.5 with no Trae on the Lord’s day. BogBog has been the number 11 player on a per-game basis over the last eight games.
In 41 minutes as Bridges made his fourth consecutive start with Gordon Hayward out. This should be the New World Order for at least three more weeks as Hayward is nursing a foot injury. When Hayward returns, Bridges will still play a ton of minutes but won’t be seeing the 38 minutes per game that he’s seeing now. We will cross that Bridges when Hayward returns, though.
True mates these two are. Wearing the same unis and putting up matching stat lines. The US Army has sent their best men to figure out the secret so they can implement it into their basic training regimen this year.
In 28 minutes off the bench. With the injuries in the backcourt for the Hornets, Wanamaker has carved out a role for himself. He’s played 28, 23, and 23 minutes in the last three games while garnering a 23.7, 11.7, and 27.1 usage rate. I feel bad for that one wannabe in the Wanamaker household.
Top 20 player on the season. Over the last three games, he’s played over 40 minutes and garnered a usage rate of 39 in two of them.
He’s blocked two shots in each of the past three games. On the season, he’s shooting 72% from the field and has dished out at least four dimes in eight games. Our Time Lord and savior.
The demise of the Celtics has been greatly exaggerated, as they defeated the Nuggets 105-87 in Denver.
Michael Porter Jr.
Shooters shooter. Real shooters DGAF what the last shot did. Huck em and chuck em. I respect it. With that said, he’s shooting 53% from the field, which is mighty impressive. Eighth 20/10 game of the season for MPJ.
Yawn. Just the 55th time Jokic has messed around in his career. Nikola raises both hands, palms inward, in front of his face. One, two, three, four, five…..one, two, three, four, five. Looks down at toes. I better start doing my yoga.
Only played 29 minutes because the Magic suck. They got smoked 124-87 by the Bucks. Giannis didn’t play in this one, missing his fifth consecutive game. With G off the court, Middleton sees a 6.8% usage bump to 32.
Portis did not get the start in this one and played 23 minutes. Budenholzer has been starting either Pat Connaughton or Portis when he’s been out. <insert shrug emoji>
In 21 minutes off the bench.
Wendell Carter Jr. is still starting and getting most of the minutes but Bamba has been showing what he can do and should see plenty of run down the stretch as I’m sure the Magic want to develop him and see exactly what he’s got.
In 27 minutes off the bench. Since returning from injury, Anthony has played 26, 26, and 27 minutes while garnering a usage rate of 26, 22, and 29. The shooting has been atrocious at 31%, though. He will provide those dimes and he should get plenty of run down the stretch as well.
Top 15 player over the last four games. The points have been great but it’s been the 7.5 dimes, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks that have been most impressive. We know he’s a professional getter of buckets but if he starts dishing out dimes and getting his defense on, then……
Another aspect of LaVine’s game that should be heralded is the 50% shooting from the field. He has never been above 46% before.
THE number one player over the last eight games.
In 26 minutes off the bench. Since returning from injury, the Snitch has played 25, 24, 29, and 26 minutes. The usage rate has been 42, 30, 32, and 31. It’s only a matter of time before he starts again and gets over 30 minutes per game.
Led the Spurs to a 119-117 victory over the Mavericks. The eighth time Double-D has scored at least 30 points in a game this season.
I be sliding into these DMs morning, afternoon, and night.
Over the last eight games, Poeltl has played 33.8 minutes and been a top 60 player. Funny how that works, huh? You play your best players more minutes and they produce. He’s been averaging 9.5 boards, one steal, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 64% from the field. The free throw shooting is and will likely forever be his bugaboo. They might as well get married. Till death do them part.
Played 36 minutes before fouling out. Top 15 player over the last 20 games. Is that good? He just needs to stay healthy.
I was told that there would be trip-dubs here. Hasn’t happened since March 15th. I WANT MY TRIP-DUBS!!! NOW, DAMNIT!!! Luka has been a top 100 player over the last eight games, despite shooting 50% from the field. The lack of defensive stats, high turnovers, and piss poor free-throw shooting ding his overall value. The points, tres, dimes, and boards are to die for, though.
This Boucher definitely ain’t no water boy as he got another start and played 30 minutes.
Returned from a six-game absence and played 38 minutes. I guess Toronto is just going to full F it mode. What does that mean? I have no idea.
Gary Trent Jr.
Hucking and chucking with no regard for human life. Pops must be proud.
Hail, Julius! May his reign last forever.
Over the last eight games, he’s averaging 2.8 blocks and one steal per game. Exalt his name.
Do you know how we always compare players from one generation to another? Shaq would obliterate George Mikan. Bill Russell would still beast in today’s game. So would Michael Jordan. Who’s the greatest? Blah blah blah. Future generations will not only compare Zion to hoopers past and present but they will pit him against…..Godzilla…..Zeus…….Ray Lewis………Mike Tyson………Lucifer.
Made his second straight start and balled out. He played 31 minutes and garnered a usage rate of 16. Marshall is 23 years old and played his college ball at Xavier. X gonna give it to us. He went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft. Now, Marshall played because Lonzo Ball is dealing with a hip injury. Someone to keep an eye on since the Pelicans are 24-29 and could just play all their young dudes.
My Chinese stepmom was blowing up my phone last night!!!
Has started the last seven games and averaged 33.8 minutes, 11 points, 2.3 tres, 5.9 boards, 2.1 dimes, 1.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks. In 30 years, kids are going to be asking, “Dean played for the Heat?”
In the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twenty One, Matthew Dellavedova is starting an NBA basketball game and playing 35 minutes. What a time to be alive.
THE number two, dva, dalawa, deux, ketto, a do, hai, iki, tva player over the last 15 games. He is Son approved and is my favorite player in the NBA right now.
No Trail Blazers player scored more than 17 points. Dame Penny shot 3-for-10 from the field and ended with 12 points.
Bey has been making the hay with his play every night and day. Dropping five tres. Defenders just kneel down and pray because challenging the shot would just end in dismay. What a display. Stock going up like the Nikkei. You reading this on a Monday. The first day of the week before it slowly begins to whittle away.
Just play him all the minutes. Stop with the Manute Bol shit.
Over the last three games, Joseph has played 32, 31, and 32 minutes. He’s garnered a usage rate of 22 and 27 and scored 18 and 24 points. He’s dished out a total of 28 dimes and contributed three steals and two blocks.
A season-high in points and the second time going for over 30. If you need points, tres, and boards, he’s a decent option. Averaging 30 minutes over the last seven games and spaces out the floor for Kawhi and PG.
See? Sharing is caring. Played 36 minutes and will continue getting a ton of run for as long as Serge Ibaka is out.
Kawhi was out for this one. When he is off the court, PG sees a usage rate bump of 7.3% to 36.6. That’s R-rated.
In 31 minutes off the bench. Got extra run due to Kawhi sitting.