It was a quiet evening in the NBA on Monday, but not in the Fox household as the long-suffering Mrs. Fox had to put up with the nightly ritual of cleaning broken glass and peeling thinly sliced bologna off the walls. Maturity has never been my forte`, but I do plan on using a better cut of cured meat for my next fantasy hoops tantrum.
Can anyone blame me for last night’s meltdown? I started Jonny Flynn with four games this week against the Clippers, Nuggets, Suns and Nuggets. Yesterday, the T’Wolves were actually in the game against the Clips and the young Irish point guard had 10 points and 4 assists in the first nine minutes only to finish with 17 points, 0 rebounds and 5 assists. I’m not feeling this whole Kurt Rambis thing. And why in Gawd’s name did they sign Ramon Sessions after drafting Flynn and teen heartthrob, Ricky Rubio? Oh, just to break my spirit. It’s working.
Thirty-five year old Marcus Camby discovered the Fountain of Caesar’s Palace and exploded for 12 points, 18 boards, 3 steals and a block and Al Thornton registered 31 points on 11-of-16 from the field and 9-for-9 from the stripe to lead the Staples Center sub-lessees.
Yesterday was a night of firsts as it marked the first poor games in a long while for Chris Kaman (15 pts, 7 reb, 6-20 fg) and Brandon Jennings (12 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast, 6-21 fg). Jennings’ night had as much to do with the Spurs’ suffocating defense as it did with him being way overdue for a dud. Most importantly, it was also the first time I didn’t curse Derrick Rose in Slovenian (Mr. Lorenzo can handle injuries in foreign tongue and I’ll do four-letter words), since I didn’t start him with only two games this week.
The Blazers destroyed the Bulls last night on the strength of 24 points each from LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden. Oden, who was once asked by a fan how World War II was, knocked down 7-of-8 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the line.
The Kings were finally beaten to a pulp on Monday by the improving Grizzlies (funny how that seems to happen after AI bids adieu), but the lopsided contest didn’t prevent Tyreke Evans from exploding for 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The knock on Evans coming out of Memphis was that he couldn’t shoot straight, but he is 23 for his last 39 from the field and is at 45 percent for the season. ‘Reke’s peripherals are also solid, as he’s averaging 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 thefts and nearly a three (0.8) per game.
The Grizz were led by former Yankee southpaw Rudy Gay (or was that Rudy May?) with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals and Marc Gasol (18 pts, 6 reb, 4 bk, 3 st, 8-10 fg). Is it now fair to say that the Gasol for Gasol swap that was at first considered the basketball version of Ryan for Fregosi is not as ridiculous as we thought?
Try this one on for size: In 2006, the Knicks traded Trevor Ariza and Penny Hardaway for a well-cooked Steve Francis. Franchise appeared in 68 games for Isiah’s ‘bockers, and if you don’t mind another baseball metaphor, let’s just say that he hit below the Mendoza line.