Yes, we all know by now that Michael Redd is out for the remainder of the season and possibly part, if not all of next season. It really is a shame. Honestly. It’s tough to see an athlete just completely break down like Redd has. So where do the Bucks turn now?
Last night they turned their lonely eyes to Charlie Bell. What a disaster that nearly turned out to be. After the Suns got off to a 41-17 lead — with no offensive help from Bell who shot 3-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-10 from beyond the arc — it was Luke Ridnour’s turn to get this team headed in the right direction. Ridnour scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 2 treys, 7 assists and a steal in 32 minutes. He is, right now, the most valuable guard on the Bucks. Yes, Brandon Jennings, I’m looking at you. Jennings shot 5-of-18 from the floor and scored 14 points with 8 assists.
Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were useless last night. And that’s when Hakim Warrick stepped in — team-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Dare I say that Warrick, and his seven double-digit scoring performances in his last eight, is the most valuable forward in Milwaukee. I dare!
Lots of lines. Let’s get to it…
Steve Nash: Scored 30 points and dished 10 dimes. This dude is amazing. But you knew that, right? He is nearly a lock to be the seventh 50%/40%/90%-er in the league’s history. You can mark it down. He’ll hit that mark.
Dwyane Wade: Not only did he score a season-low 13 points, but he left early on with a wrist injury. Woops! He did return, but I know all you D-Wade owners are starting to wonder what it would be like to own Kevin Durant…
Kevin Durant: He went for 30 points against the Knicks last night. This was his 9th games in his last 11 in which he scored at least 30 points. Make sure you check on D-Wade’s status tomorrow afternoon…ha.
Jarrett Jack/Jose Calderon: Blow the whistle, we have a legitimate timeshare on our hands. Jack started and played 26 minutes (5 points, 5 assists), while Calderon came off the bench to ply 26 minutes and post 12 points and 6 assists. Sell “high” on Jack.
Earl Watson/A.J. Price: Watson shook off Price a little last night after he went for 11 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, a block and a trey in 36 minutes. Price came off the bench to score 16 points and hit 2 threes in 22 minutes. Price has great deep-league value. Watson is still the man, though.
Allen Iverson: He returned to action after having his knee drained this weekend. Iverson went for 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 3 rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes. Nothing special.
Rajon Rondo: Without Kevin Garnett (10 more days….guh) and Rasheed Wallace (foot) in the lineup Rondo did his best to lead the Celtics to victory — 26 points, 7 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. That wasn’t enough. Neither was Brian Scalabrine’s 9 points in 20 minutes. Is Scalabrine ever enough?
Nate Robinson: Things were bad for the Knicks last night. Danilo Gallinari was held scorless (0-of-7), Chris Duhon shot 0-of-8 from the floor, and Nate Robinson led the team in scoring with 19 points in 31 minutes. Usually when lil’ Nate leads the Knicks in scoring you know it’s been a bad night.
Jonas Jerebko: With Tayshaun Prince (knee) out, Jerebko got the start at small forward. He played well, scoring 15 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. Unless Prince is out for an extended period of time, I’m not biting on Jerebko. (What a great name.)
Derrick Rose: The ultra-efficient line of the night — 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting, 9 assists, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. His teammate Tyrus Thomas had the ultra-defensive line of the night — 7 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks. I still have a “thing” for Thomas. If you like defensive numbers, you should feel the same way I do about him. Just don’t come on too strong.
Carmelo Anthony: Finally returned to action! He scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with just 2 rebounds and 2 assists. You’ll take that. It’s better than the zeroes he’s been putting up over his last five games.
Ryan Gomes: He scored 2 points on 0-of-6 shooting last night after posting back-to-back- 15-point performances. No thanks. His teammate Corey Brewer was much better — 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 threes, and 2 blocks. Yes, please.
Corey Maggette: He is having one hell of a season. Last night’s 32-point performance on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor and 17-of-18 from the line was just the tip of the iceberg. Mags has scored at least 22 points in 13 of his last 14 games. He’s shooting over 83 percent from the free-throw line on just over 8 attempts per game. That is huge. If it was a man it would be called huge-ene.
Anthony Randolph: He is not out 4-6 weeks as initially reported. He is in fact out just 3-6 weeks. Good to know.
Vladimir Radmanovic: He scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 3 treys, 9 rebounds and 3 steals in a start against the Cavs. I’ll admit, I’m no fan. But with Randolph out and Ronny Turiaf hurt (annkle) in last night’s game, Vlad might be the only option at power forward for the Warriors.
Five games on Tuesday night. Sure, I thought I was getting the easy Monday night schedule, but nooooo, give Jeff the five-game slate. Unbelievable.
Pau Gasol is doubtful. What else is new.