Could have sworn the schedule said we had a game on tonight. But one never broke out. There was just some ugly beatdown instead.
All hail the lone Grading Consortium member to join me tonight: Bajaden. Trust me, I've seen the grades he submitted -- he's bitter too. Heh.
Stats: 19min 0pts (0-3, 0-0, 0-0) 2reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 2TO
Salmons ( D- ) -- When a player starts the game and plays 19 minutes, and you want to give him a INC, that speaks volumes about how badly he played. He started the game by fumbling a pass and turning the ball over. That was his highlight, and it was all downhill from there. He scored no points. He did have 2 assists but for some reason I don't even remember them. All in all it was a terrible game for John, and thats two in a row. The only comfort he can take from the game is that he wasn't alone. Sadly, I had to watch it. --Baja
Stats: 22min 2pts (1-3, 0-0, 0-0) 4reb 2ast 0stl 1blk 1TO
Thompson ( D ) -- you know he heard us right? He heard us talking about how consistent and solid he has been all season, and he promptly set out to prove us wrong in spectacular fashion. I can't think of a better explantion for his sudden reversion. Was just rushing everything early, which in some cases can mean hyped up, but in this one might very well have been playing scared. Had to get those shots up absolutley as quickly as possible you see or the varsity guys would race over and take the ball from him. Finally hit a facing jumper in the early third for his only points, but it led to nothing. Just a waste of 6'11" tonight. --Brick
Amit Friedman -- for Slim.
Stats: 33min 11pts (4-11, 0-0, 3-3) 8reb 4ast 1stl 0blk 3TO
Cousins ( C- ) -- ok start doing the bulk of our scoring and rebounding, but forcing and looking awfully groundbound in there againt the high flying stars. Boxing out and strong on the glass in the early 2nd, and when he returned to the game later dropped a good post move. Bu there was no real plan of attack, and his off and on jumper (mostly off) was particularly problematic with no teammates able to compete in there for rebs (for the second game in a row Reke and TRob off the bench were the only other Kings to provide any rebounding support). And thing was, as much as he at least looked like he could har the floor with the Heat, distinguishing himself from most of his teammates, this was really more of one of his old style sloppy games. His passes kept getting picked off (although notably he kept trying them and set IT up several times), his shots did not fall. You can see him conscioulsy staying out of foul trouble, but unfortunately you can normally see it when he visibly backs off of people slashing to the rim. A problem for your center. Came up with a fierce drive and reverse dunk in the early third that made the hihglight shows, but that was it. And I do mean it when I say that was it -- I don't think he got a single point or rebound after that point, despite being out there for another 6-8minutes. Anyway, by Kings standards tonight he was better than most. But by his standards, and certianly any standards of what we would have needed to compete, he just wasn't ready to win a showdown against the Heat stars. I wavered on D+/C- here and bumped it to the higher grade largely to separate it from all the D guys tonight who were markedly inferior.--Brick
Sara Jean Underwood
Stats: 14min 3pts (1-4, 1-4, 0-0) 3reb 0ast 0stl 1blk 1TO
Garcia ( D ) -- game pretty much consisted of spotting up, and bricking, threes. And getting beat back in transition. Slightly less ahtletic than the Miami wings. Not much to say here. Has played exactly one good quarter in his last 4 games, and the bloom is so far off this rose that the stalk is rotting at this point. High time we just quit playing games and put Reke back in the linuep and try to play some basketball.--Brick
Stats: 33min 34pts (13-22, 6-8, 2-3) 2reb 5ast 1stl 0blk 3TO
Thomas ( A- ) -- was out of control in the early going, and a contributing cause of our coked up gerbil playstyle. Had misses on the break, missed an open jumper, got stupidly selfish on a break, going for his own rather than dumping it to the wide open Thornton trailing, and getting his shot blocked as a result. He'd gotten the steal to start the break, and I think he was just determined to finidh it himself. But despite the ragged and selfish play early, by the end of the quarter he'd discovered something that never stopped the entire game: they couldn't, or wouldn't, guard him. He was able to penetrate repeatedly down open lanes to the hoop, get around corners wihtout a problem. Unfortunately things the other way were not going so well, as Mario Chalmers just completely lit us up. In franchise record tyiing, career record sort of way, bombing 10 threes, scoring 34 points, doing my fantasy teams a lot of good, but just embarrassing us. Was not all on IT however. Half the time he was practically unguarded. Our switches and rotations were so messed up and scrambled it was chaos. And then IT continued his recent trend of getting lost behind every screen or even shadow of a screen on the court, and so again Chalmers was just wide open for anything he wanted. IT was also helpless on thr break as he took his 5'9" elite athleteness up in the air against Dwayne Wade and LeBron James and founf out that size does in fact matter (sorry guys, you've been lied to). But then the third quarter rolled around. And things turned into wacky, complrtely irrelevant, garbagetime shootout fun. Well, fun is the wrong word, but a shootout broke out as IT had another one of "those quarters" like he did in OKC. Suddenly he just got scorching hot. And why not since the Heat quite literally stopped guarding him entirely at the three point line. So he hit 1, 2, 3, 4...5 threes in a row over the space of about 5 minutes. And barely dented the Heat lead as Chalmers and crew bombed back the other way. It was silly. But IT continued taking all of our shots, hitting most of them, and pouring in points until he was taken out with the garbagetime in full nearly 40pt blowout effect in thr 4th. It was a career high for IT. It was a career high for Chalmers. I am not sure either guarded the other well once all game. It was wild bombs from every angle. In a close game it would have been stupid, but fun. In a blowout? Meaningless, but still you gotta give grades for career games. And IT's explosion here would have been very impressive under different circumstances, defense or no. Scored 34pts, nobody else scored more than 11. --Brick