After intermission, here will be your Girls. Merry bleeping XMas.
Stats: 29min 19pts (6-10, 3-4, 4-4) 2reb 4ast 1stl 0blk 0TO
Salmons ( B+ ) -- well you know what they always say: save the best for first, right? John Salmons as your star. What does that even mean? Have we officially been designated a D-League team yet? In any case, John continued looking like a guy who might just be a decent supporting piece next to a REKE AND COUSINS (WHERE ARE THEY???) led 5-some. Got off to a pretty good start (the easy matchup vs. Victor Klaver helped considerably), hit a corner three, and despite the poorteam result, largely due to us not haivng NBA level talent out there defenisvely or on the glass, John was again part of a decent passing crew, which you have to be when you lack talent. Continued the strong play into the early 2nd with a steal and hit the other way. And made it a quarter by quarter tradition as he started the third again with a three. Things began to get scruffier though, as either he began to think about his own awesomenbess, or more likely he joined numerous of our little chuckers who all decided that they were going to save us 1 on 1, because obviously there is such a history fo success with that amongst them. In any case, he had several more scores in the third, including another three, but his efficiney began to drop as he started mixing in some pretty fugly forces instead of just taking what was given. Clearly best we had though.
Bérénice Marlohe -- to those of you calling for a Bond girls theme -- believe it or not I already did that once, albeit a couple of years ago. Good premade grouping of famously hot women. Who knows, maybe I shall again one day. In the meantime I'll just leave you with Bérénice from the latest, Skyfall.
Stats: 18min 4pts (2-9, 0-1, 0-0) 4reb 3ast 2stl 1blk 2TO
Johnson ( D ) -- Jerry Reynolds will of course tell you that James Johnson's best position is PF, because Jerry Reynolds will inevitably tell you that EVERYBODY's best position is one position larger than they should really be playing. Tonight was Exhibit A as to why I say Jerry Reynolds is a small ball loving perennial losing nimwit. Johnson, who has often looked very strong guarding SFs, got just CRUSHED out there by Aldridge. Just lit up. Shot over agian and again and again as Aldridge just ignored him. And that was the side of the ball for which we picked JJ up in the first place. Between that and being overpowered on the boards felt all the front court minutes for JJ and Outlaw really hurt us badly. Was just demoralizing to the troops to have our "frontline" guys get so overwhelemed inside play after play. Now the other way...well, it was adventuresome. Really mostly a mess with some flashes, but a lot like what he was doing at the start of the year that made him sucha miserable fit as a started next to stars of any kind. Way too much fo JJ. Pushing the break, getting to the hoop, but not finishing, with constant hints of widness and some dumb turnovers. He hit one jumper, but seems encouraged by being able to hit one every once4 in a while, and so took, and missed a bunch more. Missed three attemtps aroudn the hoop on one possession late in the first half. There were a few steals, a few assists, but there was simply way too much James Johnson to this one. While he was out theere it felt like the was the dominant player for us, which I think is why he struggles so much to be a role pplayer. he took the most shots, led the most breaks, he got it and always tried to do something with it. Some good. More bad. And just unpredictability made rhythm for everybody else difficult.
Stats: 25min 11pts (5-10, 0-0, 1-2) 6reb 0ast 0stl 1blk 0TO
Thompson ( B- ) -- standard game now. Solid little half hook offense, in the early going. And again got into early foul trouble. His own fault though. Seemed slow to react on the glass as he was in there all alone and Aldridge/Hickson were pounding the boards on us. Jason seemed a step slow repeatedly and was pikcig up late reaction fouls. Only ended up playing something like 10 minutes in the first half due to the foul issues. Which of course spelled disaster for us as the Aldridge/Hickson duo just ruined the rest of what we were calling as frontcourt. Wasn't pretty, but struggled his way into some producitvity in the third with some little follows, sometimes of his own misses. His 50% shooting was about right as it was often throw up a little flip, miss it, go chase it, and lay it back in. Could see his defensive effort really pick up in the third as well, got a help block, a few good challenges on Aldridge after we finally quit trying tio guard him with SFs etc. But as it was on the glass, often seemed a step slow in rotations, or maybe it was just that everybody else was getting beaten so often and so quickly he wasn't having time to react.
Stats: 22min 6pts (2-9, 2-6, 0-0) 3reb 2ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Thornton ( D- ) -- I actually briefly flirted with an F for this one. Just when you get down to it did basically nothing out there but hit those two threes in his statline. Missing contested jumpers to start, and then moved on to missing open gimmes. Hit one three late in the first, and one desperation three aginst the clock to start the 2nd. Otherwise undisciplined on both ends. Casually throwing up jumpers and missing them as if he didn't have any idea what to do on one end, and making mistakes on the other, turning Will Barton into a real NBA player through inattention, and once committing the ultimate defenisve error, fouling Batum on 3pt shot for a 4pt play (have my doubts if it was truly a foul however, so maybe he deserves exoneration on that one). In any case, showed no signs of life, and it was one of those games where you could see/feel it because he was laregly just chucking threes. Traditionally when MT is taking 2/3 of his shots form three, it means he's settling, and he's going to suck. Having long armed Nick Batum on him didn't help, but as mentioned, he was missing gimmes on good setups as well. For better or worse, smart gave up on him by the mid third. But truly there had been no signs.
Stats: 20min 9pts (4-8, 1-3, 0-0) 0reb 5ast 1stl 0blk 1TO
Brooks ( B- ) -- somehwat unnoticed, but Brooks played a solid game, and surprisingly, on both ends. Was passing pretty well early, and Lillard's big statline largely came against others -- he had him under wraps in the early going. Was using his quickness and getting to the rim effectively for ugly layups and drive and kicks howitzer three no chance. In the early third got his only three of the night on a kick from Salmons a play after his own drive and kick to John the other way. Not an impact game particularly, but his low minutes here had more to do with the out of control nature of our PG platoon and how badly out of control the game became than it did any real struggles by Brooks.