Truly we are the road warriors.
Well, thx DeMarcus.
Meanwhile for about 18 minutes of the second half JT and Chuck deserved a lot of credit for stepping up in Boogie's place and giving us a real shot to win this. Unfortunately the clock struck 12, they remembered who they were, and our efforts to let Jason be Boogie and win it as an interior goto guy late worked out about how you'd expect. With neither Reke nor Isaiah as good as their numbers, and with the rest of our perimter players just godawful (Salmons, Marcus and Jimmer combined to shoot 4-26 from the field, including 1-13 from 3pt land), its a testament to a certain amount of late roadtrip scrap that we were even in this one late enoguh to make it to OT.
A loss, a non-blowout loss, on a weeknight...hey that generally calls for a theme. Non-girls even as the poor ladies need a rest at this point. Since last normal theme out we went with Tiny Houses , how about this time we go the other way and go with Big Ole Trees .
Still keeping the lights on:
Stats: 36min 2pts (1-9, 0-4, 0-0) 3reb 2ast 1stl 1blk 1TO
Salmons ( F ) -- you know, you can look to find exuses for this, you can say ooh, he was one of only two Kings to have a positive +/-, you can do a lot of things. But this was just a foul effort. He just simply could not shoot at all, and made up for it by doing nothing else of significance. He made two plays I noted all night, both of them because he actually grabbed rebounds, which is an incredible rarity. On his very first rebound of the game, after some 18 minutes of play, he jimmediately looked up court and hit a streaking IT on the leak out. Yay. And wiht 35 seconds to go he grabbed a strong rebound even to help us secure OT. but other than that it was an unbroken wall of clanks and clunks, some of them at stupid times. he came back intot eh game late and immedaitely threw up a brick. On one late possessin we got into a scramble and not once, but twice ont eh saem possessin John ended up with open threes and bricked htem both. In the late third Smart made na odd decision. IT was being selfish again, but at least somewhat effective. John was not. So Smart inserts Thornton, also ineffective ont he night, leaves John in to play the PG, and grinds our team to a halt. Why did that happen? I have no answer. In any case though, I'm not buying he helped in subtle ways, he was doing sneaky stuff that nobody saw, noticed, or recorded or anything else. He sucked. Hard. And once again is playing like the guy with one leg in the grave of last year. Grade? You got it. F. --Brick
The Major Oak -- this famous gnarled old tree used to sit in the heart of Sherwood Forest, when there still was a Sherwood Forest -- in fact local legend tries to claim it as tree in which Robin Hood and his merry men slept at night. Its estimated to be 800-1000 years old, with a trunk that measures 33 feet in circumference. Its been on the preservation lists in England for so long that the scaffolding you see there helping support its massive old limbs was actually first put up during Queen Victoria's reign.
Stats: 45min 23pts (9-18, 0-0, 5-8) 10reb 0ast 2stl 1blk 1TO
Thompson ( A ) -- JT brought everything tonight, and had he hit one of two relatively easy shots in the lane in the final minutes of regulation, we might have won this game. Still, I have no basis to complain about his night at all. He pulled down 10 rebounds, he went 9-18 for 23 points, and he played the entirety of the second half and OT (minus a few offensive possessions late where the 3-pt shooters were on the floor) because Cuz got himself kicked out again. And on top of that, JT played fantastic defense. Maybe not quite Chuck Hayes level defense in the post, but easily the best defensive output I can remember from anybody wearing purple in years. Looking purely at shooting numbers, he allowed 8 points on 9 shots (though there's a huge asterisk on the FTs that were awarded to Millsap late in the OT and this ought to have been 6 points on 8 shots). But aside from that, JT was involved in ELEVEN Jazz turnovers, not counting that offensive foul he obviously should have drawn on Millsap. That's 2 straight steals, 5 pressure D causing the Jazz to lose the ball out of bounds, 1 pressure D causing a 24-second violation, 1 pressure D causing a travel, 1 strip, and 1 offensive foul actually called. And if you want to assign half-credit where other players were involved in the play he still gets 9.5 turnovers forced. Unreserved A, and if we had won I might have had to give him the +, too. Loved JT out there tonight. --Capt.
The Dragon Tree -- this ancient tourist attraction in the Canary Islands is reputed by local legend to be over 1000 years old, a claim that is difficult to dispute since dragon fern trees don't produce growth rings like other trees to measure. Scientists still think 650yrs or so is more likely.
Stats: 19min 10pts (5-8, 0-0, 0-0) 6reb 2ast 2stl 1blk 3TO
Cousins ( INC ) -- just chalk up another completely unnecessary wart on Boogie's resume. Not much to say toher than duh. Makes it impossible to grade, because what is the scale? Was playing well, best player on the floor for us, then doesn't even just lose his cool, but persists in a running debate with a ref lasting 5 minutes at least and into the halftime before he gets the boot. I mean, just duh. Don't even know that the first tech was warranted. Don't know that the second one was either, other than the refs getting tired of telling him to just shut up, shut up, SHUT UP. But you put it all together, and its just duh. So, as for the game, like I say looked good while we had him. Jumped out to the fast start, with a block, a strong board, then a steal jumping int he passing lane and rumbling all the way the other way for a dunk. Was peppering in his jumpers. Got robbed of a nice assist wehn TRob displayed those hands of stone again on what should have been a dunk. Big Al was nearly matching him though, as they have often played to near draws not being able to stop each other and this looked to be on a similar trajectory. But then the Big Dumb came, and if somebody near Cuz could just point out to him that not being able to control your emotions is a sign of weakness, I think it might go a long way to curing the problem. Because he fancies himself strong, and he's not. And nobody is going to fix it but himself. --Brick
The Sunland Baobab -- one of the oldest living organisms on Earth, this enormous tree in South Africa is estimated to be some 6000 years old, meaning it was already there just as civilization was getting started in Ancient Sumeria. The same tree also makes lists of the world's most unusual bars, because its so huge that a hollow in the middle of its merged main trunks has been turned into a tiny pub.
Stats: 40min 20pts (7-15, 0-3, 6-10) 2reb 3ast 0stl 0blk 2TO
Evans ( C+ ) -- Tyreke played hard tonight and at times played very good defense. He played 40 minutes and scored 20 pts. He only had 3 assists, but if someone could have made a basket he would have easily had 6 or 7 assists of his passes. He started the game by missing an open 3 from the right corner. Moments later he grabbed a tough rebound in traffic, drove the baseline, and was fouled. He made 1 of 2. At the other end, he went for the steal in the passing lane on Foye, and missed, resulting in a wide open shot and make from Foye. He later scored a layup on a break on a nice pass from Thornton. He ended the first half by bulling his way through two defenders to lay it in. He started the second half by driving the lane and getting fouled. Unfortunately he misses both freethrows. He posted up on his next possession and used a nice hookshot to score. He couldn't get his jumper to fall tonight, and scored almost all his points at the basket or the freethrow line. He also played some nice defense on Marvin Williams at times. If it wasn't for some silly turnovers, especially a silly one in overtime when he threw the ball 4 rows up into the stands, and his reverting back to standing at the top of the 3 pt circle and dribbling the clock away, and then driving into traffic, he would have had a B. Subjective of course, but I'm not a big fan of exclusionary basketball where one person dominates the ball while his teammates watch. --Baja
Pillalamrri -- a huge banyan tree in southeastern India, its branches cover almost 3 acres of land. The secret to that unlikely statistic stems from the banyan trees' use of powerful aerial roots, which dangle down from their branches, take root beneath them, and eventually grow thick enough to be almost a secondary trunk to support their wild undisciplined limb spread. Pillalamrri has dozens of them, appearing to be a small forest all its own, but all of the trees are linked together as one organism.