NBA Lines of the Night: October 30, 2010
Saturday night saw the Knicks' Wilson Chandler come off the pine and get loose for 22 points and 16 rebounds, throwing in two steals and three blocks on the defensive end. Despite taking the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, his effort was a good way to increase his trade value. I'm sure Donnie Walsh was somewhere in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, giggling and playing with the trade machine on ESPN.
Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings took full advantage of the fact that he was being guarded by D.J. Augustin on Saturday night, getting his first NBA triple double in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats with a 20 point, 10 rebound, and 10 assist effort.
What makes the performance that much more special is that Jennings did all this after watching Bango the Deer accept his Mascot of the Year award, in what must have been an unbelievably emotional ceremony for all involved. To come out and torch D.J. Augustin after all of that? Incredible.
The Chicago Bulls came back from a 21-point second half deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons by 10 on Saturday night, with the late game surge being CEO'd by Derrick Rose (who reeled off 39 points to tie his career high). He also had seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks, and a couple of steals to make sure that the rest of his stat sheet was getting properly nourished as well.
Speaking of the Pistons, can anyone confirm that Joe Dumars is still alive? It's hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, Dumars was considered to be one of the best executives in the league. It never came as too much of a surprise however.
He was simply building those mid 2000s Detroit teams on the same principles that made his squads so successful during his playing days. There was toughness, good chemistry, defined roles, etc., but ever since the Billups-for-Iverson deal two years ago, it's like Dumars has slipped into the bizarro world.
I even remember defending Dumars after the Billups/AI deal mainly because the Pistons would be significantly under the cap the next summer with Iverson's massive deal coming off the books.
What I didn't foresee was Dumars spending his new found wealth on a combined $90 million for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, two players who might become the first ever set of teammates to fall to the ground in a wrestling match over the basketball during a game. I think they were close last night.
As I was watching the Pistons implode last night, highlighted by a fourth quarter that saw the Pistons settle for roughly 98 percent long jump shots and featured continuous shots of John Kuester looking exactly like a guy who will be fired in the next two weeks, I realized that this team has the potential to be one of the most dysfunctional of all time.
On top of Charlie V and Gordon, two of the league's more notorious gunners, you have Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince (two guys who are basically auditioning for an opportunity to get the hell out of Motown at this point) hoisting the rock at an increased rate as well. Throw in a delusional Tracy McGrady, a couple of rookies, and an over matched coach and I'm pretty confident in my assumption that this will end badly.
Al Harrington was another sixth man who went off on Saturday, scoring 28 points in only 29 minutes (errr...on 24 shots) for the Nuggets and adding 10 rebounds. Charlie V tweeted during a timeout in the fourth quarter of his own game that he liked Harrington's style.
John Wall narrowly missed the first double double of his career but still finished with 28 points, nine assists, and five rebounds. Do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing that Wall is already the best player on the Wizards?
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