Bronze Award: Gilbert Arenas stepped out of a time machine on Thursday night and delivered a 21 point, 6 rebound and 8 assist outing, with 3 steals helping his Line of the Night cause. Of course, the Wizards still lost by 20, but for once the artist formerly known as Agent Zero will avoid most of the blame. This should normally make Arenas quite happy, you know, if he was still capable of feeling such emotions.
By the way, have you seen some of the lineups that Washington has been trotting out lately? Hilton Armstrong, Cartier Martin, Alonzo Gee, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Hamady Ndiaye all saw the floor for the Wizards on Thursday night. No wonder Arenas is so depressed.
Silver Award: The Hawks got a jam-packed box score from Josh Smith last night, with a 20 point, 14 rebound, 5 assist, 2 steal, and 2 block effort. There's nothing like a night against the likes of Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin (with Hamady Ndiaye patrolling the paint) to get yourself a killer statline.
Happy Thanksgiving Josh Smith.
Gold Award: Is there still room on the Blake Griffin bandwagon? In a rare nationally televised game for the Clips, Griffin got busy to the tune of 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in a victory over the Kings.
Fans of the Clippers should be extremely thankful for Griffin, considering that this was the first time in roughly nine months that they've won two games in a row. The downside is that performances like this one will make Griffin's inevitable hip dislocation three weeks from now that much more painful.
Stinker of the Night: I don't want to further punish any Sacramento Kings fans who happen to be reading this, but Tyreke Evans appears to be in the midst of the dreaded sophomore slide. His Thursday night stats of 8 points (2-13 FG), 3 rebounds, 5 assists with 3 turnovers against the Clippers seem to support my theory, and Evan's season stats are down across the board compared to his rookie year. He's scoring less, handing out fewer assists, grabbing fewer boards, turning it over more and his 3-point, free throw and field goal percentages are all down as well. Yikes.
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