I apologize for the lack of an NBA update last week, a combination of a test, travel, and family obligations left me hopelessly behind in posting. And my internet went down as I attempted to post this week's edition. Ugh. I'm going to go with the same format I tried last post as you guys seemed receptive to that. And I went with "?" instead of ":" to end the headlines because I did it by accident on one of them and liked the upward inflection. Deal with it. If you have questions about anyone or anything not dealt with below feel free to drop them in the comments and I or another RCTer with an NBA problem will answer it.
TYSHAWN STATLINE ALERT?
41 minutes. 33 points. 15-20 shooting. 8 rebounds. 15 assists. 15 assists. 15 assists. 15 assists. 15 assis... What's that? Oh, and we've got a highlight package that's AWESOME. Maybe KU should move to the D-League?
Yeah yeah yeah, it's one game, but if Ty can manage a game even 60% as good as this one on the regular he'll get some looks from NBA squads in the offseason. Whether that expectation is realistic is a question I don't wanna think about right now. #FreeTyshawn
Drew Gooden to sign season-long deal?
It looks as though Drew Gooden will be able to turn his 10-day deal with the Wizards into a gig for the remainder of the year as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Gooden has been solid thus far, averaging about 8 points per game on nearly 60% shooting. It looks as if Drew stayed in game shape throughout his year out of the NBA and it's paying off now.
Cole Aldrich notches first double-double with Knicks?
Look what happens when you give Cole Aldrich minutes... Last night was Cole's first appearance of more than 15 minutes this season, registering 25 in a blowout on the road against Boston. He went 4-5 from both the field and the line for 12 points and added 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and an assist for good measure.
Paul Pierce leads Nets to beat the Heat. Again?
The Nets are now 3-0 against the defending NBA champs, and they needed all of PP's contributions to eke out a 1 point win in Miami last night. Pau was 4-5 from 2, 5-7 from 3, and 6-7 from the line as he went for 29 points to pace Brooklyn. The Nets have won 7 of their last 8.
Thomas Robinson returns from injury?
Thomas came back to the land of the playing this week and registered double digit minutes in four rough road losses for the Blazers, he registered 11 points on 5 shots with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks against Dallas in his first game back and was able to contain Dirk until registering his 6th foul (that's what happens when you play physical defense against a superstar) then Portland just couldn't make it to the finish line. He scored 8 on 6 shots and tallied 4 rebounds against Memphis on Tuesday as well. LaMarcus Aldridge went down last night after a nasty fall and may be out for a couple of games, which could open the door for a healthy Thomas to insert himself more firmly in the rotation going forward (stop me if you've heard this before...)
Morrii keep up stellar play for Suns?
Since our last update Markieff has averaged 16.6 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, while shooting 51% from the field and 78% from the line. Marcus has put up 13.7, 4.3, and 2 himself on 55.4% shooting including a coin-toss % from 3-point range. The Suns, however have struggled, going 3-4 for the week, and find themselves on the outside looking in, in regards to the Playoffs, for the first time this season. Eric Bledsoe's return may be the boost needed to get back into the postseason, but there are so many good teams in the West that it'll be a difficult road.
Jeff Withey is a rotation player now?
I was going to make this proclamation about a month ago, but was glad I didn't when he was promptly taken out of the lineup for a week or so. Now I feel pretty confident that he is indeed there to stay. Production is hit-or-miss as is often the case with 5-15 minute guys, but the experience will be invaluable moving forward, and if he can show some flashes while he's out there it's all gravy, and a year sooner than the Pelicans projected it.
Xavier Henry back from the dead?
He has the minutes to prove it too! 5. 14. 19. 31. 13. It's a bonanza out there. I'm going to choose to forget that his best statistical game in that stretch, a 15-5-3-1 game in 19 minutes, was against the Clippers in a 48 (FORTY EIGHT) point loss... at home.
Ben McLemore figuring things out?
27.3 minutes per game. 47% shooting. 32% from 3. 85% from the line. 8.4 points. These sound like normal numbers for an NBA player. Those are the numbers that Ben has put up since our last update, and they're making me think that maybe, just maybe, he's sorting out how to play in the NBA. Remember, Ben had a full year to adjust to the college game off the court due to his redshirt, so it may be that he takes a while to get into his groove and we never saw it while he suited up for KU.
Chalmers hits a rough patch?
He may have already recovered with his good game against the Nets last night (14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists) but in the other six games since the last update he had been abysmal. 21% from the field and 22% from 3, though he was able to maintain his assist and steal numbers. If the Heat want to repeat they have to hope Bad Chalmers doesn't show up much in the playoffs, as they lost to the Rockets, Spurs, and Bulls in that stretch.