NBA All-Stars

All-Star Letdown

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It’s the All-Star game! I don’t expect to get allot of burn, but here we go anyway.

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This Season’s Over

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This is about all you need to know about my last game. I twisted my ankle badly, and missed three weeks. This kills the season for me, and I think I’m shelving this blog until 2K12 comes out. I’ll explain why.

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All-Star Suffering

Got my Shot BlockedAnd there goes my confidence again. I played in the Sophomore/Rookie game yesterday and it was ugly. I had an even worse game then I did against Houston! I shot 2-20. 2-20! I’ll get in to why I took so many shots in a minute, but I think I’ve found a constant between these two terrible games. A great evil, one which I can not dispel.

It’s name is Lyle Johnston.

That so-and-so from Houston was here, starting across from me. For whatever reason, whenever I face him I play terrible. I can’t cut to the basket, I can’t shoot, my layups fall off the rim… it’s horrible. I hate Lyle Johnston.

As for why I shot so much, for whatever reason my team was deferring to me. They’d pass me the ball back whenever I tried to set them up, and they kept clearing out for me. Normally I would be flattered, but when I’m ice cold, you need to find another option. I finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and two turnovers on the aforementioned 2-20 shooting. It was a solid game if you don’t take in account I made Allen Iverson, circa 1996 look scared to shoot.

Naturally Lyle Johnston was the MVP of the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a turnover on 3-6 shooting.

I hope I never see him again.

- Rick Daniel

Miami Burns and All-Star Turns

Rick for Three!

Do you see that picture? That’s me hitting one of my three treys against Miami tonight. The Heat are the #1 team in the league right now, and we beat ‘em. Hell yeah!

Actually, for all my three-pointers, I was far from the hero of this game. In fact, it was…

Vince is Alive!…Vince Carter. Yes, Half-Man, Half-Retired himself propped himself up and scored 15 points to lead the way to the win. Kevin Love threw in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, too. I was rather lousy, actually, with only 9 points, three assists, one rebound and a steal on 3-12 shooting. Dammit. My biggest contribution was keeping Mario Chalmers out of the game. He was an absolute non-factor tonight. Yes! We ended up winning by five.

Two post-game notes here. We dropped seven spots in the power rankings this week, going from 12 to 19. What can I say? We had a rough week. We’re also a game and a half our of the playoffs. More importantly though, I’ve somehow found my way onto the Rookie/Sophomore All-Star squad. It’s not the real All-Star team, but close enough for now. I’m included on the sophomore team with the likes of Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evens and my former teammate, Blake Griffin. I can’t wait.

- Rick Daniel