Monthly Archives: January 2011

Round One, Fight!

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Our first round matchup was with the Milwaukee Bucks. Naturally we had home court (we’re the #1 seed in the east). I had a rough start the to game and shot 0-5 in the first quarter, but I had 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Bucks had an early lead but we got back into it in the 2nd quarter. At one point, Luc Mbah a Moute got around me, but was met at the rim with a some resistance.

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Not only is this a picture of our great defense, it may possibly be the whitest photo of the NBA since the 1950s.

I continued to help the team as much as I could by moving and setting picks, playing defense and  controlling the tempo. I scored four points in each of the second and third quarters so I had eight entering the 4th.

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I finally found my stride here, playing with the Bench Bunch of Carlos Arroyo, Edjaurdo Najera, Udonis Haslem, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. I ended up scoring eight in the fourth to finish with 16 points. I also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists.on nearly 50% shooting. Needless to say, we won the game. Now, for game two.

- Rick Daniel

End of the Year Summary

It’s time for the end-of-season wrap up for the 201-11 season. Here’s a rundown of the major awards.

  • MVP: Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 20.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.3 bpg, .501 FG%
  • Rookie of the Year: John Wall (WAS)– 11.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.4 bpg, .443 FG%
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Rick Daniel (MIA) – 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, .436 FG%
  • Coach of the Year: Bernie Bickerstaff (IOW) – 41-18, 1st in division, 1sts in conference
  • Most Improved Player of the Year: Terrance Williams (NJ) – 10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.4 bpg, .414 FG%
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Smith (ATL)– 11.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg, .533 FG%

Yes, Bernie Bickestaff appears to have won Coach of the Year while in the NBADL, coaching the Iowa Energy. No, I don’t know how that, works, either.

All NBA, First Team

  • G: Kobe Bryant (LAL)
  • G:Deron Williams (UTA)
  • F LeBron James (MIA)
  • F Kevin Durant  (OKC)
  • C Dwight Howard (ORL)

All NBA, Second Team

  • G Monta Ellis (GS)
  • G Dwyane Wade (MIA)
  • F Amar’e Stoudemire (NY)
  • F Josh Smith (ATL)
  • C Chris Kaman (LAC)

All NBA, Third Team

  • G Tyreke Evans (SAC)
  • G Chris Paul (NO)
  • F Tim Duncan (SA)
  • F Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)
  • C Brook Lopez (NJ)

All Defensive, First Team

  • Manu Ginobili (SA)
  • Dwyane Wade (MIA)
  • Josh Smith (ATL)
  • LeBron James (MIA)
  • Dwight Howard (ORL)

All-Defensive, Second Team

  • Tyreke Evans (SAC)
  • Rajon Rondo (BOS)
  • Kevin Durant (OKC)
  • Tim Duncan (SA)
  • Nene (DEN)

All Rookie, First Team

  • John Wall (WAS)
  • Evan Turner (PHI)
  • Ed Davis (TOR)
  • Rick Daniel (MIA)
  • Wesleu Johnson (MIN)

All Rookie, Second Team

  • Black Griffin (LAC)
  • Greg Monroe (DET
  • Derrick Favors (NJ)
  • Cole Aldrich (OKC)
  • Ekpe Udoh (GS)

In the end, our team won six honors, myself winning two (6th man of the year and All Rookie, first team). With that out of the way, it’s on to the playoffs

The Final Three

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I’m back! I’ve been busy, so here’s a quick recap of my last three games.

First we played the Celtics at home. It was neck-and-neck the first three quarters but we couldn’t hold on and got outscored by 11 points in the 4th and lost. Dammit. I had 14 points and 4 assists, but 4 turnovers as well.

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Next up we played the Hawks in Atlanta. Twice in the first quarter I got the ball on a fast break and hit a mid-range jump shot. We were tied at the half but received a 13 point whooping in the third quarter. Coincidentally, I played every second of that quarter. At least, I hope it was a coincidence. We ultimately lost the game by 10. I personally scored 16 points and had 6 rebounds.

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Next in line was a game against the Raptors in Toronto. I had a solid first half with 9 points but in the second quarter the lineup consisted of Ilgauskas, Mike Miller, Kurt Thomas, Patrick Beverley and myself. I ended have to do damn near everything that quarter. I had to play lock-down defense on Leandro Barbosa (who had gotten hot), score, rebound, make plays, and even break up a two-on-one fast break. In the quarter prior, Miller and Wade kept passing the ball back instead of attacking so maybe this was a test to see what I could do on my own. I pulled us within striking distance and earned Player of the Half honors before the Alpha Dogs got back in.

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We ultimately pulled the game out, winning by three. I went haywire in the second half and set new personal best with 27 points. I added 2 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block with zero turnovers and a 58% field goal percentage. I topped off my night by winning the Jordan Brand Player of the Game award. Sweet! So those were my last three games. Seriously, those were the last three.

Of the regular season.

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It’s playoff time, everyone! Hell yes! Here’s my final stat line for the season.

Over 67 games I averaged 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.3 tpg. I missed 15 games with various injuries. Last I checked I was still the leading candidate for 6th man of the year. Bring of the post season!

- Rick Daniel

Rolling With the Punches

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My latest two games were up-and-down affairs. I wasn’t at my best against the Bucks at home, scoring just 10 points with 2 boards, 2 assists and a block in a loss. I wasn’t pleased with myself or my teammates as we were down by one entering the fourth quarter before getting plastered by playing zero defense. I honestly don’t know what happened.

Our next game was against the Bobcats at home and I was greeted by the following situation early in the game.

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Oh no. No no no! I’ve upped by durability by 15 since my first injury – not again!!

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Ok, I’m sitting up. That’s a plus, right? Now, if only I can stand on my own two legs.

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Phew! I’m alright. No harm done. Back to the game!

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We ultimately won the game. I finished with 14 points (second on the team behind Wade’s 22), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. My biggest issue was going 0-6 on three point attempts. Man, what happened to my stroke?

It had better get back soon – there’s only five games before the playoffs!

- Rick Daniel

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