Trial, Error and Frustration

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A couple more games under my belt, and they were just a run of  frustration. First up, the Pistons at home.

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I got off to a good start, scoring at will and playing solid defense. The only thing that could derail me would be foul trouble.

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Needless to say, I found foul trouble. I played less then 10 seconds between the second half of the 2nd quarter and then start of the fourth. By that time, all my rhythm was gone. I finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds and five assists, but most of that came in the first quarter. Oh well, next game!

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My hometown Cavs came to town, and again I was torrid to start. 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the first quarter. I was being careful with foul trouble, so the only thing that could slow me down this time would be…

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… oh hell no. I’m hurt. Not again! I get hurt every year around this time.

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“It’s the big one, Elizabeth!” Actually, no it wasn’t.I came back out after sitting a while but again my tempo was shot.

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It was another good win, and I finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Were my stats coming back down to Earth after my dominant stretch to open the season (36-6-6)?

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Our next matchup was with the Lakers at home on New Year’s Eve. I’d have rather been in Los Angele for the holiday, but whatever. It was billed as a star matchup, but I didn’t understand why. Who’s playing point for the Lakers now? They don’t have an equal to me other then Bryant, but he’s usually at the other guard position. Who’s my ‘star’ foe? Wait, they couldn’t be playing him at…

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Yup, my matchup was against none other then Jellybean Junior, Kobe Bryant. I guess he’s the point guard for the Lakers now. That’s not a good fit to me, but they didn’t ask me.

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Stopping Kobe’s about as hard as you’d imagine. I got him to pick up his dribble at the top of the key with them up one and figured I had him trapped.

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Or not.

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Today’s lesson: never think you’ve got Jellybelly under control. It just doesn’t happen.

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Shortly after, with us up by two and six seconds to go in the half I nabbed a rebound at their end.

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I took off to our side of the court, but I wasn’t going coast to coast.

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… Pull! One second to go on the clock, and the ball’s airborne.

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Never in doubt.

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We went on to pull away and win the game. Despite my bad hand, I was still a force to be reckoned with. For example, late in the game I just showed off at Steve Blake‘s expense.

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I took the ball to him,

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crossed him up,

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then waited got him back on me.

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Then I promptly shook him a second time for good measure.

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Of course, that’s all worthless unless you can drain the shot.

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Which I obviously can. Game. I finished my first full game with a bad wrist with 33 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 1 turnover. Not bad for a wounded player.

NBA2K11 2011-08-12 00-45-25-77Our next game was comparatively bland. We simply beat Washington. The only semi-interesting interaction came during a time out.

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Ack! That’s a flagrant, Gil! Arenas got to stay in the game after this, which I think was all kinds of wrong. Oh, could someone answer a question for me?

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Who the Hell is Josh Smith inbounding to? Yeah, I know John Wall got the ball, but that can’t have been his plan, could it? The guy needs tried for mutiny if it was.

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I wrapped this game up with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. So much for a drop off in stats.

- Rick Daniel

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