From Zero to Hero

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This is one of the harder updates to write that I’ve done in a while for a couple reasons. The big one is because I’ve missed updating so many games that this is going to be one lo-o-o-ng update. The other reason is further down the post. First off, we played the Raptors at home

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I played awful, by the way. I led the team in scoring with 12 points but it was an ugly, hard-fought 12. I most had to fight my teammates who wouldn’t give me the ball. I also chipped in two rebounds and a turnover. It wasn’t my finest day, and we lost.

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Welcome back to New York, Bud Daniel! My first game against the Knicks since I left! It wasn’t a good return, though.

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Here’s what I was talking about, the fighting to get the ball. I’m open; my man in in the paint, and I’m usually a knock-down mid-range shooter. Pass me the ball!

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Nope, Deng swings it away from me and to the crowded other side of the court. This happens time and again every single game. It’s driving me crazy. Crazier. I finished with 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and a block in this poor return.

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Next game was against the Rockets. Here, I approach the launch pad myself.

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And we have liftoff.

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Get out of my way!

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Boom! And that was my only highlight. I again finished with 12 points, and I had 1 rebound. That was it. That was my stat line. We won, but I decided after this game that I was going to force myself into the games, win or lose – starting with our next shindig against the Pistons.

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One fast break showed off my hops again.

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I got off to a fast start, scoring 8 of our first 12 points. I had 12 at halftime to go with 2 rebounds and an assist. And then, I fell.

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I twisted my damned ankle – right when I was playing well, too! I limped through a few games and hoped to come back strong against the Clippers.

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This is the other reason this update is hard: I missed some of the biggest pictures of this game. Anyway, on to what I have. We went back and forth with the Clips all game, and I started off cold before heating up. Late, I had the hot hand and was going to try to hit a game tying shot.

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Yeah! We’re tied!  Now we just need a stop to force overtime.

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Swat! Eric Gordon got denied by me on his game winning attempt! Overtime! This is where I have no pictures for some reason. What happened was I missed my first three shots to put us behind, then hit my next five including a go ahead basket with under 10 seconds. We needed to preserve the one point lead, and again I blocked the winning shot. I won the game! Woot! I finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds and a surprising 4 blocks.

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The next game against Memphis couldn’t be nearly as endearing. Here I swat OJ Mayo at the rim.

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Marc Gasol recovers though, and goes back up.

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I swat him too. I also hit a milestone this game.

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My first three!

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Swish! I’ve been trying to learn how to shoot them and I’m up to 55 rating now, but still miss 90% of them.

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Here I see Boozer locked up, so I dart to the rim.

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Pass!

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Boozer backs out because he knows what’s coming.

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Dunkin’ on TWO guys.

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Oh yeah! We ultimately lost the game though – but I still won player of the game. That’s an empty feeling (I’m sure Jerry West understands). I finished with 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and a block. On to the last game of this update, against the Heat.

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I played solid most of the game but my shot was off. I was hitting on less then 50% of my attempts when the chance to be a hero came up.

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We’re down one. The clock’s winding down. Who better to shoot it then the guy with frost on his fingertips?

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I pulled up, and took a clean shot over James Harden.

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Little late to be getting a hand up, James.

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It’s GOOD! Yeah!  We forced Chauncey Billups into a fall away three that had no chance and we won!

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I don’t usually include the UI in my screen shots, but that’s the second time in three games I got the ‘made game winning basket’ merit. So, if you’re following along, I went from out of the offense to winning two games late. Not bad, huh?

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