|Robert Covington, SF 37 MIN | 8-19 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | -3 +/-If you squint and un-focus your eyes while looking at his box score, it’s pretty good! However, once you put on your glasses and you notice that ugly 1-9 mark from deep, things get a lot less rosy. That being said, with the season almost (mercifully) over, I think we all can agree that Covington has been one of its brightest spots.|
|Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +8 +/-Just the fact that Richardson is still playing warrants his receiving such a high grade. But beyond even that mini-miracle, he played well. Effective from deep, Richardson was a relevant offensive presence the entirety of the game and helped to keep this one respectable.|
|JaKarr Sampson, SG 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -23 +/-I’m gonna miss JaKarr Sampson in two years when he is no longer in the NBA.|
|Thomas Robinson, PF 22 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5 +/-New rule: Thomas Robinson isn’t allowed to shoot. Just dunks and rebounds for you, Thomas. I know you read this, so don’t let me down.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +2 +/-Hollis has continued to shoot well in the second half of the season, after looking, frankly speaking, consistently terrible up until the all star break. I’m curious to see whether or not this hot stretch was enough to keep him in Sam Hinkie’s plans going forward.|
By the Numbers: 2. There are two games left in the season. Just two. We’ve made it so far. The finish line is in sight. Two!
Parting Shots: The season is incredibly long, and the close of it has been rather depressing. The Heat have experienced a nosedive. The Thunder pick won’t convey either. These are still future assets, but it’s painful to know that they will remain in the future. If anybody wants to offer a pick-me-up in the comments, I could use it right now, because while I have hope that Embiid will be awesome and Noel will be a force, it’s tough to imagine stomaching another season of such futility.