|Miles Plumlee, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +7Miles Plumlee: super athletic. The Plumz dunked a few basketballs and grabbed six offensive boards, outplaying a certain Sixers 7-footer who probably won’t be a Sixer come March.|
|Gerald Green, SG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 10-12 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 30 PTS | +8If we UVO’d back to 2002 and put McGrady on the back of his jersey, and he repeated tonight’s performance, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. (That’s in part because all 3-point shooting dunkers seem the same to me. I’d be a terrible NBA scout.)
Green went nuts, hitting threes, blocking shots, and out-athleting the rest of the competition. He’s fun to watch (presumably in small doses).
|Goran Dragic, SG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 9-13 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +13Let’s take a step back for a second and appreciate that Goran Dragic is the best player on a Western Conference playoff team. Not a knock on Goran Dragic; turns out, he can shoot hoops with the best of’em. It’s a knock on us, SOCIETY, for underestimating the sixth-year guard.|
|Ish Smith, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -6He’s only 6-feet tall, but the dude can jump. He had two mega-blocks on Thad Young and Michael Carter-Williams, and I don’t know if they meant anything more than a change of possession, but they certainly lifted my morale.|
The Phoenix Suns have 26 wins. It is January.
By the numbers:
4-34. Thad Young’s 3-point field goals over the last 10 games. Maybe Doug Collins had a poi – no, eff that.
Quote of the game:
“He’s playing as his alter ego, not Gerald Green but Ge-Air-ald Green. Way up on the blocked shot there.” ~ Malik Rose after Green rejected Michael Carter-Williams in the third quarter.
Parting shots (Iambic Pentameter)
The Suns are fun.
They run, they gun, and in fast break points – per NBA.com/stats – they rank number one.
There’s Gerald Green, 3-point machine.
Goran Dragic, defying logic.
Channing Frye, in your eye.
And the Morris twins … it all amounts to wins.
The Philly formula? “Die by the three.”
Lose games and build assets, preserve Noel’s knee.
Spence Hawes, he’s got flaws, and Evan Turner’s no learner.
But Hinkie, we thinkie, is the shark in the sea.