The Wednesday Night Scratching Post

Yes, that was Demarcus Cousins dribbling between the legs of Mario Chalmers.

NBA Cats in Action

Demarcus Cousins got his revenge tonight, as his Kings defeated John Wall and the Wizards 115-107. Cousins was in beast mode once again, scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Wall was just 1 rebound shy of his first career triple-double as he registered 21 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in the loss. Wall and Cousins are now 1-1 when playing each other. For a full post game recap with lots of pretty pictures, click here.

– The Orlando Magic defeated the New Jersey Nets tonight 108-91. But who cares about that. Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins BOTH played tonight. Orton played 2 minutes and finished with no stats. Liggins played 4 inspired minutes of basketball, making both his field goal attempts, and completing 1-2 free throw attempts to finish the game with 5 points. It’s great to see both of them getting minutes, let’s hope it continues. Full post game recap can be found here.

Jamaal Magloire was too much to handle tonight, as his Raptors defeated the Pistons, 103-93. Maglorie finished with 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist in 9 minutes of action (it’s hard to quantify his contributions). Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince both played well, but unfortunately they didn’t get enough help from their teammates. Knight finished with 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists but also shot just 2-8 from deep. Prince finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists, and 1 steal. For a full post game recap click here.

Nazr Mohammed and the Thunder defeated the Celtics tonight, 119-104. Nazr, playing in honor of the suspended Rondo, added 6 points 2 rebounds, and 1 block in 12 minutes for the victorious Thunder. The Celtics have now lost 5 straight games. The full post game recap that Doc Rivers wishes would just go away can be found here.

Patrick Patterson, Jodie Meeks, Enes Kanter, and Eric Bledsoe all had late games and their game recaps will be covered in the morning furball.

NBACats in the News

– The Bleacher Report never sleeps and today they issued a new slideshow ranking and grading the Top 50 players in the NBA. Two NBACats made the cut, and here is what they had to say about our boys (full article here)…

13. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo has everything except a jump shot. He can get to the rim with the greatest of ease, his court-vision is second to none and his peskiness on defense is unmatched.

Grade: B-

Rondo has the heart of a champion, but it’ll be difficult to lead this Boston Celtics team back to the finals. The lack of talent around him has hindered the floor general’s assist average, which has dipped into the single digits.

42. Demarcus Cousins
The 6’11”, 270-pound Demarcus Cousins is a man among boys in the paint. As soon as he stops acting like a child, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

Grade: A-

On an inconsistent Sacramento Kings squad, Cousins’ strong play has been a constant. He is averaging 16.7 points and 11.3 boards this season in Sac-Town.

Some are calling it the greatest 6 minutes and 9 seconds of basketball ever played. Others are just calling it another 6 minutes and 9 seconds of basketball. Whatever the record books end up calling it, Eric Bledsoe was sensational the other night against the Spurs. ESPN is on team “greatest basketball ever played” and here is what they had to say about Bledsoe’s performance (full article here)…

Over the next six minutes and nine seconds — Bledsoe’s only time on the court all game — the Clippers made a 17-3 run, limiting Parker and the Spurs’ offense and turning their own on through the fast break.

He didn’t score, missing his only shot attempt, but his two assists and three rebounds were accurate measures of his effectiveness this day.

The article also had this to say about why Eric has been struggling to find the court this season

Bledsoe missed the first month of the season because of a torn meniscus suffered in the offseason, then had complications in his recovery once he made his return. Thus, before Saturday, Bledsoe had played only four meaningful minutes this season, in the first half of Wednesday’s game against Washington. His stretch in that game wasn’t nearly as effective — -5 — but he established his readiness for another appearance.

Looks like the Give Eric Bledsoe More Minutes movement is starting to gain some steam.

– Just about every time I check the Internet for stories about our NBACats I almost always come across a website called Real GM Basketball. It’s usually a forum filled with profanity so I refrain from sharing it with you. Today, however, I stumbled across this forum titled “DeAndre Liggins Appreciation Thread” and it’s as clean as a whistle (why are whistles so clean, I don’t get it?). So go check it out and share your appreciation for one of our most beloved former Wildcats.

– Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, a man whose future could very likely determine the future of our head coach John Calipari (keep shooting Lin!), stated today that he plans on working Josh Harrellson back into the rotation after the All-Star break. This is obviously great news for Josh and I can’t wait for it to happen.

– Finally, this guy doesn’t think Rondo is a top five point guard. I bet he won’t say it to his face.


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