Josh Harrellson’s Tuesday Night Scratching Post
NBACat MVP of the Night: Josh Harrellson
The day we have been waiting for since we started this website a month ago is finally here, Josh Harrellson is BACK. Jorts made his triumphant return to the Knicks tonight, finishing the game with 2 points (1-2 shooting), 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in 12 solid minutes of action. Unfortunately, the less-talented Knicks like Carmelo Anthony (6 points) and Jeremy Lin (4-13 shooting) weren’t able to help Josh enough to get the ‘W’ in his first game back, but even with the Knicks losing to the Mavericks (full post game recap here) , it was still great to see him back on the court. Everytime I see him in an NBA jersey I just can’t believe it. Welcome back Jorts!!
NBACats in Action
– The Detroit Pistons overcame the worst game in Brandon Knight’s NBA career to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in overtime, 88-85. Knight was absolutely abysmall throughout the game and failed to score a single point, missing all 6 of his shot attempts. Knights play was so bad that head coach Lawrence Frank was forced to bench him, deciding to go with former Huskie Ben Gordon instead. His 25 minutes were the fewest minutes he has played since the start of the season (not counting games he was in foul trouble). Let’s hope this was just a blip on the radar, and Knight can return to being the spectacular point guard we all know he can be. Tayshaun Prince played a solid game despite having an off-night shooting the ball, finishing with 10 points (5-15 shooting) to go along with 4 assists and 2 rebounds. How in the world did they beat the Lakers? A full post game recap can be found here,
– In a game NBACats fans couldn’t lose, Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics defeated Patrick Patterson and the Houston Rockets tonight in another NBACat overtime game, 97-92. While Rondo played exceptional, he did cool off a bit after his mind-boggling 18-20-17 triple double game against the Knicks on Sunday, finishing with 9 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Patterson stuggled a bit offensively for the Rockets, scoring just 4 points on 2-9 shooting, but he was able to add 7 rebounds and 1 assist. A full post game recap can be found here.
– I hate Stan Van Gundy. Another game, another DNP for Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins. They would be in first place right now if those two guys actually played. A full post game recap can be found here.
NBACats in the News
– News broke today that Rajon Rondo has been fined $20,000 for missing his scheduled public appearance at the NBA Day of Service during All-Star weekend. Apparently it’s an annual tradition for Celtics players to miss this event. Last year, Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen all missed the same event.
– It looks like Peyton Manning and the Indiannapolis Colts will be going their seperate ways tomorrow. Even though he went to Tennessee in college and played professionaly for a team in the state of Indiana (eww, gross), Peyton has thrown touchdown passes to former UK players, so he at least has that going for him.
– Marquis Teague, the ever-improving point guard this season for the University of Kentucky, comes from an NBA bloodline. His older brother Jeff Teague is currently playing for the Atlanta Hawks and holds down averages of 12.4ppg, 4.2apg and 2.0rpg. Judging by Marquis’ 50 pairs of shoes, being the little brother of an NBA player has it’s perks. .
– Apparently Patrick Patterson and former Florida Gator Chandler Parsons made a $500 bet for the UK vs. UF game and now the former Golden Girl is refusing to pay up.
– The fine folks over at Grantland.com recently put together their own list of the Top 10 Rookies in the NBA, and as will be the case each year for the next 15 years, one of our NBACats made the cut.
5. Enes Kanter
Even though he is 6-foot-11, Enes Kanter only posts a 0.542 PPP when he posts up, which puts him in the bottom 13 percent. Where Kanter does excel, though, is on offensive rebounds. Here he is in the top half of the NBA with a PPP of 1.088 on putback attempts while shooting 54.7 percent; offensive rebounds account for 31.9 percent of his possessions. Despite how raw he is offensively, Kanter already has the necessary fundamentals on the boards:
No Brandon Knight? What the french, toast?
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