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Pro Update 12-14

Posted by Josh on December 13, 2006

DC is Cuse Country!

Just got back from attending the Wizards-Nuggets game in downtown Washington. Went to get a close look at Carmelo’s ridiculous skills and the dominant inside presence of Etan Thomas. (Well, as close as I could get from the student discount seats in the upper deck.) Unfortunately Thomas missed the game with a sprained ankle, so I had to content myself with watching Carmelo put the Nuggets on his back.

He dominated early, scoring the Nuggets’ first 8 points, mostly on dunks and layups inside. He finished the first half with 20 points, but got little help from his teammates and Washington led by 12 at halftime. In the second half, Melo was consistently double-teamed whenever he tried to get the ball inside; with the rest of his team’s offense nonexistent, he started to settle for jumpers. Some went in, some did not. He finished with 37 points on 54% shooting, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, but the Nuggets’ defense was worse than their offense (Melo’s D included) and they lost by 30.

In his other game this week, Carmelo had 26 points in a win over the Hawks.

Tonight, Hakim Warrick had one of his worst games of the season, scoring only 3 points on 1-6 shooting (including 2 missed dunks) in just 19 minutes. This comes on the heels of a 10-point game (5-9) vs. New Jersey on Monday. Perhaps defenses are keying on him more, or perhaps he is simply coming back to earth a bit after a phenomenal stretch of games. Though Pau Gasol is about to return to the Grizzlies’ rotation, primary reserve forward Lawrence Roberts just got hurt and will be out for a month so there should still be plenty of minutes for Warrick in the near future, if he gets back to playing solid ball.

Jason Hart had 4 points in 13 minutes (and fouled out) on Tuesday.

No news in the past couple of days from overseas (where league games are generally only played on weekends) but a new familiar name has begun to appear in some stateside box scores. Fowler High School’s own Dayshawn Wright has surfaced in the CBA playing for the Minot (ND) Skyrockets. (Minot was home to friend of the blog JB for a couple years of his Air Force service — Minot AFB is home to one of the US’s largest ICBM operations. Hence the team name.) In 4 games so far, Dayshawn is averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebs in just over 15 minutes a game. And, in true Syracuse fashion, he is shooting 33% from the foul line. His best game to date was 11 points and 4 rebounds vs Utah. Unlike the ABA, the CBA keeps pretty good stats and box scores so I expect to be able to give regular updates about Dayshawn’s progress. For example, here is a text-only page of all players’ cumulative stats through Monday. Also currently in the CBA is every Sportscenter anchor’s favorite Mountaineer Kevin Pittsnogle.

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2 Responses to “Pro Update 12-14”

  1. agerard said

    I live in DC and my sister, being the great person that she is, bought me court level seats as a holiday gift so we could see Melo up close and enjoy Etan’s starting role (like a lot of ladies around here, she has a crush on the man). So I too was there last night. And since it was the first time I was so close to an NBA game I took some pictures. I tried to catch a few of Melo; I think the last one in the set came out pretty well.

  2. That Jason Hart line reminds of Etan Thomas’ freshman year. I think I remember him fouling out BEFORE halftime once…maybe twice.

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