Ricky Rubio Makes Magic Again; Washington Is Embarrassing Themselves Right Now

01.09.12 6 years ago 71 Comments
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Ricky Rubio, Dime #43

The Wizards are SO depressing to watch, and it’s not even because they can’t win a game. No one seems to care. JaVale McGee gets stripped in the lane and stands there looking all depressed like someone just jacked his all-black matte truck as the action takes off past him. Nick Young only seems to be into it when he’s scoring. The crowd seems like they’re listening to an opera instead of watching a basketball game. It’s not hard to figure out why this team is struggling. Damn Washington, you might suck but you should at least be exciting to watch. They took an uppercut to the chin from the best 3-5 team in the NBA yesterday, losing by 21 to the Wolves. We feel terrible for John Wall (10 points). The T-Wolves run and move the ball for easy buckets on one end, then on the other end the Wizards just stand around and whichever jacker is dominating the ball just throws up a shot. It’s terrible. Andray Blatche, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford are all playing poisonously right now. Wall already looks like he just went through a day of on-the-job training with Alonzo Harris. Rashard Lewis also reportedly “decided he didn’t want to play” yesterday after getting into an argument with Wizards’ assistant coach Sam Cassell. Lewis was listed as being out with a sore knee, but apparently that’s not true. Things can’t get much more dysfunctional for Washington, and we could be approaching a tipping point if players aren’t listening to Flip Saunders and the team’s highest-paid player, a veteran, is squabbling with an assistant coach and giving himself a DNP. Stay tuned for the fallout … It’s starting to drive us insane that Rubio isn’t the starter yet. Ridnour does a decent job, but as soon as Rubio comes in, the entire game changes. He racked up 13 points, 14 assists and six rebounds. He still played 30 minutes (to Ridnour’s 31), so it’s not like he’s not getting minutes. But they’re so clearly better with him as the guy, it must be making Minnesota fans berserk. Not sure why they now feel the need to ease him along this slowly. Start ’em and let Rubio and Love (20 points, 16 rebounds) build towards great things … Jan Vesely made his pro debut in the first quarter and proceeded to air ball his first free throw (the second one just barely hit the front of the rim). No girlfriend smooches for him last night … We wonder who wants to shoot more: everyone on the Wizards, or everyone on the Kings? Marcus Thornton was probably hyped when Tyreke Evans went out with an ankle injury because it meant more shots. Evans eventually came back in to score 28 points, but Sacramento still lost by seven to the Magic. Amazing, because Dwight Howard (five points, four rebounds) didn’t have a single point or rebound in the first half. Read that again. In Howard’s first eight minutes on the court, he already had four fouls. He was bad, but Jameer Nelson was probably even worse. He’s never looked so lifeless. No aggressiveness at all… just skipping the ball around the perimeter. If Sacramento wasn’t so busy fighting each other for shots, they could’ve won this one … Our vote for the NBA’s worst soccer mom is definitely going to Ryan Anderson‘s (19 points, 11 rebounds) mother. Supposedly, she loves taping games just to rewind and sometimes watch her son’s buckets four-plus times. Then yesterday, they showed the Anderson crew on the JumboTron after an Anderson bucket, and sure enough the Mrs. was taking a picture of the big screen … Bill Walton was calling the game. Here are some of his gems: He said Big Baby (20 points, eight rebounds) could be like Charles Barkley if he lost a little weight, and also said J.J. Redick wasn’t a “speed merchant” … OKC blew out San Antonio 108-96 in a game that was over by the second half of the third quarter. Kevin Durant had one of his better all-around games, dropping 21/10/7 in a cool 28 minutes. For the Spurs, if Gary Neal leads you in scoring (18 points), that’s probably not a good thing … If you had any questions about the Thunder’s togetherness, every time the rook Reggie Jackson (playing because Eric Maynor is done for the year) did something good, the entire Thunder bench jumped up faster than House of Pain Keep reading to hear about the Lakers’ big win over the Grizzlies …

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