Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Muppets in Georgia

I know I'm not the only person that thinks Mike Bibby covertly does some voice work for Kermit the Frog.  Lately, though, Kermie and his band of roundball Hawks have been anything but flimsy little puppets (I'm not close enough to the team, however, to make any claims about any arms lodged in their hindquarters).  I may be getting a tad ahead of myself with a remark like this, but is there truly a team out there that wants anything to do with the Hawks right now?  This club was an upstart bunch last year, then gave the Eastern Conference all it could handle in the playoffs.  Now, after a strong start and a midseason lull, the Hawks are cranking up the volume down the stretch.  After smashing Sacramento tonight, Atlanta has put together a nice 6-game win streak, with (almost) steadily increasing margins of victory: 4, 10, 7, 14, 18, 18.

As a counterbalance, it is only fair to point out that the Hawks are in the midst of a 7-game homestand.  If Atlanta begins to win on the road, look out.

Speaking of winning, the Warriors moved to 10-7 with a healthy Monta Ellis.  Tonight's victory was over the hapless Clippers, but still somewhat impressive considering Golden State was missing Andris Biedrins, Jamal Crawford and Stephen Jackson.  The win also sealed a season series win over the Clips.  Golden State can mount that trophy in the glass case right next to Don Nelson's beer bong and Jermareo Davidson's signed "Fantastic Voyage" LP.  There was one man who most certainly gave a crap about tonight's win: Chris Mullin.  You can bet your bottom dollar he felt some small satisfaction, as Chris can officially crumple up the last copy of Baron Davis's voided Warriors contract and use it as a lavatory wipe.

Last order of business before tonight's Free Agent Attack is a quick glance over at the Daily Wager zone.  A 1-1 day marked the end of my 4-day winning streak (7-0).  I was beginning to worry that I was due for a bad day, but breaking even is about the best case scenario in that respect.  I do issue an apology, though, to those rocking the exotic parlay.  One of these days we'll hit a perfect 4-0 and you can really pull in a nice haul.  When someone invents an html "tip jar" you can be damn sure I'll set one up.

Off to fantasy land.  Theme: Fantasy Land.  Can Disney sue me for this?

The Matterhorn Bobsleds (a little bumpy, but generally enjoyable):
  • Rafer Alston - Still has his issues with FG%, but he'll hit some 3's, and Orlando is good enough that at least a few of his passes (good or bad) will result in a made shot.
  • Kendrick Perkins - The whiniest role-player since Rick Fox is beginning to look healthy again.  Should be good for a nice shooting percentage, rebounds and blocks.
  • Rodney Stuckey - Will continue to produce at a high level, especially now that Rip Hamilton is suffering from a sore groin.  Somehow I just don't think it's prudent to go by the name "Rip" and expect to remain fully healthy.
  • Samuel Dalembert - It pains me to say it, but Dalembert seems to have figured things out again.  I give him 5 or 6 more games of productivity before he regresses, and whoever it is that's currently coaching the Sixers has to employ electroshock to get him out of the locker room before the game.
  • Trevor Ariza - 2 more steals, 3 3-pointers, 60% shooting, 16 points, 8 rebounds.  Tough to complain about his move into the starting lineup.  On a more serious note, the LAPD has called off the search for Luke Walton and his bag of airballs.
The Storybook Canal Boat Ride (the most disappointing result possible following a trip into a whale's mouth):
  • Aaron Afflalo - Don't kid yourself.
  • Erick Dampier - Had his double-double for the 2009 calendar year.  Remember to set your calendar for November 12th.  Erick Dampier Day lives on.
  • The Warriors - Who the heck knows what's going on out there with the rotation.  You can certainly pick one up, but I would never recommend starting one in a weekly league.  There are other ways to win.
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2 comments:

Lisa said...

Happy Erick Dampier Day

Danno said...

Hahahaha.

Takes you back, doesn't it?

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