Paul Pierce takes just three quarters to blow out Raptors; Drew Gooden helps down Heat
- Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) put up 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists in just three quarters on Wednesday as the Celtics routed the Toronto Raptors, 100-64. Four of Pierce’s five made shots were three-pointers. He added a steal, a blocked shot and just one turnover in 25 minutes (full stats here).
- Drew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks) played 38 minutes and had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 105-97 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Gooden shot the ball well, hitting 7 of 12 shots, but he missed his lone three-pointer. He also had five turnovers (full stats here).
The Drew Gooden experience was in full effect here. He consistently looks like he's about to score easily . . . but, uh, not.
Scott Skiles had a smile on his face after the game when someone asked him about Drew Gooden’s strong outing.
“I particularly like the Drew Gooden one man press break.”
That’s so Drew Gooden. Apparently so is drawing fouls and so is battling and making some big plays late in games though too. All over the map.
"The Drew Gooden Experience" sounds amazing. I wish I could watch more of it.
Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat) had a nice night offensively on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 16 points on 5 of 9 shots (4 of 6 from three), BUT... Chalmers and the Heat couldn’t defend Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings from the arc and he torched the Heat for seven three-pointers and 31 points. The Heat lost, 105-97. Chalmers played 34 minutes in the loss and had five assists and a steal to five turnovers (full stats here).
Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) hit one three of his two three-pointers and finished with five points in 10 minutes on Wednesday. The Suns beat the New Orleans Hornets, 120-103. Markieff added just one rebound, an assist and one massive block (full stats here).
Nick Collison (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored five points with five rebounds on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder won the rematch of last summer’s Western Conference Finals, 95-86. Collison also had two steals in 20 minutes, and four of his five rebounds were on the offensive glass (full stats here).
My love for Nick Collison can be explained by watching one sequence in the fourth quarter. On defense, Collison jumped out on a screen to make Terry run wide enough for his man to catch up, and Terry almost lost his handle. Collison recovered in time to defend an eventual entry pass to Nowitzki, get a hand in his face on the turnaround jumper and alter the shot. Then on offense, he did the patented roll to the basket after setting a screen for Harden and dropped in two points. Sweet, sweet music.
Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City Thunder) did not play (coach’s decision) on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks. Backup center Nazr Mohammed also did not play.
Xavier Henry (New Orleans Hornets) did not play (coach’s decision) on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
Darnell Jackson (Ukraine-Superleague - BC Donetsk) did not score in five minutes during his team’s latest Eurocup Top 16 tournament game on Tuesday. Jackson attempted three shots, committed three fouls and had one turnover as his team lost, 68-55 (full stats here).
Mario Little (Ukraine-Superleague - SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk) put up 15 points and 10 rebounds in a three-point loss on Monday. He made 5 of 13 shots, including 1 of 3 three-pointers, and added an assist, two steals and three turnovers in 34 minutes (full stats here). Little’s team will take on former Jayhawk Darnell Jackson and BC Donetsk on Friday.
Here’s some trivia for you: The Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash, who set the Suns’ record for career assists on Wednesday, started that streak with an assist to Kansas assistant coach and former Suns forward Danny Manning waaaay back on Nov. 2, 1996. Sadly — as the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro pointed out — a bit of KU symmetry wasn’t in the cards — Nash’s record-breaking assist went to Josh Childress and not Manning pupil Markieff Morris.
Julian Wright (free agent, formerly of the Toronto Raptors) is still working out in Lawrence. On Wednesday, he was with current/future Jayhawks Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor.
Jayhawks in upcoming NBA games
6:30 p.m., Kirk Hinrich and the Atlanta Hawks vs. Josh Selby and the Memphis Grizzlies
7:30 p.m., Xavier Henry and the New Orleans Hornets vs. the San Antonio Spurs
9:30 p.m., Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors vs. the Utah Jazz