The “making the home crowd proud” edition:
Alabi: if you can’t dominate the DLeague….
Barbosa: possibly his best game of the season. It’s as if he saw Crawford come in, make us look foolish, and decided that “ah, nah, mah, homey don’t play that” and tried to one-up him. Some pretty dishes, great shot selection, blurring..all the elements were on display. If not for him coming alive, the game would have been lost early.
Bargnani: I swear that sometime this season he is going to wear a suit during the game because he is becoming that smooth. Nice game.
Bayless: he is like the NBA player version of when you wake up in the middle of the night and head to the can: feeling your way there. You can tell he is still working his way back. Wasn’t trying too hard tonight though, which was good. Slow and steady wins the race, eh.
Calderon: well, at least he held Bibby down and make him sing the Spanish national anthem. He took some, um, questionable shots but he also pushed the pace at some perfect times. Still prefer this slightly above average version of him. He still drives you to drink on defence, but you hear angels singing on the other side of the floor.
Davis: rocking the headband seemed to work. You could at least feel his presence on the floor tonight after me being concerned all day that the Hawks would swallow him up.
DeRozan: at least we now know he never played baseball very well as a kid. If he did, he never needed to slide. Anyway, not a game he’ll be asking his boys to cut into his hilight reel. Some ugly turnovers and just not an aggressive night for our stud.
Dorsey: 3 fouls in 4 minutes. That’s better production than a fluffer.
Evans: do you think he enjoys Burkie Dogs?
Johnson: yeah, he definitely got hosed on a few foul calls tonight which is a shame because he was on his way to a classic AJ quiet but deadly night. He looked locked in from the jump and, as is often the case, foul trouble made him gear down for stretches.
Kleiza: the Owl seemed to be playing with his wings covering his eyes all night. He and DeMar taking the night off probably cost us the game tonight.
Stojakovic: everytime I see the trade deadline clock on NBA.com, I dream. I bet he does too.
Weems: still didn’t see the floor. I’m wondering if he and Peja share the same advisors.
Wright: no PT for the guy most likely to win the “where the heck did he come from” award this season.
Driving The Bus: Leandro Barbosa
Under The Bus: DeMar DeRozan