The “for once we love the schedule makers” edition:
Barbosa: Hi, my name is Leandro Barbosa and I’m here as the spokesman for an amazing product, the X-Acto Retractable Knife. The blade is exactly like my game: now you see it, now you don’t.
Butler: here’s a hot tip for you non-basketball fans that read Roll Call simply for entertainment: If you were once a starter and now you play less minutes than it takes to bake a frozen pizza, your career is pretty much on the same path as Paris Hilton in her 40s.
Calderon: you gotta love his bounce back. 17 and 14 tonight and the teenager-in-the-basement-looking-at-porn type of excitement from Raptors fans is starting to bubble under again. Rondo was held to 2 of 10 in 40 minutes and looked flummoxed most of the game, trying to figure out a way to get his tired horses moving. Instead, Jose had a stun gun and wasn’t afraid to use it.
Carter: horrible game. It was disappointment on the level of sending your boy out for a snack run and he comes back with ketchup chips and skittles.
Davis: if you looked really close you could see the lashings he inflicted on himself after the UNC loss to Duke the other night. The open wounds snuck their way in his game tonight where he was his season average, which is to say about as effective and interested as a 3 year old at an opera.
DeRozan: his 3ball game is back to normal, but it didn’t have any bearing on his overall game. He pushed the ball all night, took a shot from KG and just smiled, and he kept his teammates heads in the game. Strong game.
Gray: two things on my tv tonight were short and sweet: Snooki and Aaron’s game. 18 minutes, 11 rebounds and he was setting walls, not screens. He will never be flashy, but he will leave some bruises and make sure the window is left clean.
A. Johnson: hustle, heart, perfect from the floor, a true double double with 12 and 12. What more can you ask for from a guy that has looked like the batteries in his XBOX controller have been dead for weeks.
J. Johnson: here he comes with the complete package again: 14pts, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 3 assists, 7 rebounds. If he is on your fantasy team, 2 things: you’re a fool and he may be responsible for you winning the week. Consistency is easily his greatest challenge followed closely by passing the driving test in Ontario and figuring out how to use velcro.
Kleiza: gadzooks, 3 quarters of his game were Colin Farrell singing type ugly. Then he got his swagg back and hit some big threes to stop the Celtic tide and reminded Rondo that he was the one who messed up his season early on by bringing the pain. Result? The Kleiza Klown Face.
Driving the bus: James Johnson
Under the bus: Anthony Carter
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