April 1, vs Miami Burn (33-39): W 127-104
Rowan Evans seems to have stolen the starting spot from Jones, and took advantage, scoring 27 points on 9 for 11 shooting and making all 3 attempts from deep. However, Griff stole the show again, with 18 points and 18 dimes, as well as a pair of blocks. Jones also nailed 8 of his 11 shots, playing 19 minutes on his way to seventeen points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Today wasn’t a day for rebounding (probably since both teams shot better than 50% (PHI 61.2%, MIA 50.7%)), and our lead rebounder was Zulu with 6.
April 3, @ Atlanta Eagles (30-43): W 116-110
Having gone 4-5 since our last meeting, Atlanta was hopeful that things were looking up, but we showed them that, as the #1 seed, we were still in charge. With 27 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks, it was Griff’s night. He’s decided that, with less than 10 games left in the season, since he leads the league in assists by more than 100 dimes, he can’t be overtaken, and so he’s started scoring more.
Record: 56-18 (Still tied with Detroit)
April 4, @ Washington Americans (29-45): W 139-124
We had a bit of a scare in the first, ending up down by 5 at the break, but Griff led us back with a 42 point 3rd quarter, on the way to a 14 point lead. He had a near triple-double on the night: 25 points, 15 dimes, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and a block. We had a 16 rebound margin as we send the team to the lottery, where it belongs.
Record: 57-18 (Detroit lost, so +1 game)
April 7, @ Miami Burn (35-40): W 114-107
Rookie Jody Jones was the player of the game tonight with 20 points, 3 dimes, 10 rebounds, and a pair of blocks, leading our team in both scoring a and rebounding (he had 5 offensive boards). Dobbins had 18 points, 9 boards, a pair of blocks, 3 dimes, and a steal, while 17 points and 13 assists were Griff’s contribution. Evans had 17 as well, with a steal, and two each rebounds and assists. Zulu’s 6 blocks were his main selling point, but he also had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the 7 point win.
Record: 58-18 (Detroit lost again, so +2 games)
Notable game: Milwaukee @ Detroit: 63-123:
That’s the largest margin of victory in a NBA game ever. Detroit scored more points in the paint than Milwaukee was able to score, period. Holy crap.
April 9, vs Washington (29-47): W 120-110
We had even more of a scare tonight, down by eight at the end of the third quarter. But we open the fourth with a 10-0 run and ride the momentum to the ten point win. Griff Harrington’s 20 points, 7 dimes, four rebounds, steal, and block were the most impressive on the night, but Rowan Evans, who started, wasn’t far behind. He had 1 points, 5 dimes, 3 boards, a steal, and a block on the night. Jones also played well, with both players putting in more than 30 minutes due to foul trouble. He nearly had a triple-double, with 16 points, 9 boards, and 7 dimes. Both were their usual efficient selves, and shot 13 for 21 combined as we extend our win streak to 8.
April 12, vs Boston Irish (55-22): W 117-107
Double-doubles abound, we extend our win streak to a season high 9 games. Dobbins fouled out after 36 minutes of play, but before he put up an impressive stat line. He had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals, shooting 50%. Zulu fouled out much earlier in the game, but was on track to look even better from the floor. He had 18 points on 7 of nine shooting, with 3 blocks and 4 rebounds. Evans also had 18, but wasn’t quite as impressive in the rest of his game, though he shot 9 for 11 and collected 6 rebounds.
April 14, @ New Orleans (44-34): W 118-97
Win streak = 10! Evans score 27 points on 10 for 15 shooting but was again outshined by a near triple-double from Harrington, who had 17 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. Zulu was also excellent, with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Jones only played 17 minutes of the bench, and had 5 points and 5 rebounds, along with a pair of assists, a steal, and two blocks.
April 15, vs Orlando Mystics (25-54): W 127-79
Another blowout win stretches the streak to 11, and Harrington was the chief force four out team. He had 29 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. Baykurt had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while the double-double club was also joined by Zulu, with 13 points and 10 rebound, and Dobby with 17 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, and 10 boards as we cement the #1 seed.
April 17, vs New Orleans (45-35): W 122-98
With the #1 seed officially ours, and no chance of overtaking either of the West teams that have more wins than us, I would have rested our stars, but the Head coach had other ideas. With 27 points and 17 assists—plus 3 rebounds, a block, and 3 steals—Griff Harrington was our MVP, even garnering a chant to that effect when he was at the line. Rowan Evans didn’t miss any of his 10 shots on the night, making 2 threes as well. He had 22 points, 6 boards, and a pair of dimes. Baykurt also had 26, also garnering 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
April 19, @ New York Metros (): L 106-111
Our final game of the season is a loss, despite heroics from our starters. Baykurt had 24 points, Zulu had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks, Dobbins had 12 points and 14 rebounds, Harrington had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks, Evans had 14 points, and Jones had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Yet it wasn’t quite enough as we go down by five points in the end of a tight game. Our win streak ends at twelve and the season end with a L1 in our streak column.
Player of the Month: Cory Alexander, GSW
Rookie of the Month: Rowan Evans, PHI
Evans has been on fire lately, and it’s nice to see him get recognition for it. He shot a ridiculous 70% from the floor, averaging 19.8 points per game, and missed 3 three pointers all month. He is incredibly motivated, durable, and a very likable gym rat, someone who can be super valuable to our team for a long time to come.
Points: Scott Stukes, WAS: 34.7
Assists: Griffin Harrington, PHI: 10.5
Rebounds: Kevin Murphy, DAL: 11.1
Blocks: Tengiz Tsulukidze, PHI: 4.2
Steals: Justin Toxey, POR: 3.5
Field Goal %: Kevin Murphy, DAL, 63.7%
3-point%: Alfons Korda, ORL, 47.3%
Free Throw %: Griffin Harrington, PHI, 92.9%
Efficiency: Shaun Horan, UTA, 32.5
Rookie League Leaders:
Points: Brandon Hemsley, BOS: 15.0
Assists: Alan Smith, CLE: 7.9
Rebounds: Justin Maye, MIL, 7.1
Blocks: McEverett Woods, NY: 3.8
Steals: DeJuan Stewart, HOU: 1.9
Field Goal %: Rowan Evans, PHI, 59.5%
3-point%: Brandon Helmsley, BOS, 37.8%
Free Throw %: Brandon Hemsley, BOS, 85.9%
Efficiency: McEverett Woods, NY, 17.8
Final Draft Watch:
1 (1). Justin Wells, SF (FR-Arizona): 6’5, 208
2 (2). Heddick Keyes, C (HS-N/A): 6’11, 276
3 (N/R). Mike Anderson, PF (SO-Kansas State): 6’11, 253
4 (3). Carl Regis, SF (FR-Santa Clara): 6’7, 206
5 (N/R). Nick King, SG (FR-Gonzaga): 6’6, 218
OK, so I think that we might be able to name #5 Nick King after Nick Young, Swaggy T. It looks like he might pay a bit more attention on defense than his namesake, which is good, but the real story of the Draft is Wells. He may be a bit short for a SF, but he looks to be the goods. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in an All-Star game by year 3. He led the NCAA in scoring, averaging 35.5 a game for Arizona. He also has excellent rebounding instincts and can pass the ball pretty well. His defense is not off the charts, but he should be able to hold his own, especially with his blocking ability.
My guy, Colin Edwards has fallen to 18th, even though his stats have only improved over the season. I think that those numbers indicate something more than someone just taking advantage of crappy competition, but only time will tell.
So, I really liked what zike (on Wolverine Studios' forum) did when he put some of you in a draft class, but I can’t seem to edit my draft class at all (even in commissioner mode), it’s been a problem in all my saves, so… But I would like to do the same. So if you comment, I’ll assign you a draft position (1-20—so you don’t get to go to a top-seeded team unless there are trades), and I’ll change the player’s name after he gets drafted.