Nine games await us tonight following the weirdest slate of the year as last night’s 3-gamer included included multiple injuries, the flu and an AWOL Derrick Rose.
We’re going to take a nice leisurely stroll down narrative lane tonight despite the 9 game slate as we aren’t seeing a whole lot jump out at us early… the best narrative of the day most likely won’t come to fruition as Jared Sullinger has yet to return from injury, if he did we’d get the unique double narrative. Sully would not only have the revenge game working in his favor, he’d be the topic of our first ever “Hamburger Slander” narrative. If you missed the story of Sully downing a hamburger that Derozan threw on the floor – check it out.
Since we can’t expect the Hamburglar to suit up tonight, we’ll shift our focus to a few other revenge spots.
Kyle Korver has yet to practice with the Cavs (thanks Mike Dunleavy) however, he is expected to come off the bench tonight and gets a revenge game boost for his Cavs’ debut!
The King himself has given Korver the Ultra Green Light and when you’ve got one of the best ever setting you up for catch & shoot 3’s with the seams exactly how you like them… well, you’ve got our attention Kyle!
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 10, 2017
Aaron Afflalo (Kings) — Afflalo and the Kings host the team who drafted him in the first round in 2007.
Amir Johnson (Pelicans) — travels to Toronto where he spent the last 6 years.
“Toronto is part of me. I’ve been around, the people are very kind, I love it here.” – Amir Johnson
Thomas Robinson (Lakers) — Thomas and the Lakeshow host the Blazers, Robinson played in Portland from 2013-15.
Jeremy Lamb (Pelicans) — travels to Houston to take on the franchise that drafted him 12th overall in 2012, but before he could suit up was traded to the Thunder as part of the deal that would bring The Beard to Houston. No Batum, pace up game… spice it up with revenge. Giddy up. It was years ago, in his sophomore campaign, but Lamb has played more than 26 minutes in a game vs the Rockets once… he went off for a 22/5/5/2/1 line and 42 DK points.
No active players celebrate a Nameday today – however, the OG “Big Dog” Glenn Robinson Jr. celebrates his 44th birthday today! I won’t bore you with another 500+ words on a nostalgic trip down memory lane (see my Danny Ferry story) – but you young bucks should check out some of The Big Dog’s YouTube highlights. As far as I’m concerned, NCAA basketball peaked in the early 90’s … The Runnin’ Rebels, Christian Laettner’s shot vs UK, The Fab 5 & more seems like it was from a galaxy far far away relative to today’s college version. The elder Robinson was non-stop excitement on the court, nicknamed “The Big Dog” for his hustle play – he absolutely dominated, averaging 30.3/11.2 his junior season – setting the Big Ten’s single season scoring record with 1,030 points. The Bucks would select him #1 and signed him to the richest rookie contract in NBA history, a 10-year – $68 million deal, which is still the richest in the history of the Association. The Big Dog would go on to average 20.7/6.1 over an 11 year NBA career and win a championship with the Spurs in his final season in ’05. Happy Birthday big fella!
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