Happy NBA Sunday everyone!
As you set your DFS lineups today, here are the NBA narratives worth knowing about.
32nd 20th birthday to Thon Maker! Thon turned 20? on Saturday, and now that he will continue to start for Milwaukee may look to celebrate by stuffing some stat categories on the court Sunday. On the flip side, 20 year olds are known to get a little wild going out for their birthdays, so he might have the classic NBA “questionable – illness” on Sunday morning. OR, if he spends his birthdays like middle-aged fellas do for some strange reason, he might be very well rested after a day of grilling out and mowing his lawn.
In addition, happy 37th birthday to Steve Blake, who is retired. Steve Blake previously celebrated his 36th birthday by visiting an Applebees, ordering a steak and a beer, eating his meal, and then when the waitress brought the bill spilling his beer all over the place and running out the side entrance without paying or tipping. Fuck Steve Blake.
Mil v. Pho
In the first Revenge narrative of the day, Mirza Teletovic and the Milwaukee Bucks host his former team the Phoenix Suns. Last year Mirza performed well for Phoenix when he got minutes, and this year has been more of the same. If he gets some run, he might look to stick it to his former squad.
In the same game, Michael Beasley (also with Milwaukee) gets a shot at Phoenix as well, who he played for in the 2012-2013 season.
Mem @ Den
Darrell Arthur, now with Denver, takes on Memphis who drafted him and whom he played his first four NBA seasons with.
Utah @ Was
Shelvin Mack, the subject of some trade rumors around the deadline this past week, takes on the team who drafted him and whom he played two stints for, Washington.
Por @ Tor
Ed Davis, now a solid rotation player for Portland, travels to Toronto to take on the Raptors who drafted him and who he played his first 3 seasons for.
Bos @ Det
Jonas Jerebko and the Celtics travel to Detroit where he will go against his former Pistons. Detroit drafted him in 09 and he played there through 2014.
Amir Johnson was also drafted by Detroit (2005) and played four seasons there before moving on, including two seasons with one of my favorites, Rasheed Wallace.
Cha @ LAC
Raymond Felton, whose minutes are iffy with the return of Chris Paul, did get drafted by Charlotte in 2005 and played 5 successful seasons there. He takes on Charlotte at home in the Sunday Night hammer game.
That does it for the Narratives today! As always, find us at @NBANarratives on twitter and let us know what we missed or what you liked. Good luck!