Hey, all! My apologies for the lack of updates this week. It’s been a crazy and exciting time for yours truly—and not just because the holidays are right around the corner.
(Hanukkah’s already come and gone, as has the frenzy that’s usually part-and-parcel with this season.)
The truth of it is, I was fortunate enough to get credentialed to cover not one, but two Los Angeles Clippers games this week: their 115-92 trouncing of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday and their 108-95 flattening of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, the same night that saw Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans return to action.
I’ve been privileged enough to partake in press access at major sporting events before, though the vast majority of those were to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, prior to my move into a full-time role as one of Bleacher Report’s NBA Lead Writers in June of 2012. These two Clippers games, then, marked my first forays into NBA game coverage.
Which—for someone like me, who came into this business without a formal background in sports journalism or newspaper reporting and who spends most of his time writing from the solitary confines of my kitchen table—was an absolute delight, to say the least. There’s nothing quite like feeling as though you’re a part of the action after spending so much time observing it from a distance.
But I digress. The point being, that move into more of a “boots on the ground” role (which I hope will be more frequent from now on) is, in part, to blame for my lack of updates this week.
So, too, you might imagine, is the sorry state of my Derrick Rosie O’Donnells in opposition to Ethan Norof’s Swaggy E:
The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells
It’s a good thing Joakim Noah (23 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block) had the game that he did during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Otherwise, the evening would’ve been a total wipe-out for my D-RODs, as opposed to just your run-of-the-mill shellacking.
Serge Ibaka managed all of five points, three rebounds, an assist and three blocks on my team’s behalf, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (a combined 52 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists, four steals and one block) did what they usually do: blow away the competition.
Somehow, I’m still within striking distance in points and rebounds, with only tenuous advantages in steals and blocks. This week’s matchup could still swing either way, between a 4-4 tie and (GULP!) a clean sweep in Ethan’s favor.
Let’s see what Friday has in store, then, shall we?
The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells
Yeah, this is only going to get worse. On basic math alone, Ethan has an overwhelming advantage, with his eight active players doubling up my four. I’m going to need some Herculean efforts from Goran Dragic, Paul Pierce and Terrence Ross to so much as maintain eye contact with Swaggy E.
And, well, some bad luck on the part of Ethan’s squad wouldn’t hurt, either—not that I’d wish any ill upon my long-time “Gr818” associate and current B/R colleague or anything…