So for all those (at least one) of you who are sick of GMTR hating on the Miami Heat (but mostly the players on the Heat), how’s about this: I have agreed wholeheartedly with LeBron James twice in the last minute. This momentous occasion came when reading this article where he says that a) the NBA shouldn’t schedule games on Christmas, and b) that contraction would be good for the league.
That said, there’s a lot of people who get paid a lot less than NBA players and have to work on Christmas. Perhaps a compromise would be to have the players work in a soup kitchen all day on Christmas. They could bring their families to help, too (LeBron said he wanted to spend time with his family on Christmas). Then it wouldn’t seem as much like he’s just trying to get another day off.
Also, while I agree that contraction would be good, I don’t agree that it would be good because it makes LeBron look less foolish. His contraction argument is just another smokescreen to cover up his Decision. Of course this whole introduction is just a smokescreen for Jared Dudley somehow putting up the line of the night. I mean, really?
Line of the Night: Jared Dudley (2.92) scored 33 points, with 12 rebounds, 7 threes, and 3 steals. Merry Christmas to anyone who thought “Gee, Vince Carter might be out for a few games; who’s going to step up in his place? Oh, I know: Jared Dudley!”
Honorable Mentions: With only three games last night, and Dwyane Wade resting a sore knee, LeBron (2.31) and Chris Bosh (1.93) were able to secure the next two spots James with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals; Bosh with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals. They were also both 100% from the line.
Waiver Wire Line of the Night: We all know that J-Dud was the WWLotN, but not far behind (in threes at least) was J.J. Redick (1.70) with 17 points, 4 assists, and 5 threes.
Larry Sanders (1.14) was an 8 point Buck, but added 4 blocks.
Tiago Splitter (0.75) had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals for the Spurs.
Biggest Loser: Tyreke Evans (-1.04) managed just 4 points on 2-13 from the field to go with his 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 turnovers.
On Tap: To continue to demonstrate how self-serving LeBron’s arguments against games on Christmas are, there are never any games on Christmas Eve. So, if The Samurai didn’t want to play on Christmas, maybe he should have stayed on a crappy team like Cleveland which will probably never have to play a game on Christmas instead of single-handedly creating the most anticipated game on every team’s schedule.
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