No recap tonight. It was pretty much self-explanatory greatness. We dominated in all aspects of the game, especially in the paint, and for those of you that were wondering, the Tracy McGrady = Ewing Theory is in effect. But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that one single game may have finally validated our first-round selection of Luther Head. OK, so maybe not entirely, but still, this was quite a performance.
Head went Nuts and scored 21 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished out 4 assists, and had 2 threes and 2 steals. Better yet, he only had Zero turnovers. In fact, this might be the best game that any Rocket has played this season, mainly because nobody saw it coming.
Think about it. If there is one Rocket besides Chuck Hayes who sparks thoughts of "Why is he still on the team?", it's Luther. He was horrible in the playoffs last year and didn't do very much during the regular season either. But now Luther is back. We can take a few things out of this sudden resurgence:
1. It's because he's at his natural position: shooting guard. We've always tried him at point, but he played SG in college at Illinois, where he thrived as a catch-and-shoot player. With three years of experience under his draw string, Head can now return to his position with a deeper arsenal now that Tracy McGrady could be out for a while.
2. The Artest Effect. Now that we have such a deep team with so many stars, like Rawn, it allows other guys such as Luther to find easier shot attempts.
3. T-Mac can rest knowing that someone can be trusted in his place. We still have yet to see Luther's consistency, but assuming he continues to play well, even if it's not at this level, we can finally sit McGrady down.
Then again, I could be wrong about Luther. Maybe he just had a good game. Hell, even Matt Bonner had 17 points. Actually, tonight was kind of a strange night. People around the league had some crazy statlines. Check this out:
David Lee: 37 points, 21 boards.
Chris Duhon: 12 points, 22 Assists
Darius Songaila: 16 points
Marco Belinelli started! Yes!
CJ Watson: 23 points.
Randy Foye: 25 points.
Chuck Hayes: 1 free throw made...and one lane-violation.
Paul Milsap: 20 points, 10 boards.
Steve Novak: 4 incredible minutes of playing time!!!
You know what this means for single, middle-aged men everywhere? Fantasy Party.
But let's hope I'm right. If Luther is legit, then we have one of the deepest 9-man rotations in the league. I mean, Carl Landry is our 9th guy right now, and had the Bobcats signed him this summer, he could have been starting for them. But it's a good night for Luther and I hope it's not the last. As a tribute to Luther, I leave you with this, Luther's theme song:
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