Lion Face: Tracy McGrady
What year is this? Amin Vafa already wrote a whole post about the random outburst from the corpse of T-Mac, but his throwback performance was good enough to mention twice. So weâ€™ve got the undefeated Miami Heat at home against the enigmatic Atlanta Hawks. Itâ€™s a very competitive game throughout the majority of the second half until McGrady decides that heâ€™s done messing around. The former superstar scored 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to hand the Heat their first lost of the season. If only for one night, T-Mac partied like it was 2003.
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Lemon Face: Dwyane Wade
Sure, Wade had another ridiculous block of an unfortunate goofy tall guy, but other than that, his performance against the Hawks was bleh. 23.5 eFG%? 30.5 TS%? 12 points on 17 shots? Very un-Wade like. Granted, he had 10 assists but thatâ€™s not enough to offset such a poor shooting performance. Heâ€™s still DWade and will probably still have a ridiculous season, but after 6 games, heâ€™s been pretty mediocre.
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Lion Face: Jarrett Jack
Who needs Chris Paul??? Okay, the Hornets need Chris Paul as they lost to the Utah Jazz on Monday night, but it wasnâ€™t because of Jarrett Jack. How does 27 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks (!!!) sound? Jack had a relatively absurd 72.0 TS%. Jack shredded the Utah defense all night. I say that almost literally; he played 40 minutes. Jarrett Jack might not be Chris Paul, but he played like him Monday night, kind of.
Lemon Face: Local Announcers
Thanks to League Pass and NBATV, fans are getting more exposed to the wonderful insight that local team announcers provide. Personally, I sometimes enjoy hearing how each crew has their own style and approach to calling the came. Monday night, however, wasnâ€™t exactly a banner night for these crews. Itâ€™s not unusual for the local guys to be a little bit biased but when it really gets in the way of watching the game, it can be pretty off-putting. For example, Tommy Heinsohn said what we were all thinking when he compared Greg Stiemsma to Bill Russell on defense. Later, Mavericks play-by-play guy, Mark Followill reacted to criticism the same way that my 12-year old sister reacts to criticism.
Lion Face: Markieff Morris
Ignore the opponent. I know that they played against the Warriors, but hear me out. Markieff Morris made his claim for increased playing time over Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick by racking up 16 points and 9 rebounds. Morris showed off some pretty nice range, but also cleaned up 3 offensive rebounds at the rim. In this god awful season that the Suns are currently experiencing, Morris may be something that their fans have to smile about when they arenâ€™t crying about the horrible things that Steve Nash has to endure.
Lemon Face: Brandon Jennings (and his shot selection)
Hey Brandon Jennings, you canâ€™t hit three pointers. Stop taking them. Jennings went 0 for 4 from behind the arc, including taking a potential game-tying three in the waning seconds of the game. Despite the fact that Carlos Delfino (career 36.5% three point shooter) was wide open, Jennings promptly took and bricked the shot with plenty of time on the clock. Overall on the night, Jennings shot 5-16 and had 6 turnovers to only 3 assists. Thatâ€™s a lemon face performance if Iâ€™ve ever seen one.