Yes, yes, yes: Russell HUSTLE BUSTLE Westbrook hails from a different dimension. But there will be more on him later. The age of the Brow is upon us, but you already knew. To have 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in a game but be overshadowed is a travesty which can only exist in today’s NBA given the embarrassment of talent in the league. Elsewhere, Wesley Matthews is out for the season, and Ray Allen says he won’t play this season but will re-assess his options over the summer.
1. Anthony Davis leads Pelicans to sixth win in seven games, is not of the human DNA: Okay, alright, yeah – Anthony Davis is an extraterrestrial come to free us from the confines of what we, the plebeian humans, have deemed to be the game of “basketball.” This gentleman, he of the impossibly long wingspan and grotesque enjoyment of discomforting the league’s best forwards, has passed the echelon from “a great talent with exceptional potential” to “I’m scared to let this cat anywhere near anything trying to score points in a regulation basketball game.” Davis amasses blocks as though he’s an elderly patriot collecting coins, and no, you may not see his Wyoming. That he also scores seemingly at will inside the paint is a gift from the League Pass gods, and that his Pelicans teammates admirably held down the fort in his injury absence makes his return all the more paramount.
2. Wes Matthews ruptures Achilles and is out for the season: In Thursday night’s 94-75 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, the Portland Trail Blazers lost their third-leading scorer and leading three-point shooter when Wes Matthews injured his left Achilles tendon. Injuries never come at a good time, but with the Western Conference being as tightly packed as it is, losing such a floor-spacing talent as Matthews could prove to be costly. Acquiring Aaron Afflalo at the trade deadline should serve to alleviate some concern, and his production should increase. For Matthews, unrestricted free agency awaits this summer, and coming off an Achilles injury could hamper his prospects.
3. Ray Allen will sit out this season and re-assess his options moving forward: Speaking of sharpshooters, the NBA’s all-time leading three-point scorer announced his plans to forgo the rest of this season but distinctly did not rule out playing next year, by which time he will be 40 years old. It’s a shame, really; there are a few title contenders that could really use a reliable outside presence, particularly due to injury (SEE: Trail Blazers, Portland).