Hey there, friend. Having a tough time feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a six-game Tuesday night headlined by a national doubleheader that didn’t wrap up ’til after midnight on the East Coast? It’s cool. We’ve got a double shot of video espresso to crack open those droopy eyes, courtesy of the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.
First up: Jason Terry turns an ambitious lead pass into an even more ambitious lob pass, which is flushed by a surprisingly (and increasingly) ambitious Brandan Wright:
Of course an announcer would think that was Jason Terry just taking a crazy shot. He’s Jason Terry. He attempts 15 field goals per 36 minutes ; he gets off the bus chucking. He’s not particularly shy about just throwing something up (or, as I learned when I talked to him after the NBA Finals last year , much of anything else).
Forgetting that, though: Big up yourself, Brandan Wright. After two solid per-minute but quiet per-game seasons with the Golden State Warriors, a 2009 season lost to a shoulder injury and a ’10-’11 campaign split between the Bay and the New Jersey Nets, people pretty much forgot you even existed.
And now here you are, starting over at age 24 with the defending NBA champions, deterring shots (he’s blocking 6.6 percent of opponents’ attempts , highest of his career), filling the lane, showing your springs and producing a sterling 21.1 Player Efficiency Rating in a career-high 41 appearances. There might just be a spot in this league for you yet, Brandan. (Especially if you keep turning wild, blind passes from JET into fast-break buckets.)
Next up: Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala making sweet music in the open court.