Saturday, November 12, 2005

Go Devin! It's your birthday!

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"I'm telling you, Devin: Doug Christie is just better!"

Shoutout to former Wisconsin star and current Dallas Mavericks sixth man Devin Harris who has come back much improved this year. He scored 21 points in 23 minutes last night against the Bobcats, while shooting 7-10 from the field (let's pretend those six turnovers didn't happen). Two games earlier he shot 8-8 for 22 points in 17 minutes in the Mavs' beatdown of the Spurs. On the season he's averaging 12 points a game in just 16 minutes off the bench, and shooting an absurd .629 from the field, fourth in the entire league. I never thought he played that poorly last year, but he was unfairly forced into the starting lineup when he wasn't ready to begin his rookie year and was relegated to the bench for the rest of the season for Jason Terry, and Terry had the best season of his career, being one of only two players (with Steve Nash) to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3, and 80 percent from the line, and also came up huge in the playoffs.

Avery Johnson still hasn't caught on to how terrible Doug Christie is, though. As I proved earlier, it's quite obvious that they would be far better served with Marquis Daniels in the starting lineup, but now Devin Harris is making an argument of his own. Terry, seeing how good a shooter he is, and the fact that he has played shooting guard before, might be able to play alongside Harris in the starting backcourt. As a matter of fact, Terry isn't even playing close to as good as he was last year, so you might even want to start Harris and Daniels.

No matter what, though, they have to get Christie out soon and for good.