Scouting sheets are one of the best things about pro basketball. Scouts know the game, they place a lot of faith in their own knowledge, and they love putting their thoughts in blunt, easily digestible form. (One of my favorite scouting sheet notes of all time, courtesy of Jack McCallum’s Seven Seconds or Less, summed up Eddie House’s game thusly: “Won’t shoot, unless he has the ball in his hands.) ESPN Los Angeles’ Brian and Andrew Kamenetzky have obtained a copy of a typical scouting sheet from Dave Miller, and it’s full of lots of fun, useful tidbits about the Suns’ personnel. Here are a few of my favorites:
Marc Gasol has turned himself into a bona fide 3-point shooter, and his latest triple came when the Grizzlies needed it most.
Gasol’s 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter tied last night’s game against the Pelicans.
Then, Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer to tie the game in overtime:
Memphis went onto win 110-108 in double overtime behind 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals from Gasol.
The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.
Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.
This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.
Then San Antonio’s Davis Bertans came in and shoved Monroe.
Followed by Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley coming in and shoved Bertans.
Both Beasley and Bertans were ejected for escalating the situation, and you can expect the league will hit both with a fine for being the third/fourth men in.