Meet the ‘Unstoppable’ Darko Milicic

by November 23, 2010

Yes, you read the above correctly. And yes, your entire life as an NBA fan has been a lie; Darko actually matters in the L now as more than just a punchline. The Star Tribune reports:  “You know things are starting to change some when the national media in just a little trickle might be willing to admit that the Wolves’ signing of Milicic to that four-year deal isn’t the dumbest personnel move since the New Orleans Jazz traded the draft pick that would become Magic Johnson to the Lakers for creaky old guard Gail Goodrich. That’ll happen when you follow a career 23-point, 16-rebound, 6-block, 5-assist game against the Lakers with a 21-point, 4-rebound, 3-block, 2-assist game that overshadowed Kevin Love’s 24-point, 17-rebound night. Kevin Durant afterward called him unstoppable, which he was until those final six minutes when the Thunder took him away from fronting him with Serge Ibaka and went off on a 22-6 run that ended the game. OKC also did a good job taking away a two-man game the Wolves tried to get going with Darko and Luke Ridnour. ‘We just got to find a way to finish off these close games,’ Darko said afterward. ‘We know this is a good team, a playoff team. We still got to find a way to finish up. We were up 5 or 6, we couldn’t finish off the game. I think we’re going to get there. I think we’re going to get there soon.’ He almost smiled when asked about his night, which had the Wolves bouncing with joy when he took over the game for a chunk of the fourth quarter. ‘Last time I felt like the last time I played in Serbia,’ he said.”