Player of the D.A.Y.

By Sam Rubenstein

Last night the big story in the league was, of course Golden State taking down the Mavs, ending their 17 game winning streak. When the T-Wolves pulled this same trick on the Suns, I gave KG a much-deserved Player of the D.A.Y.

There was no individual Golden State Warrior that stood out though. It was a team effort, the type of basketball that John Wooden sees in his dreams, but not the individual greatness that gets a player a digital trophy. Sorry Warriors. You’ll just have to be content with winning a huge game and ruining the Maverick machine’s streak before it runs into the showdown with Phoenix.

Derek Anderson and Vince Carter are almost deserving, but not quite. Shawn Marion had a big game rebounding, playing defense on T-Mac, and even scoring a little.

But I’m giving the Player of the D.A.Y. to Leandro Barbosa. It was his blurriness that changed the game into one of speed not Van Gundy ball, and tilted it in the Suns favor against a legit playoff team. Barbosa scored 32 for the second time in three games. That’s even more impressive when you consider that he is doing it in spite of the SLAM curse, which has been off the charts of late.

I’m seeing 300 in less than three hours. Already got my tickets. Very excited.