The D.A.Y. of 41 boards by Tyson Chandler and David West

by February 09, 2007

By Sam Rubenstein

Late last night… bathroom rug slipped… my face… the toilet… down goes Fraizer… blood… Felt like a Dikembe elbow… if only I had listened and put the toilet seat down, I would have hit a softer surface than porcelain… ouch.

David West also was hurt last night, sitting out the last 9 minutes of the third quarter with numbness in his right hand. But the numbers don’t tell that story. The Hornets shot 37% from the field and 5 of 20 from three. Chris Paul was way off going 3 for 17. Howeva, their domination on the boards, especially the offensive glass was thorough. They had 31 offensive rebounds, getting 18 of them from the Tyson Chandler and David West combo. Tyson had 22 boards and David had 19, while as a team the Hornets pulled down 71 to the Bucks 49. This was the second straight OT win for the Hornets and they are now 4-0 on the season in overtime games. Ruben Patterson had another huge night with 28 and 16 while Mo Williams poured in 30 in 50 minutes.

Is Chris Webber the difference maker? The Pistons seem to be having more fun and CWebb looks revitalized, passing the ball like he did in Sactown as Detroit almost seems to have an identity now. They even played some defense, but a lot of that was sloppy play by the Lakers. Kobe had one of those off nights, especially against the triple team, and the Lakers were never in the game. They hate going to Detroit. The Pistons have now won five in a row and taken a 2 game lead over the Wizards for the one seed.

The Kings are getting back to their winning ways as well. But first, the moment of the game: Tyrus Thomas on a breakaway for the dunk, where he could have thrown down the likes of what you see in a dunk contest. He turned his ankle and missed it. Thank you Mrs. Karma! The game itself was not a masterpiece. 33% shooting for the Bulls, who controlled the glass and still lost. Kevin Martin led the Kings with 29.

Once again, R.I.P. Anna Nicole Smith. If you’re in your late 20’s like me, you remember her from her Guess Jeans days. She is a legend.