The DAY : New Blood

By Sam Rubenstein

I suppose the most important part of training camp games or pre-season (Why does the NBA call it training camp, the NFL call it pre-season, and MLB call it spring training? Huh? Huh?) is to take a look at players with their new teams and rookies. So, here’s a quick look at how some of the more notable new blood performed last night. If I missed anyone, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.

In the Toronto-Boston game, Rajon Rondo scored 29 on 8 of 13 shooting. This coming the night after he scored 14 on Adam Morrison. Bassy scored 16 and hit 3 of 5 threes. He likes the sticky ball. Andrea Bargnani scored 13 points but was 0 for 5 from three point range. TJ Ford had 6 points, 4 steals, and EIGHT turnovers.

In the Nets-Pacers game, Marcus Williams had 7 assists in 30 minutes for the Nets and shot 2 of 10 from the field including 0 for 5 from three. Wow, he really is learning from Ason! I keed I keed. Al Harrington put up 21 shots for his new/old team, resulting in 21 points. Welcome back. Stephen Jackson isn’t new to the Pacers, but he did have the line “DNP – various contusions.” An automobile will do that to you. Okay, Stephen took 5 shots but none in the game. How do you not make that joke?

In the Atlanta-Memphis game Shelden Wiliams put up a 12 and 9 in 24 minutes and Kyle Lowry hit 1 of 7 field goals, but 10 of 14 free throws. Not much going on from the new guys other than that.

Charlie Villanueva had 14 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists for the Bucks against the T-Wolves. Mike James had 9 points and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Randy Foye checked in with 4 points in 17 minutes.

Big Ben had 7 points and 9 boards in 20 minutes, and Tyrus Thomas added 6 points and 3 boards against the Wizard. As for Washington, Donnell Taylor led the team in minutes and almost everything else. Training camp.

The Sonics. Hmmm… Well, the new tats and bushy top on Robert Swift came through with a line of 4 and 3. Substance over style, that’s what he’s about. Brandon Roy had 8 points for Portland on 3 of 10. LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play. I should mention that Zach Randolph put up 20 and 7 in 35 minutes. Showcasing him for a trade perhaps?