Player(s) Of The Night: Paul George & C.J. Miles

November 24th, 2015

I can’t confirm if it was raining in Washington on Tuesday, but it was raining three’s in the Verizon Center. Paul George and C.J. Miles combined for 72 points on 15-of-17 from beyond the arc.

From the moment the game began, both were unconscious. The three’s they were hitting weren’t open looks, they were almost all contested. It clearly didn’t matter what Washington did, neither seemed to care.

For George it was his second highest scoring output of his career. He also contributed eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the win. PG13 has been a man on a mission of late, dismantling teams on both ends of the floor. We were waiting for the 2013-’14 version to return from the gruesome leg injury we’ve seen 100 times each, but this version is even better than what we expected.

The streaky C.J. Miles, on the other hand, had his season high point total dropping in 32. When Miles is hot, he can score from anywhere on the floor. Tuesday’s game will back me up.

The Pacers have been the most surprising team in the Eastern Conference, maybe the entire NBA. With outbursts like they got from George and Miles, they won’t lose to many teams. They are our Facets players of the night.

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Player Of The Night: Kemba Walker

November 23th, 2015

Walker had the second best scoring output of his career on Monday scoring 39 points on 16-of-23 shooting (69-percent). He had five assists, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in 47 minutes of actions. He only turned the ball over twice. Walker dominated the fourth quarter and overtime going 9-for-10 from the floor with 23 points.

Walker has been exceptionally good his last five games averaging 24.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per contest. He’s shooting 58-percent from the floor and 52-percent from beyond the arc.

This is the type of play we’ve been waiting for from Walker since he entered the league in 2011. Maybe he’s beginning the transformation into the player we’ve searched for since his magical NCAA tournament run in which he led UCONN to a National Championship.

Facets Player of the Night: E’Twaun Moore

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Did he score 40+ points? No. Did he assist his teammates 7 times or grab 8 rebounds? No and no. What the 26 year old who the Bulls signed to be their third-string point guard did was ignite a fourth quarter comeback and knock down a game-winning three after a fantastic play call Coach Thibs drew up.

E’Twaun wasn’t just great during the fourth, he was great during his entire 22 minutes he spent on the floor. He went 9-10 from the floor for a career high 19 points. He didn’t turn the ball over once and Chicago was an outstanding +/- +17 with him ON the floor.

His fourth quarter was special. He scored 13 points on 6/6 from the field, including the aforementioned game-winning three. Not only was his offensive performance special, he was really good on defense guarding Russell Westbrook down the stretch for the last four or five minutes of the game.

The Bulls have been very unfortunate lately, losing Rose, Butler and Taj Gibson for extended periods of time due to injury. This was a breathe of fresh air for all Bulls fans and a HUGE win going forward. Winning games versus other playoff teams without two of it’s stars and a key role player will keep optimism alive in Chicago until the cavalry returns from injury. This is probably the only time he’ll end up as a player of the night during his entire NBA career, but tonight, it’s E’Twaun’s night.

Facets Player(s) of the Night: Tyus Jones

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1:30 left in the second half. Duke down 7. Best player in college basketball limping. Arguably the best rivalry in sports. The Blue Devils turned to their outstanding freshman point guard Tyus Jones. Jones did not disappoint.

Tyus went to work scoring Duke’s last 9 points in regulation including the tying basket on a layup with 29 ticks left. He scored a total of 14 points in the second half and overtime and seemed to have the composure of a senior.

Tyus finished with the game with 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. The best game of his young career couldn’t have come during a bigger game. He was a star amongst stars in his first Duke versus UNC battle, it was something special to watch.

Facets Player(s) of the Night: The Bearded One

Pizza rolls, beards, and free throws are this mans calling. James Harden had another monster night as Houston left Phoenix with a big conference victory.

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Beard put on a masterful performance with his second straight 40 point game coming on 13 of 23 shooting and taking a usual 14 trips to the foul line making 11 of them. Scoring wasn’t the whole story. At all. Harden grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 9 assists and chipped in defensively nabbing 3 steals. In other words, this was one of the best performances anyone’s had all season. Lets not forget beard is in the middle of an MVP race and doing that without his partner in crime, Dwight Howard still out with a right injury and isn’t slated to return for quite some time.

Steph, Beard, Bron, and Brow are all in contention for the Most Valuable Player award. Performances like James Harden had tonight, helps his case tremendously.

Player(s) of the Night: DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant

February here in New York is brutally cold but Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan were the polar opposite of cold tonight. Both had jaw-dropping evenings.

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Let’s start with DeAndre. The struggling Clippers went into a pivotal conference match-up against the Mavericks and came out with a dominating victory. Mainly because of DeAndre Jordan’s insane 22 point, 27 rebound night. He also chipped in 3 blocks, continuing to help his Defensive Player of the Year case. Out of the 27 rebounds, a crazy 11 were on the offensive end, which was only 1 less rebound than Dallas’ leader Chandler Parsons who had 12 total. DeAndre hasn’t missed a game in 3 seasons and continues to play great for the Clips. He even hit 6 of 9 free throws, which is amazing for the big fella who shoots 39.6%

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Kevin Durant is not human and he reminded us just that versus the Nuggets. He got scorching hot during the second quarter hitting four 3’s and continued to dominate in the second half. He ended with 40 points on 13-19 shooting, including seven 3’s which is a new career high for the Slim Reaper. KD’s been in and out of the lineup all year with injuries, but not many players in the league can be rusty and still score 40 points on 19 shots only. The Thunder are now 16-9 with KD in the lineup, 11-16 without. Kevin Durant is back and ready to get the Thunder into the playoffs. Would OKC not be the scariest 8 seed ever?

Facets Player(s) of the Night: Tony Romo & Andrew Luck

Two quarterbacks. Two jobs to do. Two great playoff performances by Tony Romo and Andrew Luck on Sunday. Both, leading their teams to wins getting them into the next round of the postseason.

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The day started by Andrew Luck tearing up the Bengals anyway he wanted. Andrew completed 31 out of 44 passes for 376 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers. His touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief was special. Under pressure, stepped up in the pocket, off balance while being tackled delivered the ball 36 yards, leading Moncrief into the end-zone, who also beat two Cincy defenders.

Luck completed passes to nine different pass catchers, ten going to Boom Herron, six to his go-to, T.Y. Hilton. Up next for Indy is a rematch with Denver where Luck might need to play even better than he did against the Bengals.

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Day starting with a Indianapolis win, ended with a Dallas Cowboys victory, also. That was a big thanks to Tony Romo. The ‘choke artist’ everyone thinks he has seemed to continuously been shot down all season just like it was Sunday. Mr. Romo threw for 293 passing yards and two touchdowns, both to Terrance Williams. Although he was sacked six times by the Lions, he also made a tremendous play on what turned out to be the winning score with 2:32 remaining in the game. He kept the play alive, which hes best in the league at doing, and found Williams in the middle of the end-zone.

The choke artist narrative must stop now. Romo has been GREAT late in games and it didn’t stop Sunday. Dallas and Tony will be a tough out come next weekend with there meeting against the Green Bay Packers.

Facets Player(s) of the Night: Houston Cougars / Rajon Rondo

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Down 31-6 with 13:58 left? Nothing the Houston Cougars couldn’t handle against the University of Pittsburgh Friday during the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. 

Houston recovered two onside kicks, scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion all under two minutes too win the game in incredible fashion. They did all this with an interim head coach, might I add.

Greg Ward Jr. owned the fourth throwing three touchdowns and the game winning two point conversion. He lead one of the more improbable comebacks in bowl history and it was enough to land them a spot as co-player of the night.

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Our second player of the night was Rajon Rondo. His return to Boston was, well, great. He scored Dallas’ first ten points, a career-high 15 first quarter points and ended with a season high 29.

In an emotional return, Rajon stole the show. Hitting a career best five three pointers and not only did he score a season best he also chipped in five assists and six rebounds.

Dallas is now 5-2 with Rajon in the lineup. They’re quickly trending towards one of, if not THE favorites in the Western conference and nights like these make that believable.

Facets Player of the Night: James Harden

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Fear the Beard. That beard belongs to James Harden who exploded for 44 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds in a big win versus Portland. He’s our player of the night.

His third 40 point game this December leads the league, as it was his 11th with at least 30 points as well. Doing the simple math, James accounted for a minimum of 58 points between just scoring and dishing the ball.

He shot the ball very well going 14-26 from the floor and going 12-13 from the free throw line, the attempts from the line have become customary. He only turned the ball over once during the 32 minutes he played.

Facets Player(s) of the Night: The Dallas Cowboys

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“America’s team” is headed to the playoffs thanks to a DOMINATING performance against a playoff bound Colts team. Offense, defense, special teams, Dallas practically played a flawless game.

Tony Romo pitched a perfect game throwing four touchdowns and only having two incompletions. A personal record fifteen straight completions in the midst of all of it had the Dallas offense looking like it wasn’t playing against a defense.

The running game didn’t pick up many yards per carry, but it still ended up having a 127 yard afternoon. DeMarco Murray stomached much of the burden and didn’t find much room to run, but still squeezed a touchdown out of the day, helping out fantasy owners across the globe.

Four different receivers caught a touchdown pass. Terrance Williams caught two of them, one from Brandon Weeden’s only pass attempt of the afternoon. Dez threw up the ‘X’ for a career best fourteenth time this season, which happens to lead the league, also.

The biggest story, might have been the Cowboys defense. I would, however, like to point out even the best QB’s in the world struggle without their deep-threat wide outs. Like everyone knows, that deep threat that was absent would be T.Y. Hilton. But let’s get back to the unit that allowed a mere ONE rushing yard, picked off Andrew Luck twice during the worst game of his professional career.

Dallas is headed to the playoffs, after three consecutive 8-8 seasons. They’re a completely different team than they have been the past few seasons. They’re complete and don’t act surprised if they make a run in the postseason.