Wade Hits Shortie Blocks Milestone
Dwyane Wade continues to rack up blocked shots at an unprecedented clip ... for a short guy. Wade, listed at 6'4, earned a block Thursday night in Chicago. That put him at 100 on the season. He's the first NBA player 6'5 or shorter to hit the century mark in blocks in a season; David Thompson swatted 102 shots for Denver in the ABA's final season (and followed up with 99 two seasons later for the NBA's Nuggets).
Only three others 6'4-or-shorter NBA players have even totaled 75 blocks in a season (Dennis Johnson, Mike Gale and Ron Brewer The Elder). Wade also had 82 blocks in his second season. Wade has 10 more games to add to the total. He'll probably never best the 6'6-or-shorter record, held by the immortal Gar Heard (230!).
In Praise of Kobe: Frivolities aside, no one had a better Thursday night on the court than Kobe Bryant. Thirty points on 23 shooting possessions, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals. You know, those peripheral numbers would be amazing if, you know, another guy weren't averaging them.
Smoking in Portland: Chances are that if you flipped on to Phoenix-Portland Thursday night, you caught a Blazer scoring easily on a Sun (or the Suns collectively). LaMarcus Aldridge (age 23) had 29 points on 20 shooting possession, and 12 rebounds. And three blocks. Beast! Brandon Roy added 26/9/6 for good measure. Blazers win by 20. Phoenix is 3-1/2 behind Dallas with 10 games to play.