Tyreke Evans Buzzer Beater Buries Nuggets
Tyreke Evans is shutting "them" up. And on Saturday night, he likely added the Denver Nuggets to the list of converts.
The undermanned Kings were facing a Nuggets team trying to get back on track, and while Carmelo Anthony was still sidelined, Chauncey Billups was back and ready to bury the young Kings with 27 points. And with a wild final quarter featuring numerous lead changes coming to a close, the Nuggets were ready to use veteran savvy to slam the door on the Kings. But the Kings just wouldn't go away. And with eleven seconds left, the Kings had the ball with a chance to take the lead.
Evans' special combination of size and speed makes him a nightmare to defend. In this situation, the Nuggets elected to guard him with Kenyon Martin, a power forward, to avoid being mauled by Evans' length. And as Evans took to the basket, Nene came over to deter him. But sometimes, even as a rookie, you can see what makes players special. So here's something special for you.
Brandon Jennings is still having a terrific rookie year, even after his post-55 slump. And Blake Griffin is tentatively scheduled to possibly play by the end of the month. But it's hard to imagine anyone catching Evans for rookie of the year at this point barring a (pre-emptive knock on wood) absolute meltdown. Because the numbers are one thing, and believe me, they are legendary. But he's also creating moments for this franchise on the way back up, provided a spark for a city, and is leading a young team that may not make the playoffs, but will have nothing but hope for the future.
Have we mentioned this kid is...20 years old?