Wow, it was a rough week in Chez Blogcat. God clearly hates me, because He reached out and smote my beloved Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s fourth metacarpal in Tuesday’s game against Dallas. I’m positive it was God because MKG has no memory of how it happened, so who else could it have been? Now I’m really worried, because if you’ll recall, God did the same thing to Jacob’s leg several seasons ago, and Jacob’s career was never the same after that.
This means that Jeffery Taylor, the timid, second-year Swede, is going to have to play for MKG, presumably until early February. At this point, we’ve all heard so much about Taylor’s awesome summer performance in Las Vegas and EuroBasket that someone should create a highlight reel of Taylor’s plays and splice it with the “Summer Nights” scene from Grease. Unfortunately, none of it has translated to the regular season. Even after his great game last night against the Sixers, Taylor’s PER is down to a Biyombian 7.0 and he has the true shooting percentage (45.2%) of a drunken Mennonite armed with a missile launcher. In fact, all of his numbers are violently down from last year’s modest debut—except his turnovers and fouls. At the same time, his usage rate is up—from 14.9% to 19.4%. If this trend doesn’t change, I fear his body is actually going to scab up until it turns into a disgusting egg shell and cracks, and out of it will emerge a slime-covered Tyrus Thomas.