Wow, there’s a lot to take away from the Bobcats’ most recent performances…such as a desire to watch any more Bobcats games. Even though Saturday night’s win in Milwaukee was that rarest of rarities: a Charlotte blow-out of the opposition, I still felt the normal sense of queasy discomfort, because that Bucks’ starting lineup in straight-up tragic. Did you see their roster last night? Of course you didn’t; you were off doing more pleasurable things, like passing kidney stones. Let me read it to you: Milwaukee trotted out Ilyasova, Butler, Pachulia, Ridnour, and Mayo for the opening tip—holy moly! The cast of Hang Time had a better starting five than that group. Of course, the Bucks were missing potential superstar/actual knucklehead Larry Sanders, the guy they just committed $47M to, because he’s out for several weeks due to an injury sustained in a night club altercation (“altercation” and “exhaustion” have to be the two darkest celebrity euphemisms). With an expensive roster and a 2-10 record, the Bucks are essentially Brooklyn Midwest.
But let’s get to the positives—specifically this one: Jeff Adrien is absolutely killing it right now. In fact, if rebounds were flesh-eating zombies, Adrien would be a sensitive hillbilly’s crossbow. Finally freed from an inexplicable 4-game stretch of DNPs, Adrien has averaged 21.25 minutes in the 4 games since getting the call Monday night in Chicago. While his per-game numbers aren’t mouth-watering, his percentages are like Capri Sun packages of cherry-flavored speed. Adrien is currently grabbing rebounds at a 20.8% clip, good for third in the league among qualified centers. He’s particularly potent on the offensive end, in which I’ve seen him keep more possessions going than Satan. He had 5 huge ORBs in Wednesday’s win over Brooklyn, 3 of them in the fourth quarter. This is even more remarkable when you consider that he’s playing the 5-spot despite being just 6’7”. It’s not more remarkable when you consider that he has a Mohawk, in fact it’s probably less remarkable, but I thought I would mention it anyway, just because it’s always fun to consider Mohawks.