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Nightly Basketball Federation - Season VII
Posted 04 April 2015 - 01:31 PM
Nightmares' George to return against Motown
By MICHAEL MAROT (AP Sports Writer)
1 hour ago
AP - Sports
PHOENIX (AP) -- Paul George is coming back sooner than expected.
The two-time All-Star has been cleared to play Sunday against Motown just eight months after he broke his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas. He announced his return by tweeting a picture of his game shoes on Saturday morning, and the team then confirmed the news.
"I just want to give back to the team after they've given me so much", George said of his return. George's injury came just days after signing a new contract extension with the Nightmares. "I just feel bad - I have, all season long - just sitting here in street clothes after being made the highest paid player on the team. I got my matching salt and pepper shakers, I've been using my McDonald's coupon book, I finished off my bag of Skittles - (we're not just talking about a) regular bag, mind you, we're talking the Family Size - and here I haven't even played a single minute, yet. It just feels wrong."
All that is known, at this point, is that George will be available on Sunday. Whether he will actually see any court time or simply remain a highly paid and rather homely cheerleader remains to be seen. "Hard to say, right now", said Nightmares owner Darth Lohr. "He may play normal minutes or he might just play ten, so for us it's a bit of a crapshoot. Of course, you could use that exact term for playing Bargani, considering the steaming pile he left on the court last night."
If George is truly at full strength, the Nightmares could certainly use him with the championship on the line. After getting absolutely pummled by the Macks early on, the team stormed back in the second quarter, thanks largely to the heroics of Chris Paul, and the game has remained tight ever since. Paul, who is a team co-captain along with George (they are collectively known as Chris Paul George), has missed having his teammate out on the court with him and hopes that he plays. "If he can play, I say it's crazy not to play him. We're out there busting our butts - and some of us only got the Fun Size Skittles."
Mesa, AZ - MARCH 31: Paul George #13 of the Nightmares warms up before a game against the Irish Micks on March 29, 2015 at the Hellhole Arena in the Phoenix metro city of Mesa.
(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Posted 06 April 2015 - 07:48 PM
Thank you, JZA - and right back at you! I can't say I pay as close attention to the Finals when I'm not in it, but I don't remember there ever being a title series that was that suspenseful. We had three lead changes during the week and then were tied going into Sunday, with the winner not being determined until late Sunday night. It may have had the lowest ratings (is anybody out there?!?), but I say it was the most exciting. It was also awesome to have an old fashioned, no streaming, let the best/luckiest team win.
Back around the time of the draft, having had to use a keeper spot for Paul George and knowing he'd be using up an IR spot all season long, I honestly almost wrote this season off. So, to win after all that feels pretty damn good! I'm also proud of the fact that I actually was able to change my overall strategy mid-season, after certain intended areas of strength failed to develop and other areas that I expected to be weaknesses suddenly started improving.
Chris Paul, who has been with the Nightmares since 2011, is the only player that has continuously been with the team since our our first title in 2012. He was undoubtedly the series MVP, leading the team in scoring, assists, steals, FT% (doubly good, since he also took the most FTA), second in threes, second in rebounds, and second in FG% (while taking the most FGA). Though he was the overall MVP, someone else was certainly the hero of the final minutes. After a putrid performance on Friday and a little "tough love" motivation in my interview on Saturday, I decided to re-insert Andrea Bargnani at the last minute (after initially benching him in favor of Paul George). Blocks looked like they were going to be the deciding category and I was already without top shot blocker Hassan Whiteside, who re-injured his hand and ended up not playing Sunday. Bargnani responded Sunday night with a season high four blocks to put me over the top.
Incidentally, the only other current Nightmare besides Chris Paul that was on that on that 2012 championship team? Yep...Andrea Bargnani.