That title is really quite misleading, as it just as easily could have been any Duke player ever. Kyle Singler. Jon Scheyer. Grant Hill. Class acts, those Dukies — no, not the lacrosse players. Let’s not get carried away.
Nate was all over the floor last night in a second half comeback win over the Kings. He did a multitude of things that I’d never seen him do before. He dove on the floor a few times; He passed up several open shots — Nate Robinson. Nate Robinson. At one point, he grabbed a rebound and, in a clear putback situation, settled the ball and passed to Rondo for the reset.
He even passed up an opportunity to show up DeMarcus Cousins when Cousins airballed a 3 after making fun of Nate’s little arm flappy thing that my Mom hates. You can strike that from the record — but my Mom still hates it.
On the real though, that is exactly what I want out of Nate every night. It’s the type of game that won’t even get him on the ESPN game recap. Nate had 5 steals last night — even Rondo and his freak hands don’t get 5 steals a game. Rondo didn’t even have to play the last eight or so minutes. That could be huge down the stretch. Rondo is so herky-jerky that he’s bound to pull/sprain/strain something before the end of the year. Mark it eight, dude.