Maceo's moment? Makes sense
As illogical at it may seem, the logical move for the Raptors to make tonight is to start Maceo Baston in place of centre Rasho Nesterovic.
And coach Sam Mitchell hinted this morning that’s just what he’s going to do.
With Nesterovic out because of a sprained ankle, the least disruptive move to the greatest number of players would be to start Baston, who has yet to play a minute this season. That would allow both Andrea Bargnani and Kris Humphries to maintain the roles they are used to, coming off the bench in the first quarter of games.
And Baston, who spent last season with the Indiana team Toronto faces tonight, could probably give the Raptors almost the same production Nesterovic did in the 12 or 14 minutes he plays most games.
Mitchell, aside from ruling Nesterovic out, wouldn’t announce his next move.
“We’re going to wait,” he said.
Well-trained reader Scott Knowles passes this along, in reference to the quintuple-double question in this morning’s mailbag:
On Jan. 3, 2006, against the Los Angeles Lakers, (Andrei) Kirilenko posted a statline of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals and 7 blocks. This was the third time in his career he racked up at least 5 in all of the other relevant categories.
Arguably, his statline is one of the closest performances to a quintuple double in NBA history.
It was also the first-ever regulation a game in which a player registers at least 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, and 6 steals — since the NBA began recording blocks and steals in the 1973-74 season.
In 1987, Hakeem Olajuwon had 38 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks, 7 steals, and 6 assists for the Houston Rockets in a double-overtime win over the Seattle SuperSonics, the only other time a player has earned a 5×6.