Shipp Exhumed From Sands: Hotter-than-Hell Darren, Shipp and the Bruins torch and burn Jerren Shipp and the Sun Devils, by hitting the Progressive Megabucks Jackpot Downtown, and then finding Love on The Strip
Josh Shipp’s shot is no longer lost at Sea. Just like in the movie “Sahara,” THE Shipp turned up in the Desert, in UCLA’s 70-49 blotting out of the Sun Devils in Tempe. Josh had missed 21 straight Three-pointers, going 0-for-February, but he started Thursday night’s scoring with a Three, and, after TWO AIRBALLS, sank 3 more from behind the arc. The ASU Zone must have been pretty inviting to the Bruins’ perimeter Players, because Darren Collison hit FIVE Trey’s, as he and Shipp each scored 17. They each passed the ball well, too, with Shipp dishing out EIGHT Assists, and Collison tallying 5.
But DC’s biggest play was a Three-point shot that he made at the halftime buzzer, after stumbling when he received the ball. The Three gave the Bruins an 11-point lead at the Half.
Russell Westbrook hit a Trey also (giving the Bruins their total of 10 on 20 attempts), scoring 13, including another highlight reel dunk. He also added a plain vanilla dunk, which came after 1 of his FOUR Steals, but right after he BLEW a try at a second fancy dunk.
The ASU Zone not only allowed open OUTSIDE shots, it also let Kevin Love get the ball in the Key. Kevin made 6 Field Goals and 6 Free Throws, to lead all scorers with 18, and with his 12 Rebounds, he recorded his 17th Double-Double.
The Bruins, who struggled early in the game and didn’t get any breathing room until late in the 1st half, came out strong in the second half, extending the lead to 17 right away. The Sun Devils made one tiny run, but the Bruins pretty much had the game under control the rest of the way. To control a game, it helps to control the Boards, and with Kevin leading the way with his 12 and Collison pulling down 5, UCLA outrebounded the Devils 34-20.
And with the Bruins’ Defense being so solid, it’s hard for anyone to mount a comeback. On Thursday, it was Luc Mbah a Moute who gets the honors, since he was assigned to ASU Phemon James Harden, who averages around 20 a game, but put up only 11 against The Prince.
In the Basketball World outside of Tempe, there was some Good News and some Bad News: First of all Jordan Farmar set a new Career High with 24 Points, in the Lakers’ 10th Straight win, an easy one over Dwyane Wade and Miami, 106-88. After the Game, Charles Barkley and his co-horts announced that the Lakers are as of right now, the Best Team in the Western Conference, being 11-1 since they acquired Pau Gasol. But ruining what could have been a Trilogy worthy of Viggo Mortenson, the trojans played out of their heads, inspired by the return of Daniel Hackett, beating Arizona at McKale. Unfortunately, that is probably the needed “second signature win” that they needed to assure themselves a berth in the NCAA Tournament. We are officially declaring them “off-the-bubble,” and hope that they meet North Carolina or Duke in the 2nd Round, back East. Why? Because they are capable of beating anyone on any given day (just ask Kansas and Memphis, who both had to go all out to knock them off), so if they are going to go on a run, let them knock out an ACC powerhouse. Of course, maybe they’ll have a rematch with Mercer in Round 1, and not make it to the Tar Heels or the Rat Squad.