Spring 2014: 5v5 Draft League Champs: North Stars

    Orsyp Ties an NBA Record Records First Real Win
    Orsyp 77 Round Is A Shape 48

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    One day, back in December 1996, a more innocent time when Jason Kidd was a young point guard more known for his inability to shoot threes than a power hungry coach attempting ill-advised power grabs from mysterious Russian billionaires who could make him disappear in the Siberian tundra with the snap of a finger, the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets played a meaningless, sub-.500 game of NBA basketball. Shawn Bradley player 41 minutes, Cherokee Parks scooted off the bench for four and everyone generally agreed that the game would be forgotten to the mysterious ghosts of \'90\'s regular season basketball. Then the Maverick\'s George McCloud started shooting threes. And kept shooting. Jim Jackson wanted in on the action, so he shot some too. The McCloud shot some more, ending the game with 20 attempts from deep. At some point Kidd thought, \"I should probably join in too,\" and put up eight threes, somehow making four of them. In the end, Dallas put up 49 shots from behind the arc, a record that still stands to this day.

    Now, I don\'t bring this pointless NBA history lesson to your attention simply because I love pointless NBA history (I do though, I really do). No. I mention this because somehow, Orsyp tied this mark. In 44 minutes. In a game that had all the pace of Raymond Felton on a treadmill.

    Things started out ugly. Really ugly. RIAS immediately made me regret my power rankings. Not that they were losing, just that it was horrible basketball. For the first 10-plus minutes of the game everyone seemed content to play Rasheed Wallace basketball, never setting foot inside the arc on either side of the court. Not that it mattered when they did, as it just ended in a missed layup. I mean, look at the rebounding totals, that says it all.

    It was at the 11:30 mark of the first half when Poovey Snacks Mark McNeill, subbing in for Orsyp on the night, made the FIRST TWO-POINT BUCKET OF THE GAME. His layup, with more than 10 minutes gone, made the score 8-6. Worse yet, it would be another five minutes before Seth M. made the first two-pointer for RIAS as Orsyp stretched the lead to 23-8.

    In between that time, Quis made the most of his shooting opportunities, starting our 6-9 from 3-point land. He\'d finish with 20 attempts of his own, but that\'s chump change in this game. Let\'s just say we learned what it would be like to watch JR Smith play a game with JR Smith and it was like looking into the dying soul of the game of basketball. That said, it was kind of fun in a dark way.

    Of course, I\'m talking about Drew. Unphased by his 2-9 first half shooting performance, he came out guns blazing in the second. I\'ve never seen someone take more non-desperation heaves that they had to lean so far into just to get a semi-plausible shot at the rim. Conteset rim fadeaway? You bet. Transition pull-up from 30 feet? Of course. Drew was checking his heat long before he even got hot. He\'d eventually make six threes in the final frame, making 8-23 in total.

    Luckily, we had video at the game.

    He and Quis accounted for most of ther record-setting performance, though they would have fallen short without McNeill\'s valiant 0-6 effort.

    RIAS tried to join the shooting contest, but they could not find the range. KP normally carries the shooting load, but went 1-8 in the first and tried to reign it in after the break, only taking two shots. He did airball one of those, so probably a good call. Hoonie also let it fire as well and drained one of the few early buckets for RIAS on his first shot. He would go on to miss 13 of his next 14 from deep. He did however discover an unorthodox off the dribble game at some point that made me question just what was going on at the Kennedy School.

    In the end, it was Orsyp\'s night to shine. As if he sensed the record tying three was within reach, Drew pulled together the last of his energy -- though maybe not, since he spent most of the night basket hanging and ended up with only two rebounds when my mom would pulled down at least four -- to launch a contested shot from closer to halfcourt than the three-point line with under a minute remaining. Swish. The 49th three of the game for Orsyp and the final bucket of the game.

    Players of the Game: Logan Joecks (6 points, 16 rebounds) and Rob Singh (5 points, 15 rebounds); on a night when it would have been easy to just watch Quis and Drew shoot from whistle to whistle, they did the dirty work picking up the other team\'s misses getting a few buckets of their own.

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

Standings 5v5 Draft East S14 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
North Stars8-10.889W8063.2249.78
Round Is A Shape5-40.556W2344.8957.00
Poovey Snacks4-50.444L2437.6737.00
Orsyp3-60.333L3548.3845.00
The Chronic1-70.125L76.529.0036.13
Points Per Game
1Kevin Portaro
Round Is A Shape
18.14
2Seth Mcintire
Round Is A Shape
7.71
3Seth Walker
Round Is A Shape
3.75

Player Rater
1Kevin Portaro
Round Is A Shape
33.577
2Seth Mcintire
Round Is A Shape
25.507
3Seth Walker
Round Is A Shape
16.008

Rebounds Per Game
1Seth Mcintire
Round Is A Shape
6.43
2Seth Walker
Round Is A Shape
6.00
3Kevin Portaro
Round Is A Shape
3.14

3s Per Game
1Kevin Portaro
Round Is A Shape
3.8634%
2Seth Mcintire
Round Is A Shape
0.2933%
3Seth Walker
Round Is A Shape
0.2518%

Assists Per Game
1Kevin Portaro
Round Is A Shape
2.14
2Seth Mcintire
Round Is A Shape
1.57
3Seth Walker
Round Is A Shape
0.50