When A Teammate Snatches Away Your Triple-Double: The Plight of Andray Blatche | Truth About It.net

When A Teammate Snatches Away Your Triple-Double: The Plight of Andray Blatche

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Updated: April 5, 2010


Give Andray Blatche credit. On Sunday evening he achieved a career-high eight assists in just the first quarter. Blatche’s passing to start the game against New Jersey set an example for his teammates and established a tone of ball movement for the entire night. Andray finished with 13 assists and his team had 28 total on 38 made field-goals en route to beating the Nets 109-99.

As you can imagine, Blatche being the post player that he is, one who often leads the Wizards in scoring and shots (20 points on 5-18 FGs on the night) and one who can rebound when he applies himself, probably came pretty close to achieving his first career triple-double.

It wasn’t to be, he finished one rebound short.

With 24 seconds left in the game, one excruciating chance for 10 boards presented itself, but Blatche fouled Brook Lopez going for a long Yi Jianlian three-point miss. Rats. Andray skipped down the court in frustration after the blown whistle while Lopez, of the 11-win Nets, simply waited for the game to be over.

The second such chance for rebound 10 came about six seconds later after an air-ball by Chris Douglas-Roberts. The miss practically landed in Cartier Martin’s lap and before he knew it, he was moving the ball away from the on-coming mitts of Blatche, who was seemingly intent on stealing the rebound from his teammate.

Blatche’s reaction when this happened was priceless … kinda reminiscent of how one might react if their dog ate a $50 winning lottery ticket. Losing fifty bucks you didn’t really have in the first place isn’t the worst thing in the world, and it’s also not the dog’s fault.

Blatche going for rebounds with such aggression is a rare treat for Wizards fans. The icing on the cake was when Blatche got the ball after a made New Jersey basket with 4.2 seconds left and raced down the court with reckless abandon. To do what? I’m not sure. But one wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Dray had notions of Ricky Davis. But unlike Ricky, at least Andray didn’t try to shoot at his own basket.

Let’s watch Andray’s missed chances and resulting reactions, as brought to you by Steve Buckhantz, Phil Chenier and the Comcast television feed …

Bonus: Notice after Martin gets the rebound, no one really knows what to do … except for Mike Miller, who comes to get the ball with moving it past half-court before the eight second count expires in mind. However, Miller makes the mistake of passing it to JaVale McGee. After doing so, Miller immediately runs toward JaVale, making arm gestures as a request for him to halt his pursuit of the basket. Too late. Remember? JaVale must shoot just about every time he touches the ball, even with a 10 point lead and less than 10 seconds left in the game. He got fouled and sent to the free-throw line instead. Good one ‘Vale.

And now, here’s Andray and Cartier talking about the missed triple double in the locker room after the game …

It’s hard to place a value on a triple-double, but it’s good that coming close to getting one is at least worth a dinner or a shirt or some shoes. Now, how much a D-Leaguer on a 10-day contract can afford to splurge on an “underpaid” NBA millionaire is another story. I’d say Cartier at least owes Blatche a gift certificate to an establishment as classy as the personal achievement seeking way in which the youthful Washington Wizards ended the game.



  • Incandescent Rex

    I can’t be mad at Dray for that one. I’m sure it’s exciting for a young guy to be close to his first triple double and the game was in hand. Hopefully, he puts them up on regular occassions so next time he has reason to act like he’s been there before.

  • Chi_McBride_Pants

    I can be mad. This is exactly the kind of playground bush league b.s. that the NBA doesn’t need. Really.

    Your team SUCKS and you’re trying to get a triple double? Against the Nets? Damn son, who cares? Blatche should be in the d-league, learning some perspective.

  • DLT

    Chi, thats not really fair. I understand it because Blatche is a young guy but most of all he’s a big man and how many big men get triple doubles? Its nearly impossible to get 10 blocks in an NBA game and big men can go there whole career without getting 10 assist so when its there, I understand. Its not like he was 3 boards shy and tried to go crazy at the end. It was just 1 board and it was still relatively in the context of the game.

    Lebron doesnt trip because he can come close every night but even the best big man may never ever get one. The good thing for Dray is that he’s a skilled enough passer to actually do it again and I wouldnt be shocked if he got one against GS in the very next game

  • Wizard fan

    Dude,

    You clearly have issues with these dudes. Maybe becasue their making money and you’re the best is you can do is blog about them with nothing but consternation.

    The dude got a win – he mentioned himself in the interview that’s the most important thing. He’s a young player, a triple double would be nice to get. He was tongue in cheek about it all.

    Not. a. big. deal. Get. over. yourself.

  • http://www.truthaboutit.net/ Kyle Weidie

    Wiz fan,

    You’re probably not too familiar with the phrase “act like you’ve been there before” so I’ll give you a pass.

    But I get it. The Wizards were winning, Blatche was having fun, etc., etc.

    And I don’t have too much a problem with him working his ass off to get that one last rebound when I’ve observed him being lackadaisical and not blocking out many times before … however absurd that sounds.

    Yea, yea, yea … like I said, I get it … also because there’s been little for him to celebrate this season, well, other than becoming a starter, getting a shit load of minutes and having 60% of the offense run through him … But I get it.

    However, just because I get on Blatche for the ridiculous nature of his demonstrative actions while in pursuit of personal achievement doesn’t mean I have “issues” with him making money and me doing something I love to do, write about the team.

    Give me a break. You’re entitled to your opinion, I’m entitled to my opinion … just don’t knock me because I express it.