So, Samuel Dalembert put together one of the better statistical lines of the NBA season on Tuesday. You may not have seen it, and you may not understand it, but Sam Dalembert managed 35 points on 17-21 shooting with 12 rebounds in only 27 minutes per game off the Bucks bench. He didn’t turn the ball over and had two assists. Denver, in the tough win, was rightfully gobsmacked. Sometimes literally smacked, in the case of Mike Dunleavy. Luckily, we have video to prove it all happened:
There’s no proper way to explain the explosion from a big man who didn’t play a single minute between Dec. 14 and Jan. 8. Though the Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman, as is often the case, does as good a job as any:
Entering the evening, Milwaukee's Samuel Dalembert averaged 5.7 points per game. His season-high was 15 points for the 31-year-old center. He shredded Denver's defense. He was just in a zone. He even hit jumpers (he's a 6-11 backup center!). By halftime, he was 10-for-11 in just nine minutes. He tied his career-high of 27 with four minutes left — in the third! — and in just his 12th minute of play.
It was unreal, like that scene in "Old School," when Will Ferrell's idiot character, "Frank The Tank," has to debate political guru James Carville, and the first question is: "What is your position on the role of government in supporting innovation in the field of biotechnology?"
Ferrell, inexplicably, answers the question so eloquently that Carville said, "I have no response. That was perfect." (Later, Frank admits that he blacks out and doesn't remember the debate).
In case you’ve forgotten that scene as was the case for yours truly – I am an ardent fan of Ferrell’s strangeness but have only seen ‘Old School’ once – here it is: