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For a kid growing up in the bright lights of Los Angeles, it is now easy to see that Craig’s dreams and aspirations had a trajectory in the clouds of a professional NBA player. On June 28, 2006 the former Boston College forward saw his dreams become a reality after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Smith was drafted with the 6th pick of the 2nd round, 36th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. The consensus All-American’s slip to the second round was attributed to his size. Scouts seemingly saw his lack of size as a detriment for Wholesale Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys a NBA power forward, labeling him as a “tweener” between the 3 and 4 positions. Aran Smith of NBAdraft.net explained, “Will have trouble finding a true position… Will struggle trying to guard taller 4’s as well as quicker 3’s”

Although this was cause for concern by accounts of NBA scouts, the positives were more than encouraging for Smith. “A dominant college post player who has consistently put up numbers against top competition … Well developed post game … With his power he is almost unstoppable in one-on-one situations” said the scouts.

As we covered before in our previous installment, Smith and his teammates in college were some of the hardest workers in college hoops. They were remembered as a group that were angry, and had brought chips on their shoulders. This mentality proved to pay off not only for the Eagles in their season but for Smith’s career as a whole, “it was like everything I worked so hard for had paid off in that moment. Hard work and a positive attitude while working towards my dream everyday since I was 4 made that moment indescribable.” Smith further noted, “it is one of the best feelings I have ever experienced.”

Smith would go on to spend six seasons in the NBA. His time included an all rookie team selection and a homecoming of sorts, as the LA native spent two seasons with the Clippers. After his NBA career was cut short by injuries, Smith went on to play a few seasons overseas for a career that lasted a decade. Learning plenty along the way, he attributed ten years of a professional basketball career to his motto, “Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.” Further elaborating just what that means to him, “Work on your game, eat right to fuel your body to be at its best, be a Cheap Craig Smith Jersey student of the game, and don’t let people distract you who don’t have your best interest at heart!”

For those who remember Smith’s time at BC they will surely remember the big man as a goofy and fun loving guy. That attitude has followed Smith in his post playing days. Currently working on a children’s book about his character, “the Rhino”, as well as the story of his life.

Basketball fans alike can rejoice in knowing they can receive further content on the Cali big man in the next year or two. Additionally anyone who still wishes to watch Smith play certainly can. Smith explaining “I’m playing in the Big3, I still have a lot left since my career was cut short due to injuries. But I’m back and healthier than ever!” Great news for basketball fans, but presumably not such great news for his opponents in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league. Smith also still hold an imprint in the NBA workings as an ambassador for the LA Clippers.

Craig Smith’s impact on the Boston College basketball program has been well documented, and in 2019 his legacy was cemented as he was inducted in Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame. “I was honored and grateful as an inner city kid from Los Angeles being inducted into the HOF just proved that you can do anything you put your mind too.” Being a leader by example really blends well with the schools motto, “Men and women for others” and in retrospect its easy to see the the deep connection between Smith and the school. Noting additionally “I am immortalized at BC and that is something that not many people will be able to accomplish in a lifetime so it feels exceptional.”

Smith’s time as an Eagle was highlighted with many great victories, fantastic players and an overall winning culture. For a program that has not seen an NCAA appearance since 2009 and all but two other post season appearances since, (NIT 2011, 2018) the school’s struggles have been well documented. When asked on his stance on the current state of his former team, Smith is hopeful “It’s been tough watching some teams having a tough time. Being a part of a winning culture along with Troy and Dudley I know that we can get back to that place with our current BC players.” also saying “There is some good talent who want to make their mark on the school. I really enjoyed talking to some of these guys when I was there in October of last year and can see that they’re driven and I look forward to seeing them shine.”

Smith’s accomplishments in basketball speak for themselves. To see how far they have stretched beyond the court is remarkable but certainly not surprising given his work ethic and determination. He is a fine reminder of what embodies a scholar athlete, and an education and determination can manifest into at Boston College.

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I Iwill never forget this game. My first season covering the Minnesota Timberwolves as a credentialed media member was coming to end when the Houston Rockets came to town on April 11, 2014. The Wolves were a respectable 39-39 hosting the 52-win Rockets, and while this was Minnesota’s best record in years, their inability Custom Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys to close tight games kept them out of the playoff race.

If the Wolves were going to Cheap Corey Brewer Jersey get win No. 40, they would have to do it without Kevins Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. This left the Wolves with Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng, Robbie Hummel, Dante Cunningham, and Corey Brewer as their starting five. Talk about a bunch of prolific scorers.

To even out the lineups, Dwight Howard sat this game out leaving James Harden to gladly get his shots up. This was Cheap Gorgui Dieng Jersey the first night of an away-home back-to-back at the end of a road trip and it made sense for Houston to sit Howard with a playoff run looming. Howard would play the next night in Houston.

Aside from Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Omer Asik, and Jeremy Lin were the Rockets starters. This game was so long ago that Parsons was still a 40-minute per game player and Robert Covington and Patrick Beverley couldn’t Cheap Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey even get in the game. But Kevin McHale was able to find four minutes for Isaiah Canaan.

Anyway, this isn’t about Kevin McHale’s rotations. This is about career 8.7 points per game scorer Corey Brewer dropping 51 points in a game. That’s a four-quarter, 48-minute game with no overtime.

Brewer’s previous career high was 29 points, set the season before with the Denver Nuggets. Corey Brewer played 814 career games and scored more than 20 points 54 times. The highest single-season scoring average in Brewer’s career was 13 points per game even. None of this is to diminish Brewer’s career Cheap Nikola Pekovic Jersey or abilities, but the point is he was not a scorer.

Yet, in spite of this fact, he would set a Timberwolves franchise record for scoring and hold that title for 10 months.

Something in the Air
The first thing I remember about this day was feeling weird. Nothing was going on or wrong, I just recall sensing a weird vibe. It’s fitting this feeling carried over to the basketball game I was covering in the evening. No Pekovic, Love, or Martin against one of the best teams in the conference? Why not. At least Howard’s absence somewhat leveled the playing field.

Despite playing shorthanded, the Wolves led 39-32 after one quarter. Brewer was nearly one-quarter of the way to his eventual career high with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Not only was the efficiency impressive, but Brewer averaged 10 shots per game for the entire 2014 season.

The Wolves regressed hard in the second quarter, scoring just 20 points in the quarter. You know who didn’t regress? That’s right, Brewer. The swingman chipped in another 10 points while none of his teammates mustered more than two points in the final 12 minutes of the first half. Houston led 63-59 at the half, which Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey wasn’t bad given the Wolves’ missing players and Parsons and Harden combining for 33 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

With 26 points at the half, we joked on media row that Brewer could get to 40 before the night was through. If this was someone like Karl-Anthony Towns, that jump would surprise few people but Brewer’s reputation was solidified seven years into his career. And after a 10-point third quarter that brought him to 36 points, Brewer getting two more buckets seemed inevitable. Fifty, however, seemed like a stretch.

The Wolves entered the fourth trailing by two points, which had to feel like a small victory in itself. If the Timberwolves wanted to steal a victory, they need Brewer to put the team on his wiry-but-sturdy shoulders once again.

Brewer delivered with a 15-point quarter that included shooting 4-for-7 from the field and hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the frame. While no one was cheering on media row, there was a lot of amazement at this unlikely scoring performance. Brewer’s performance was inexplicable and came from nowhere, but moments like these are among the most memorable in sports.

What no one remembers is the Wolves holding on for the 112-110 victory. Aside from Brewer, Cunningham (20 points) and Rubio (16 points on 16 shots) were the team’s next greatest scoring contributions.

A Night Unlike Any Other
Brewer finished the game with 51 points, two rebounds, one assist, and six steals. He used 32.6 percent of the team’s possessions but turned the ball over only twice. What’s most impressive and differentiates Brewer’s performance from 50-point games in 2020 is that he shot just six 3-pointers.

Brewer made up for his outside shooting by making 11 of his 15 free throw attempts and going 17-of-24 on 2-pointers. In fact, Brewer made just three shots outside of the paint in almost 45 minutes of playing time. Had Howard played, it’s unlikely Brewer has the same unfettered access to the basket. Brewer took advantage of this weakness again and again and the Rockets could do little to stop him.

Some other notable happenings included:

The short rotations — Houston played eight players (if you don’t count Canaan’s minor minutes) and Minnesota did the same. These are playoff rotations late in the regular season.
Aside from Covington, future Timberwolf Troy Daniels was also on the bench for this Rockets team.
Harden had 33 points on 14 shots because he went 15-of-19 from the line and missed a triple double by two rebounds.
This game was a great reminder of how good Parsons was: 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
Despite playing just eight players, four Wolves scored in double figures and the team received all of eight bench points.
While Brewer was never a big-time scorer, this game said a lot about him as a player. Brewer was ready and stepped into a greater role when the team needed him to. Looking at the injuries the Wolves had on this night and the lack of support from the remaining cast, and the Wolves easily lose this game if Brewer gives them any less.

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The Northwest Division clubs will meet again Sunday night, also at Minnesota.

Down most of the way, the Timberwolves rallied to as much as a four-point lead early in the fourth period, the final time at 99-95 after a Naz Reid layup.

That’s when Anthony took over. His 15-footer with 9:46 left cut the Portland deficit in half, and his first 3-pointer of the sequence drew the Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey Trail Blazers even at 101-all at the 8:38 mark.

Rodney Hood then put Portland on top for good on two free throws with 7:48 to go, after which Anthony connected from deep again, making it a five-point game.

A 3-pointer by Anfernee Simons pushed Cheap Naz Reid Jersey the Portland advantage to 109-103 with 6:44 remaining. The Timberwolves never caught up, thanks in large part to two key late hoops by Damian Lillard.

Anthony’s 26 were his second-most this season. He put up a season-high 29 against Charlotte on March 1.

Lillard nearly matched his teammate with 25 points while also completing a double-double with a game-high 10 assists for Cheap Jaylen Nowell Jersey Portland, which was coming off a home loss to Phoenix on Thursday.

Enes Kanter also Cheap Juan Hernangomez Jersey had a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Gary Trent Jr. added 14 points and Derrick Jones Jr. 11 for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 2-0 against Minnesota this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns had a game-high 34 points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had snapped a nine-game Cheap Jarred Vanderbilt Jersey losing streak with a win at New Orleans on Thursday.

Anthony Edwards went for 21 points, Jaylen Nowell 17, Reid 11 and Juan Hernangomez 10 for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio also Cheap Anthony Edwards Jersey had 10 points to complement a team-high eight assists.

After trailing by as many as 13 in the first half and 12 in the third quarter, the Timberwolves chipped away, eventually catching and passing Cheap Jaden McDaniels Jersey the visitors on a 3-pointer by Jaden McDaniels that put Minnesota up 94-93 with 4.6 seconds left in the third period.

Nowell opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that put the Timberwolves up four, but Portland soon thereafter regained the lead for good thanks to Anthony’s surge.