This week’s quick roundup of the international player performances during the last few days includes discussion about Andrew Bogut’s return, Sergio Rodriguez’s career high, Euroleague’s November MVP Pete Mickeal, Serge Ibaka, injuries to Andrei Kirilenko, Luis Scola and more. Discuss the NBA in our forum.
- Andrew Bogut returned in successful fashion last night with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots in the Buck’s 100-98 win over the Chicago Bulls. The win snapped Milwaukee’s four-game slide. Bogut had missed six games due to a leg injury.
- Sergio Rodríguez scored a point per minute Sunday night in the King’s 112-96 win over New Orleans. The 23-year old Spanish point guard set a new career-high in points with 24 points in 24 minutes. After inconsistent minutes and DNPs in the season’s first 13 games, Rodriguez has played 22 minutes per game off the bench in the last four and has responded with 15.25 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.25 steals. The Kings have won three straight.
- American Pete Mickeal was named Euroleague MVP for the month of November. Mickeal, who plays for Regal F.C. Barcelona, lead the team to a 3-0 Euroleague record and is the team’s scoring, rebounding and performance index rating. Mickeal played at Cincinnati and was selected in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Mickael never played in an NBA game, instead he spent time playing professionally in the ABA, Philippines, Greece, Russia and finally, Spain.
- Cavs spoil Žydrūnas Ilgauskas big night by sitting him.
- Injuries have hit international players hard this year, and this weekend has been no exception as Nenad Krstić (Sore left Achilles’ tendon), Andrei Kirilenko left the game with a strained back, Luis Scola played 22 seconds against Oklahoma City and left the game with an eye injury, and Leandro Barbosa has a sprained left ankle. Scola will miss Wednesday’s game and is listed day-to-day.
- After losing all their games in October and November, when will the New Jersey Nets win a game? Take a peek at their December schedule and vote when who you think the Nets will get notch their first win.
- With 1,092 three-pointers 7,329 rebounds, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is only one of three players in NBA history to have recorded at least 1,000 made threes and 7,000 rebounds. The other two are Jason Kidd (1,518 threes, 7,500 rebounds) and Rasheed Wallace (1,009 and 7,060) from USABasketball’s Twitter.
- Serge Ibaka, a 6-10 center from the Congo has been receiving consistent minutes in the last several games for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Outside of one DNP, the first year player that was drafted with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, has averaged 21 minutes in the last five games. Ibaka recorded career highs of 11 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks in 31 minutes during the Thunder’s 101-85 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Charlotte Bobcats assign French forward Alexis Ajinca to the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL.