We had Elton Brand, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, and Gilbert Arenas all making headline-grabbing comebacks last night. Three of the four came up winners, with only Agent Zero suffering a loss, by one point against the Bucks? Cause for concern? Maybe, but we all know who made the grandest return! The player that only missed four games came back showing that he is the reigning league MVP led his Mavericks to a crucial victory against the rival Golden State Warriors. First, I will focus on Clipper's Elton Brand:
Elton Brand: This game was Brand's first game of the season. In 26 minutes of play, he scored 19 points with a rebounding total of 5 when his Clippers absolutly routed the Sonics 102-84. Now let's see him face the real power forwards in the West, like Stoudemire, Gasol, Boozer, Duncan, West and Nowitzki. Speaking of Nowitzki, lets see what he did in his 4 game comeback versus the Golden State Warriors:
Dirk Nowitzki: It's not Dirk's 18 points and 5 rebounds that was impressive, it was his heart, determination, and court presence that was the difference for the Mavs. The game was important for what remains of the greatest conference race in league history. This high ankle sprain was suppose to the worst injury in his career, so how in the world did he come back in only 9 days? After losing 11 consecutive games without a victory against a + .500 team, this could be a real confidence booster for Jason Terry, Kidd, and all the other Mavericks. The Mavs also rung up a stunning 35 assists and 44 fast-break points to Golden State's 10 and 16 in the same categories. And with Kidd searching for triple double No. 100, the next 2 games won't make it easier. Dallas' next two games are roadies against the Lakers and Suns. Hopefully playing the game won't make Dirk's injury worse, he says.
Pau Gasol: In his first game back since that horrific injury, Gasol played 32 minutes, receiving 10 points and a remarkable 7 assists for a big man. The Lakers really need him back, considering they lost to the Grizzlies and Bobcats in consecutive games. The Lakers remain the 3rd seed in the West, with two important games at the end of the season when they play New Orleans (1st) and San Antonio (2nd) in 2 straight games which will basically decide the Top 3 spots in the Western Confernece playoff seeding. Hopefully, Andrew Bynum comes back strongin the playoffs, or the Lakers won't be able to go all the way.
Gilbert Arenas: Agent 0 showed explosiveness versus Millwaukee last night, even though they lost. Coming off the bench, he had 17 points and 2 assists in a pathetic loss for the Wizards, which moves them into a 3-team tie for 5th place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards have lost 3 straight. Now there next two games are winable, playing the hopeless Heat and the Bulls. I'm glad to see all these players back healthy.