Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Greivis Vasquez Gets a Triple Double

Last week, Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) recorded his first NBA triple-double, scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 111-100 New Orleans Hornets victory over the Atlanta Hawks.  Quotes from the linked story:
"It was a great team effort; I thought we played extremely hard defensively in the second half," Vasquez said. "I wanted to get a triple-double tonight, with a win. The ones in the past I was close, we lost those games. This feels special because it's my first one with a win."

"We've just got to keep growing, keep getting better as a team and I've got to keep doing it night-in and night-out. I'm not satisfied. I want more. And I want to have this team win games. You see, we played tough. When we play tough, with this mindset that we've got to fight, we've got to bump people, we've got to be physical, we're a better team."

In further commentary over on Yahoo, Vasquez may be a Most Improved Player candidate:
In a season that could see him win the NBA Most Improved Player Award, Greivis Vasquez earned a major accomplishment Friday night for the New Orleans Hornets. Vasquez scored 21 points, tallied 12 assists, and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first NBA triple-double. [...]

Vasquez has come close to achieving a triple-double several times this season for the Hornets. Usually, he has usually missed out due to his rebounds being in the single digits. However, the scouting report on the Hornets is to attempt lots of perimeter shots. But long jump shots create long rebounding opportunities. The Hawks missed 11 three-point shots Friday night, which helped Vasquez get the rebounding part of his triple-double.