What is a 14er? (and other Saturday Afternoon Ramblings)


• A 14er is a mountain that exceeds 14,000 feet above mean sea level. Why is this important? Well, Colorado’s NBADL team is nicknamed the 14ers, and they supplied the last two players off the Cavaliers bench in Friday’s win over the Wizards (the newly-acquired Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith and Delonte West weren’t available to play, and with 3 players out with injuries, the Cavs had only 6 to dress, 2 below the league minimum). So Billy Thomas and Kaniel Dickens became Cavs for a day. And LeBron did his MVP thing and Cleveland beat Washington by a point.

• I’m 100% about the MVP thing, by the way. LeBron finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Look at the rest of the Cavs that played Friday night. I’m not sure that team would beat Memphis -- the Tigers, to say nothing of the Grizzlies. He’s the first guy to put up those numbers in a regulation game since Amare and KG both did it in separate games on Dec. 10, 2004. In the past 20 seasons, Amare is the only player younger than LeBron to have this kind of game. And Amare did it with multiple All-Stars on his team. Though to be fair, LeBron had multiple All-Stars playing with him Friday -- only they were D-League All-Stars.

• One last note about Friday’s Cavs game, then I move on to other stuff. Billy Thomas, the aforementioned D-Leaguer, did what just about any of us would do if we got to play one game with LeBron James. He hung out around the 3-point line, waited for wide open opportunities, and jacked it up every time he got the ball. He ended up taking 11 three-pointers, making 3 of them. The only other Cavs to attempt that many 3s in a game this year are LeBron and Damon Jones (who also put up 11 3s on Friday). And while 3-for-11 isn’t a great performance, it’s nowhere near the worst in the NBA this season. Both Jamal Crawford and Keith Bogans put up 1-for-11 performances earlier in the season. Bogans’ Magic even won that game (though it was against the Knicks, so I’m not sure it really should count).

• OK, a couple non-Cavs notes before I wrap this up. First off, I’ve been playing lots of “Devil May Cry 4” on the PS3. Consider this a micro-review before I post a real review later this week. The game is incredibly fun, and the missions are long enough that they don’t feel too easy, but short enough that you don’t have to set up for a marathon gaming session just to play this game. My biggest complaint about the game (other than the insanely long install time, which Penny Arcade was completely right about) is that for the first half of the game, you don’t play as Dante, the main character of the series. Then, just when you’re getting used to using the other guy, they pull a bait-and-switch and send you back to using Dante. WTF. But overall, my experience has been positive so far.

• Also, I finally got the latest issue of “Buffy: Season 8”, about 2 weeks after it came out (BCC is starting to let me down). It’s probably the best issue of the run so far. I’ll have a full review on Sunday.

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