Performance Of The Night: Jarrett Allen
Six games happened Wednesday night as we had the Suns-Rockets game, 76ers-Magic game, Raptors-Wizards game, Bucks-Nets game, Knicks-Thunder game, and Cavaliers-Mavericks game; but what was the number one performance out of all these games and players?
It was in the Cleveland, Dallas game featuring center Jarrett Allen as the player to have the best Performance of the Night. We all know the last ten games have been almost perfect for the veteran, but this is the time he deserves this CourtSideHeat Award.
In Cleveland’s win over the Mavericks, Allen had 24 points (52% FG), 23 rebounds, and 6 assists. His performance was so good, it was like watching Shaquille O’Neal in a Cavaliers jersey (oh wait… he did).
We all know his December 16th performance against the Atlanta Hawks was magical, so it was about time he was due another big performance. Makes sense to test the defensive integrity of Dallas to see what they are all about.
Not only did he have a great leadership game to lead them into a solid victory over Luka Doncic and his franchise; Jarrett Allen went toe-to-toe with the Mavericks on total rebounds throughout the game. Here’s a fun fact, Allen had 23 rebounds. Dallas had 37 rebounds, which means Allen was only 14 rebounds away from tying with them.
To say that’s an incredible achievement is an understatement. Plus, we all know head coach JB Bickerstaff is, and will be, using Jarrett Allen as the perfect role model of what to do against other bigs and penetrating opposing teams’ defense.
To say the least, choosing the performance winner of tonight was incredibly difficult. Why? Because Jalen Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander torched New York with their stunning performances. Same goes for Scottie Barnes and some other players in tonight’s six contests.
However, in the end, it most assuredly goes to Jarrett Allen. I am 100% confident in making him CourtSideHeat’s Performance of the Night. I’m extremely happy he balled out and made tonight a fun night and one to remember in his career.