Performance Of The Night: Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges is showcasing himself off days before the NBA’s trade deadline officially ends on Thursday. The forward has been exceptional in the last ten games, with multiple 25-point and 10-rebound performances.
Despite the Hornets losing against the Lakers, I feel compelled to give him the POTN award. Why? Because he is demonstrating how well he can play the three and four positions on both ends of the court. There have been so many great performances that I couldn’t have given him the award until tonight.
His 41-point performance was something else, as he led all scorers on both teams. Brandon Miller was second to lead all scorers with 33 points. However, his night came when he posted career-high scoring numbers against the Pacers on Sunday night. It is still impressive, though, when this was back-to-back, and he was playing high minutes.
Besides that point, Bridges has had some pressure to go beyond to prove to teams to either make him a rental or give him a hefty contract when this season is over. The 25-year-old wants to show the world how he can have 30-point double-double nights and get team-impacting blocks and steals.
Tonight, he served up 41 points on 16/26 (61%) shooting. Plus, dishing out four assists. Despite not recording a single rebound, which is odd for him, Bridges will return to getting seven to ten boards a night.
The trade deadline is this Thursday; deals will be whipped out left and right. Every performance matters, and this one was huge for deciding teams on whether they should pull the trigger to acquire him. There is a reason why the Suns and Mavericks are interested in him and what he can bring to the table.
Quick side note…
Charlotte does play again Wednesday night against the Raptors at home, but will Bridges already be shipped off to his new home? That answer is unknown, but this was his best performance by far and one that can prove to swing in his favor.
It should be mentioned that whoever trades for Bridges intends to sign him long-term, so every performance does matter. Unless you are the Suns, but for every other team, then this is a long-term partnership. Again, this performance will prove to work in his favor.
He has handled the make-or-break games very well, with CourtSideHeat projecting him to be traded soon. Bridges may have earned himself a lot of money and hope in the future due to his recent performances like tonight.
PLEASE NOTE: CourtSideHeat only speaks positively of Bridges the player, not the human being. His actions off the court are disgusting; however, I must take the player-only perspective. This is for basketball journalism. Thank you for understanding.