O.J. Mayo starts hot, fizzles out (Oct 22 12:00 ET )
O.J. Mayo scored all 11 points in the first quarter against the Wolves on Wednesday to go with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes.
After a 120-107 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday that saw them allow a Bucks club expected to rank among the NBA's very worst teams this season to shoot 60 percent from the floor, the New York Knicks knew it was time to face the music when they spoke with reporters. Knicks guard Iman Shumpert seemed to take the "time" and "face" parts pretty seriously: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Iman Shumpert is wearing a clock hat. pic.twitter.com/szznEUv4Qd — Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) October 21, 2014 Yep, that's a clock on the front of Shump's chapeau. It appeared to be fully functioning and operational , although it didn't show the correct post-game time in New York City . Shump really ought to remember to wind his hat before meeting the press. As you might expect, the guard's startling "Alice in Wonderland" mash - up led to some questions . The intrepid lot at Knicks blog Posting and Toasting report that the clock hats are a Chicago thing — Shump grew up in Oak Park — and that they're referred to as "buck 50 hats" because you needed $150 to afford one . (A little bit of Internet searching supports this.) These days, Shump can certainly afford to rock a status-symbol timepiece on his noggin; one can only imagine what kind of grandfather-clock-type steez he'll bring out if he gets an extension of his 2011 rookie contract before the Oct. 31 deadline (although it doesn't seem likely that he will ). The cap offered something of a welcome distraction and laugh after a rough showing against Milwaukee, in which seven Bucks scored in double-figures, led by O.J. Mayo's 24 points (6-for-10 shooting from 3-point land) off the bench. Shumpert, expected to be one of the most significant bellwethers for a Knicks team looking to return to the playoffs after a disappointing 2013-14 season, missed eight of his 10 field-goal attempts, finishing with six points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 1/2 minutes in the loss. “We let them dictate the pace of the game," Shumpert said, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post . Knicks fans everywhere had better hope Derek Fisher's crew can find a more metronome-steady rhythm and Swiss-watch synchronicity by the time the regular season starts next week. May Shumpert's hat inspire them all. The most crucial post-script to the story comes from Scott Cacciola of the New York Times: Carmelo declined comment on Iman's hat. — Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) October 21, 2014 That's probably for the best. Y'know, "without sin," "first stone" and all. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
A slimmed down O.J. Mayo scored 24 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-13 shots (including six threes) with zero rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
The Scoop:Milwaukee news can be hard to come by and even the local writers tweeting the game were surprised about how he looked. On that front, he looks like a totally different person and owners would be wise to not summarily dismiss him as a fantasy asset this year. He has had some good games mixed in with bad ones and the Milwaukee rotation is a crowded mess, but if Mayo can return to past form he should theoretically move toward starter's minutes.
O.J. Mayo scored 19 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 5-of-10 shots (2-of-3 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with three assists and a block in 28 minutes.
The Scoop:Mayo committed five fouls and did not grab a single rebound, but the fact that he's pushing numbers across the board is a win these days. The Bucks rotation is all over the place right now and until it's settled owners should look at less risky options in Milwaukee.