(UPDATE: As I was editing this article, January 26, 4:30 PM EST, I received an official Iowa Energy press release saying the following: "Memphis Grizzlies recall Jordan Adams from the Iowa Energy. Adams began his fourth assignment with Iowa on January 20. Adams posted 23.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.0 steals in 34.5 minutes in three games in the latest sting in Iowa. He has averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds on .483 shooting in 32.9 minutes in 10 games for Iowa, with eight double-digit and five 20-plus scoring efforts").
TWO DAYS OF ENERGY BASKETBALL IN DES MOINES WITH THE GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE (13-9) IN TOWN
Energy’s starters were Kalin Lucas, Jordan Adams, Damien Wilkins, Larry Owens and Ferrakohn Hall (center Jarrid Famous was still injured).
Only four seconds played and Adams already got a layup and-one. Then Thabeet missed (hell yeah!), and consecutive threes by Hall and Owens. 9-0 and broadcasters just said it was the best start of the season for the Iowa at home. OK, then Thabeet had two, but Owens with another three and Adams with a nice contested jumper kept the lead for the Energy. 14-2 and then horrible basketball happened for a couple of minutes where no team could buy a bucket, so we just jump forward.
Stokes and Russ coming off the bench to finish the quarter 30-15. And in the meantime, the energy of the Energy (wow!) was over the moon, as Jordan Adams kept stealing wallets, Russ played some tenacious defense and Stokes was all over the place fighting in the paints.
The second quarter, 36-23 for the Grand Rapids, with the Energy playing with no offensive flow at all. The Drive almost got the lead (49-50 for the Energy) but a three by Russ kinda woke up the Iowa again with one minute more to play before the half.
74-76 going into the last period. Then the best offensive quarter for the Energy happened, scoring 35 points versus the 21 of the Drive, so important victory at home against one of the toughest division rivals.
Best players of the game for the Drive: Manny Atkins scored 21 points and Willie Reed caught 23 rebounds.
And best players for the Energy: Jordan Adams with 25 points (11 of 15 shooting) and 4 steals, Russ Smith with 24 points and 8 rebounds, Jarnell Stokes with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Kalin Lucas with 15 points and 9 assists (including a couple clutches threes in the last quarter).
Energy’s starters were Kalin Lucas, Jordan Adams, Damien Wilkins, Larry Owens and Ferrakohn Hall.
Forty points in the first period for the Iowa. And the game kept going well, if we don't consider the rebounding battle, but that's something the Iowa already knew while Famous remains unavailable.
Rumors were that one of the best Drive's players, Lorenzo Brown, wasn't playing because maybe the Pistons were considering him to cover the point guard position after the unfortunate Brandon Jennings' injury.
74-55 at the half for the Energy, and things were looking good at Wells Fargo Arena for the local team.
Energy's offense got pretty slow in the second half, scoring only 41 points. The Drive controlled the third period 30-22, but the Iowa recovered and put the defensive pants in the last quarter winning the partial 15-19 to get the back-to-back win against the Drive.
Best players of the game for the Drive: Brandon Fields with 21 points and 6 assists, and Willie Reed with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
And best players for the Energy: Jordan Adams with 26 points (11 of 19 shooting) and 6 rebounds, Russ Smith with 19 points and Jarnell Stokes with a double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) and a perfect shooting performance (7 of 7 from the field).
*Next game: Iowa (12-12) will play at home against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (12-13) on January 27.
NOTES ON JORDAN ADAMS
The other day I was reading "On the road" by Jack Kerouac, and I saw some words that made me think in the Iowa Energy. It’s weird, I know, but the truth is that Sal Paradise said at one point that "the prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines."
I’ve no idea about that because I’ve never been there. But after watching the last two Energy games, back-to-back wins against the Drive, I know something about Iowa for certain: I’d love to live in Des Moines if only Jordan Adams would play there forever.
Did you check out his stats, man?
In 70 minutes of action Jordan Adams got 51 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Those are the numbers.
But then we have the feelings, oh the feelings!
In two games, all right? I know it's not like 37 in a quarter. And I’m still not saying Jordan Adams is an All-Star or something. At least not yet. But damn! He plays this sport we love so much called basketball pretty.
I just began watching NBA basketball 4 years ago when the Memphis Grizzlies upset the Spurs in the Playoffs, and I’ve been a Grizzly ever since, watching Zach and Tony and Marc and Mike all along the way in their basketball journeys. I've watched the Grizzlies matching against the Thunder and the Clippers in some unforgettable Playoffs series. And I was there, surrounded by dark, in front of my laptop at three a.m. in the morning, watching my beloved Memphis "Grit & Grind" Grizzlies being destroyed by the Spurs in the Conference Finals a couple years ago.
I mean, I’ve watched closely really good basketball teams with pretty talented shooting guard players like Harden or Ginobili. And being a Spaniard as I am, you’ll probably understand me if I tell you that I’d never watched a smoother "escolta" as we call it around here, than the former Grizzly "La Bomba" Navarro.
It’s something beyond stats and basketball analytics. You just watch a player going for a layup or shooting a three and all of a sudden you just realize how awesome that player can be. And that's something. I mean, it’s not all about facts. Sometimes it’s just about feelings.
For example, watch the smoothness of Juan Carlos Navarro:
Damn, he's smooth. He's awesome too. Everybody who has watched him play knows that. Ask the Gasol brothers who is the most talented player they have teamed up with.
But sorry for him, 70 minutes of D-League action have changed my mind about Navarro being the smoother shooting guard I've ever seen.
This may sound crazy, but yeah, I really think there is indeed a smoother player out there.
He’s a 20-year-old guard from Atlanta, Georgia, and a member of the Memphis Grizzlies too. He plays nowadays for the Iowa Energy, just where the prettiest girls in the world live, and he’s for sure one of the smoother players you’ll ever see playing this game.
Playing in Des Moines, IA,
at the shooting guard position,
this is JORDAN ADAMS,
and these highlights are only the beginning: