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Ike Diogu Explodes, Kings' Season Ends

Boxed Out: A weekly look at statistical oddities around the NBA

On the short list of disappointing facets about the merciful end of the 2008-09 Sacramento Kings' season, the lack of Ike Diogu from here on out makes a prominent appearance.  As you'll see in this week's Boxed Out, the man is pure beast.

Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh, Monday at Washington: 50 points, 30 rebounds

Matching 25-15 performances for the Raps' starting forwards.  Imagine if this had been closer to the norm this season.

Brook Lopez, Monday versus Charlotte: 18 points, 20 rebounds (8 offensive)

Headed for a very nice sophomore year.

Marcin Gortat, Monday at Milwaukee: 10 points, 18 rebounds

Whenever this guy gets minutes, he seems to produce.

Craig Smith, Monday at Dallas: 10-for-13 from the field, 24 points, 8 rebounds

Al who?

Ike Diogu, Monday at Denver: 14-for-20 from the field, 32 points, 11 rebounds

Just the beginning of his big season finale week.

J.R. Smith, Monday versus Sacramento: 29 minutes, 13-for-22 from the field, 11-for-18 on threes, 8-for-8 foul shooting, 45 points

The Kings hit nine threes.

DeAndre Jordan, Monday at Utah: 16 points, 11 rebounds

Love this kid's athleticism.  Not as high on his foul shooting (2-for-6 in this game).

Hakim Warrick, Monday at Phoenix: 10-for-11 from the field, 6-for-6 foul shooting, 26 points

Efficient outing in yet another Grizz loss.

Drew Gooden, Monday at Golden State: 20 points, 15 rebounds

Again, nice pick-up, R.C. Buford.

Anthony Randolph, Monday versus San Antonio: 24 points, 16 rebounds

Didn't quite off-set teammate Kelenna Azubuike going 4-for-21 from the field.  Yeesh.

Michael Beasley, Tuesday at Atlanta: 23 points, 13 rebounds

If these last few weeks prove to be any sign of things to come for the playoffs, Dwyane Wade's gang could be in better shape than expected.

Paul Pierce, Tuesday at Philadelphia: 12-for-16 from the field, 7-for-9 on threes, 31 points, 0 rebounds

Oh, how I enjoyed watching this shooting clinic.

Eddie House, Wednesday versus Washington: 6-for-9 on threes

Congratulations to the Celtics' new single-season record-holder for three-point accuracy!

Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh, Wednesday at Chicago: 55 points, 30 rebounds

Will they end up keeping this frontcourt intact in Toronto?

Wally Szczerbiak, Wednesday versus Philadelphia: 8-for-11 from the field, 21 points, 8 rebounds 8 assists

Looking at the versatility of that stat line, one might be surprised to find this wasn't the work of the usual starting small forward for the Cavs.

Jason Kidd, Wednesday versus Houston: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists

Add another one to the triple-double ledger.

Danny Granger, Wednesday versus Milwaukee: 10-for-16 from the field, 5-for-7 on threes, 35 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists

Excellent outing.

Chris Quinn, Wednesday versus Detroit: 9-for-13 from the field, 5-for-5 on threes, 26 points

Gotta love season finale games when the stars sit out.

Ike Diogu, Wednesday at Minnesota: 28 points, 17 rebounds

With Shock, Hawes and Ike, there's no way the Kings would have any use for a big guy from Oklahoma!  Kings fans rejoice about Ike's maturation to superstardom.

LA Clippers, Wednesday versus Oklahoma City: loss, 126-85

Even in a season as bad as this one, a 41-point loss to the Thunder in your home finale?  That's a new standard of embarrassment.

Anthony Morrow, Wednesday at Phoenix: 33 points, 12 rebounds

Not an awful season for a guy who didn't manage to get drafted.

Derrick Rose, Saturday at Boston: 12-for-19 from the field, 12-for-12 foul shooting, 36 points, 11 assists

Next, please.

LeBron James, Saturday versus Detroit: 38 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 turnovers

Not messing around.

Brandon Bass, Saturday at San Antonio: 18 minutes, 7-for-9 shooting, 14 points, 4 rebounds

Gave the Mavs a big boost off the bench in a series-opening upset.

Yao Ming, Saturday at Portland: 24 minutes, 9-for-9 from the field, 6-for-6 foul shooting, 24 points

And he did all of that in the first half of a game that wasn't a game.

That does it for us this week.  Feel free to shout out anything we missed from the final half-week of the regular season and opening weekend of the playoffs.  Babble comes your way this afternoon.  Catch ya on the flip side of the meridian.

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