Well Hello. How are you? Bad? Me too. It might have something to do with Roger Mason Jr. You see, Money Mase seemed to be a bright spot for the Spurs last season. He hit insanely clutch shots and was an assassin all season. Then the playoffs came and he and Matt Bonner shriveled faster than Tiger Woods' dick at a hooker convention. Wait, no opposite of that. Yeah, cuz Tiger is a philandering dickhead. Anyways, Mason and Bonner shrank to nothing and missed more shots than you or I could possibly fathom. We thought it was a fluke. After all Mason and Bonner had been shooting lights out the entire 2008/2009 season. The playoffs were just an outlier in a statistical certainty; that Mason and Bonner were great shooters. Everything would be fine this season. Mason would get back to slapping his hip and Bonner would prove Gingers do have souls [Ed: They don't].
Then the 2009/2010 season came and so did Roger Mason Jr...in his pants. Things started off benignly. He shot 44% from the field and 34% from three in November. Not great but not terrible. December saw Mason have his best month of the season and his best FG% as a Spur (48%). His 3-PT% shot up as well (39%) and the Spurs were winning (10-5 with 4 road wins). That's where the happy story ends for "Money" Mason. His shot dropped off a cliff in January and February and while his 3-PT% went up, his FG% dropped markedly and the Spurs were losing. Each successive month saw his percentages decline and his confidence wither.
Us Spurs fans were disappointed but not terribly worried about Mason's decline. We had George Hill break out and even Malik Hairston looked serviceable (giggle). Bonner had a hit and miss regular season but wound up with a good 3-PT%. Grizzly Blair would start taking over Bonner's minutes since Blair was arguably the best pure rebounder on the team. Everything was going to be ok...
Oh Pop...how I have missed your Hall-of-Fameness. As the season came to a close it looked like Pop would sit Mason, Centerpiece, and to a lesser extent Bonner in the playoffs. Mason played a lot to end the season but contributed nothing. He also saw decreasing minutes in the first round against the Mavericks. 9-6-1-0 were his minutes in the first four games. But you just couldn't let it go could you Pop? Game 5 saw Mason get 28 minutes and the Spurs were embarrassed in Dallas. Whew. At least Pop learned his lesson. Mason got a big fat DNP in game 6 and the Spurs closed out the MyLittlePonies.
Here's a breakdown of Mason's series against Dallas:
Game 1 - 9 min; 0-2 FG; 0-1 3PT; 1 Ast; 4 fouls; L
Game 2 - 6 min; 0-1 FG; 0-1 3PT; 1 foul; W
Game 3 - 1 min; 0-0 FG; 0-0 3PT; W
Game 4 - DNP; W
Game 5 - 28 min; 1-6 FG; 1-3 3PT; 1 Ast; 2 Reb; 2 TO; 3 fouls; L
Game 6 - DNP; W
For those of you keeping track that's a FG% of 11% and a 3-PT% of 20%. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE! Or was he just building one?
It's not a stretch to say when Mason plays significant minutes, the Spurs lose. Which is why I, as well as most diehard Spurs fans, nearly lost my mind when Pop decided to bring Mason in during crunch time in the 4th of game 1 vs. Phoenix. He played crucial minutes in the 4th while the Spurs were trying to claw their way back into the game. Not surprisingly he did nothing and was matadorish on defense. Finally, as a sign of intense desperation, Pop instructed Mason to intentionally foul Amundson, putting the Spurs into the penalty, so he could yank him from the game. It only took Pop 4 WHOLE MINUTES to realize Mason brought less to the table than a 900 lb Wisconsin housewife. Mason was so bad he was told to intentionally put another team to the line in the 4th quarter of a playoff game. There's really nothing more to add to that.
Actually there is one more thing to add. After Game 1 Mason's shooting percentages for the playoffs are
Oh and he has committed 11 fouls in just 56 minutes.
I'd like to start the "Don't. Play. Mason." movement here at the Underground. Who's with me?