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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Eddie House, Goran Dragic headline Garbage Night!


The NBA playoffs are almost upon us. Yet before Page 2 moves forward, it's time to tip our cap to Garbage Night -- that is, the final night of the regular season, where winning teams rest their starters, losing teams go with benchwarmers, no-names become shooting stars and entire games are transformed into the enigma known as Garbage Time, which was definitively chronicled by sportswriter Phil Taylor in 1999.

Without further ado, our awards:

The Ced Ceballos Garbage Night MVP: Tie! Houston's Chase Budinger (9.8 ppg) and Miami's Eddie House (6.5 ppg) each scored 35 points -- career highs for both players -- in wins against Minnesota and Toronto, respectively.

The Missed the Memo Plaque: In a game that saw no Atlanta starter play more than 25 minutes, guard Kirk Hinrich was the only Hawks starter to score in double figures (10 points) and take more than six shots (10 field goal attempts).

The Party Like It's 1999 Award: With Miami resting its Big Three and Mike Miller, Juwan Howard -- age 38 -- scored 18 points in the Heat's victory over the Raptors.

The Welcome to the Show/This Would Get You Sent to the Minors in the NHL Prize: While resting four starters, Portland started center Earl Barron, who was signed as a free agent the previous night. The Blazers were subsequently outscored by 35 points in the 37 minutes Barron was on the floor during a blowout loss at Golden State.

JaVale McGee Memorial Trophy for Most Inconsequential Triple-Double: Houston's Goran Dragic, who tallied 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the Rockets' victory over the Timberwolves. Way to literally put in the extra 10 percent!

The Trillion? Not on My Watch! Prize: Minnesota's Wayne Ellington made the most of his 8:33 on the floor, missing two field goals, committing one foul and registering a single steal.

The Only Mom and the Elias Sports Bureau Care Award: By scoring 20 points in Golden State's victory over Portland, Dorell Wright finished the season with 1,344 points, 10 more than the total he had in his previous six seasons combined. In doing so, he became the first player in NBA history to accomplish that feat.

The Andray Blatche Sounding Like Andray Blatche Memorial: Said Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche to the Washington Post about his 23-59 squad: "We should be fine next season, definitely a playoff team if we play how we played at the end [of this season]." The Wizards lost their final game to the 19-63 Cleveland Cavaliers.