There was a time, a few years ago, where I was growing resentful of all the Ish Smith videos I was being forced to upload. It’s not like there was anyone standing behind me with a sjambok forcing me under threat of violence; it was my own sense of duty to role-players that compelled me to compile those highlights. But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t getting real tired of Smith and his catlike quickness.
Now the script has flipped. I am YEARNING for more sick performance by Smith. There are only two videos of him on my new channel (and only a single one from this season), compared to the untold dozens that were deleted during the copyright-pocalypse. Make that three videos now; by the time you’re reading this, this one will definitely be uploaded. I don’t just write descriptions if there isn’t a video to go along with it.
This is vintage Ish. This is what he was doing on a regular basis for the Pistons a few seasons ago: scoring improbable jumpers, and diming his teammates like he’s prime Nash. Just call him Ish Nash. It may sound like something an orc from Lord of the Rings would say, but that’s what he was tonight.