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Blazers, NBA News Roundup: Miller’s 50-Point Game, Thibs Looks to Return

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Former Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller was recognized for his unlikely 50-point game by Bleacher Report and Tom Thibodeau is on the hunt for another head coaching job.

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The NBA’s hiatus has triggered an abundance of lists and reflection from all corners of the media landscape. On Sunday, Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey compiled a list of the 10 Most Surprising 50-Point Games in NBA History. Unsurprisingly, Andre Miller’s out-of-nowhere 52-point outburst against the Mavericks in 2010 came in at No. 7 on the list.

Bailey detailed Miller’s inside-the-arc attack during the countdown.

But for one night, on Jan. 30, 2010, he was. Miller went an unfathomable 22-of-31 from the field against the Dallas Mavericks that night. His previous career high for shots made in a game was 15.

And the 22 he dropped against Dallas was the season high for the entire NBA, as well as a franchise record for the Portland Trail Blazers.

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He peppered in a few makes from the short mid-range, but the bulk of Miller’s damage that night was done inside. He went a ridiculous 11-of-15 at the rim.

It was much like the older guy at your pickup game, slowly but surely making his way to the bucket and hitting a variety of finishes over, under and around bigger defenders.

You can read the full list at Bleacher Report.

Thibodeau Has Options

The NBA’s slate of games might be on pause, but it appears the offseason coaching carousel is in motion. According to the New York Daily News, coach Tom Thibodeau is eager to get back on the sidelines and he will have options when the process unfolds.

Thibodeau is confident he’ll get a job next season and has even been asking around the league for advice on picking the best opportunity, according to sources. The Knicks, Nets and Rockets are expected to have the three highest-profile coaching gigs available. Keep an eye on the Pelicans, Bulls and Hawks. Then there’s the big question of whether Gregg Popovich is returning for another season in San Antonio. Our advice for Thibodeau, if he lands a job, would be to hire a couple assistants who can connect and serve as a bridge with younger players.

Thibodeau’s tenure with the Timberwolves ended at the midpoint of the 2018-19 season. Known for his defensive schemes, Thibodeau has a career regular season coaching record of 352-246.