Welcome home, Biggie.
Before tonight, Caleb Swanigan had only played a total of three minutes for the Portland Trailblazers. In his homecoming game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers, he had probably the best game of his young career. Swanigan finished the night with his first NBA career double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with an assist and a steal as Portland won 103-93.
Swanigan was particularly active on the offensive glass, where he pulled down four offensive rebounds, and on two of those he was able to score on the putback. He had an especially good second quarter with nine points and nine rebounds, but did not return until late in the third. Overall he played a total of 19 minutes, the most he has played in a game since played 20 against Denver last season. His points and rebounds totals were both career highs.
Thanks to the Pacers ticket office, I was able to go tonight and it was good to see a wealth of Purdue shirts supporting Biggie. Even though I am a Pacers fan, it was fun to see one of our guys have a bit of a breakout night in his homecoming game. It also makes sense he would have it at the Fieldhouse, as he won a state championship there, reached a Big Ten Tournament final, and helped Purdue beat Notre Dame there for the first time in over 50 years.