The last time P.J. Tucker missed an NBA game, Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” shot up the Billboard charts to no.2, The Rock was kicking ass in “The Fate of the Furious,” and we were all eagerly awaiting Season 7 of Game of Thrones as Daenerys was sailing back to Westeros.
Last night Tucker sat out against the Wizards with a left thigh contusion, thus ending his streak that started in April 2017. For 267 consecutive games, Tucker was on the court. In the load management era of the NBA, this is a tremendous achievement. On top of it all, at 6-5, 245lb, Tucker often played the five and spent a lot of time guarding the likes of Nikola Jokić, Joel Embiid, and Anthony Davis. This was his first game missed since signing for the Rockets.
Yesterday we found out that Andre Drummond will not play until his trade situation is resolved; Woj reported a deal with the Raptors is very close. The same happened with Blake Griffin. It’s possible a similar situation is happening with Tucker. He’s not just the NBA’s premium versatile defender, and always available – Tucker is highly regarder for his locker room presence as well.
If you were wondering who’s no.1 on the active players’ list, the answer might surprise you. On January 9th, Joe Ingles’ streak was stopped at 384 consecutive games played. Before that, Ingles missed his last game on Dec. 16, 2015. But when this happened, Tucker didn’t take the lead in consecutive games played – that title goes to Cory Joseph. The Kings point guard is at 292 consecutive games played, going strong.
If he wanted to get to no.1 all-time, Joseph would have to play until around 2032. He is 900 games short of A.C. Green who played 1,192 straight games between 1986 and his retirement in 2001. Green missed a total of three games in his entire career!
All records are meant to be broken, but if there’s one I’d bet everything on never being broken, A.C. Green is a lock.