Word on the Street

Scrub Game (skrub gam) noun. A game in which a team’s bench players (the “scrubs“) either start or play most of the game. This is typically done near the end of the season when the team’s playoff seeding has been determined and the coach decides to rest the starters

Usage example:The Bucks trounced the Pistons last night, but I wouldn’t set too much stock in it. It was a scrub game.

Word trivia: A scrub game may be meaningless to the championship contenders, but it’s a godsend to the teams scrambling to improve their seeding or just make the playoffs. The Bulls and Lakers both clinched playoff berths because key players on the opposing teams were either working a half day (Shaq and Dwyane Wade) or taking a full day off (Steve Nash and Raja Bell). And Detroit gave Milwaukee a gift, helping the Bucks take the pole position in a tight 3-way tie for the 6th playoff spot in the East.

When the Pistons are playing both Alex Acker and Kelvin Cato (getting dunked on above), chances are it’s a scrub game.


The original Scrubs players!


Labels: Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) / Dwyane Wade / Steve Nash / Raja Bell / Alex Acker / Kelvin Cato / Milwaukee Bucks / Detroit Pistons / Chicago Bulls / Los Angeles Lakers / NBA Eastern Conference (East) / NBA Playoffs / NBA / Word on the Street


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